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After the Slopes Close

In New Mexico, a day on the slopes is about far more than just the skiing. When the lifts shut down, things really heat up. Explore local craft brews with a hearty bowl of green chile stew and enjoy these après ski offerings

Taos | Santa Fe | Red River | Ruidoso | Angel Fire | Los Alamos | Albuquerque

Down a side street, along the Rio Grande Gorge, or above the mesa in a hot-air balloon, you will encounter the unusual and the unusually beautiful in Taos. Explore national treasures that include the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, the Taos Pueblo—the oldest continually inhabited Pueblo in the U.S.—and San Francisco de Asis Mission Church (one of Yahoo's top places to see before you die). Taos offers visitors an opportunity to experience living historic "museums" that uphold authentic ancient Indian and Hispanic cultures. Add to that a community that is deeply rooted in making all kinds of art, and you have an atmosphere that is unique as well as exotic.

Nightlife & Dining in Taos

After the lifts close, Taos offers craft microbrews, creative cocktails, and excellent food, ranging from the sophisticated to the home-style. Here are a few local favorites:

Fresh powder in Santa Fe? You bet. Santa Fe boasts more than 320 days of sun a year, featuring brilliant blue skies and carpets of white-light snow throughout the winter season. These skies make the perfect background for a day of spectacular winter sports in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. When you've wrapped up your last run for the day, it is time to enjoy an après ski margarita or pint of craft beer in one of Condé Nast's best small cities in America.

Nightlife & Dining in Santa Fe

Find world-class dining, experience vibrant nightlife, or hit Santa Fe's Margarita Trail for real post-shredding relaxation. Check out these can’t-miss spots:

Red River has been known as the "Ski Town of the Southwest" for decades, but what makes this place so unique is not the "ski" as much as it is the "town." Nestled right up against the Red River Ski Area is a place so special that skiers and snowboarders continue to come back year after year, generation after generation. Why? There are a number of reasons, but primarily because Red River is simple.

Nightlife & Dining in Red River

Great dining options, from classics steakhouses to gourmet pizzerias, await you in Red River — rest your weary muscles at these après classics

Ruidoso is a small town with a laid-back atmosphere and attitude. Families come back time and again for its moderate temperatures, cool shopping, arts scene, historic sites, and decidedly Western charm. For snow fun, the Winter Park Recreation Area offers tubing—day and night—with a magic-carpet lift and huge tubes to hold you and your little ones safely together. Ruidoso offers visitors a wide selection of lodging establishments, from cabins in the woods to luxury private homes. Choose from rustic to the fully outfitted, situated in neighborhoods that make it easy to walk to town for shopping, dining, and live music. Ruidoso sports an alpine feel that is both outgoing and welcoming.

Nightlife & Dining in Ruidoso

In Ruidoso, the flavors are as delicious as the sky is big and blue. After you ski Apache, unwind at these local après hangs:

Enjoy peace and quiet — enjoy your family In Angel Fire; we have peace and quiet. Forget honking horns, sirens and big-city light pollution. Here is where bright stars, pristine nature and amazing wildlife are your neighbors. Hiking, biking, skiing, cycling and more are just outside your door. Wake up each morning, and it's all right here for you and your family to enjoy all year, every day.

Nightlife & Dining in Angel Fire

Off piste, you’ll blend right in with the locals at these post-ski favorites, all locally owned and operated.

Like the perfect equation, the magic of Los Alamos doesn't come from any single element or interaction. Just 2,000 feet and five miles down the hill from Pajarito Mountain, the high altitude, high desert experience continues with some of the best recreation and cultural venues in northern New Mexico. With so many sunny days and more than 150 miles of trails throughout the town, hiking, running and mountain biking are year-round sports. World famous attractions are just a short drive away. The Historic and Creative Districts feature unique, family friendly and free cultural assets, tours and award-winning museums that tell the story of Los Alamos.

Nightlife & Dining in Los Alamos

The secret to “Secret City”? Hop off the lift and go where the locals go. Here are a few hometown après favorites:

Diverse cultures, authentic art, and vibrant traditions have shaped the centuries-old story of Albuquerque, New Mexico's largest city. There are so many fantastic outdoor activities that Outside Magazine included Albuquerque on its list of Best Big Cities for Active Families. Just 20 minutes from Sandia Peak Ski Area via tramway, Albuquerque is a great place to start your winter vacation. The city of Albuquerque sits more than 5,000 feet above sea level, but Sandia Peak reaches nearly 10,700 feet. As such, skiers and snowboarders can enjoy fresh powder on the mountain but rarely see snow once they retreat back to the city.

With plenty of live music and casinos, you’ll never spend a dull night in Albuquerque.

Nightlife & Dining in Albuquerque

Ski Sandia and head downhill for a plethora of options for cuisine, both unique and traditional, and a killer nightlife after the slopes close. Find a few nearby options here: