Pros: Close to Santa Fe and Albuqeurque, Great Tree Skiing, Easy to Navigate
Cons: Dated equipment, on the smaller side
In August I was required to move to Albuquerque for work and was a little bummed about leaving Colorado. I knew taos wasn't too far but being a 3hr drive made it a little far for day trips. I also knew about Sandia Peak right in Abq but heard it wasn't great.
Unfortuanately this turned out to be a terrible snow year and Sandia stil hasn't opened anything but the bunny hill basically. With the terrible snow I was beginning to lose faith in being able to do easy day trips for skiing, that was until I learned of Ski Santa Fe.
After hearing about it from a friend I decided to head up one day but didn't hold high expectations. It being only 1.5 hrs away I figured it would be similair to Sandia. Well did I turn out to be wrong!
Upon arriving you encounter an old 70's style lodge that housing everything from ski patrol to rental gear to the Cafetria. You can see three lifts one of which has been upgraded to a high speed quad.
Upon finally heading up the lifts I was quickly impressed with the area. The blues we warmed up on where well groomed and an appropriate steepness. As we moved around the resort I found that there was an abudant amount of good tree skiing. There was also a good amount of steep terrain from what I could see but due to the low snow much of it wasn't open yet.
I have really enjoyed this area so far and plan on skiing it much more in the future. If you happen to be passing through it is well worth the trip up the mountain.