When you’re planning a Southwestern vacation but don’t necessarily want to spend all of your time under the warm sun catching rays, head up to one of New Mexico’s premier ski resorts.
While you may not think of New Mexico as a prime spot for skiing, you’d be surprised but delighted by the amount of snow-covered hills and mountains available for downhill sport.
Due to New Mexico’s location in the southern portion of the Rocky Mountains, there is an abundance of ski resorts ready to cater to your skiing dreams.
Here are reviews of a few of the options.
The Best for Beginners
The top rated resort for beginning skiers, Angel Fire Resort, is located near Angel Fire, New Mexico, and covers nearly 560 acres of land. The base village is at 8,600 feet above sea level, and has multiple restaurants, ski rental shops and options, and skiing schools. Its highest peak is at 10,667 feet, and there are 78 runs for beginners.
Not snowy enough outside? No worries—this resort has an extensive snow-making system for perfectly powdery slopes, and the longest run is three miles long.
Another option for skiers who are just starting out is Red River. This resort is composed of 32 percent beginners’ runs, but also has options for more skilled skiers. A favorite for tourists coming from Texas and Oklahoma especially, Red River Ski Area bills itself as “Ski Town of the Southwest.”
Interesting for Intermediates
The Enchanted Forest Ski Area boasts an elevation range of 9,820 feet to 10,077 feet, and has a mix of beginner and intermediate runs, with half of the runs being more challenging than beginner runs. At this resort there are 33 runs, with the longest being 2 miles long, and the skiable terrain covering an impressive 600 acres. As for vertical drop, how does 400 feet sound?
Ski Apache is another great option geared toward intermediate skiers. With 55 percent of its runs aimed at intermediate skiers and 27 percent for advanced skiers, people who have gone down a hill or two in their day will have a lot of fun at this resort. This resort is located in south central New Mexico, about 3 hours away from Albuquerque.
Exhilarating for Experts
If you’re ready for more challenging slopes, you won’t want to miss Taos Ski Valley. Located in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico, more than half of this resort’s ski runs are designed for advanced, experienced skiers.
The resort offers access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain, and has a vertical drop of 3,273 feet, and receives an average of 300 inches of snowfall every year. Its longest run is five miles long, and there are 113 runs. Worried that the beginners in your group will be left out? No need—24 percent of the runs are meant for beginners, and 25% for intermediates.
Ski Santa Fe
Finally, check out Ski Santa Fe. Located high above Santa Fe. Elevations ranging from 10,350 feet to 12,075 feet offer enough excitement and adrenaline to spare. With vertical drops of 1,725 feet, this ski resort’s advanced runs cover 40% of the skiable terrain.
This resort has 77 runs, and 20% of them are for beginners, and the other 40% are for intermediate skiers.
When you come to New Mexico, be sure not to miss the skiing opportunities awaiting you!