New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame Induction

By: Monica Christofferson | August 1, 2017 Join us October 8th, at 7pm for drinks and dinner to celebrate the induction of Walter Reugg into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame. This event will take place in the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum. Stay tuned for tickets pricing and purchase information.

Ski Santa Fe Extends Season

By: Monica Christofferson | March 27, 2017 WE GOT SNOW!!! 22” fell in a surprise snow storm and the skiing could not be better. Ski Santa Fe will be open through Sunday April 2nd. We have more snow on the way and this could be one of the best weeks of skiing and riding this year. Ski Santa Fe will extend the special closing lift rates beginning March 25th  through closing day April 2nd. The reduced lift ticket rates…

26" and counting

By: Kent Wilhelmi | March 27, 2017 And Then There Were Three! After a massive storm system dropped more than 2 feet of fresh snow over our northern mountains, the month of March has decided it is most certainly not leaving like a lamb here in New Mexico. Our suddenly epic spring is portended to continue, with OpenSnow.com forecasting winter weather nearly every day this week. Lucky for us in the 505 - Sipapu, Ski Santa Fe, and Taos…

Spring Discounts

By: Monica Christofferson | March 21, 2017 *post updated March 25, 2017 As the season comes to a close, several areas are offering some sweet deals. Ski Santa Fe - Closing April 2, 2017 Discounted lift tickets through April 2nd! Additional Savings with Peak Plus Card Ski Santa Fe Weekend Events: Saturday March 25th - Gladfelter Memorial Bump Contest Sunday March 26th  - Ski Santa Fe Rail Jam Live music at Totemoffs all weekend! Pajarito Mountain - Closing March…

Taos Extends Season

By: Monica Christofferson | March 14, 2017 TAOS OPEN TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH – SUNDAY, THE 9TH It’s been a fantastic season! Taos Ski Valley has decided to extend their season and remain open Tuesday, April 4th through Sunday, April 9th. Monday, April 3rd we will be closed for their Annual Employee Ski Day. We hope you are as happy about this as we are and are looking forward to taking advantage of the extra time to make some more turns and…

6 Reasons Why We Love Snowboarding

By: Kelsie Stelting | March 13, 2017 “Snowboards are not just pieces of wood, steel, and fiberglass. They are tools of escape. A medium for personal expression. A way to challenge fears, push limits, and share incredible experiences with your friends.” Shred Stuff There are a lot of reasons why I think snowboarding is one of the best ways to spend a winter vacation, but, since you probably don’t want me to ramble on like Shakespeare about powder and…

Go Green...Beginners Paradise

By: Kent Wilhelmi | March 6, 2017 New Mexico is not only an affordable winter destination, we're also a great place to get started with skiing or snowboarding. Each one of our mountain resorts boast unique and world-class ski school programs that are complimentary to any family's budget. From the award-winning Ernie Blake Snowsports school at Taos, to the never-ever packages at nearby Sipapu – we'll have all abilities in your family covered. To celebrate learning to ski or…

Torchlight Parades

By: Kelsie Stelting | March 6, 2017 Every Saturday night at Red River Ski & Summer Area people gather to watch the torchlight parade. Here’s what you need to know before you go. Logistics From a distance, the torchlight parade looks like people waving lights down a mountain. Up close, it’s much more than that. Area skiers and snowboarders hold onto actual balls of fire, and, in an extreme act of coordination, wave them around while sliding down the…

Green Chile and Cold Brews

By: Martin H. Jones, PhD, aka “The Professor” | March 6, 2017   Eating at ski resorts can often be expensive with rather generic food offerings. In New Mexico, you can get a large meal for under $15, or cheaper, with the state’s unique take on cuisine. Then, wash it down with a cold local craft brew and grab a Taos bar for your mid-ski snack. What is Green Chile? Somewhere between smoke and heat resides green chile – a pepper that is a…

Skiing Into Springtime

By: Kent Wilhelmi | February 27, 2017 While the temperatures in the city may be hitting the 60's this week, minds may begin drifting towards that mountain bike in the garage, or those golf clubs in the corner. While these are noble endeavors to consider, ski season is far from over here in New Mexico, and our ski areas and resorts are all enjoying an awesome, above-average snowpack. Here are just a handful of reasons to keep your gear…

3 Reasons We Love Ski Apache

By: Kelsie Stelting | February 27, 2017 When we think of Ski Apache, we think about amazing trails, stunning views, and an incredible skiing experience. With 55 trails, 11 lifts, a snow-making operation, and more than 750 skiable acres, Ski Apache makes skiing in New Mexico even sweeter. Here are a few of our favorite things about Ski Apache. The Apache Bowl The Apache Bowl is one of the most popular runs at Ski Apache. With a wide path…

All Are Welcome: New Mexico’s Adaptive Sports Program

By: Martin H. Jones, PhD, aka “The Professor” | February 20, 2017 New Mexico has resources for all types of skiers including those with physical and cognitive impairments. Everybody is welcome to feel the joy of skiing New Mexico’s sunny slopes. Vests Vests. Orange Vests. Not hunter orange, but the subtle orange of a late autumn pumpkin. From 20 feet above the ground, I can see orange vest after orange vest. Contrasting against the pearl white snow, the vests stand out, but the number…

3 Reasons We Love Sipapu

By: Kent Wilhelmi | February 13, 2017 Just south of Taos (and north of Santa Fe), Sipapu has been welcoming snowriders of all ages since 1952. A family ski area from the start, the last decade has seen a number of lift and trail improvements, as well as renovations to the historic base lodge along the Rio Pueblo. Boasting the longest season in the state (first to open, last to close), Sipapu serves up a lot of things we…

How Skiing Fills the Unforgiving February

By: Martin H. Jones, PhD, aka “The Professor” | February 13, 2017 When the mid-winter blues start to emerge, New Mexico offers two of the best days of skiing for nearly 28 days. The unforgiving month gives way to happy ski days with a mixture of fresh snow and spring skiing. February. Ugh. When the excitement of winter ends, and before the spring weather emerges from the frozen ground, resides the month of February. Besides its historical significance for Black History Month and Presidential…

3 Reasons We Love Pajarito

By: Kelsie Stelting | February 6, 2017 Pajarito Mountain, located in the Jemez Mountains, it’s the ideal location for people looking to get away from the crowds and get great views of New Mexico. With 300 acres of cleared, skiable terrain, dedicated snowmaking, and a great selection of discounts and promotions, it is not only a great place to ski or snowboard, but also an affordable destination for snowsports enthusiasts. In case you needed any extra reasons, here are…

Mardi Gras 2017

By: Monica Christofferson | February 6, 2017 Mardi Gras Celebrations 2017 Can’t make it to Bourbon Street for Mardi Gras this year? Don’t fret. New Mexico’s coolest Mardi Gras celebrations include… snow! Why fly all the way to Louisiana where the mosquitos and alligators roam when you can celebrate in the same ol’ crazy fashion, but in your own backyard? On skis. Minus mosquitos and alligators. Get your costumes ready and come join one or more of these parties.…

It's Different Up Here

By: Kent Wilhelmi | January 30, 2017 We're perched atop the summit of Pajarito Mountain, high above the sleepy, post-nuclear town of Los Alamos, when Dianne finally allows her disbelief to be suspended. This is my partner's first visit to New Mexico, and while she's attempting, perhaps in vain, to wrap her head around the place – I think it's all beginning to sink in. We're fortunate to be in Santa Fe for a week on a business trip,…

Après Japanese-style in Santa Fe

By: Shane Jones | January 30, 2017 If you ask ANYONE that has ever been skiing in Japan what their favorite aspect of the trip other than the skiing was, the odds are that “onsens” (hot springs / baths - typically used after day of skiing) would be included in their response, i.e.; how they were a quintessential part of the experience, how you weren’t allowed to wear bathing suits, how relaxing they were, etc. I can certainly attest…

3 Reasons We Love RRSA

By: Kelsie Stelting | January 23, 2017 Red River Ski & Summer Area is a not-so hidden gem in the southern Rockies. Not only is Red River a great place to go skiing or snowboarding with 18 feet of snow each year and trails appropriate for all levels, but there are plenty of other things to love as well. Here are three reasons why we love Red River. Quiet Town Red River is the hometown everyone wishes they had.…

5 of Our Favorite Bump Runs in NM

By: Kent Wilhelmi | January 23, 2017 They occur naturally across the state, with each turn against the same fall line. Some are groomed to death by machinery, while others are left to bloom across the piste. Experts are entreated, and intermediates are thwarted. Mogul skiing in New Mexico is a legendary right of passage (or punking) for all skiers and riders, and here are some of our favorites. The Fab Four Pajarito Mountain Actually comprising 4 runs off…

Snowboard Lesson at RRSA

By: Kelsie Stelting | January 16, 2017 “If you don’t do it this year, you’ll be one year older when you do.” – Warren Miller Where was Warren Miller when I was sitting at the top of a gentle slope trying to figure out how in the world to stand up with both feet strapped to a snowboard? See, this weekend at Red River Ski & Summer Area, two other adult students and myself learned to snowboard. One had…

5 Things to Know Before a Lesson

By: Kelsie Stelting | January 16, 2017 A lesson is a crucial part of learning to ski or snowboard and for the most effective lesson possible, it is important to be prepared. Remember going to school for the first time? You couldn’t just show up and expect it to go well. You had to bring your supplies, dress well, and most importantly, have the right mindset to be successful. Snowboarding is much the same. Know the Lingo Do you…

Ski New Mexico Media Day 2017

By: Kent Wilhelmi | January 9, 2017 Each January, Ski New Mexico invites all our mountain ski area members and media outlets to join us for a day of skiing, friendly competition, and camaraderie. On this past Saturday, we entertained our guests at Ski Santa Fe, under beautiful bluebird skies (and with a recent 10 inches of powder snow, to boot!) Kicking things off in La Casa Lodge, media groups both rowdy and reserved gathered for breakfast, and to…

Powder & Light - Skiing NM

By: Martin H. Jones, PhD, aka “The Professor” | January 9, 2017 New Mexico skiing means hitting the slopes with the same snow hitting other Rocky Mountain States, but with bright sunshine and less crowds. It Starts with a Rumor It starts with a rumor. The rumor grows to probability. Probability becomes hope. Calendars are checked. Schedules cleared. Meetings cancelled. Friends whisper through social media and across text messages. The approaching winter storm begins bearing down on New Mexico. The weather reports come in…

Kids Rule at NM Ski Areas

By: Kelsie Stelting | January 2, 2017 Kids rule! Really! It’s never been a better time to be a kid in New Mexico. Children enjoy discounted or even free tickets at several resorts in New Mexico. These awesome deals for skiing and snowboarding can turn a fun vacation into an affordable family adventure! 5th Graders Ski free at Sipapu and Angel Fire Resort! Just bring your report card and get ready to have a great time! 4th Graders Not…

More Than Just Mountains

By: Kent Wilhelmi | January 2, 2017 As the frosty peaks of New Mexico welcome skiers and snowboarders of all ages, the neighboring towns and communities who call these mountains "home" entreat visitors right alongside them. If perhaps sliding down a snowy slope isn't quite your cup of tea, or if you're looking to include some non-skiers in your next family vacation, take a gander at some of these offerings. The mountains of New Mexico have so much to…

BrewSki 2017

By: Kent Wilhelmi | December 30, 2016 A New Year, and a New Brew With over 40 breweries (and just as many wineries) in our state, New Mexico is quickly captivating the public (and national!) palate. Our local artisans are crafting new and award-winning concoctions statewide, and what better way to tipple than slopeside, right here in the southwest. Here are just a few upcoming, weekend events to satisfy even the most discerning of drinkers: 21st Annual Brewmaster's Festival…

Sandia Peak Open Dec 23

By: Monica Christofferson | December 21, 2016 Sandia Peak will open the beginners area and the Cubby Corner Children’s area on an 18 inch base. Skiing and boarding will be accessed from Chair #4 and the Mitey Mite. At this time the ski area can ONLY be accessed via Highway 536. We will open additional terrain and Tram access as snowfall permits. All facilities will be open including the Double Eagle II Cafeteria, Snow Sports School, Cubby Corner Children’s…

A Little Something For Everyone

By: Kent Wilhelmi | December 20, 2016 Wintertime in New Mexico has something for everyone; whether you're solo on a road trip, taking a long weekend with friends, or packing up the car for your first family ski trip. Discovering the best parts of our 8 resorts needn't be challenging at all - in fact, that's exactly what we here at Ski New Mexico live for. Sandia Peak Kick it off at Sandia Peak, just 45 minutes from downtown…

White Christmas at Ski Santa Fe

By: Monica Christofferson | December 19, 2016 Dispatch - Ski Santa Fe Xmas 2015 December 23rd  - 12” December 24th  - 18” December 25th  - 17” I was all set to fly out at 6:00 am on Christmas Eve to visit my family back home in Tulsa Oklahoma, but the moisture that everyone had been eyeing out West was now with within 24 hours of hitting the Sangres and there was reasonable certainty it was going to deliver more than just a…

The Turning of Kachina Peak

By: Martin H. Jones, PhD, aka “The Professor” | December 19, 2016 Standing at 12,480 feet above sea level, I completely forget how to turn.  My boots cement themselves against the 45-degree angle of Taos’ most famous mountain peak.  Signs warn that ski patrol will not drag me down the run because I’m scared.  The signs are also clear that this is advanced skiing.  I should know better, but now fear and anxiety swirl inside my head.  A voice echoes between my ears, “How…

7 Ski Areas Open in New Mexico

By: Monica Christofferson | December 12, 2016 Skiing in New Mexico is in full swing. 7 areas are now open and making plenty of snow to make for a great time on the slopes.  Most areas in NM are expecting more snow on Friday just in time for the holiday season.  Check out the daily snow report for more details. Daily Operation Schedules Angel Fire Resort – Open Daily Pajarito  Mountain – Open Friday - Monday (Open Daily, December…

From The Sunport to The Slopes

By: Martin H. Jones, PhD, aka “The Professor” | December 12, 2016 You won't find many people who rave about airports when they go skiing.  New Mexico is a little different.  The journey from the terminal to your destination is a lot more interesting, fun, and scenic than your average ski trip. Expect Something a Little Different The first thing you will notice is the sound. Your shoes don’t clamor over industrial grade carpet, but gently tap against a tan tile floor stretching throughout…

Packing for a Ski Trip to NM?

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 12, 2016 There are two kinds of travelers: the kind who start packing weeks before the trip, the open suitcase gleaming like a beacon of adventure, or the ones who wait until the absolute last minute to pack, and have a million pairs of socks because they always have to buy extra on trips. Planner or procrastinator, all travelers could benefit from a check list. Print of the detailed packing list and read along.…

Deals and Steals for 2016-17 Ski Season

By: Monica Christofferson | December 6, 2016 Deals by Ski Area Save at Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway Students, children, seniors, military members and children under 46” tall save at Sandia Peak. There is also an option to buy a 6 Pack of Fun; buy six tickets at a discounted rate and use them for yourself or share with friends and family! Be sure to visit sandiapeak.com to learn about available savings! Find more Sandia Peak deals here. Save…

2016-17 Holiday Events

By: Monica Christofferson | December 5, 2016 The holiday season is one of the best times to visit New Mexico to truly experience the state’s beauty, culture, and traditions.  Residents and tourists brave the cold weather to view and walk among the many light displays and celebrations. These are some of the most spectacular family-friendly displays, worth a stop if you are in or traveling through New Mexico this holiday season! In Santa Fe: Christmas in the Plaza Santa…

Save at Sipapu

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 If you aren't over-the-moon excited about the 2016/17 ski and snowboard season yet, these deals will help get you there! Free lessons? Yes please! Free hotel stay? Sign me up! First 3 Lessons Free New to skiing or snowboarding? Experienced in one and want to learn the other? Buy a full-day lift ticket at Sipapu and get up to THREE free lessons! Free Lodging Days Stay for free in participating hotel or…

Save at Taos Ski Valley

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 Taos Ski Valley is a great place to hit the powder, and these deals make a trip there even better! Snowsports Weeks Looking for multiple lessons and coaching? A Snowsports week might be a good, cost-effective way for you to learn more about the sport and get to know other enthusiasts. Learn more here. Children 6 and Under Ski Free Take your babe with you for a great day on the slopes…

Save at Ski Santa Fe

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 There are a lot of things we love about Ski Santa Fe, including these great savings! Peak Plus Card Each time you show your Peak Plus Card when buying a lift ticket at Ski Santa Fe or Sandia Peak, you get $25 off your purchase. Six Pack of Fun Looking for a great gift or a package deal? A Six Pack of Fun is six all-day lift tickets in a discounted bundle.…

Save at Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 It's a great day to Ski at Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway! Read more to learn ways you can save $15 or more on lift tickets! 6 Pack of Fun When you buy a 6 Pack of Fun, you save money on six all-day lift tickets for yourself or friends! Group Tickets If you have a group of 15 or more looking to ski or snowboard at Sandia Peak, look forward to…

Save at Red River Ski and Summer Area

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 Red River Ski and Summer Area offers multiple deals so just about everyone can find one that works for them, for a great ski trip that won’t break the bank. 2017 January Bargain Days Red River Ski and Summer area offers special January discounts for cheaper lift tickets. Ski for three or more days to receive a discount on lift tickets and 22% off rental rates. 2016/17 College Days College students can…

Save at Pajarito

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 If you're looking to ski or snowboard on a budget, Pajarito Mountain is the place for you! From free days to family discounts, there's something here for everyone! Car Load Days Think skiing or snowboarding might be a good way to enjoy nature as a family? Visit Pajarito Mountain on a Car Load Day to receive $99 lift tickets for up to 5 people. Dates are January 11, 18, 25; February 1,…

Save at Ski Apache

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 Ski Apache is a great skiing and snowboarding destination in southern New Mexico. And these savings made it even better! Stay and Ski Packages Did you know Ski Apache offers three different Stay and Ski packages? They include it all: lift tickets, equipment rentals, lodging, and even meals, all in one convenient, fairly-priced package. If you’re interested in a package deal, visit Ski Apache’s deals page. Season Passes Season Passes are a…

Save at Angel Fire Resort

By: Kelsie Stelting | December 2, 2016 If you've always wanted to ski or snowboard at Angel Fire Resort, now is the time! Check out these discounts to save big on your trip! Stay and Ski Planning a trip to Angel Fire Resort? Consider a Stay and Ski Package deal. This package gives everyone in your group 10% off lodging and tickets when you stay three days or more. Fifth Grader Pass All fifth graders ski and snowboard for…

Ski NM Membership Perks Pass

By: Monica Christofferson | December 2, 2016 Membership Has It's Peaks. By becoming a member of Ski New Mexico, you're not only supporting the southwest's foremost advocacy group for winter sports, you will also receive a member's only punch-pass which grants you 2 free lift tickets at each of our 8 member resorts (16 lift tickets in total!) Become a Member & Buy Now At just $300 (and with limited blackout periods), this transferable pass is the finest deal in…

Pajarito to Open Dec.3

By: Monica Christofferson | November 30, 2016 Ski Season Opens Saturday, Dec. 3 for Pajarito Mountain! Fresh Snow and Cold Temps Give Skiers Great Early Season Conditions! For Immediate Release: Los Alamos, N.M. Pajarito Mountain kicks off ski season this Saturday, Dec. 3 with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on the Aspen Lift with access to Bruce’s Boulevard, and Lone Spruce.  Additional terrain may be available as conditions permit, including beginner terrain. “Pajarito picked up eight inches of fresh snow…

10 ways to Score NM Lift Ticket Deals

By: Monica Christofferson | November 17, 2016 There are lots of great deals to be had this winter and at Ski New Mexico we are here to help you find them.  If you already know where you are headed or are trying to narrow it down look at New Mexico Ski Area specific deals and find what fits your family and your vacation best. These are the Deals and Steal of the 2016-17 season so don't miss out.  We…

Ski NM True Magazine 2016-17

By: Monica Christofferson | November 17, 2016 The 2016-2017 Ski New Mexico Magazine was released and is ready for viewing.  Take a look at the online version or have us send you one! Contact us and let us know you would like a copy of this year's magazine.

5 New Things We're Stoked About This Season

By: Monica Christofferson | November 16, 2016 Emerald Quad debuts at Red River. New Mexico's sole lift installation for the 2016-17 season is happening at Red River, where the Green Chair is being replaced (and realigned) with the Emerald Chair. This four-seater quad will not only increase uphill capacity, it will also provide improved access to the family-friendly slopes of Summit Camp and the neighboring bumps and thrills off the Silver Chair. We can't wait to ride it! Boy…

2016-17 Opening Dates

By: Monica Christofferson | October 10, 2016 Updated Nov. 29, 2016 The tentative opening dates for the 2016-17 ski season are below.  Please note these dates all subject to weather and snowfall amounts.  Things are looking really good!  Keep doing your snow dance. Sipapu –  Open Daily Starting Dec. 2, 2016 Red River Ski & Summer Area – Open Daily Starting Dec. 2, 2016 Ski Santa Fe  – Dec. 3, 2016 Pajarito  – Dec. 3, 2016 Angel Fire – Dec.…

Final Days

By: Monica Christofferson | March 28, 2016 Ski Santa Fe and Taos and will continue to be open until April 3rd.  Sipapu Ski Area will be the last to close this winter staying open until April 10th.  So get up there while you still can to take part in these end-of-season events and take advantage of some spring savings. AREAS STILL OPEN! Sipapu – Daily operations end April 3rd, Re-opens for weekend operations April 9 & 10 Taos Ski Valley…

End of Season Deals & Events

By: Monica Christofferson | March 21, 2016 Spring skiing is in full swing and we are digging the beautiful weather. There’s still plenty of time to get in some shredding if you haven’t had your fill. Plus, warmer weather means you can lighten up on the layers, but be sure to heavy-up the sunscreen. Ski Apache, Ski Santa Fe and Taos and will continue to be open until April 3rd.  Sipapu Ski Area will be the last to close…

Pond Skimming 2016

By: Monica Christofferson | March 15, 2016 Ski Santa Fe, Ski Apache and Taos Ski Valley will be open until April 3rd. Sipapu will be open until April 10th, 2016. The end of the ski and riding season is bittersweet, but this goodbye comes with some of the most looked-forward-to events of the year. It’s time for some pond skimming. As the weather warms and the snow melts, resorts dig out an icy pool at the bottom of their…

NM Soups to warm your soul

By: Monica Christofferson | March 7, 2016 3 Authentic Soup Recipes to Take Home from New Mexico New Mexico is known for its unique cuisine featuring fiery red and green Hatch chile, which is the perfect ingredient during the winter months to warm you from the inside out. We’ve compiled three traditional, yet simple, recipes for three New Mexican style soups that anyone can make at home. Many of these ingredients can be picked up at any market or…

Spring Break Top Deals & Activities

By: Monica Christofferson | February 29, 2016 It’s just around the corner. Spring Break! The kids have been ready since right about, oh, January 1st. Hopefully you’re headed to New Mexico to ski or snowboard and enjoy some beautiful weather in the mountains. There’s no better month than March for a family vacation in the Land of Enchantment. Many of the ski areas offer great deals for kids and family-friendly events happening all over the state. We can’t wait…

Top 10 Other Winter Activities

By: Monica Christofferson | February 22, 2016 We may be having a great season here in New Mexico. The skiing and snowboarding has been awesome, but there’s much more to it than going up and down the mountain. In fact, everyone can find a reason to get out and enjoy this snow, not just skiers and snowboarders, everyone. If you’re planning a trip and want to make sure there are enough activities on the agenda, especially for the non-skiers…

Compare And Save - Ski NM

By: Monica Christofferson | February 15, 2016 I was born and raised in NM to a big skiing family.  We love to ski and board.  I’ve skied at every ski area in NM and enjoy them all; each resort is unique and has a little something different to offer.  The best part of living in Albuquerque is that we can be on the mountain in only a couple of hours as the New Mexico ski resorts are only a…

A Season You Dream About

By: Monica Christofferson | February 10, 2016 New Mexico Is Having 'One Of Those Seasons You Dream About' For the full article on Unofficial Networks click here Normally known for a desert climate that lacks precipitation, New Mexico’s mountains are an anomaly and with this year’s El Niño blowing storm after storm through the southwest, Taos Ski Valley is acting as 2016’s figurehead for deep snow, no lift lines, and rowdy terrain. So far, the resort is reporting a season…

Off The Beaten Slope

By: Monica Christofferson | February 8, 2016 It’s not for every skier. It will challenge your stamina mentally, physically and probably even emotionally.  But those who seek it out find it to be a transformative crucible. Some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain and pristine powder can be accessed if you are willing to take the climb. Hiking is appealing for several reasons. First, the snow is often untouched: soft, downy, powder at its finest. There’s no race to…

Fun, Fun February

By: Monica Christofferson | February 1, 2016 February kicks off with a Winter Storm Warning across northern and western New Mexico, bringing a blanket of fresh powder to the slopes in preparation for another outstanding month of skiing and some spirited events in Angel Fire and Red River. You may not think of a small ski town deep in the mountains of northern New Mexico when you think of Mardi Gras. But that’s only until you attend their parties.…

El Niño Is Not Over Yet

By: Monica Christofferson | January 25, 2016 The all-mighty El Niño has made its presence known in New Mexico this winter and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Brett Nichols, Marketing Manager at Ski Apache near Ruidoso agrees, “It’s great to see people so excited about the conditions and it just helps the overall feel, moral at the resort. Catch a smile at Ski Apache! With all the new snow smiles are contagious here.” The colder and wetter weather that…

Winter Festivals in January

By: Monica Christofferson | January 18, 2016 Yes, there’s amazing snow. Yes, this is the best time to come ski any of New Mexico’s ski areas. And yes, there’s so much to do in addition to skiing. Schedule one of these events into your visit to Taos or Angel Fire. Each of these ski towns offers a unique experiences with so much to explore. Mark your calendar for these Festival events coming up in January. January 22-24 Big O'…

MLK Weekend Events

By: Monica Christofferson | January 14, 2016 For many, it’s a long holiday which means more hours you can spend in the snow and on the mountain.  Get out and enjoy the best winter ski season New Mexico has seen in decades.  Here’s who’s open and what’s happening: Sandia Peak Ski Area Open Friday - Sunday + Monday, January 18 They’ve got snow and yes, they are open. You can fit in all your MLK-Day plans AND get in…

Where to eat!

By: Monica Christofferson | January 11, 2016 A full day of skiing can really work up an appetite and deciding where to go once you’re finally off the mountain can be daunting. So before you get too hungry remember we’ve already put together a list of tried and true spots near each of New Mexico’s fine ski areas where you’ll find great food and local flavor. Red River   Sundance Restaurant 401 E. High Street Red River, NM 87558…

KOAT Learn to Ski Program

By: Monica Christofferson | January 8, 2016 KOAT 7 in cooperation with Ski New Mexico and all eight of its alpine resorts are pleased to again join the nationwide efforts of “Learn a Winter Sports Month” this January. More than 6,000 children have benefited from the KOAT Kids Learn to Ski & Snowboard program-- now entering its fifth year. For $50.00 per day, participating children age 6 to 12 receive a lesson, ski lift ticket, and all equipment rentals.…

#howiSkiNM

By: Monica Christofferson | January 4, 2016 We all agree that New Mexico is underrated as a ski destination. We have mountains and runs for all abilities, views that won’t quit, and quaint ski towns with character. So, what’s your favorite thing about skiing in NM? We want to see it. The Challenge We’re challenging you to get out on the mountain, take some pics or shoot a video, and show us what you love most about skiing in New Mexico. It…

BrewSki 2016

By: Monica Christofferson | December 27, 2015 As if skiing all day isn’t enjoyable enough, New Mexico ski areas are taking it up a notch again this year with exciting beer-centric events featuring local breweries, entertainment and plain old fun. Plan your trip or weekend to coincide with one (or many) of these “BrewSki” events: Ski Santa Fe Winter Music Series - Ongoing Saturday, March 19: Sean Healen @ Noon – 3 p.m. at Ski Santa Fe Live music by Sean…

Sandia Peak Opens Dec. 26th!

By: Monica Christofferson | December 24, 2015 Sandia Peak will open for the 2015-2016 ski season on Saturday December 26th, 2015. Sandia Peak will open with 75% of the trails on a 12 inch base. Lifts 1,3,4 and the Mitey Mite will be running to take you up for some great skiing and boarding. The recent storm brought 9 inches of new snow and our crews have been hard at work getting the mountain ready. All facilities will be open including the Double…

The GoPro Movement

By: Monica Christofferson | December 21, 2015 There’s a high-tech gadget that may be high on the Christmas list of many skiers this year. Are you hoping Santa will drop a GoPro, or similar camera, in your stocking this year? The GoPro movement has hit the slopes pretty hard the last few seasons. It’s difficult to find a skier or snowboarder who isn’t sporting one of the popular high definition cameras these days. These rugged little cameras are fitted…

NM Most Underrated Winter Destination. Here's Proof. 

By: Monica Christofferson | December 16, 2015 BY NICK PACHELLI http://matadornetwork.com/trips/new-mexico-might-just-underrated-winter-destination-heres-proof/ There are 9 (yep, 9!) downhill ski areas in the state. New Mexico’s resorts cover more than 4,000 acres of snowy terrain. From the steeps of Taos Ski Valley in the north, to the views of the Rio Grande Valley from Sandia Peak Resort, to the easy southern access of Ski Cloudcroft, they show just how beautiful the high-altitude landscapes of the Southern Rockies can be. One of…

Attend the Gildan Bowl & Save

By: Monica Christofferson | December 15, 2015 Two more reasons to attend the 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl Excitement over the 2015 Gildan New Mexico Bowl is growing, thanks in part to Lobo fans having the opportunity to see their team in a bowl game so close to home. Through a partnership with the New Mexico Tourism Department, Ski New Mexico and the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, New Mexicans now have another reason to be excited. Ticketholders will receive…

Stocking Stuffers for Skiers & Snowboarders

By: Monica Christofferson | December 14, 2015 Need a gift for someone who loves to ski or snowboard? Check out these stocking stuffer ideas to suit just about any personality. The Frequent Skier If your loved one eats, sleeps, and drinks skiing, a discount card to one of these NM ski areas would most definitely make his or her ski-season dreams come true. The Taos Card - $40; $75 after Dec. 18 – $17 off the single-day ticket rate…

Sipapu New Quad Lift Open 12/12

By: Monica Christofferson | December 11, 2015 Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will celebrate the grand opening of its newest lift this Saturday morning and resort officials announced that they will extend the festivities next week with FREE lift tickets for kids and teens. The resort’s first quad (a chairlift that can accommodate four guests per chair) started turning on November 25, not long after Sipapu became the first ski area to open in New Mexico. Sipapu’s November 14…

2015-2016 NM Holiday Events

By: Monica Christofferson | December 7, 2015 The holiday season is one of the best times to visit New Mexico to truly experience the state’s beauty, culture, and traditions. At this time of year, the state’s strong Spanish heritage is most evident as farolitos or luminarias, (lanterns, made of brown paper bags filled with sand and lit with a small candle), glow softly along pathways, adorn porches, and trim the iconic flat rooftops. Residents and tourists brave the cold…

Deals and Steals on Passes and Cards

By: Monica Christofferson | November 20, 2015 Secure a Season Pass for the 205-2016 Ski Season and be sure you are ready to ski the powder! Now is the time to purchase a season pass or discount card to one of New Mexico’s ski areas.   A discount card or season pass will not only allow you to ski locally more often, but save you money on lift tickets.  And don’t worry, with the mega El Niño forecasted for our…

Welcome El Niño!

By: Monica Christofferson | November 20, 2015 New Mexico’s mountains are bracing for what could be the greatest ski season on record thanks to one of the strongest El Niño years the state has ever seen. Warming of the sea surface temperatures in the Pacific fuel El Niño “conditions” creating colder and wetter weather patterns across the country, especially here in the Southwest.  The National Weather Service is forecasting above-average snowfall for New Mexico this winter.  In fact, several…

2015-16 Opening Dates!

By: Monica Christofferson | November 6, 2015 The tentative opening dates for the 2105 -16 ski season are below.  Please note these dates all subject to weather and snowfall amounts.  Things are looking really good!  Keep doing your snow dance. Sipapu -  Nov. 14, 2015 Red River Ski & Summer Area - Nov. 25, 2015 Taos Ski Valley -  Nov. 26, 2015 Ski Santa Fe  - Nov. 26, 2015  Ski Apache - Nov. 26,2015 Pajarito  - Nov. 27, 2015 Angel Fire - Dec.…

Ski New Mexico True Magazine

By: Monica Christofferson | September 10, 2015 The 2015-2016 Ski New Mexico Magazine was released and is ready for viewing.  Take a look at the online version or have us send you one! http://issuu.com/skinewmexico/docs/ski_nm_true_magazine_2015-2016 Contact us and let us know you would like a copy of this year's magazine.    

Last Weekend of The Season

By: Monica Christofferson | April 7, 2015 Taos Ski Valley The late February snow is still sticking around and should make for a great closing weekend at Taos.  The Kachina Peak lift will run from 9:00am-3:00pm.  Some come up and enjoy a few more turns this season. OPEN 4/10 to 4/12 Extended season weekend April 10 -12 great ticket prices, visit skitaos.org for details. HOURS Lifts 1,2 & 4 will run from 9:00am-4:00pm - Kachina Peak will run from 9:00am-3:00pm…

Spectacular Spring Skiing! - Two More Weeks

By: Monica Christofferson | March 23, 2015 Another season may be winding down, but right now is one of the best times to be skiing and riding in New Mexico. Warmer days combined with our incredible February snowfall make this a perfect opportunity to spend a few more fantastic days on the slopes. Plus, with so many deals and special events to enjoy around the state, there’s plenty of reasons to get a couple more turns in this season.…

Taste The Difference: The Food of New Mexico

By: Monica Christofferson | March 17, 2015 For a true New Mexico experience, you must get your taste buds involved early and often. The blend of distinct flavors from Spanish and Native American cultures has been perfected over the course of 400 years and will stay with you long after you’ve returned home. What you’ll taste here is not your average borderland Mexican fare. It’s a unique, specialized cuisine all its own. And at the center of nearly everything…

Countdown To Splashdown: Get Ready For Pond Skimming!

By: Monica Christofferson | March 10, 2015 It’s time to sink or skim as resorts around New Mexico celebrate the final days of the ski and snowboard season with a series of unforgettable pond skimming competitions. The rules are simple -- get down the slope as quickly as you can and preferably in the wackiest costume you can find, then do your best to sustain both verticality and forward momentum as you glide or skim across the surface of…

Deep South - New Mexico True Story

By: Monica Christofferson | March 6, 2015 In late February, 2015, the largest storm in a decade blanketed New Mexico with more than 70 inches of snow. We were ready with our skis and boards. Here’s how it all went down. Our friends at New Mexico TRUE captured the essence of New Mexico winters.

Celebrate The Perfect (Snow) Storm!

By: Monica Christofferson | March 2, 2015 A once-in-a-decade snowstorm has arrived in Albuquerque/Santa Fe and local skiers and boarders couldn’t be happier. With snow predicted until Wednesday and blue bird days coming later in the week, conditions are primed for an epic weekend of powder and fun at Ski Santa Fe and Sandia Peak. Of course, with the two areas just an hour’s drive from each other, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy both during this historic week!…

Epic Snowfall

By: Monica Christofferson | February 26, 2015 Snow totals as of Feb. 26. Please see snow report for current totals!!You may not need a snorkel yet but you can get lots of face shots!  New Mexico ski areas are getting hammered with snow and there is more on the way.  Forecasts are showing as much as two to three feet additional snowfall for New Mexico over the next 7 days.  Area operators are excited about the recent snow and…

Get A Fresh Take On Spring Break!

By: Monica Christofferson | February 23, 2015 Whether you’re still figuring out your freshman year or grinding out the final days until graduation, everyone deserves a spring break to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul. In New Mexico, there’s no better places to decompress than the state’s magnificent mountain towns and resorts. In addition to the spectacular skiing and snowboarding, you’ll find spring break parties, live music, outdoor adventures, and more that will make schoolwork a distant memory --…

Ski the Powder Like a Pro!

By: Monica Christofferson | February 17, 2015 When you ski New Mexico, there’s no shortage of light, dry powder. Cold temperatures and low humidity combine to keep the snow soft and nice at resorts throughout the state. Skiing powder can present its own unique technical challenges though. To maximize our fun and minimize the risk of injury, we visited some of New Mexico’s top instructors to see how best to thrive in the soft stuff. Tom Long | Pajarito…

President's Weekend Events

By: Monica Christofferson | February 12, 2015 All 8 New Mexico ski areas are open this weekend and will be open Monday as well.  Come out and enjoy the great new snow we just got on Wednesday. This weekend is filled with costume balls, bead tossing, singing and dancing, Cajun and Creole gourmet delights, parades, kids costume contest, cajun cook-off, crawfish boils, downhill gator race, great deals and more! We can't wait to celebrate with you. Red River - Mardi Gras…

Mardi Gras In The Mountains - Laissez Le Bon Temps Rouler!

By: Monica Christofferson | February 9, 2015 The best Mardi Gras party this side of the bayou is in Northern Mexico as the town of Red River hosts its legendary Mardi Gras In The Mountains festival, Feb. 12-17. Arrive early and stay late to catch all the parades, crawfish boils, costume balls, and, of course, beads! There’s so much for revelers of all ages to see and do as the community buzzes with excitement throughout the extended weekend leading…

Discover the Jewel of Southern New Mexico - Ruidoso!

By: Monica Christofferson | February 4, 2015 Less that 150 miles from the Texas border, nestled amongst cool mountain pines, lies the beautiful village of Ruidoso, N.M. and America’s southernmost ski area, the Ski Apache resort. With a great snowfall this season and a wealth of entertainment options for the entire family, now is the perfect time to get reaquainted with one of New Mexico’s favorite winter destinations. For skiers and snowboarders, it all starts with Ski Apache. The…

An Angel Fire Tradition Like No Other: The Shovel Racing Championships

By: Monica Christofferson | January 26, 2015 It started innocently enough. One day, workers at the Angel Fire Resort discovered that they could move more quickly from one spot on the slopes to another if they stopped carrying their large snow shovels and started riding them instead. Of course, it didn’t take long for the competitive juices to kick in and by the 1970s organized shovel races were happening regularly at this picturesque Northern New Mexico ski area. Soon,…

Sandia Peak Opening Weekend 1/24 & 1/25

By: Monica Christofferson | January 23, 2015 Sandia Peak will open with 95% of the trails on an 18 inch base. Lifts 1,3,4 and the Mitey Mite will be running to take you up for some great skiing and boarding. The recent storm brought 10 inches of new snow and our crews have been hard at work getting the mountain ready. All facilities will be open including the Double Eagle II Cafeteria, Snow Sports School, Cubby Corner Children’s Facility, Rental Shop and Sandia Peak…

Pajarito Opening Weekend 1/24 & 1/25

By: Monica Christofferson | January 22, 2015 Pajarito Mountain Ski Area announced today that after picking up 7" of snow on Wednesday, the Los Alamos ski area will open most of its mountain this Saturday and Sunday. Mountain officials are reporting a 26" base on powder and packed powder conditions. General manager Tom Long says he expects to open four lifts (Mother, Aspen, Beginner and the Mighty Mite) along with 32 of the mountain's 44 trails, including 8 beginner…

Ask The Experts: Ski School For Kids

By: Monica Christofferson | January 19, 2015 Quality instruction at an early age is the key to a lifetime of enjoyment on the slopes. New Mexico’s ski schools offer a combination of clear technical instruction, important safety lessons, and, most importantly, a lot of fun, to ensure that your child has the best experience possible. We recently visited with three of the state’s top ski school directors -- Sue Leslie (Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort), Bill Gould (Ski Santa…

Start 2015 Right With Two Weekends of Fun In Northern New Mexico!

By: Monica Christofferson | January 13, 2015 Winters in New Mexico are all about enjoying good times with family and friends. While there’s plenty of fun to be had on the slopes and resorts, there are a pair of upcoming events later this month that are worth planning a trip for themselves. One of the best weekends for locals and visitors alike is the Taos Winter Wine Festival (Jan. 28 - Feb. 1), which is now in its 28th…

Discover Pristine NM Cross Country Skiing

By: Monica Christofferson | January 6, 2015 Discover Pristine Cross Country Skiing & Snowshoeing in Northern New Mexico! Breathtaking natural beauty and the quiet stillness of a snow covered trail are just part of the appeal of cross country skiing and snowshoeing in New Mexico. The Land of Enchantment offers a wealth of outstanding landscapes, trails, and events that focus on these simple, but demanding winter sports. At the unforgettable Valles Caldera -- a 13.7-mile wide national preserve in…

Mardi Gras in the Mountains

By: Monica Christofferson | January 1, 2015 The week is filled with costume balls, bead tossing, singing and dancing, Cajun and Creole gourmet delights, parades, kids costume contest, cajun cook-off, crawfish boils, downhill gator race, great deals and more! Red River February 12-17, 2015   Krewe Krawl & Burning of the Wild Tchopitoulas When: Thursday 7:00 pm Where: Motherlode Saloon The Wild Tchopitoulas is a fictional character that serves as a mascot for Mardi Gras in the Mountains. Mardi Gras kicks off…

Ski New Mexico Brew Ski Events 2015

By: Monica Christofferson | January 1, 2015 Skiing. Local Beers & Fun. All our ski resorts boast entertaining, beer-centric events that cater to both the serious connoisseur and the casual taster. Check out some of the upcoming “BrewSki” events below! Sipapu   SANTA FE BREWING HAPPY HOPS HUNT Santa Fe Brewing sends you on a mountain-wide scavenger hunt in search of SFB cans stuffed with prizes. Redeem your prizes at the base area. And while you’re here, FREE telemark…

8 Tips To Get The Most From Your Skiing Lessons

By: Monica Christofferson | December 29, 2014 Quality ski instruction is something every skier or snowboarder on the mountain can benefit from. Whether you’re just getting started or a seasoned skier or boarder, there’s always a new skill to learn or a technique to polish that will help boost your safety and fun on the slopes. Robin May, Director of the Ski & Snowboard School at Angel Fire Resort, offers some important ways to make sure you’re getting the…

New Mexico Tastes Of The Holidays

By: Monica Christofferson | December 22, 2014 The holiday season in New Mexico is a distinct experience that leaves a lasting impact on the five senses. Months later you can close your eyes and still see the glowing luminarias, smell the piñon wood, feel the crisp winter air, hear the carolers, and, above all, taste the unforgettable flavors of the region. The holidays in the Land of Enchantment are a time to honor traditions with special foods. For centuries,…

Explore The New Beer Frontier!

By: Monica Christofferson | December 15, 2014 There’s been an explosion in the state of New Mexico. No, not like our famous atomic blast at the Trinity Site in White Sands. This has been one of a more hoppy, sudsy, crowd-pleasing variety. Over the past decade, the craft beer scene in the Land of Enchantment has blown up, becoming one of the hottest beer-producing regions in America with nearly three dozen established microbreweries and brew pubs dotting scenic byways…

The Christmas Lights of New Mexico

By: Monica Christofferson | December 8, 2014 Nothing says Christmas time in the Land of Enchantment quite like the soft glow of luminarias or farolitos in towns and cities throughout the state. On a clear, brisk winter night, particularly in ski country, these traditional New Mexican holiday lights turn any evening stroll into something magical. What exactly is a luminaria though and what’s the difference between that and a farolito? Like many of the unique traditions of New Mexico,…

The Art of Snowmaking

By: Monica Christofferson | December 1, 2014 With its cold, dry climate, New Mexico is home to some of the best natural snow in America. But when Mother Nature needs a helping hand, skiers and snowboarders throughout the Land of Enchantment benefit from the state’s modern snowmaking systems which provide much of the idyllic trail surfaces they enjoy throughout the day. Snowmaking dates back to the early 1950s with the invention of the first snow cannon and gained widespread…

Skiing In New Mexico - A Family Tradition

By: Monica Christofferson | November 25, 2014 Skiing in New Mexico is all about connections. Connections to family, to friends, and to the special places that create such warm memories year after year. Whether you’re visiting from another state or live just a short drive away, there’s something truly magical about these unique winter destinations that keep people returning to rediscover the joy. Donna Hirschhauser and her family have been visiting Sipapu for 17 years, making the 16-hour trek…

30" of New Snow at Angel Fire

By: Monica Christofferson | November 19, 2014 Last weekends storms blanketed the mountain at Angel Fire with 30 inches of fresh snow. "With over two and a half feet of pre-season snowfall to date, we're anticipating some of the best opening conditions in years," said Ed Cohen, chief marketing officer at Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico. Other areas around the state also saw some great snowfall to start the season.  With colder temperatures areas are taking advantage and…

Sipapu Open for 2014/15 Season

By: Monica Christofferson | November 17, 2014 Winter enthusiasts will carve their first turns of the season when the lifts open at 9 a.m. this Saturday at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, located 20 miles southeast of Taos and just over two hours north of Albuquerque. The November 15 opening date will mark the 12th consecutive time northern New Mexico’s oldest ski area has opened before any other ski area in the state, and it will be the earliest…

New Mexico Ski Resorts - Opening Dates

By: Monica Christofferson | October 20, 2014 New Mexico ski enthusiasts circle the start of the season on their calendars each year, but 2014-15 promises to be a truly unforgettable season in the Land of Enchantment. Favorable forecasts have most areas in the state slated to open Thanksgiving weekend with Sipapu opening its doors on Nov. 15. However, all eyes will be on the Taos Ski Valley this winter and the debut of one of the biggest projects in…

Ski New Mexico Area Holiday Events

By: Monica Christofferson | October 19, 2014 New Mexico’s ski areas and resorts don’t just provide amazing skiing and snowboarding during the holidays. From torchlight parades, fireworks, luminaria tours and parties, there’s no better place to ring in the holidays than New Mexico’s slopes. Taos Ski Valley Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade Red River Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade December 24, 2014 7:00 pm Christmas Luminaria Ski/Snowshoe Tour December 25, 2014 New Year's Eve Torchlight Parade December 31, 2014 7:00 pm Old Fashioned New Year's Eve Party…

Kachina Peak Lift

By: Monica Christofferson | October 16, 2014 Beginning the 2014 - 2015 ski season, visitors will be able to experience the mountain’s celebrated Kachina Peak via a chairlift for the first time. The Kachina Peak Lift will be installed during the summer of 2014 and will summit at 12,450 feet, making it one of the highest chairlifts in North America. The lift will increase the mountain’s advanced and expert lift-serviced terrain by 50 percent. All towers have been set,…

SKI NM True Passport

By: Monica Christofferson | October 6, 2014 Ski every type of terrain and experience each area in New Mexico. With Ski NM True Passport you get one full day ticket at 8 beautiful ski areas: Angelfire, Sandia Peak, Ski Santa Fe, Sipapu, Taos, Ski Apache, Pajarito, and Red River. Black out dates apply: 12/26/14—1/4/15 and 3/7/15—3/15/15 Card is transferable. Card is not redeemable for cash. Purchase Here