Did you know that Albuquerque is a mile-high city with elevations ranging from 5,000 to 6,000 feet? Sandia Peak is just minutes from downtown with a 10,678-foot summit. With 310 days of sunshine each year, in a good snow year Albuquerque's winter months provide gorgeous weather for New Mexico skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other outdoor winter activities.
With some of the state's longest cruising terrain, a large trail network for cross-country skiing in New Mexico, and a terrain park for snowboarders, Albuquerque's ski area, Sandia Peak is a winter sports haven right in Albuquerque's backyard. Located just on the other side of Sandia Mountain that dominates Albuquerque's eastern skyline, Sandia Peak Ski Area offers a certified ski school, top-notch rental shop and Wintermill Ski Shop is open for skiing and snowboarding. Sandia Peak offers skiing and snowboarding and is open weekends and pending new snowfall, are hopeful to reopen the upper mountain and resume normal days of operation. The snow on the beginner area is excellent and now is a great time to take a lesson, learn to ski or hone your skills.
A scenic drive to the east side of the mountain will get you to the ski area in about a half an hour. Or, if you bring your own equipment, you can drive to the base of Sandia Mountain at the city's eastern edge, ride the Sandia Peak Tramway to the summit, and ski down the eastern slope of the mountains.
Albuquerque's spectacular year-round weather provides the perfect conditions for skiing and golfing in the same day. Head down the slopes in the morning and then tee off at one of the area's award-winning golf courses in the afternoon.
A short drive to the north, Ski Santa Fe is located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, just north of Santa Fe. With a 12,075-foot summit, it is one of the country's highest ski areas. Skiers and snowboarders are welcome on seven lifts and 67 runs through the stunning high desert mountains.
New Mexico's world-renowned ski resorts, set in charming mountain communities, make the state an excellent destination for winter adventures. Several ski areas including Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire and Red River are located within a one- to three-hour drive of Albuquerque, so you can make the city your base camp while you make day trips to conquer the slopes. For more information on skiing in New Mexico, visit www.skinewmexico.com.
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