Not everyone knows just how good the skiing is here in Northern New Mexico. Well guess what…It’s spectacular! Within a 50 mile area around the New Mexico River Adventures boathouse and the Rio Grande Gorge lies 5 New Mexico skiing areas offering up something for every skier’s taste. From the incredible fun and steep terrain at Taos Ski Valley to the family friendly and extremely affordable Sipapu Ski Resort, northern New Mexico is a skiers paradise!
If you’re seeking out some of the most interesting and challenging lift accessible terrain in the country, come to Taos for New Mexico skiing. The only area I can think of in Colorado that could compare is Crested Butte which is renowned as the FreeSkiing capital of the U.S. That being said, you can’t find the diversity of landscape, culture and food to the degree you can here in Taos anywhere else in the country. This truly puts the area at the top! If you have the flexibility, wait for storms and make the trip. The hard working Ski Patrol here does a great job at opening terrain in a safe and timely manner so come see for yourself why so many enjoy this incredible resort!
A short 30 min. drive from the New Mexico River Adventures boathouse and the Lower Rio Grande Gorge is the quaint, family fun and affordable resort of Sipapu. This area is found in a constricted part of the canyon along the high road to Taos, just outside of Penasco, NM. This could be my favorite family resort! With preseason adult tickets just $25 and regular special like, $80 for a car full of people, this place is all about getting skiers and boarders outside! The base area consists of a small day lodge and the terrain is primarily green circle and blue square. However, within the 1100 vertical feet you can find some extremely fun glades and hidden gems and most importantly, you won’t have fight too hard for the untracked.
The truth is that no matter which area you decide to visit this winter, you won’t be disappointed in New Mexico skiing. Make sure you let us know about your trip and remember to come back in the spring and summer to recycle that snow in the rivers with us! Now Go Get Some!!