For those that have been watching our Facebook and Twitter feeds, we left the snow-less Tahoe region and headed south. Yes, south for a few weeks to Ski New Mexico. In today’s day and age, there’s a massive focus on storm chasing. Powder this or multiple feet of that. It wasn’t until I stepped into the “Land of Enchantment” my pace slowed and my mind opened to the world around me. If the snow is almost ALWAYS good, does it need to be powder? In New Mexico… the answer is NO.
A State Filled With One-Of-A Kind Ski Destinations
The one thing about skiing in New Mexico that astounded us is how different each place is.
For those that LOVE the culinary experience alongside a day on the slopes, Ski Santa Fe and the town with the same name is where it’s at. Be sure to set aside an extra day or two the explore what the tourism bureau touts as the “city different.” The entire downtown area and the famous Canyon Road are all walkable and feel almost like an outdoor art museum.
Sometimes you need to experience the VIP treatment when on a skiing or snowboarding vacation. Angel Fire has outstanding customer service and grooming like Beaver Creek but without the hefty price tag or condescending feel. Even days after a storm, we found knee-deep untracked powder in their hike-to zone.
If you want an assortment of steeps like Jackson Hole but without the aggressive attitude, Taos is king. While the acreage may sound small on paper, Taos skis bigger as the geography of the mountain forces you to start at the top and ski each trail separately. No traversing. And of course… one of the coolest bars EVER – the Bavarian. Check out our article: Suite Dreams – Best Taos Lodges To Stay At On Your Next Vacation to peruse places to stay in and around Taos.
When we first arrived at the town of Red River, we couldn’t put our finger on it. Was it a tourist town like Hannibal, Missouri? Maybe a hard-core ski village like Cooke City, Montana? It wasn’t until the next day we realized it’s its own unique place. Red River Ski Area has it all. Hidden terrain as steep as Taos that’s rarely skied (albeit shorter) next to perfect fall line groomers and a mellow section for kids to play in. All that and a music venue that many consider the birthplace of the Austin music scene.
Why You Should Plan A Trip To Ski New Mexico This March
The word “packed powder” takes on a different meaning in New Mexico, just like your soul will feel when coming here. Push away those misconceptions and embrace the “different” lifestyle. There’s a reason why artists like Georgia O’Keeffe called this place home. It begs to be gazed upon and appreciated.
Snowpack Is WAY Above Average
While California has been pretty dry, New Mexico has been afforded lots of snow. In fact, the snowpack at each of the ski areas is way above average meaning that March will be amazing.
March Is Their Snowiest Month
Although many think mid-winter is the best time to visit ski resorts for snow, you’d be shocked to realize that January is normally one of the drier months for the ski season. March is THE snowiest month for snowfall to ski New Mexico.
This is only a taste of what is to come from our adventures in New Mexico. Be on the lookout this fall as we delve deep into everything ski New Mexico has to offer.