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New Mexico Ski Resorts

Discover some of the best ski resorts in New Mexico

Albuquerque serves as the perfect hub for skiing anywhere in New Mexico. The city’s centralized location makes it perfect to plan day trips to some of the best ski resorts in New Mexico. And Albuquerque’s own Sandia Peak, with its 10,678-foot summit, also offers some great skiing conditions. In a good snow year, Albuquerque's winter months provide gorgeous weather for New Mexico skiing and a wide variety of outdoor winter activities. The average New Mexico ski season runs from the end of November to the end of March. New Mexico ski resorts tend to be steep and at a relatively high altitude, but almost every resort is family-friendly. There are multiple resort options for all levels of skiers. Below are four of the closest ski resorts to explore while staying in Albuquerque.

Sandia Peak Ski Area

Sandia Peak Ski Area is the only ski resort in Albuquerque. Easily accessible from the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway, or by car on the east side of the Sandia Mountains, there are 25 miles of slopes and 35 trails to explore.

Please note: Sandia Peak Ski Area will be closed for the 2022-2023 ski season.

  • Distance from Albuquerque: 31 miles/about a 40 minute drive
  • Number of lifts: 5 (three chair lifts and two surface lifts)
  • Dining: Ten 3
  • Lodging: None on the mountain, but Albuquerque offers an array of lodging options near by

Ski Santa Fe

Ski Santa Fe is the perfect destination for skiers of all ages. With 86 runs, everyone is sure to find one they enjoy. 

  • Distance from Albuquerque: 80 miles/about a 90-minute drive
  • Number of lifts: 7 (one quad chairlift, two triple chairlifts, two double chairlifts and two conveyor lifts)
  • Dining: La Casa Cafe, Totemoff’s Bar and Grill and Terrace Grill

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

Known for its tree skiing, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has 44 trails for skiers to explore. Pajarito also boasts some of the best bump skiing in the state.

  • Distance from Albuquerque: 105 miles/about a two-hour drive
  • Number of lifts: 5 (one quad chairlift, three double chairlifts and one conveyor lift)
  • Dining: Pajarito Mountain Cafe

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort’s natural mountain terrain ensures there is something for everyone. Explore 41 trails at the resort with the longest ski season.

  • Distance from Albuquerque: 125 miles/two hour and 15 minute drive
  • Numbers of lifts: 6 (includes one quad chairlift, two triple chairlifts and one platter lift)
  • Dining: Riverside Cafe

For more information on skiing in New Mexico, visit


  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Wear sunscreen and an SPF lip balm.
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