The Albuquerque metro area serves as the perfect hub for your winter recreation getaway. Did you know that Albuquerque is a mile-high city with elevations ranging from 5,000 to 6,000 feet? Sandia Peak is just about a half hour from downtown and has a 10,678-foot summit. In a good snow year, Albuquerque's winter months provide gorgeous weather for New Mexico skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and other outdoor winter activities.

Sandia Peak Ski Area & Tramway

With some of the state's longest cruising terrain, a large trail network for cross-country skiing, and a terrain park for snowboarders, Sandia Peak is a winter sports haven right in Albuquerque's backyard. Located at the Sandia Mountains, which dominate Albuquerque's eastern skyline, the Sandia Peak Ski Area has a certified ski school and a top-notch rental shop. Sandia Peak offers skiing and snowboarding and is open weekends and with the upper mountain area that opens, pending new snowfall. The snow in the beginner area provides the perfect opportunity to take a lesson, learn to ski or hone your skills.

A scenic drive to the east side of the mountain will take you to the ski area from downtown in about half an hour. Or if you bring your own equipment, you can drive to the base of the Sandia Mountains at the city's eastern edge, ride the Aerial Tramway to the summit, and ski down the eastern slope of the mountains.

Ski & Tee

Albuquerque's spectacular year-round weather provides excellent conditions for skiing and golfing on 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.

Outside Albuquerque

A short drive to the north, Ski Santa Fe is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, just north of Santa Fe. With a 12,075-foot summit, it is one of the country's highest ski areas. Skiers and snowboarders enjoy 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 adventurers. Several ski areas, including the Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, and Red River, are located within a one- to three-hour drive of Albuquerque, so you can make Albuquerque your base camp while you take day trips to conquer the slopes. For more information on skiing in New Mexico, visit

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