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Welcome to New Mexico
Hitting the Slopes!
New Mexico
Winter Escape
Come Up For Air
Angel Fire
White Gold
Red River
Winter Paradise
Sipapu
World Class & Wonderful
Taos Ski Valley
Southern Hospitality
Ski Apache
White ... and Green
Pajarito
High Country Powder
Ski Santa Fe
Peak Experience
Sandia Peak & Tram
Ski Enchantment
Cross Country Skiing
Sponsors & Advertisers
Business Index
Anatomy of Snow
Perfect Powder
Membership
Safety First
Whether you’re driving in from a neighboring state or flying in
to our charming Albuquerque Sunport, getting to New Mexico’s
many ski areas and resorts is half of the adventure. Our un-
paralleled vistas, charming historic towns, golden sunsets and
enchanting landscapes won’t disappoint. And like the skiing,
they’ll bring you back again and again.
Just a Drive Away
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Angel Fire
Taos Ski Valley
Enchanted Forest
Ski Santa Fe
Ski Apache
Chama
Red River
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Sipapu
Pajarito
Valles Caldera
Sandia Peak
Santa Fe
Albuquerque
Clines Corners
Ruidoso
Inn of the
Mountain Gods
El Paso, TX
Las Cruces
Alamagordo
Santa Rosa
Vaughn
Albuquerque
Int’l Sunport
El Paso Int’l Airport
Carrizozo
San Antonio
Socorro
Fort Sumner
Roswell
Artesia
Clovis
Portales
Springer
Tucumcari
Las Vegas
Mora
Taos
Española
Los Alamos
Jemez Springs
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Chute, Kachina Peak, Taos Ski Valley.
©Copyright 2009 Kevin Rebholtz
George Brooks
Executive Director, Publisher
gbrooks@skinewmexico.com
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Editor-in-Chief
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Creative Director
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Advertising Sales
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Contributing writers and editors:
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Jill Lane, Eric Billingsley
Slopes! — The New Mexico Winter Adventure
Guide is published once a year by Ski New
Mexico, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) orga-
nization supporting New Mexico’s major ski
areas, resorts and the winter sports industry.
Printed in the United States of America
by Ski New Mexico, Inc., PO Box 90037,
Albuquerque, NM 87199. 505-858-2422.
©Copyright 2009, Ski New Mexico. All Rights
Reserved. Reproduction of this guide’s con-
tents, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited
without written permission by the publisher.
Ski New Mexico has made every effort to
maintain accuracy and timeliness in the
information provided herein. However, in-
formation is subject to change prior to or
during the ski season. Ski New Mexico as-
sumes no responsibility for errors, changes
or omissions in this guide.

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Your decision to visit the “Land of Enchantment”
will prove to be one of the best winter vacation
choices of your life. The eight alpine and three
Nordic ski areas dotted throughout the state will
provide you with the ultimate in sporting options, outstanding scenery,
unbelievable food, out-of-this-world shopping, and a never-to-be-forgot-
ten cultural experience. And—oh yes—exceptional skiing and riding.
Winter sports in New Mexico include exceptional downhill skiing and
riding, picturesque high mountain Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, inner-
tube riding, and snowshoeing. In the New Mexico mountains there is
fun for everyone.
Our state’s unique offerings include a Native
American-run ski resort, an old wild-west town,
a Swiss alpine village resort, a mom-and-pop-run
resort, and of course our perfect weather. New
Mexico prides itself on having a diverse selection
of ski communities all delivering a warm, un-
crowded and friendly experience for our guests.
Over 300 inches of snow each winter and over 300 days of sunshine each
year: a recipe for incredible days of skiing and riding. If this sounds too
good to be true, come and experience it for yourself.
I will be looking for you on our slopes this winter!!!
Sincerely,
George Brooks
Executive Director, Ski New Mexico, Inc.
“Ski and Ride the Winter Sun”
In the “Land of Enchantment” it snows at night and offers up
blue bird skies and light fluffy powder snow the next day. And
for those who want packed trails, the snow fairies are out early
in the morning to give you your desired surface.
Hitting the Slopes!
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New Mexico’s ski experience is like no other. The combination of world-class mountains and
alluring, unique, down-home atmosphere found in the Land of Enchantment is unmatched.
And getting here is probably easier than you think.
There’s a reason New
Mexico’s nickname is the
“Land of Enchantment.”
No matter the season, it offers some of
the most stunning land and skyscape in
the world.
Like any great vacation, your
winter getaway starts by planning the
trip. Excitement builds as you page
through this magazine, check
out the Ski New Mexico website
(skinewmexico.com), and make
your lodging reservations.
Then, the anticipation really
builds with getting to your
vacation destination.
In a world of travel
frustration, Albuquerque Inter-
national Sunport is an oasis of
calm in a sea of crisis. Step off the
plane into the tile-and-adobe ter-
minal and you may think you’ve
landed in an art museum instead
of an airport. By car, you’ll notice
a lack of bumper-to-bumper traf-
fic throughout the state. Why go ski-
ing if it’s like commuting to work?
The state is at the crossroads of two
major interstates, making it easy to
get to, but the roads aren’t crowded.
The dry climate means the slopes are
plenty snowy, but our roads are nearly
always clear. Traveling to the slopes
becomes a chance to see the out-
rageously beautiful scenery—
which changes from red canyons to
piñon-covered hills to snowcapped
peaks. No place else has such a
diverse landscape.
Once at the mountain, you’ll
notice the restful pace continues. Fabu-
lous snow does not have to mean less-
than-fabulous people. And the snow
is fabulous. Lying at the southern
end of the Rocky Mountains means
plenty of shredder-deluxe dry pow-
der dumps each season (see page
29 for details), perfect for everyone
from absolute beginners to master
carvers. Not to mention over 300
days of sunshine a year, with views
often extending hundreds of miles.
If your focus is a fun and
challenging family winter adven-
ture, not the next fashion trend,
New Mexico’s world-class con-
ditions, affordabilty and acces-
sibility are the perfect choice.
Here, it’s not about “being seen,”
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but about the chance to hit over 400
trails throughout the state while
taking in New Mexico’s quiet beau-
ty. And because the crowds don’t
resemble those at the Macy’s After-
Thanksgiving sale, you get to hit trails
again, and again, and again. All this at lift
prices that don’t require the services
of a loan officer.
Less money spent at the lift
means more opportunities to spend
time exploring the cultural scene.
Still-active Native American pueb-
los dot the state, while Anasazi
Indian sites inspire professional
archaeologists and casual sightseers
alike. Villages throughout northern
New Mexico are home to direct de-
scendants of 16th century Spanish ex-
plorers. You can see the artistic influ-
ence of these cultures in much of the
world-famous art found in galleries
throughout the state.
If your love of skiing leaves no
time for a visit to our fascinating
cultural haunts, you can still live the true
New Mexico through our food. Sample
New Mexico’s famous green chile, avail-
able on everything from enchiladas to
burgers. We’re obsessed. But New Mexi-
can food is more than just chiles and chi-
michangas. The state is home to many
world class chefs who take simple peasant
dishes and add a sophisticated touch.
Subtle and filling without pretension,
ending a full day of uninterrupted slope
busting with a New Mexican meal is
satisfaction itself.
So, if you want to get away from
high-prices, crowds and the run-of-
the-mill, run to New Mexico. Better yet,
bring your skis, boards and families.
Follow us on Twitter @SkiNewMexico
The dry climate means the
slopes are plenty snowy, but our
roads are nearly always clear.

Ski Area Summit Base Lifts Runs
Angel Fire 10,677 8,600 7 73
Pajarito 10,400 9,200 7 40
Red River 10,350 8,750 7 57
Sandia Peak 10,378 8,678 5 30
Ski Santa Fe 12,075 10,350 7 72
Sipapu 9,255 8,200 4 41
Ski Apache 11,400 9,600 11 55
Taos Ski Valley 11,819 9,207 12 110
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come up for air
Skiing. Snowboarding.
Cross-country. Snowmobiling.
If your family is into it, so are we. With two high-speed quads, two freestyle
terrain parks, the Polar Coaster and a mountain as big as all get-out, Angel
Fire Resort has enough to keep the whole family happy all week long.
Find details and restrictions at angelreresort.com
angelreresort.com
800-633-PINE
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You might be that first-time skier who prefers Angel Fire’s front side for its gentle, west-facing
slopes and the incredible views of the Moreno Valley and Wheeler Peak. Or perhaps you’re an
expert boarder who craves the back side of Angel Fire’s mountain, with its selection of steeps,
glades and, of course, Liberation Freestyle Park. Regardless of what you ride, or how long you’ve
been at it, the charm of Angel Fire is easy to grasp. You’ve got choices.
Come Up For Air
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Age Range 18-69 13-17 7-12 70+
FULL DAY $59 $52 $39 $0
HALF DAY $44 $36 $33 $0
Children under 6 and Seniors 70+ FREE. Fifth Graders Ski and Snowboard FREE.
Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover Accepted. Prices subject to change.
vanced.” There are two high-speed
quad chairlifts, three double chairlifts
and two Sunkid Wondercarpets. The
resort has true variety of terrain, but
it’s not so big that you’ll get separated
from others for very long.
In addition to being family friendly,
the resort prides itself on appealing to the
freestyle ski and snowboard crowd. The
two freestyle parks have something for
everyone. Lowrider Park features lower
rails and smaller features for burgeon-
ing freestylers. Liberation Park features
a dedicated chairlift, numerous jumps,
rails, funboxes and a “short school bus”
for advanced riders.
Camp Angel Fire offers
ski and snowboarding les-
sons for kids ages 4 to 12.The
ski school also offers adult
lessons. They include group
lessons for be-
Black diamonds or easy
greens? Groomers or glades?
Lowrider Park or Libera-
tion? Nordic skiing? Snow tubing? Angel
Fire Resort has something to keep ev-
ery member of the family happy.
Angel Fire is situated at 8,600
feet above sea level in the Sangre de
Cristo Mountains, just 23 miles from
Taos, and about a three-hour drive
from Albuquerque. Located in the
scenic Moreno Valley, the resort sits
in a 15-mile long, 3-mile wide, high
alpine valley surrounded by moun-
tains ranging from 11,086 foot
Agua Fria Peak on the south
end of the valley to 12,441
foot Baldy Peak. Wheeler
Peak at 13,161 feet, the
highest mountain in New
Mexico, forms the north-
west boundary of the valley.
Private aircraft owners can access the
mountain by flying into Angel Fire
Airport (KAXX).
Angel Fire, like much of New Mex-
ico, has terrific weather, with winter
day-time high temperatures averaging
in the 30s. There’s plenty of variety: of
Angel Fire’s 70+ ski trails, 26 percent
are considered “beginner,” 50 percent
“intermediate,” and 24 percent “ad-
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The resort prides itself on
appealing to the freestyle ski
and snowboard crowd.
ginners, freeride workshops, family
and private lessons. The First Tracks
program offers intermediate and ad-
vanced skiers and boarders the chance
to ride with instructors before lifts
open to the public.
The newly remodeled Lodge at Angel
Fire Resort has rooms that are only a few
steps from the Chile Express chairlift.
The Caliente Grill on the second floor
of the lodge provides breakfast and din-
ner, and visit the adjacent Lazy Lizard
Cantina on the second floor for drinks,
sports and nightly entertainment. The
coffee shop in the lobby offers an early
morning or afternoon caffeine fix. There
are also multiple food and beverage
options on the mountain.
Whether your passion is carving
turns, freestyling, or simply watching
the “fire of the angels” sunset with a
mug of hot chocolate, Angel Fire can
provide a memorable winter adventure
experience for the entire family.
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SEASON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 11 - March 28
LIFT HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
BASE ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8,600 feet
SUMMIT ELEVATION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,677 feet
VERTICAL DROP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2,077 feet
CHAIR LIFTS . . . . . . 2 high-speed quads, 3 doubles,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Sunkid Wondercarpets
FREESTYLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Trails: 26% beginner,
. . . . . . . . . . . .50% intermediate, 24% advanced
NORDIC CENTER . . . . . . . . . 22km of terrain, 4 trails,
. . . . . . . . 1 beginner, 2 intermediate, 1 advanced
AVERAGE SNOWFALL . . . . . . . . . 210 inches annually
SNOWMAKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52% of the mountain,
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Sitzmark Sports & Lodge
www.sitzmarklodgenm.com 800-843-7547
www.sitzmarksportsnm.com 575-754-2456
Voted “Best Customer Service”
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Department, Comfortable Condos and Cabins
with Free Wireless Internet Access. Kids Ski Free /
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Snowboards, Snowblades,
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416 W. Main / Hwy 38
PO Box 87, Red River, NM 87558
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417 W. Main St., Red River, NM 87558
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Red River, New Mexico is the quintessential southwestern ski town. It’s steeped in history, the
attitude is laid back, people are friendly, and best of all, chairlifts are a short walk from Main Street.
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Age Range 20-64 13-19 4-12 65-69
FULL DAY $61 $55 $48 $48
HALF DAY $46 $41 $33 $33
3+ DAYS (PER DAY) $54 $49 $41 $41
Children under 4 and Seniors 70+ FREE.
Visa, MC, Discover Accepted. Prices subject to change.
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Located in Carson
National Forest in the
Sangre de Cristo Moun-
tains of northern New Mexico, Red River
sits at 8,750 feet above sea level and the
ski area’s highest peak rises to 10,350
feet above sea level. Only a three-hour
drive from Albuquerque, you can wind
your way through some of New Mexico’s
most majestic terrain and find yourself in
historic and beautiful Red River.
In the late 1800s it was a mining
boomtown. Hundreds of gold, silver
and copper mines were carved into the
mountain with names like “Golden Trea-
sure,” “Silver King” and “Black Copper.”
The mines eventually played out and by
the late 1920s and 1930s, Red
River was considered a moun-
tain retreat for visitors look-
ing for a break from the heat.
In the 1950s, an Oklahoman
by the name of Stokes Bolton
opened the ski area.
The Red River Ski and
Snowboard Area started with
little more than a chairlift built out of
old oil derricks, a T-bar lift and a rope
tow. It now has 290 acres of rideable
terrain, a vertical drop of 1,600 feet
and seven lifts, including the new triple
chair, accessible right from the middle
of town. It was even voted one of the
top ten ski resorts by Sunset Magazine
in 2006. The mountain also has three
terrain parks for freestyle skiers and
snowboarders. The Buckaroo Child
Care Facility accepts children from 6
months to 4 years old. And the resort
offers private and group lessons for
children and adults.
Not into alpine skiing and snow-
boarding? No worries. The Enchanted
Forest Cross Country Ski and Snow-
shoe Area, located just five minutes
away, has miles of beautiful trails to
explore (see page 26). Red River Ski
Area also offers guided backcountry
snowmobile tours and a tubing hill.
On most Saturdays at nightfall, a
torchlight parade winds its way down
the slopes. It can be seen almost any-
where in town. And if you come in
January, you can enjoy our January
Bargain Days Discounts.
The Red River Ski Area is
a great place to bring large
groups. Red River offers
special discounts on lift
tickets, lessons and rental
equipment for groups larger
than 20, so it’s perfect for
family reunions or business
retreats.
redriverskiarea.com
Most Saturdays at nightfall, a
torchlight parade winds its way
down the slopes.
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SEASON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November 26 - March 29
LIFT HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 AM to 4 PM
BASE ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8,750 feet
PEAK ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,350 feet
VERTICAL DROP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,600 feet
TRAILS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32% beginner,
. . . . . . . . . . . . 38% intermediate, 30% advanced
LIFTS. . . . . . . . . . 3 triples, 3 doubles, 1 surface tow
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL . . . . . . . . . . 218 inches
SNOWMAKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87% of trails
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B&Bs, condominiums and fully fur-
nished cabin rentals to fit any budget
or group size. Entertainment ranges
from live rock to country western. And
everything is within walking distance
in Red River. What families find most
appealing about Red River is the small
town feel of safety and family-friendli-
ness. “I started going to Red River as a
child,” a Garland, Texas, visitor writes.
“There is something magical about this
place for me. My children are starting
to feel the same way now.”
Follow us on Twitter @RedRiverSkiArea
The Art of Après ski
Visit the AAA Four-Diamond El Monte Sagrado Living Resort & Spa and enjoy
luxurious accommodations at one of Condé Nast Traveler’s “Best Places to Ski & Stay
in North America.” Indulge in exquisite dining at De la Tierra Restaurant and
pampering spa treatments at the Living Spa. Guests can also visit the Anaconda Bar,
the perfect spot for unwinding after an exhilarating day on the slopes.

For special package rates, call 575.758.3502
or visit ELMONTESAGRADO.COM
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317 Kit Carson Road
Taos, NM 87571
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Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort has honed the art of blending
family-friendly skiing and snowboarding, short lift lines,
a long ski season and affordability.
Winter Paradise
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Age Range 21-59 13-20 7-12 60-69
FULL DAY $39 $34 $29 $29
HALF DAY $29 $25 $22 $22
FREE: Children under 6, seniors 70+, 4th graders (bring a report card) and 40-year-olds
Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover Accepted. Prices subject to change.
When it comes to value, it’s hard
to beat this New Mexico destination.
With the purchase of a $39 lift ticket,
visitors can get free lodging in Sipapu
or at participating hotels in Taos. Visi-
tors who drive 100 or more miles can
sleep and ride for free. And active
members of the military also ski and
ride free. Sipapu also offers specials
such as “Fourth Day Free,” “Fifth Day
Free,” and one where everybody in the
car rides for only $50. Check availabil-
ity with the resort before your trip. And
after a great ski day, check out the deli-
cious Riverside Cafe, located right on
the Rio Pueblo.
For the 2009/2010 season, the re-
sort will continue offering great lodg-
ing and lift ticket deals. Sipapu’s mot-
to, “Family Friendly, Family Fun,” says
it all. This tranquil mountain resort of-
fers relaxation and recreation for every
member of the family, whether begin-
ner snowplower or expert shredder.
Follow us on Twitter @SipapuNM
Located in the Sangre de
Cristo Mountains of north-
ern New Mexico, about 20
miles southeast of Taos, Sipapu sits at
8,200 feet above sea level and the top
of the lifts rise to a summit elevation of
9,255 feet above sea level.
Founded in 1952, Sipapu (which
means “Land of Paradise”) is the old-
est ski area in New Mexico. It’s also the
first to open and the last to close every
season. Still a family-owned resort, the
ski area now boasts 40-plus named
trails, four chairlifts, and a vertical
drop of 1,055 feet.
The resort has great northern slope
exposure, and conducts snowmaking
on 70 percent of its trails. This helps
extend the winter season each year and
preserve the quality of snow, according
to James Coleman, managing partner.
He says Sipapu has managed to have
New Mexico’s longest ski season six
years in a row.
Sue’s Ski School offers group and
private lessons for all ages. Junior
private lessons are available for kids
4 to 6. The resort also offers free lessons
for “never evers.”
SEASON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . November-April
BASE ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8,200 feet
PEAK ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9,255 feet
VERTICAL DROP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,055 feet
TRAILS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 lifts and 41 trails
AVERAGE SNOWFALL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 inches
SNOWMAKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70% of trails
sipapunm.com
When it comes to value,
it’s hard to beat this
New Mexico destination.
LODGING
Find Ski Packages at TaosPillowPackages.com
Our Village is 19 miles from historic Taos Plaza—and a world apart.
Ski-in/ski-out lodging options include full-service hotels, condos,
and private homes. Stay on-slope and spend more time skiing!
View all lodging at TaosSkiValley.com
575.776.1413

800.517.9816
Beautiful slopeside suites.
Fireplaces, kitchenettes,
outdoor hot tub, sauna, ski
lockers, and covered valet
parking. Special packages
available year-round.
In the heart of
Taos Ski Valley.
Alpine Village Suites
alpine-suites.com • info@alpinesuites.com
800.576.2666
Slope-side condos with true
ski-in/ski-out access, ski valet
service and personal boot
lockers. Other on-site ameni-
ties include ski shop, day spa,
fitness center, deli, restau-
rant, bar, and game room.
Come experience the peak of
luxury in Taos Ski Valley.
Edelweiss Lodge & Spa
edelweisslodgeandspa.com • stay@edelweisslodgeandspa.com
800.458.8754
Largest selection of privately
owned upscale and unique Taos
vacation rentals, Cabins to
Mansions, Economy to Luxury,
Taos to Taos Ski Valley. Satellite
TV, hot tubs, jacuzzi tubs, views,
DSL / Wi-Fi. Premiere’s top
priority is insuring guests an
exceptional lodging experience.
Premiere Properties Vacation Rentals, LLC
taosvacationhomes.com • premiere@newmex.com
800.987.8423
Luxury at a higher level. Four
Diamond Resort in Taos offers a
world class spa, guestrooms, suites
and casitas with fireplaces and hot
tubs all surrounded by luxury.
Restaurant and lounge with live
entertainment. Ski Packages available.
Walk to historic Plaza.
El Monte Sagrado
Living Resort & Spa
elmontesagrado.com
800.828.8267
Stay in town and get real value.
Free shuttle to ski slopes. Full
service hotel with bar, restaurant,
complimentary breakfast, free high
speed internet. Ski packages for
Comfort Suites and Sagebrush Inn,
available too.
Quality Inn
taoshotels.com • quality@newmex.com
888.610.8267
The Kandahar Condominiums
offers families the best
ski-in/ski-out location in
Taos Ski Valley. Our two
bedroom, two bath
condominiums have
internet, fully equipped
kitchens and fireplaces.
Kandahar Condominiums
kandahar-taos.com • kandahar@newmex.com
800.756.2226
TOWN OF TAOS
TAOS SKI VALLEY
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“Legendary” and “epic.” These two words are fitting descriptions of Taos Ski Valley, located
at 9,200 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico—a
three-hour drive from Albuquerque and only two hours from Santa Fe. Taos’ claim to fame: an
abundance of fabulous terrain, perfect blue skies day in and day out, and deep, fluffy powder.
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Age Range 18-64 13-17 7-12 65-69*
FULL DAY $69 $58 $40 $58
HALF DAY $52 $42 $31 $42
2+ CONSECUTIVE DAYS
(PER DAY)
$65 $55 $38 $55
DISCOUNT SEASON
(SPECIAL DATES APPLY)
$45 $35 $30 $35
*Special rates for Senior 70-79. Children under 6 and Seniors 80+ FREE.
Seniors between 70-79 qualify for $100 Season Pass.
Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover Accepted. Prices subject to change.
Ridge to Kachina Peak (one of the high-
est points in New Mexico with an eleva-
tion of 12,481 feet above sea level) to find
those cherished stashes of powder.
In March 2008, Taos welcomed
snowboarders to its slopes for the first
time. From lessons to rental gear, snow-
boarders of any level will find everything
they need at Taos.
And Taos Ski Valley is not just about
skiing and snowboarding. One of the
highlights of the season is the annual
Taos Winter Wine Festival.
The event showcases
wines from around the world,
and includes wine tastings,
seminars, and winemaker
dinners among the activities.
In addition, the resort
hosts beer festivals, numer-
ous ski competitions, snow-
boarding races and clinics, as
well as ongoing
That powder and ter-
rain were exactly what
attracted Ernie Blake
to Taos. On May 15, 1954, Blake and a
friend hiked to the top of what is now
Taos Ski Valley. There he found skiing
nirvana: feet of deep powder and chal-
lenging slopes. Blake and his wife Rho-
da officially founded Taos Ski Valley the
following year.
Today, the resort is still a family-
owned business. Known for its abun-
dance of steep terrain, Taos rates 51 per-
cent of runs expert level and
above, 25 percent are consid-
ered “intermediate,” and 24
percent are rated “beginner.”
But newcomers and less
aggressive riders fear not,
especially when staring up at
the mammoth-sized moguls
on Al’s Run. Taos offers one
of the top-rated ski schools in
the country. In fact, the valley’s wildly
popular Ski Weeks bring regulars and
newbies together for six days of instruc-
tion. Ski Weeks are designed to buff up
technique, but an added benefit is the
spontaneous friendships that develop.
Taos is known for its steeps, glades
and bump runs: Hardcores can hike The
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Taos Ski Valley is known
today as a world-class winter
sports destination.
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workshops and camps for all levels.
Lodging on the mountain is a blend
of rustic ski lodge elegance with a
Swiss-chalet style charm, reminiscent
of the Blake family roots. There are
also a variety of ski-in, ski-out condo-
miniums, quaint bed-and-breakfasts,
luxury hotels and individual cabin
rentals in the valley.
If you need a break from the slopes,
visit the historic town of Taos, with its
mixture of Native American culture,
historic adobe buildings, Spanish-
style plaza, art galleries, boutiques and
world-class dining.
From Blake’s beginnings, when he
and Rhoda lived in a camper at the base
and skiers had only one run to choose
from, Taos Ski Valley is known today as
a world-class winter sports destination.
Follow us on Twitter @SkiTaos
SEASON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .November 26 - April 4
LIFT HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
BASE ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9,207 feet
KACHINA PEAK ELEVATION. . . . . . . . . . . . .12,481 feet
VERTICAL DROP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2,612 feet,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3,274 feet at Kachina Peak
TOTAL ACREAGE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,294 acres
110 TRAILS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24% beginner,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25% intermediate, 51% expert
13 LIFTS . . . . . . 4 quad, 1 triple, 5 double, 3 surface
HIGHEST LIFT SERVED. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11,819 feet
UPHILL CAPACITY. . . . . . More than 15,000 skiers/hr
AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL . . . . . . . . . . 305 inches
SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES . . . . . 100% of beginner
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and intermediate slopes
AVERAGE DAYS OF SUNSHINE . . . . . . . . . . 300+ days
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Located in the picturesque
Sierra Blanca mountain
range near Ruidoso, New
Mexico, Ski Apache is owned and op-
erated by the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
Located on the reservation and in
Lincoln National Forest only three
hours southeast of Albuquerque, Ski
Apache’s base elevation rises 9,600
feet above sea level while the peak is
11,400 feet. Sierra Blanca peak forms a
stunning backdrop for the area.
Long before settlers came to New
Mexico, the mountains, plains and
deserts in this part of the Southwest
belonged to the Mescalero
Apaches. The 463,000-acre
reservation near Ruidoso and
the ski area were once consid-
ered their heartland. Many of
Geronimo’s (1829-1909) de-
scendants still reside here.
The original ski area
opened in 1961. Today, Ski
Apache boasts 1,800 feet of
vertical drop, 750 acres of skiable ter-
rain, and 55 runs, including the Apache
bowl and three terrain parks. And if you
love to ski but don’t love the cold, Ski
Apache is for you. The average tempera-
ture in winter is in the 30s, with plenty of
sunshine. However, visitors are advised
that even though the climate is milder
than other resorts, Ski Apache still gets
its share of severe winter weather. For
freestylers, the resort offers three terrain
parks for beginning, intermediate and
advanced shredders.
Last season, Ski Apache began
snowmaking on the top of the moun-
tain. Because of its southern location,
Ski Apache is always prepared should
Mother Nature withhold snow. The
snowmaking crews at Ski Apache work
the night shift in freezing temperatures
covering the mountain in a blanket of
man-made snow when needed.
Ski Apache prides itself on catering
to beginning and intermediate skiers
and snowboarders. More than 100 Pro-
fessional Ski Instructors of America-
certified teachers provide les-
sons for all skill levels and for
ages 4 and up. There are also
separate rental shops for ski-
ers and snowboarders. The ski
area’s dining options include:
Eagle Café, a cafeteria-style
restaurant; Arrowheads
Pasta Express, located at the
lower level of
Southern Hospitality
As one of the southern-most major ski destinations in the U.S., Ski Apache attracts scores of
visitors from the Southwest and Mexico, but riders from all over the world are drawn to this
unique and sunny mountain getaway.
skiapache.com
Lift Ticket Rates * ADULT TEEN CHILD SENIOR
Age Range 18-59 13-17 under 13 60-69
FULL DAY $54 $46 $34 $48
HALF DAY $37 $34 $25 $34
TWO-DAY $108 $92 $68 $96
THREE-DAY $153 $129 $96 $135
FOUR-DAY $192 $162 $120 $164
* Check with resort for special military discounts.
Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover Accepted. Prices subject to change.
Ski Apache mixes native
culture with winter adventure.
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the main lodge; The Daily Grind for a
latte, espresso, or cup of Joe; the Dawg
House for a hot dog; and the Spirit Bar
for a beer, cocktail and some television.
In winter, ski and lodging packages
from Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort
and Casino, also owned by the Mes-
calero Apache, are a convenient option.
Located in Mescalero just outside of Ru-
idoso, the Inn has 273 luxury rooms and
suites, several restaurants, indoor pool,
38,000-square-foot casino, and addi-
tional entertainment options. It offers a
variety of ski packages that include lodg-
ing, lift tickets, equipment rental and
breakfast. For those wishing for a day
or two of off-slope recreation, there are
plenty of options: history, casinos, scen-
ery and culture. As one of two American
Indian-owned ski resorts in the world,
Ski Apache mixes native culture with
winter adventure for a relaxing, diverse
and exciting winter vacation.
Follow us on Twitter @SkiApache
SEASON. . . . . . . . . . . . .Thanksgiving though Easter
LIFT HOURS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
PEAK ELEVATION . 9,600 feet, 11,400 feet lift-served
VERTICAL DROP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,800 feet
11 LIFTS . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-person gondola, 2 quads,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 triples, 1 double, 2 surface.
LIFT CAPACITY. . . . . . . . . . . . 16,500 skiers per hour
55 TRAILS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20% beginner,
. . . . . . . . . . . . 40% intermediate, 40% advanced
ANNUAL AVERAGE SNOWFALL . . . . . . . . . . 180 inches
SNOWMAKING . . . . . . . . . 13 trails on lower mountain
SKI APACHE
Condotel
Rocky Mountain Sports
www.ruidosoreservations.com 800-545-9017
1103 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, NM 88345 575-258-5200
So much more than a room for the night!
Complete ski/snowboard packages are our
specialty! Enjoy luxurious mountain-view
lodging, hot tubs, pool tables. Discounts on
equipment rentals and lift tickets. Pick up
your keys and skis at the same location.
Live toll free reservations 24/7.
condotel@ruidosoreservations.com
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Imagine a ski area where the words “lift-line” are rarely used,
the terrain is plentiful and varied, and the proceeds from your
lift ticket support a local non-profit organization.
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Age Range 18-64 13-17 7-12 65-74
FULL DAY $50 $41 $31 $41
HALF DAY $39 $31 $26 $31
Children 6 and under and Seniors 75+ FREE.
groundbreaking ski areas that recently
launched a “green tag” program where
visitors can opt to pay a fee to offset
carbon emissions and support alter-
native energy strategies such as wind
and solar.
The Pajarito Mountain Snowsports
School has Professional Ski Instructors
of America certified teachers. Group
classes are available for riders 6 and
older, and privates are offered for ages
3 and up.
There is plenty of nearby lodging
including bed-and-breakfasts, hotels
and motels. The Pajarito Cafe is open
all day on ski days and the town has
plenty of restaurants from fast food
to locally owned eateries. With its Rio
Grande Valley views, well-known tree
skiing and bump runs, lack of lift lines
and fabulous weather, Pajarito may be
New Mexico’s best kept skiing secret.
Follow us on Twitter @SkiPajarito
Well, such a gem exists
in northern New Mexico,
where the sun shines 300
days a year and you can often ski sans
jacket. Pajarito Mountain has a base
elevation of 9,200 feet above sea level,
and top elevation of 10,400 feet. The re-
sort is located on the eastern slopes of
the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos.
Only a two-hour drive from Albu-
querque and 45 minutes from Santa Fe,
it has 40 trails, 300 skiable acres, not
including the tree skiing, and 1,200 feet
of vertical drop. It boasts five chairlifts
including three doubles, one triple and
a quad.
Pajarito’s terrain includes miles of
groomed trails, bump runs and glade
skiing. The ski area opened an all-new
terrain park last season. Pajarito is
unique because it’s owned by the Los
Alamos Ski Club Inc., a non-profit or-
ganization. Local citizens, many of
whom worked at nearby Los Alamos
National Laboratory, formed the club
in the late 1950s. Today, the ski club
continues to help guide the ski area.
The resort is also helping redefine
environmental stewardship in the
local ski industry. Ten percent of its
power comes from renewable sources
of energy. Pajarito is one of several
SEASON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .December through March
OPEN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weekends & Federal Holidays,
. . . . . . . . . . . .Winter Break, closed Christmas Day
BASE ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9,200 feet
PEAK ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,400 feet
6 LIFTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 quad, 1 triple, 3 double,
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 surface handle tow.
40 TRAILS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20% easy,
. . . . . . . . . . . . 50% intermediate, 30% advanced
SNOWMAKING . . . . . . . . . . . . Planned for 2010/2011
skipajarito.com
Pajarito may be New Mexico’s
best kept skiing secret.
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Location, location, location. Ski Santa Fe has it in spades. The mountain is just a 20-minute
drive from the historic town of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and an hour and a half from Albuquerque.
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Nestled in the Sangre de
Cristo Mountains, the re-
sort’s base area is at an ele-
vation of 10,350 feet above
sea level, said to be one of the highest
base areas in the continental United
States. And with the recent addition of
the Millennium Triple Chairlift, skiers
and snowboarders can speed quickly
to the 12,075-foot summit.
Bring your camera because the
views are awesome. Whether you like to
cruise the groomed runs, are learning
to ski or snowboard for the first time,
or are an advanced rider, Ski
Santa Fe has plenty to offer.
They even have telemark and
race classes, as well as adap-
tive skiing lessons for adults
and children with disabili-
ties. There’s plenty of variety
in the resort’s 72 runs. The
snowmaking and grooming
staff is topnotch. And the
resort recently added a free-
style terrain park known as
“The Bone Yard.” Advanced skiers can
blast down a smattering of bump runs,
narrow shoots, glades and a few double
black diamond runs. And the powder
skiing is phenomenal. Insider tip for ad-
vanced and expert skiers: Check out the
new glades at Sunrise and Sunset for
wide-open powder skiing after a storm,
and an area known as “Big Rocks”
for your technical fix. The Chipmunk
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Lift Ticket Rates ADULT TEEN CHILD SENIOR
Age Range 21-61 13-20 12 & Under 62-71
FULL DAY $60 $45 $40 $40
HALF DAY $45 $45 $40 $40
TWO-DAY $114 $86 $76 $76
THREE-DAY $167 $126 $112 $112
FOUR-DAY $218 $164 $146 $146
BEGINNER LIFT $30 $30 $30 $30
Children 46” and under in their ski boots and Seniors 72+ FREE.
Visa, MC, AMEX, Discover Accepted. Prices subject to change.
Half-day ticket hours: 9:00 to 12:30 PM or 12:30 to 4:00 PM
Corner Children’s Center at Ski Santa Fe
is a full-service, onsite children’s com-
plex that offers nursery and daycare, a
snow play area to help introduce young-
sters to the environment, and lessons for
kids as young as three years old. Ski San-
ta Fe also recently launched the Burton
Learn to Ride Center, a program that in-
corporates the use of proper equipment
and proven teaching methods to make
learning to snowboard easy and fun for
everyone. And if you forget your gloves
or hat, fret not! The Wintermill Sports
shop has everything you need to ensure
a perfect day on the slopes.
For the 2009/2010 sea-
son, Ski Santa Fe will open
a new intermediate run
called “Lobo,” an additional
groomed run on the upper
mountain that is accessed off
the Millennium Triple Chair-
lift, plus the new “T-Bird
Glade” black diamond tree run
just below the Santa Fe Su-
per Chief Quad
Bring your camera because
the views are awesome.
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lift. Finally, a new Carpet Conveyor at
Easy Street will replace the Pine Flats
Mighty Mite. Ski Santa Fe is famous
for its telemarking, too. If you’ve been
interested in free-heeling, Santa Fe is a
great place to learn. This season, the area
offers workshops and lessons for any-
one—from kids to experts—who want to
improve their free-heel technique.
Lodging and dining is in the city
of Santa Fe, a world-class tourist des-
tination. “The City Different” as some
refer to it, is the oldest capital city in
North America. It boasts an expansive
variety of art galleries and museums,
gourmet restaurants and fine hotels,
inns and bed-and-breakfasts. There
are also plenty of performance venues
if you want to catch some live music or
theater after a day of skiing.
Ski Santa Fe is blessed—it has some of
New Mexico’s best weather and a variety
of terrain for every boarder or skier, no
matter the skill level. With its proximity
to tourist services, Ski Santa Fe is a great
location for the perfect ski vacation.
Follow us on Twitter @SkiSantaFe
SEASON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .November 26 - April 4
PEAK ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12,075 feet
BASE ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,350 feet
VERTICAL DROP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,725 feet
SKI AREA HOURS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
SPRING (MARCH 22-APRIL 4) . . . . 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
72 TRAILS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20% beginner,
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Just a 30-minute drive from Albuquerque, or a 2.7 mile ride up
the world’s longest aerial tramway, Sandia Peak boasts some
of the best cruising terrain in New Mexico.
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two and a half miles. The resort also
appeals to the local freestyle crowd.
The Scrapyard Terrain Park has fun-
boxes, rails and jumps for beginner to
intermediate skiers and boarders. The
Wintermill Sports Shop at the base
area sells logo merchandise and other
essentials, and the rental shop offers
ski and snowboarding equipment.
Sandia’s Snow Sports School has
Professional Ski Instructors of Ameri-
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and half-day ski and snowboard les-
sons. The Double Eagle II Café serves
breakfast, lunch and snacks.
If you’re looking for great views and
perfect powder, close to the cultural
activities and transportation of a major
city, consider Sandia Peak. It’s beauti-
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During the winter months,
skiers, snowboarders and
other winter sports en-
thusiasts can take the tram from the
northeast side of Albuquerque, spend
the day on the slopes, then return to
Albuquerque via the tram. Consid-
ered the longest aerial tramway in the
world, the 2.7- mile ride sails over deep
canyons and mountainous terrain. The
view from the top encompasses the
Rio Grande Valley, Sandia foothills
and other far-off parts of New Mexico.
However, skiers and riders needing
rental equipment and lessons must
drive to the base area where the Rental
Shop, Snow Sports School and Double
Eagle II Day Lodge are located.
The ski area is located on the east
face of the Sandia Mountain range
overlooking the Estancia Valley. It has a
vertical drop of 1,700 feet, 30 runs and
200 skiable acres. Sandia Peak boasts
four double chairlifts with one double
suited for beginners and one “Mitey
Mite” surface lift at the Children’s Ski
School. And many cross-country skiers
and snowshoe enthusiasts either use
the tram or drive up to the adjacent
Cibola National Forest.
Sandia Peak has the longest cruis-
ing terrain in New Mexico—more than
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BASE ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8,678 feet
PEAK ELEVATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10,378 feet
VERTICAL DROP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,700 feet
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AVG. ANNUAL SNOWFALL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 inches
SNOWMAKING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15% of trails
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Age Range 21-61 13-20 12 & Under 62-71
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Sandia Peak has the longest
cruising terrain in New Mexico
Enchanted Forest
Located just three miles east of Red
River, Enchanted Forest Cross Coun-
try Ski Area is New Mexico’s largest
full-service cross-country ski resort.
Here the beginner to the advanced
cross-country skier can hit the 40 ki-
lometers of trails, groomed for both
classic and freestyle skiing. One
side of the trail is tracked for classic
(diagonal stride) skiing and the other
is smoothed for snowshoeing and
freestyle (or skate) skiing. All trails
are groomed with state-of-the-art
grooming machines designed spe-
cifically for cross-country skiing.
A warming hut and two “Sangre
de Cristo” windbreaks provide
welcome shelter along the trails.
Enchanted Forest ranges from
9,700 feet to 10,040 feet in elevation.
Forty different trails provide op-
tions to explore. The trails’ names
say it all: From Powderpuff (the flat-
test and easiest trail), to the North-
west Passage (the longest and most
difficult loop with fantastic views)
to even a trail named Face Flop
Drop (an accurate description), snow
enthusiasts are bound to fall in love
with the great white outdoors here.
Enchanted Forest offers ski
lessons, equipment rentals and lots
of friendly advice to ensure their
motto is fulfilled: “At Enchanted
Forest we make it easy to have fun!”
Their Learn to Ski package includes
rental equipment (boots, skis and
poles), trail pass and lesson.
Enchanted Forest offers 15
kilometers of snowshoeing trails
designed to create a relaxing experi-
ence in this winter wonderland.
To ensure the whole family takes
part in the snow action, Enchanted
Forest also offers kids equipment as
well as “pulks” (sleds) for infants and
five kilometers of dog-friendly trails.
Operating daily during the season,
opening day is scheduled for November
20, 2009, providing months of fun in the
snow on their 600-acre winter playland.
This year there is even more fun planned
as Enchanted Forest will be celebrating
their 25th anniversary. Check out their
website for special activities and events
celebrating this special year at
www.enchantedforestxc.com.
Chama
Chama always has and continues to be
a popular getaway for XC skiers who
seek the “off the traveled path” snow
experience. Tucked at the base of the
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, this 1880s
railroad town is known for its nar-
row-gauge steam train, the Cumbres
& Toltec Scenic Railroad. But as the
snowflakes fall, Chama becomes a quiet
spot where skiers in search of peaceful
settings and pristine areas discover the
wintertime charms of Chama.
Sargents’ Wildlife Refuge, a 20,000-
acre elk refuge turns into a winter
playground for cross-country skiers
and snowshoers alike. While the area
is ungroomed for the most part,
the terrain is gently sloping with a
spectacular mountain backdrop.
For the overnight adventur-
er, there are several yurt rentals
in the San Juan wilderness area
around Cumbres Pass. The yurts are
easily accessible along well-marked
trails with no avalanche danger.
Both telemark and extended touring
terrain connect the yurts, and even of-
fer a yurt-to-yurt option. Southwest
Nordic Center operates this winter
backcountry yurt system.
Chama sits at 8,000 feet altitude
rising to over 10,000 feet at nearby
Cumbres Pass. One of the snowiest
areas of New Mexico with an average
of over 100 inches annually, Chama
offers consistent snow. This past
A mining town right out of the old west, a railroad village still
resonating from the 1800s, and an ancient volcanic basin-
turned national preserve. What do they have in common? The
answer is easy ... they are three of New Mexico’s finest cross-
country ski destinations, located in some of the most pristine,
magnificent settings in the U.S.A.
Ski Enchantment
Cross-Country Skiing
The Land of Enchantment delights
the cross-country skier with her
diverse and spectacular offerings.
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season, Chama received over 185 inch-
es of precipitation. A variety of lodges,
cabins and B&Bs are available for the
overnighter and a number of restau-
rants and shops remain open year-
round. For more information, go to
www.visitchama.com.
Valles Caldera
National Preserve
Another great wilderness destination
for cross-country skiers is Valles Cal-
dera National Preserve, located near
Los Alamos. This vast 89,000-acre
park was designated a National Pre-
serve in 2000. Situated in a collapsed
volcanic crater in the Jemez Mountain
Range, it’s a natural choice for XC ski-
ers and snowshoers with its beautiful
vistas and native wintering wildlife
like elk, coyote and the bald eagle.
Valles Caldera offers special
activities during the season, such
as Moon Light Skiing, Dark Night
Skiing, and Overnight Skiing, with
a stay at a ranch bunkhouse. For
the not-so-athletic visitor, Valles
Caldera offers a delightful wintertime
experience—horse-drawn sleigh
rides. When the winter snows
blanket the valley, draft horses are
hitched to a sleigh and whisk riders
over sparkling, snowy meadows while
the driver spins tales from the area’s
past about the “old Baca Ranch.”
The Land of Enchantment
delights the cross-country skier with
spectacular offerings...all pristine
mountain settings where the sun
shines more than 310 days annually,
and where the clarity of the azure sky
and the sparkling snow create a vision
and experience unmatched. Visit Valles
Caldera at www.vallescaldera.gov.
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RED RIVER page 13
Red River page 2
www.redriver.org 877-754-1708
“Ski Town of the Southwest” — When snow
falls, Red River is a winter wonderland.
Excellent skiing and snowboarding. Five
minutes away from the Enchanted Forest Cross
Country Ski and Snowshoe Area offering miles
of beautiful trails and unique special events.
Rather rev it up? Explore New Mexico’s hard to
reach destinations on a snowmobile. The fun is
affordable and accessible; park the car at your
condo, cabin, or hotel and walk everywhere.
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SKI SANTA FE page 23
Ski Santa Fe back cover
www.skisantafe.com 505-982-4429
With an annual snowfall of 225” 72 trails and 7
ski lifts, Ski Santa Fe attracts skiers & boarders
of all ability levels. Our certified snow sports
school offers daily lessons, including a Burton
Learn to Ride Center. Chipmunk Corner Children’s
Center is a fun safe environment with lessons,
snowplay and day care. La Casa mall features
a full service ski & snowboard rental shop, La
Casa Cafe and the Wintermill Sports Shop. Enjoy
the winter sun with us! info@skisantafe.com
Santa Fe Convention & Visitors page 31
www.santafe.org 800-777-2489
You’ll find some of the best places to ski in the
Southwest right here in the Santa Fe area. The
season typically lasts from late fall through early
spring, bringing up to 300 inches of snow a year
to some ski resorts and plenty of races, winter
festivals and other events. With an average
of 300 sunny days a year and plenty of snow
during the winter season, Santa Fe is a skier’s
paradise. pearchuleta@ci.santa-fe.nm.us

Accommodations & Lodging
El Rey Inn page 22
www.elreyinnsantafe.com 800-521-1349
Historic Santa Fe at its Best in Any Season!
Comfort and Value in 86 delightfully different
rooms and suites. Enjoy a relaxing retreat at
El Rey Inn!
NEW MEXICO page 8
New Mexico Dept of Tourism
www.newmexico.org 800-733-6396
We work with local communities to promote their
attractions and events so that visitors can see
the amazing variety New Mexico has to offer.
Whether you’re planning to visit for a day or a
month, NMTD is here to plan your best New
Mexico vacation ever! guide@newmexico.org
Accommodations & Lodging
NM Bed & Breakfast Association page 22
www.nmbba.org 800-661-6649
Member inns located all over the state from
Taos to Ruidoso. Adobe casitas, historic
haciendas, inns, family homes. Stay with us for
a memorable ski vacation! info@nmbba.org
ANGEL FIRE page 11
Angel Fire Resort page 10
www.angelfireresort.com 800-633-7463
Angel Fire Resort is a year-round family getaway
destination high up in the Rocky Mountains of
New Mexico. Our ski and snowboard mountain
boasts over 550 acres of terrain for all ability
levels, with seven lifts, two freestyle parks,
NASTAR racing, a great children’s ski and
snowboard school and a 1000-foot snow
tubing hill. For details visit angelfireresort.com.
reservations@angelfireresort.com
Accommodations & Lodging page 10
Discover Angel Fire Central Reservations
www.discoverangelfire.com 800-323-5793
We specialize in helping you with your lodging
needs, whether it’s economy or premium
rental properties. Choose from 230 condos,
120 homes and cabins, 2 motels and the Angel
Fire Resort. No additional fees to you. Visit our
website, email reserve@angelfirenm.us, or call.
Equipment & Rentals
Village Ski Shop page 10
www.villageskishop.com 800-469-9327
We are Angel Fire’s premier skiing equipment
rental store. New safe, reliable, great-looking
skis, snowboards, snowblades, snowshoes and
cross-country equipment. 1/2 block from the
slopes. Free parking with ski base shuttle. Free
insurance and equipment exchange. Personal,
individual fittings. Reservations: Call, fax, or
e-mail rentskis@newmex.com
Hotel Santa Fe page 22
www.hotelsantafe.com 800-825-9876
Located in Historic Downtown Santa Fe, we are
Santa Fe’s only Native American-owned hotel.
A unique cultural experience, from our luxurious
rooms and suites to the lilting notes of a Native
flute, and the culinary brilliance of our Amaya
Restaurant. reservations@hotelsantafe.com
Hilton Santa Fe Golf Resort & Spa
at Buffalo Thunder page 7
www.buffalothunderresort.com 505-455-5555
Our hotel features luxurious rooms, exciting
gaming, a relaxing spa, and plenty of golf,
all enhanced by our traditional elements of
authentic pueblo architecture and décor.
La Fonda Santa Fe page 24
www.lafondasantafe.com 505-982-5511
La Fonda on the Plaza in downtown Santa
Fe is the perfect retreat after a day on the
slopes. Charming rooms & suites—many with
fireplaces—await you. Other amenities include
an outdoor hot tub and therapeutic spa services.
Our award-winning La Plazuela restaurant offers
Northern NM cuisine & our Lounge offers nightly
entertainment, dancing & margaritas. Ask about
our Apres-Ski Special!
reservations@lafondasantafe.com
SIPAPU page 15
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort page 3
www.SipapuNM.com 800-587-2240
THE BEST DEALS IN THE ROCKIES ARE HERE!
Sipapu offers FREE slope-side lodging, FREE
lift tickets, FREE lesson packages and New
Mexico’s longest ski season. 40 trails, 4 lifts
and 2 terrain parks. 20 miles SE of Taos.
SKI APACHE page 19
Village of Ruidoso page 18
www.ruidosonow.com 877-784-3676
Ruidoso is The Friendly Village of New Mexico
nestled in the Sacramento Mountains of South-
eastern New Mexico. Whether you enjoy skiing,
casino gaming, boutique shopping, golfing,
dining, live music or nightlife, Ruidoso has
something for everyone. We invite you to visit all
that makes Ruidoso the perfect winter getaway.
www.ruidosowebcam.com, info@ruidosonow.com
Accommodations & Lodging
The Lodge at Sierra Blanca page 20
www.thelodgeatsierrablanca.com 888-323-5216
The Lodge at Sierra Blanca in Ruidoso, N.M., offers
Ruidoso’s Best Ski Packages, affordable luxury and
executive services amidst a stunning natural envi-
ronment of towering pines and crisp mountain air.
Our guest accommodations are the very definition
of comfort and convenience, with most including
private balconies, two-person whirlpool tubs, in
room gas fireplaces, kitchenettes and sitting areas!
info@thelodgeatsierrablanca.com
Sponsors and Advertisers
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Internet specials, listings and links. To learn more about
advertising with Slopes! please visit www.slopesmag.com.
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TAOS SKI VALLEY page 17
Taos Ski Valley page 4
www.skitaos.org 866-250-7619
Taos Ski Valley welcomes snowboarders! Open-
ing Day is November 27, 2008 and discounted
tickets available thru December 19th! Average
Snow Fall: 305” Number of Trails: 110 Elevation:
12,481’ World Class Ski & Ride School and Kid’s
Center! For vacation package info visit SkiTaos.org,
call 866-250-7619 or email tsv@skitaos.org.
Accommodations & Lodging
El Monte Sagrado Resort & Spa page 14
www.elmontesagrado.com 800-828-8267
Stay at the AAA Four-Diamond El Monte Sagrado
Living Resort & Spa, named one of the “Best
Places to Ski & Stay in North America” by Condé
Nast Traveler. 84 luxurious rooms, a world-class
Spa, Fitness Center and indoor Pool and Hot
Tub, Anaconda Bar, The Gardens and De La
Tierra Restaurant. info@elmontesagrado.com
Taos Lodging & Ski Packages page 16
www.taospillowpackages.com 800-517-9816
Lodging + lift tickets + ski lessons + meals +
expert advice = the Best Taos Vacation Possible!
Go online to find the perfect ski vacation
package for your time and budget requirements.
Sign up for Taos Pillow & Powder Packages
Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free Taos ski
vacation for two.
CROSS COUNTRY SKI ARE
CHAMA page 26
Village of Chama page 24
www.visitchama.com 866-232-5392
Chama is truly a wintertime wonderland!
Glide quietly over XC ski trails through pristine
surroundings. Sargents’ Wildlife Refuge offers
20,000 acres of non-motorized access area.
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VALL LDERA page 26
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To find the answer, we talked
to an expert. According to
veteran ski patroller and Taos
native Rey Deveaux, “It’s just plain mag-
ic.” And for the powder-hounds and ski
bums of the Land of Enchantment, there
could be no truer statement. Because
who would ever imagine that a state so
far south—a place that often sees sum-
mer temperatures climb well above the
90-degree mark—should be able to offer
skiers some of the very best powder skiing
in the lower 48? But it’s true. New Mex-
ico snow is some of
the best in the busi-
ness. It’s the kind of
dry, white-smoke
powder that is most
often associated with that favorite buzz-
word of skiers and boarders alike: Epic.
It’s the stuff dreams are made of.
Anyone who’s spent a day navigat-
ing the loose groves of Tesuque Peak at
Ski Santa Fe or Taos’ whiteout steeps
on a powder day is sure to agree with
Deveaux’s description of the enchanted
nature of New Mexico snow. “But if you
want a technical explanation,” says De-
veaux, “it all has to do with a perfect storm
of low humidity and high altitude.”
Thanks to the vast Mojave Desert,
storms blowing in from the West Coast
are sucked dry of the kind of moisture
that produces the cement-like snow
often found in the Pacific Northwest.
“And whatever moisture is left in those
storms,” explains Deveaux, “usually
doesn’t precipitate until it gets slowed
down and hung up in our mountains.”
As the storms push their way up and
over the high-altitude peaks of the San-
gre de Cristos, the remaining moisture
is supercooled and the result is a big
dump of that dry and dreamy stuff so of-
ten referred to as “champagne powder.”
“The resulting pre-
cipitation is usually
less than 5 percent
moisture content
which makes it ex-
tremely fluffy and light,” says Deveaux.
“It’s the kind of snow that can pile up in
deep, deep drifts and yet be so light and
have so little density that you just float
through it with little effort.” And that, he
says, “is a skier’s dream.”
So next time you’re up at the summit
of your favorite New Mexico resort gaz-
ing out over expanses of red rock and
bright blue sky stretching off to the west-
ern horizon, be sure to give a little nod to
the Great Mojave before dropping in to
enjoy some of that loose, light—and ut-
terly enchanting—powder snow.
It’s dry, fluffy, light, like confectioner’s sugar. What makes
New Mexico snow so incredibly perfect? — by Amy Seigel
The result is a big dump of that dry
and dreamy stuff so often referred
to as “champagne powder.”
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of our not-for-profit membership organization
include ski-oriented businesses, individual ski-
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tourism groups. If snow sports are important
to you or your business, consider joining Ski
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Membership
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Membership Benefits
Skiing. Everywhere. Members receive a card that entitles
them to two complimentary lift tickets to each of our mem-
ber ski areas.
Internet business leads: Last season, thousands of
people visited Ski New Mexico’s website looking for where
to stay, eat, shop and party. Membership allows you to post
your information and access the potential $290 million
economic impact of those interested tourists.
Your membership supports:
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The bright sun and reflective snow mean skiers
and snowboarders need to protect the areas that
aren’t covered by clothing. To avoid sunburn and
eye damage, skiers and riders should use sunscreen and lip
balm with a minimum SPF 15, as well as sunglasses or gog-
gles with UV protection.
Besides being physically ready, skiers and snowboarders
should follow The National Ski Areas Association’s (NSAA)
Your Responsibility Code. It stresses that the risks involved
in skiing and snowboarding may be reduced by common
sense and personal awareness. The code urges skiers and
riders to always stay in control.
A helmet may be another consideration—in some in-
stances a helmet may reduce your risk of injury. When
weighing this option remember that helmets have to be
used properly. First, helmets need to be specifically de-
signed for snow sports and fit properly. Local ski shops are
able to measure and find each person’s unique fit. Always
follow the helmet manufacturers guidelines and always ski
or ride in control. Most ski areas offer children’s and adult
helmet rentals if you do not wish to purchase your own. For
more information on safety and snows sports equipment,
visit www.skinewmexico.com or the National Ski Areas
Association website at www.nsaa.org.
Most of all, be prepared and enjoy a safe and successful
ski season in the Land of Enchantment!
A great day on the slopes begins
with knowing how to stay safe.
Safety First
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Winter is the perfect time for an affordable visit to Santa Fe. Besides our legendary ski area,
an eclectic array of spas and resorts, restaurants, shops and galleries await your discovery.
Whether it’s a day on the slopes or a night on the town, lasting winter memories begin in Santa Fe.
chill out. take a santa fe-cation.
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