Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico is a popular destination for skiers and snowboarders. As part of a series on ski resorts, Huffington Post Travel offers our guide to Angel Fire Resort, featuring all the key information snow lovers need to know before they hit the slopes.
The BasicsLocated in the Rocky Mountains about three hours northeast of Albuquerque, Angel Fire Resort includes more than 550 acres of skiable terrain. With fewer crowded slopes than some of the other big-name ski resorts in the state, skiers and boarders can enjoy shorter lift lines and more time on the slopes. During peak season, visitors can night ski until 8 p.m. along the front side of the mountain, making Angel Fire the only resort to allow night skiing in the state. Angel Fire is within a three-hour drive of the Albuquerque International Sunport.
The MountainThe mountain at Angel Fire Resort stands 10,677 feet tall at its highest summit and features a 2,077-foot vertical drop. The mountain averages 210 inches of snow annually with a typical season running from mid-December through late March. The resort makes its own snow that covers half the mountain to compensate for periods of low snowfall. The persistent sun and wind in northern New Mexico take their toll on the slopes, so the more popular trails are best hit early in the day. Other snowy options include sledding, tubing, ice fishing and snowmobiling.
Trails And LiftsAngel Fire Resort provides skiers and boarders with 74 trails: 26 percent for beginners, 50 percent for intermediates and 24 percent for advanced skiers. In addition, the resort has two freestyle parks and more than 30 acres of glade-tree skiing for more advanced skiers. Two high-speed quad lifts transport guests to the top of the mountain, while three double lifts and two Sunkid Wondercarpets serve the smaller trails. The resort's most notorious expert trails, Hell's Bells, Angel's Plunge, Hari Kari and Charisma, all run down the backside of the mountain.
In The NewsAngel Fire Resort has its own NASTAR racecourse that's open to the public for giant slalom recreational racing. The resort hosts the United States of America Snowboard/Skier Association races throughout the season as well as the University of New Mexico Alpine Ski Team. The Angel Fire Ski & Snowboard School teaches private and group lessons to skiers and boarders over the age of 3 at any level, including a special adaptive program for skiers with disabilities.
CostFull-day lift tickets range in price from $47 for juniors ages 7 to 12 to $64 for adults 18 and older. Children 6 years of age and younger, fifth graders accompanied by a full-day lift-ticket holder, and seniors 70 and older ski for free. Afternoon-only half-day lift tickets and night skiing tickets are available at discounted prices. Regular skiers can purchase season passes starting at $189 for a Sunday-through-Thursday pass. Slopeside Sports, located at the base of the mountain, rents equipment to skiers and boarders of all ability levels. A full-day ski or snowboarding package, including all equipment and boots, costs $28 for adults and $14 for juniors. Full-day high performance demo packages cost $30, and helmets are available for $10 per day. The shop carries popular brands like Rossignol, K2, Nordica, Volkl and Salomon. Group and individual lessons start at $70.
Apres-SkiAngel Fire Resort includes several places to warm up and unwind after a day on the slopes. Skiers who want a fine-dining experience should try Elements at the Angel Fire Country Club. It offers a prime rib special each Friday and Saturday evening. Legends Grill, the Coffee House and Chianti's Pizzeria provide a more casual and family-friendly dining experience. The Angel Fire Lodge includes a fitness center, swimming pool and hot tub.
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Chill out at one of Angel Fire's themed No Drama Days.