Ski Season in New Mexico

Come ski and ride the winter sun on the incredible slopes in the Land of Enchantment! Our eight alpine and three Nordic ski areas dotted throughout the state will provide you with the ultimate in sporting options, stunning scenery, unbelievable food, out-of-this-world shopping, and a never-to-be-forgotten cultural experience. And—oh yes—exceptional skiing and riding.

The Surprise of the Southwest What you don’t know about skiing the Land of Enchantment — and should!

“...New Mexico is truly an eye-opening place to spend time. Natural beauty, friendly service, uncrowded trails, unique culture, and easy access to ski areas combine to make New Mexico a surprisingly perfect place to ski.”

What you don't know about New Mexico skiing – but should!

  • The Rocky Mountains begin right here (and head north, as we see it).
  • On average, we're blessed with 300 bluebird days of sunshine a year.
  • On average, New Mexico slopes get 300 inches of snow each season.
  • The new Kachina lift at Taos Ski Valley is one of the highest in North America.
  • Ski Santa Fe is just a short, forty-minute drive from the historic plaza.
  • Angel Fire Ski & Summer Resort is the only New Mexico resort with night skiing.
  • New Mexico's ski resorts are exceptionally family friendly, with affordable skiing and lodging packages to suit any budget.

Opening dates, What’s New and Don’t Miss!

Angel Fire
Opens: December 12
What’s New:
The Railyard, a new terrain park, will open this winter featuring boxes, rails and jumps geared towards those new to skiing and boarding. Ski Free Month – New this season! Stay at the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort January 5 – 29 and ski for free. (Excludes Friday and Saturday nights and January 18). Parenting Pass – This interchangeable pass allows two parents to take turns coaching and skiing with their child. Family Season Pass – New this season, for $1299 a family of up to 6 people can purchase an unlimited ski and snowboard pass for each member of the family. Snowplay – Tubing Hill, sledding hill, Snowman Garden complete with snowman making kits and snow art competitions.

What’s New:
Pajarito Mountain has a new operator, Sipapu, and snow making support will be extended for a great ski season. New Mexico Power Pass, the state's only season pass that provides unlimited skiing and snowboarding at two New Mexico mountains (Pajarito & Sipapu) plus free lift tickets at over 20 partner ski areas in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country.

Red River
Opens: November 26 weekends only until December 12.
Don’t Miss:
Snow Coach Dinner Tours.Ride up the mountain from the comfort of our heated Snow Coach to enjoy a delicious sit down dinner at the Tip Restaurant!

Sandia Ski Area
Opens: December 20, weather permitting.
What’s New: High Finance Restaurant has a new menu, touting new dishes like pan seared duck breast with green chile alfredo with plenty of traditional New Mexican and American fare as well.

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
Opens: November 15(Sipapu’s earliest opening ever, and 12thstraight year the resort has been the first ski area to open in New Mexico).
What’s new:
Sipapu is the most Family-Friendly resort in the Rockies. Kids Ski FREE Week is February 28-March 6, 2015! For each adult full-day, full-price lift ticket purchase, one teen or child gets a FREE lift ticket.Just mention the KIDS SKI FREE DEAL when picking up your lift ticket. New Mexico Power Pass, the state's only season pass that provides unlimited skiing and snowboarding at two New Mexico mountain (Sipapu & Pajarito) plus free lift tickets at over 20 partner ski areas in New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and throughout the country.

Ski Apache
Opens: November 28
Don’t Miss: Dummy Gulunde & Torchlight Parade December 20, 8am to 5pm.

Ski Cloudcroft
Celebrating 50 years of southern skiing in the Sacramento Mountains.
What’s New:Ski Cloudcroft has been operating since 1963. This year the resort celebrates 51 years with great skiing weather permitting; check Facebook for updates. The Silver Spoon Ski School and Mustard’s Last Stand restaurant are as good as ever.
Don’t Miss:
Cloudcroft might be small (fewer than 800 residents), but holidays are a big deal here. Bring an ornament to decorate the tree at theLighted Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting, or chow down on Cajun cuisine duringMardi Gras in the Clouds. (575) 682-2333;

Ski Santa Fe
Opens: November 27 (tentative)
Don’t Miss: Fireball Rando Race is February 7.

Taos Ski Valley
Opens: November 27th-December 12th, 2014 Thursday-Sunday only. December 13th, 2014 - April 5th, 2015 open daily.
What’s New:Beginning the2014 - 2015 ski season, visitors will be able to experience the mountain’s celebratedKachinaPeak via achairliftfor the first time. TheKachinaPeak Lift will be installed during the summer of 2014 and will summit at 12,450 feet, making it one of the highestchairliftsin North America. The lift will increase the mountain’s advanced and expert lift-serviced terrain by 50 percent.
Don’t Miss:
Taos Winter Wine Festival Grand Tasting January 31st from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the base of Lift #1. Soloman Extreme Freerider Competition dates = February 26–28. Spring Beer Festival. March 7 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.Bring your friends and sample beers from across the Southwest and sample food from some of Taos' best restaurants. Located in Tenderfoot Katie's Cafeteria and the Martini Tree Bar from 4:30 to 7 p.m., $25 entry fee. This is a 21 and over event, no infants or children.

Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area
Christmas Eve luminaria ski and snowshoe tour. December 25th starting at 6:30 pm.Ski Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area this Christmas under the warm glow of candlelight. It is a New Mexican Christmas tradition to place luminarias or farolitos (paper bags with sand and a lighted candle inside) around houses and along streets. Quite possible the most beautiful cross country ski experience in North America. New this year, the trail will wind its way to our new warming yurt at Sven Wiik and Lititle John!

Listings for Ski Areas and Winter related businesses

Here you will find information regarding all types of businesses that provide places to stay, where to go eat, winter shopping, ski and snowboard rental and so much more. 

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