Santa Fe: A Skier's Paradise

Northern New Mexico is a skier’s paradise, offering the lightest and driest snow of anywhere in the country because of its prime high elevation and desert storm cycles. Cruising smooth powder turns on a sunny bluebird day in the Sangre de Cristo mountains is one of life’s treasures, and it remains a hidden secret in the American southwest.

The city of Santa Fe serves as the hub for this winter excitement and locals and tourists alike flock to these enchanted mountains to experience the 300” annual snowfall that grace the “Blood of Christ Mountains.” Looking up at the rolling and seemingly tame mountains at sunset reveals that the sun reflects the snow with awesome colors of red, orange, and gold.

A short 30 minutes up scenic ski basin road leads you to Ski Santa Fe and dozens of amazing trailheads, allowing access to many continental divide hiking trails, cross-country skiing trails, and scenic vistas. Ski Santa Fe is the go-to place for wintertime fun in Northern New Mexico. It offers a wide variety of terrain—from Easy Street to winding tight turns trough steep trees in Tequila Sunrise. Deception Peak rises 12,000 feet above sea level and gives a skier as much as he or she can bargain for and more. When you couple the light and dry snow with steep terrain, smiling locals, and an incredible panorama 100 miles around you it’s hard to beat Santa Fe skiing. As most know but few admit, après-ski is a huge part of choosing a ski vacation and Santa Fe’s scene is no exception.

Traces of white snow on brown adobe maintains Santa Fe’s unique look that makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A dynamic nightlife scene that skips out on your average bar food and replaces it with ancient New Mexico green chile recipes to help replenish your sore body after a day of skiing hard in these special mountains.

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