Angel Fire Resort

The Angel Fire Resort is an alluring destination located about twenty miles from Taos, New Mexico. Although it is the Angel Fire Ski Resort that people most often think of, there is also a range of other activities, from golf and tennis, to fishing and rafting, horseback riding and chairlift rides. But what most winter sports enthusiasts care about is what it looks like when skiing at Angel Fire is back in session. Luckily enough, this place has awesome snowboarding areas and killer runs for skiers and boarders alike. Stay at the Angel Fire Resort Hotel or simply shack up in any one of the many accommodations in the likes of Taos, Red River, and Enchanted Forest. Santa Fe is less than an hour away and well worth a visit if you are planning to head to the resort.

People don’t often associate New Mexico with snow, but the elevation and geographical location of the Angel Fire Resort mean that you can expect about 210 inches of snow annually. The top elevation of the Angel Fire Ski Area is over 10,600 feet and the vertical rise tops out over 2,000 feet. There are seven lifts that serve an impressive 75 trails over 550 gorgeous acres. There is definitely a nice variety of runs that suit skiers and boarders of all levels, making Angel Fire a good option if you are looking for family ski resorts. 31 percent of the runs are for beginners, 48 percent for intermediates, and 21 percent for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.

You need not worry if you want to learn as you go or if you have small kids who require lessons to boost their confidence on the slopes. There are lessons of all varieties, including private individual, as well as group sessions. During the winter season the resort is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for day skiing and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for night passes. You won’t want to miss other attractions like the two freestyle terrain parks, the 23 acres of glade skiing terrain, or the Nordic center. Two other advantages of staying here are having the option of staying at the slope-side Angel Fire Resort Hotel and the fact that there is a wide range of dining options onsite. From an upscale wine bar and fine dining grill to a pizzeria and burger stand, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The Angel Fire Resort is a great place for all inclusive ski vacations because of the option to stay at the Angel Fire Resort Hotel. There are discounts and a variety of ski packages available to people that book reservations at this beautiful lodge right on the premises. Guests will enjoy spa treatments, an indoor pool, 24-hour reception, and a friendly guest services staff that will be more than happy to help arrange trips into Santa Fe, or generally help out with whatever else you may need. The resort hotel is a cozy place to spend you ski vacation. If you have been thinking about making a trip to New Mexico for skiing or snowboarding, be sure not to miss out on the Angel Fire Ski Resort. Along with other larger resorts here such as Ski Apache, it is easily one of the best in the state.

Image: Angel Fire Resort, Photographer Chris McClennan 2009

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