Santa Fe is most busy in the summer and fall, and rightly so. Attractive weather, beautiful vistas, Indian Market, the Folk Art Festival, Zozobra, and a myriad of other festivals and attractions make summer a fabulous time to visit. It is also an ideal time to hike in the gorgeous mountains around town. However, there is another half of the year that is just as treasured, and it keeps people coming to Santa Fe throughout the entire year. A visit to Ski Santa Fe is one more fantastic opportunity that Santa Fe has to offer.
It is quite difficult to beat the beauty of the Mountains to the East of Santa Fe. Driving among the aspen trees while the leaves are changing colors is an incredible experience that everyone should see in their lifetime. However if you come to the same spot just a few months later, a whole new scene can be seen. Winter is a very transformative time in Santa Fe, and the drive up to the ski basin while it is snowing is pretty fantastic.
Of course, the skiing/snowboarding is the destination after the beautiful drive (However, make sure to be cautious on the drive, as the roads are small and icy). Ski Santa fe offers a variety of slopes of every difficulty and length. There are four lifts that go to distinct areas of the mountain, and each of them have different things to offer. The closer you are to the bottom of the mountain, the easier the hill will be. As you approach the top, you will encounter more difficult runs with moguls and steep inclines. Each run is labeled green, blue, black, double black, or triple black depending on its difficulty, so you can know the difficulty of the slope before you go down. For the inexperienced, Ski Santa Fe offers skiing and snowboarding classes, so you can learn to become more adventurous on the mountain. Whether you are coming to Santa Fe for a short period of time or if you intend to keep coming back there are options for you as you can get one-time tickets or season passes. If you’re not interested in winter sports, the lifts are often open in the fall so you can still go to the top of the mountain and check out the view of all of Santa Fe.
This mountain has always been the backdrop to Santa Fe, but it is a world all its own that anyone who is interested in having a visceral experience in nature can access with just a short drive. It is another activity that shows the true diversity that a trip to Santa Fe can offer you at any time of the year.