While not offering the sheer volume and variety of terrain as its neighboring states of Colorado and Utah, New Mexico does have excellent skiing to offer both the beginner and the expert. Even at the biggest resort, Taos, lift ticket prices are significantly cheaper than those at other top Rocky Mountain resorts like Aspen, Vail and Alta.
While Taos is the big dog of New Mexico skiing, with the most terrain and the largest annual snowfall, there are several smaller resorts that offer a good variety of terrain. Angel Fire has a vertical drop of 2,077 feet. Ski Santa Fe has a base elevation over 10,000 feet and 67 trails. Other resorts include Pajarito, Red River, Ski Apache, Ski Cloudcroft and Sipapu.
Taos offers an excellent early season value lift ticket of only $35, in effect from opening to December 14. During peak season, a daily lift ticket is $64, still far less than the $93 you can expect to pay at places like Vail and Aspen. Most of the other resorts have a lift ticket price in the mid-$50s, while the smaller resorts with shorter seasons that do not receive much snow, like Pajarito, offer tickets for only $43.
Lodging and Lift Ticket Deals
Booking via a resort's website can offer good deals on combined lodging/lift tickets. Taos has deals for $265 per person in early season to $379 per person during peak season. Ski Santa Fe has perhaps the best combination of cheaper lodging and good skiing, since Santa Fe is a city in its own right and not so dependent on tourism dollars as a big ski resort.