Santa Fe Skiing
It is rare to stand at the summit of Ski Santa Fe, at over 12,000 feet, and see nothing but
a white landscape within the 8,000 square mile view. But right now, from the Truchas Peaks in the north
to the Sandia Mountains flanking Albuquerque in the south out to Mount Taylor near the Arizona border in the west, it's nothing but snow as far as the eye can see.
And good snow makes for great skiing. This winter Ski Santa Fe already has 95 percent of its terrain open
with excellent coverage on everything from the smooth cruisers to the steep bowls to the perfectly spaced trees.
The mountain is evenly split between blue and black runs so there are plenty of comfortable trails for intermediates
while the steep fall-line runs, glades, and moguls are ideal for experts. Heavy and frequent December and January
snowfalls have provided outstanding conditions area-wide.
Ski Santa Fe offers a highly-regarded children's program and ski school, indoor and outdoor dining at
the base and mid-mountain, and over 660 acres of Rocky Mountain terrain covered with more than 4 feet of dry, New Mexico snow.
A new lift, the Millennium Lift, began running this season to serve a new, higher summit (12,075 feet)
accessing 2 new intermediate and 4 new advanced trails. The new quad (four place) lift adds an extra
dimension to the area with faster access to the northern runs and a greater variety of ways to get around the mountain.
For non-skiers and boarders, or at day's end when the lifts close, all the legendary amenities,
culture, and comforts of charming Santa Fe are at the end of a short, scenic drive back into town.
Winter is Santa Fe's slowest time of year so while museums, shops, restaurants, and attractions are
open, the price of lodging is typically less and town is at its most leisurely.
There is still a busy calendar of events throughout this low season and reliable sunshine
makes even the chilliest day comfortable. But in the winter, skiers and visitors will feel like they have Santa Fe all to themselves.