As if the 2017-18 season isn’t enough cause for celebration, New Mexico ski resorts have made this time even sweeter. New Mexico skiers and snowboarders can look forward to new and updated amenities at many of their favorite resorts this upcoming season.
Remember the Apache Bowl? It’s not a football game, but host to some of your favorite runs at Ski Apache. Visitors can now access this area via the new Doppelmayr triple chair as they take the 4-minute ride up Chair 6. Bring two friends and enjoy the comfortable, quiet ride.
Taos Ski Valley
Parents and children can both be happy about the renovations at Taos Ski Valley, especially the new beginner area and fully renovated Children’s Center. Straberry Hill, Taos’s beginner slope, now features five areas to learn skiing and snowboarding. Taos partnered with SNOW Operating, an exclusive provider of terrain-based learning, to create the optimal slope to help control speed and allow beginners to safely focus on the fundamentals. A pulse gondola is another new feature at Taos, allowing for better transportation around the resort. Taos Ski Valley visitors can also feel confident in Taos’s effort to improve forest health and water quality with a push to eliminate carbon emissions and minimize waste.
The beginner area at Pajarito Mountain now features a magic carpet which eases beginners into getting on and off lifts, making the learning process more enjoyable. Pajarito Mountain offers great beginner deals, including free lift tickets for fourth- and fifth-graders as well as children 7 years and younger. For more information, click here.
Angel Fire Resort
Skiers and snowboarders can expect a new-and-improved experience on the Angel Fire Resort slopes, including New Mexico’s first season-long, boarder-skier cross course. Jon Eppler, a terrain park designer who’s created courses for the Winter X-Games, worked with Angel Fire to expand the Liberation Terrain Park and stash features along designated green and blue trails. The “Headin’ Home” and “Highway” trails are also seeing updates. These popular trails will be wider to give visitors more room and prevent crowding. All trails will benefit from new, state-of-the-art green Snowcats, providing improved grooming.
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
This winter, Sipapu visitors can stay in the renovated lodge which features an addition larger than 2,000 square feet, a rental shop with new equipment, a new ticket office, a bigger gathering space, new bathrooms, and a locker room. Along with the updates at the lodge, Sipapu added a hand rail along the ski school’s magic carpet and widened “Beep Beep,” an intermediate trail. To learn more about the updates or book a stay in the lodge, visit SipapuNM.com.
Come up and enjoy!