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Ski and Ride the Winter Sun

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.

New Mexico Ski Areas

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Angel Fire Torchlight parade

ANGEL FIRE RESORT

KNOWN FOR: Great family atmosphere.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: Try Legends Grill, especially if it’s Taco Tuesday, or El Jefe for lunch at the resort, or Enchanted Circle Brewing Company in town.

VERTICAL FEET: 2,077

SKIABLE ACRES: 560

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 210 inches


Taos Ski Valley

TAOS SKI VALLEY

KNOWN FOR: Steep skiing, great learning center, good bars and restaurants, the Blake Hotel.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: Cafe Naranja or Bumps Market for breakfast or brunch and the Bavarian for après. 192 at the Blake, the Blonde Bear Tavern, or the Hotel St. Bernard for dinner.

VERTICAL FEET: 3,281

SKIABLE ACRES: 1,249

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 300 inches


Jonathan Ellsworth at Ski Santa Fe.

SKI SANTA FE

KNOWN FOR: Great tree skiing, good family programs, proximity to Santa Fe, and good access to backcountry skiing.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: Head to Totemoff’s at mid-mountain, grab a picnic table and a green chile cheeseburger, and enjoy the live music.

VERTICAL FEET: 1,725

SKIABLE ACRES: 660

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 225 inches


Ski Apache

SKI APACHE

KNOWN FOR: Its gondola, Mescalero Apache ownership, one of the southernmost ski areas in the country.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: Hit Spirit Bar for après, the Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino to pull some slots, Wendell’s for fine dining and live music. In Ruidoso, Win, Place & Show has regular live country music, and Noisy Water Winery offers great local reds.

VERTICAL FEET: 1,900

SKIABLE ACRES: 750

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 180 inches


Sandia Book

SKI SANDIA PEAK

KNOWN FOR: Proximity to Albuquerque, the tram from the desert to the craggy Sandía Peak, great slopes for beginners and families.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: Ten 3, a brand-new stunner of a building on Sandía Crest, serves carb-loaded lunches and exclusive, high-end dinners. Sandiago’s Grill, at the base of the tram, whips up New Mexican classics, along with steaks and fish.

VERTICAL FEET: 1,700

SKIABLE ACRES: 200

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 100 inches


Sipapu Ski Resort's  ski lift

SIPAPU SKI AND SUMMER RESORT

KNOWN FOR: Small size, family-friendly vibe.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: Try Riverside Café, on the second story of the historic lodge.

VERTICAL FEET: 1,055

SKIABLE ACRES: 200

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 190 inches


Cloudcroft Snow Cat

SKI CLOUDCROFT

KNOWN FOR: Welcoming ski area for beginners. It’s a good value, too. Full-day junior lift tickets are just $35.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: In town, check out Cloudcroft Brewing Company or Mad Jack’s Mountaintop BBQ.

VERTICAL FEET: 700

SKIABLE ACRES: 74

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 110 inches


Red River Torchlight Parade

RED RIVER

KNOWN FOR: A family atmosphere and a great ski school. Slopes that come right into a laid-back town with rustic mountain culture.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: Check out the Red River Brewing Company or head to the Grill, at the ski area base, a popular spot to watch torchlight parades on Saturday nights.

VERTICAL FEET: 1,600

SKIABLE ACRES: 209

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 214 inches


Skier on the beginner's hill at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

PAJARITO

KNOWN FOR: Great tree skiing, fun family atmosphere, lots of scientists.

WHERE TO EAT/DRINK: In Los Alamos, get a beer at Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op and a burrito at El Rigoberto’s.

VERTICAL FEET: 1,440

SKIABLE ACRES: 750

AVERAGE SNOWFALL: 125 inches