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Angel Fire Resort: Ski with the Family in New Mexico

Angel Fire Resort Photo by: Flickr/DavidW

If you’re like me, when chewing over a ski vacation destination, New Mexico isn’t the first state that pops to mind. If you’re like the man I met at the Albuquerque airport who had flown in from the Big Island to hit the slopes, New Mexico is the only state that comes to mind! There are actually eight alpine ski areas in New Mexico: three in the Enchanted Circle, four in Rio Grande Valley, and America’s southernmost ski area, Ski Apache. Angel Fire Resort, located in the Enchanted Circle, is as family-friendly as they come.

Getting There

Map of New Mexico's Ski Resorts

Angel Fire Resort is an all-season mountain resort in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Angel Fire, New Mexico. To visit, families can book their travel into either Albuquerque or Santa Fe. From ABQ, it’s a three-hour drive to Angel Fire; from Santa Fe, 90 minutes. Upon landing, drive up to the resort in daylight since there are two canyons to drive up.

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What Sets Angel Fire Ski Resort Apart

Photo Courtesy: Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire Resort is New Mexico’s only option for night skiing. There are 79 runs, all with breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains. Want to show off your sweet skills? GoPro HD video cameras are available to rent. Prefer to watch from the sidelines? A crowd favorite is the annual shovel race competition where men, women, and children from all corners of the nation converge to sit on the scoop of a waxed aluminum snow shovel and race down the front of Angel Fire ski mountain at speeds exceeding over 60 miles per hour. Non-ski options include tubing, snowshoe hikes, sledding, sleigh rides, and snowmobile tours. Without a doubt, visiting families have many fun and unique stories to share after a trip to Angel Fire Resort.

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Winter Amenities Families Love

Angel Fire Resort, Angel Fire New Mexico

Get cozy in one of the spacious rooms housed in The Lodge. The Family Suite boasts 3 queen beds, balcony, sitting room, and can accommodate up to seven people. Need more space? Homes and condos are also available to rent. After hitting the slopes, reflect on your day’s adventures in an indoor heated swimming pool with two-story waterfall and panoramic views of the majestic Rockies. When the sun sets, Elements at The Country Club serves flavorful steaks, seafood, and green chile martinis. Complimentary shuttle service to The Country Club is available to all. At Annie’s Coffee Shop, the family can splurge on giant freshly baked cinnamon rolls.

Read my full review of Angel Fire Ski Resort.

Summer Adventures

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In summer, families can enjoy ziplining across New Mexico’s only zipline tour, mountain bike at one of the top five bike parks in North America (as named by Liftopia), and also enjoy a round of golf or tennis. Rocky Mountain Zipline Adventure is one of the highest elevation zipline tours in the United States and gives thrillseekers the opportunity to fly 200 ft above the forest floor. Angel Fire Bike Park offers 110 days of riding and over 60 miles of scenic trails. Flying in? Full rentals are available upon request. Active families will enjoy free tennis clinics for the under-10 set and high altitude golf in the unspoiled canyons of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For a bit of downtime, enjoy free family movies under the stars with complimentary popcorn.

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Special thanks to Angel Fire Ski Resort for hosting our winter adventure. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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