New Mexico may be best known for its vast desert areas and warm climate but for those who have yet to enjoy the beauty of the southern U.S. state, New Mexico offers an entirely different side. In parts of the state in winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to the Sangre de Christo Mountains and the Sacramento Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rockies for some time in the snow. For a few months each year, areas including Santa Fe, Albuquerque and even as far south as Ruidoso gear up for the roughly 300 inches of snow which falls in this short time. A great place to enjoy almost 300 days of sun and over 300 inches of snow, find out what you have been missing as Island Trader Vacations reviews 3 ski resorts in New Mexico you won’t want to miss.
Angle Fire Resort
Located on the far northern side of the Santa Fe National Forest, this popular resort has a season which begins in mid December and runs till around the middle of March depending on conditions. Situatied at over 8,600 feet above sea level, the slop features a vertical drop of over 2,070 feet, an average annual snowfall of 2010 inches and 7 lifts with 79 trails ranging from beginner to expert. The resort also offers a ski and snowboard schools, a Nordic center, day car, tubing, sledding, fine dining, and snowshoeing in winter.
The southernmost ski destination in the state of New Mexico, Ski Apache is located near Ruidoso in Mescalero New Mexico. Just hours from El Paso Texas, high in the mountains, Ski Apache is a unique experience to say the least. An amazingly sunny destination with a few months blessed with powder, Ski Apache is not just the southernmost ski destination in the state, but one of the southernmost in the country. Sierra Blanca is the mountain where you will find this popular area and its most popular resort, the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Towering some 12,000 feet, Sierra Blanca winter weather patterns generally produce around 180 inches of snow a year at its peak. The resort area itself is located at around 9,600 feet above sea level. Visitors of all levels have plenty of options to choose from in terms of slopes. A great place to escape the desert and enjoy a bit of the north in the south, Ski Apache is one of the best.
Ski Santa Fe
Last on our list, we head back north to Santa Fe. Located in what is considered the Rio Grand Valley, Ski Santa Fe is one of the best. Located just 16 miles from the heart of Santa Fe, the mountain where you will find Ski Santa Fe towers thousands of feet above the city. The resorts base elevation is 10,350 feet above sea level and is open from late November to early April. There are 77 trails ranging from beginner to expert, 36 groomed runs, an average of 225 inches of natural snowfall, and over 600 acres of additional skiable terrain. A vertical drop of over 1700 feet makes this a resort destination you won’t want to miss.
New Mexico is truly an adventure waiting to happen, all you need to do is go. Find out what you have been missing.