Spring Skiing in New Mexico
by Dan Davis
I just got back from New Mexico where I was on five-day skiing assignment for Triple A’s HighRoads magazine. My article will appear later, but I wanted you all to know the “Ski New Mexico” should be taken seriously as you look ahead to spring. Like a lot of families, we have always gone to Durango, and our favorite, Telluride. That’s going to change, because I “Skied New Mexico.”
Riding the chairlift at Angel Fire
I had a chance to visit four ski resorts as I traveled with about 20 other travels writers, all the areas had great skiing and best of all, lift tickets were definitely cheaper than Colorado
Our first stop was Angel Fire, where a new lodge/hotel has been built. The bar is cool, restaurants very good and although not quite ski in ski out, it’s only about a five minute climb up the stairs to the main lift. Lift tickets are 59-dollars a day for adults, $39 for kids 7-12.
Info at www.angelfireresort.com
Ski Santa Fe is in a great location, just about 45 minutes outside of popular Santa Fe, and that’s good because Ski Santa Fe is skiing only, no lodges or hotels. Skiing was fabulous the day we were there, lots of mountain to discover and lift tickets are $60 for adults, teens 14-20 $45 and discounts for multi day tickets.
Info at www.skisantafe.com
Taos is the legendary New Mexico ski resort. Big mountain, lots of condos and a more traditional resort feel around the main lifts. Lift tickets are; $66 for adults, $55 for teens and $40 children.
Info at www.skitaos.org
Our final stop was the Red River Ski resort, about three hours north of Albuquerque and 30 miles south of the Colorado line. The ski resort is the smallest of the four, but there’s plenty of good, challenging skiing and the resort prides itself in being a family ski area. The town of Red River reminds me of how Telluride was 30 years ago and chair lifts line the mountain side of the town. Lift tickets are $61, teens 13-19 are $55 and junior 4-12 are $46.
Info at www.redriverskiarea.com