Skiing in New Mexico offers great snow, great views and great options. With more than 10 ski resorts in the state, choosing one can be just as challenging as the slopes themselves. This article highlights the top five ski resorts in New Mexico. Of course, each skier or snowboarder will likely develop their own favorite, which may vary slightly from this list.
Taos Ski Valley
Taos Ski Valley offers spectacular views on more than 70 marked trails. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will find plenty of runs to keep them busy. While many believe this resort is the toughest mountain in New Mexico (with more than half its trails an advanced level), beginner and intermediate skiers can still enjoy themselves. Taos Ski Valley is also well-known for its ski school.
With more than 55 trails, Red River offers a higher percentage of beginner and intermediate trails than Taos. Here no group of skier is favored since beginner, intermediate, and advanced slopes each take up about a third of the mountain. Snowboarders and skiers share the slopes of this resort located in an old mining town.
Offering the only gondola in New Mexico, this resort has more than 50 trails for snowboarders and skiers. Lessons for Spanish and English speakers are available, although 80 percent of the trails cater to intermediate and advanced skiers.
Intermediate skiers and boarders enjoy half of the 70-plus trails at this resort. The other 50 percent of trails are split fairly evenly between beginner and advanced level.
Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
Located in Los Alamos and featuring about 50 trails, this mountain is known for never being crowded. Half of the trails on this mountain are for intermediate-level skiers.
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