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Sandia Peak

 

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Trail Map
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Transportation
Transportation
AIR TRANSPORTATION

 

Albuquerque International Sunport
Airlines operating from Albuquerque include American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Great Lakes, New Mexico Airlines, Southwest, United and US Air.

 

Santa Fe Airport
Airlines operating from Santa Fe include American Eagle.

 

LOCAL TRANSPORTATION
  

To the Ski area:
From Albuquerque, I-40 East to the Cedar Crest Exit 175, North on NM HWY 14 to the Crest Scenic Byway 536, then 6 miles to ski area!

 

To the Tram:
FROM I-40

Exit 167: Tramway Blvd., take Tramway Blvd. North approximately 9 miles to the Sandia Peak Tramway.

 

FROM I-25
EXIT 234: EXIT 234 Tramway Road. Follow Tramway Road, East to the Sandia Peak Tramway.

 

Lodging
Lodging
 
 
Name Description Maximum Occupancy Price Range

Terrain Santa Fe

 

 

 

Terrain is a contemporary celebration of traditional New Mexico architecture. Each unique suite offers tranquility, privacy and comfort, with unspoiled vistas, original art, luxurious bathrooms, concierge services and every modern amenity.  Hot tub on site.

Extra person charges may apply

 

$130 and up

 

 

Old Santa Fe Inn

 

 

 

Designed in an authentic Southwestern architectural style with complimentary hot breakfast with self-serve breakfast burrito bar and Internet access.  Fitness center and business center.
 

Extra person charges may apply

 

$89 and up

 

 

Hyatt Place Santa Fe

 

 

 

 

Contemporary decor with stylish furnishings including, divided living and sleeping areas, 42" flat-panel high-definition television,  an oversized Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper, dry bar and bathroom vanity with granite countertops. Enjoy complimentary hotel-wide Wi-Fi and continental breakfast buffet.
 

Extra person charges may apply

 

 

$87 and up 

 

 

 

       
       
  • Additional lodging options available in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Dining

 

High Finance Restaurant and Tavern

 

Sandiago's Mexican Grill At The Tram

 

Pete's Mexican Restaurant & Cantina located at 12540 N Hwy 14, Sandia Park, NM 87047.

 

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Sandia Peak
Description:

Experience the drama of an 11,000 square mile panoramic view of New Mexico from the World's Longest Tramway. From the base to the top of 10,378 foot Sandia Peak, time and terrain seem to move in harmony as passengers lift from the desert floor, above canyons and lush forests, to the mountain top - 2.7 miles of sky-view travel and discovery of New Mexico's varied landscape and life zones. Looking to do some cross-country skiing? Enjoy 47 kilometers of cross-country trails in the Cibola National Forest.

Details:
DetailValue
Snow making percent
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Magic carpet
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Rope tow1
Lifts-Surface Lifts-Poma
Lifts-Surface Lifts-T bar
Lifts-Surface Lifts-J bar
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Single
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Double4
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Triple
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-High speed quad
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Five person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Six person
Lifts-Chair Lifts-Eight person
Lifts-Gondola
Lifts-Tram
Lifts-Coggle train
Lifts-Funicular
Lifts-Other
Lifts-Total number of lifts5
Lifts-Total lift capacity
Trails-1-Beginner35%
Trails-2-Intermediate55%
Trails-3-Advanced10%
Trails-4-Expert only
Trails-5-Terrain park
Trails-6-Half pipe
Trails-Total30
Runs-Steepest run
Runs-Longest run
General-Base elevation8678'
General-Vertical drop1700'
General-Owner
General-Mountain range
General-Annual skier visits
General-Back country access
General-Total area in bounds200 acres
General-Snow making coverage
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Posted

Pros: 30 min drive from the city, decent prices.

Cons: Somewhat lacking in terrain variety

As an Albuquerque resident, there are no shortages of ski resorts within a day/overnight drive; but sometimes, you just want to wake up, throw your gear on, and be right there.  This is the advantage of Sandia Peak; the slopes can be reached in around a half hour, with a drive that virtually any car can make. The area itself is actually fairly scenic, though it won't blow you away either.

Facilities:
Sandia has everything that a day skier would need - a small ski shop, a full service rental shop, full service ski school, and an ok indoor/outdoor cafeteria and grill. 
- The rental shop is full service, and has all the gear a skier or snowboarder would need for the day.  Most of the gear is in good condition, though some of their boots are on the older side. The rental process is streamlined quite well, with large crowds being handled fairly quickly. The staff are also very friendly, and are generally willing to make adjustments to users gear, even if it isn't a rental.
- The ski school has a decent number of instructors, and tends to cater to children's classes (though there are adult services).  There is a dedicated training area, though classes will migrate up the mountain later in the day (this can lead to crowding on the smaller mountain, with school kids fighting for space with regular skiers).
- The cafe is nothing to write home about, but isn't horrible either. They serve hot soups, and have a short-order grill where you can get things like hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and fries.  They also serve chips and drinks, both bottled and  fountain (though they are badly overpriced).  The adjacent ski shop is small, but does provide necessities that a skier may need if they forgot (gloves, goggles, etc).

Terrain
- The ski area itself isn't very large, and ir more suited to the beginners and intermediates, rather than experts looking for a challenge (though there are a couple of decent black paths). On the right side of the base area, there is an excellent beginner area, serviced by a modern two person lift (bench style seat).  The beginner slope is a nice large wide path, with some smaller wooded paths on the left.  This slope is an excellent area not only for people learning, but for people wanting to warm up or test new gear, since there is enough room to go faster without endangering others.
- The top of the mountain (from the base) is served by two much older lifts (bucket style seats).  They can very unnerving for those afraid of heights (especially Lift 3, which has almost no armrests on the side, which makes the rider hold on to the pole in the center). There is also a mid-mountain lift, which is as old as the other full lifts, and can be an daunting ride.
- The slopes themselves are generally well serviced, with almost all of the terrain able to be groomed/maintained. Again, most of the terrain is beginner and intermediate, but is adequate for a day trip if you are not looking for an extreme challenge.  There are a few decent diamond slopes, but probably will disapoint the die-hards looking for a big thrill. For beginners however, the mountain is excellent.  New skiers will be presented with plenty of nice learning terrain, and families can traverse most of the mountain without having to leave the kids behind.
- The ski area's biggest problem however, is not the facilities, but the weather. The area itself is high enough to get snow any time moisture moves in, but moisture isn't always a promise in this area like it is further up north. The last few seasons have been lean for the mountain, leading to only the beginner areas open for most of the season. When the area does get snow though, it is more than adequate, and can be great to ski on. Because it is not a resort, it is also a great place to go during the week; the mountain is mostly empty, and you can really let loose on the open terrain.
- There is a small terrain park, and it too caters more to the beginner and intermediate skiers. Again, a great place to learn and practice, but not really to show off any skills. The park is also very dependent on weather, and may not open despite the rest of the mountain being open.

Overall, this is a nice, family friendly ski area, which will serve day users great.  There is no hotel near by, but given the selection of other, larger resorts in the state, this is no surprise. This area caters to the locals, and locals love having it around. You won't fly to Abq to go here, but you would be crazy not to come if you already live in the area.