The "oophs" are still audible. The "swoosh" gives way to the click and rattle of chain. The exhilaration of downhill speed resounds the pounding heart; it's downhill mountain biking in New Mexico. The summer snowmelt turns an enthusiast's fancy to the ski lift carrying rider and bike to the top of a mountain run. Out of the gate, riders head down the slope on two wheels instead of two skis. New Mexico's ski resorts go 365, adding mountain bike trails from top to bottom.
Sandia Ski Area, Cedar Crest
Running summer weekends and holidays from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the Sandia Ski Area has a full-service mountain biking service with a tram from the base to the summit, along with 30 miles of rated trails covering experts, enthusiasts and pro riders. Cycling from the Crest offers views across Albuquerque, over the Rio Grande and onto the Colorado Plateau. The resort rents mountain bikes and has a full-service bike shop. A special eight-day week closes the season starting October 2.
Sandia Peak Resort
10 Tramway Loop Northeast
Albuquerque, NM 87122
Sipapu Ski Resort, Vadito
Cruising on cross-country and downhill trails meandering through the Carson National Forest and adjoining the Pecos Wilderness area, Sipapu Ski Resort has more than 300 miles of mountain bike trails. Rated from novice to expert, the bike trails meander from the resort into the forests and mountains on the surrounding government-owned land. Bike trails are open seven days a week, weather permitting. Ski lifts run on weekends only.
5224 New Mexico 518
Vadito, NM 87579-0000
Angel Fire Resort, Angel Fire.
More than a dozen multi-mile downhill trails dot the Angel Fire Resort. The uphill run is accessible with the ski lift that runs weekends through the summer; the weekends last from Thursday to Monday throughout most of the summer. Trails are rated in a manner similar to ski runs from novice to experienced pro. Bicycle and equipment rentals are available, and the resort includes a full-service bike shop.
Angel Fire Resort
PO Box 130
10 Miller Lane
Angel Fire, NM 87710
Article Written By Eric Jay Toll
Eric Jay Toll has been writing since 1970, influenced by his active lifestyle. An outdoorsman, businessman, planner and travel writer, Toll's work appears in travel guides for the Navajo Nation, "TIME" and "Planning" magazines and on various websites. He studied broadcast marketing and management at Southern Illinois University.