Calling all skiiers! The secret is out and the Wall Street Journal had a full spread on it. Yes, Taos is known for its expert/steep trails, but with 86 runs, Ski Santa Fe has something for everyone and the base of the Ski Santa Fe’s basin (elevation 10,350 ft) is only 30 minutes from the Plaza!
There are 4 main lifts and they serve skiers of all skill levels. The 4 main lifts—
The Santa Animal Shelter facility offers several different options for dog park activities. There is a fenced area for off-leash play for dogs of all sizes. There are areas designated specifically for small or large dogs only. There are also private-fenced areas that dogs and their humans may use privately for a specified period of time, perfect for owners with a dog pack of their own or for dogs that don’t play well with others.
- Easy Street: This is for the beginners and not scary! A great way to learn.
- The Santa Fe Super Chief (aka “The Quad”): Great for Intermediate to Advanced and the initial lift to access the other areas of the ski basin. Check out the views from the top of The Quad. Absolutely breathtaking!
- The Tesuque Peak (aka “The Triple Chair”) leads you to Gayway, which is a groomer Intermediate run, but also leads to multiple tree runs (Tequila is my personal favorite!) and challenging black-to-double black runs. SOOOO much fun! Never dull and you can always find something interesting to ski.
- The Millenium (aka “The Millennium”…) is the newest of the lifts and really opened up the mountain in 2000. The Millenium drops you off at the highest peak of Ski Santa Fe at 12,075 ft in elevation. From the Millenium, you can ski Sunset (intermediate) and take intermediate, open groomers all the way down or cut off and hit great tree runs or interesting runs like Central Park. (Snow-permitting, Central Park is one of my favorites. Challenging and gorgeous.)
Outdoor dining/beveraging note: Totemoff’s is a great outdoor dining option, mid-mountain, to grab a burger and a beer. Many weekends you can also enjoy a local band! The basin also has a large cafeteria and an outdoor grill area. Great options!
Santa Fe’s ski scene is truly one of the greatest secrets of the land of enchantment. Absolute snowy magic. Have fun!!