Just 16 miles north of the city, Ski Santa Fe and nearby Sipapu offer 230 inches of marvelous deep New Mexico powder for the enjoyment of skiers of all ages and skill levels.
The expert level runs at Ski Santa Fe will prove to be a serious challenge to anyone's skiing skills. Cornice, Big Rocks, Tequila Sunrise, Columbine, Easter Bowl, and Wizard will prove to yourself whether you truly are an expert skiier or need a lot more practice. Intermediates will find they've got their hands full on Middle and Lower Broadway, Parachute, and the unfortunately named, Gayway. Neophytes will find the wide easy slopes of Easy Street to their liking, and after a bit of skill honing, might want to graduate up to Open Slope, Upper and Lower Midland, or Lower Burro. The kids will have a ball at the Chipmunk Corner learning area. There are no terrain parks, but with Ski Santa Fe 's wide range of magnificent natural terrain, you'll likely never miss it. Ski Santa Fe has a phenomenal Ski School, featuring lessons for all experience levels from one hour to full day, plus mogul clinics, powder workshops, telemark lessons, and even special classes for skiers over 50.
The biggest dining attraction in the Santa Fe area is clearly La Cantina, where you will savor delicious New Mexican specialties that are delivered by singing servers. You can enjoy a complete and entertaining dinner theater show, right between serving the courses. Not only is this a very unique experience but the whole package costs around twenty dollars. That has to be one of the great deals in New Mexico and possibly the country. Make reservations well in advance as the restaurant is justifiably popular. If you're seeking a more classical and cultural form of dinner theatre, head for the Flamenco dinner shows at Los Mayas where you will be entertained by the incredible footwork of dancers directly from Spain. Santa Fe is a diner's paradise with over 200 unique and memorable restaurants to savor. Closer to the slopes, La Casa Cafeteria serves up a delicious pasta bar where you can stock up on carbs for the activities ahead, and is everybody's choice for a filling breakfast. You can also enjoy burgers on the deck of Totemoff's Grill.
You have to take time off the slopes to go and explore any or all of the eight Native American villages close to Santa Fe. Each one is very different and you will be astounded at the type of lives that the original inhabitants of this area lived when it was a colony of Spain and even before. Mom will be more than happy to let hubby and the kids go exploring while she gets pampered at one of Santa Fe's world-famous spas, like The Sterling Institute, RockResorts Spa, SpaTerre, Santa Fe Massage, Ten Thousand Waves, and High Desert Healthcare.
This exciting resort has a total of six lifts, comprising of two surface, one double chair, two triple chair, and 1 quad chair that take you up to 67 trails. Snowboard on their longest run of 15,840 feet atop 230 inches of powder. Their trails are rated 20 percent for beginners, 40 percent for intermediates, and 40 percent for advanced.
When you really want to challenge yourself, you have to hit the slopes at Columbine, Cornice, Big Rocks, Tequila Sunrise, Easter Bowl, and Wizard. If you can master these runs, then you really have earned the title of Expert Snowboarder. There is no terrain park at Ski Santa Fe, but the natural features on these mind-bendingly steep runs will make sure you get plenty of jollies the natural way.
There are eight native American pueblos close to Santa Fe and each will give you a different perspective on what life was like when it was a colony of Spain. The area offers a complete selection of winter outdoor sports such as cross-country skiing, rock and ice climbing, snowcatting, horseback riding, sledding, hot air balloon rides, ice skating, jeeping and off-road driving, fishing and snowmobiling. Try them all—you may never leave! And don’t forget to check out Sipapu Ski Resort for some natural snowboarding features that will dazzle and amaze you.
Elegant après ski can be found at Inn of the Anasazi or La Posada. When you want to get down and be anything but elegant, you’ll want to head out to The Catamount Bar & Grill, where you can watch all the games on huge screen TVs, play pool, and slurp super suds. When you want to get your western groove on, El Farol, The Cowgirl, or Willee’s Blues Bar for their boot-stompin’, toe-tappin’ music and really fun crowd of tourists and locals. One of the greatest deals is to be found at La Cantina, where you’ll dine on wonderful New Mexican specialties presented by an exceptional dinner theater show. The amazing part is that the whole package costs around twenty bucks! Make reservations in advance as the place is usually packed. For something really different, check out the Flamenco dinner shows at Los Mayas, and see if your snowboarding footwork can match those of the rat-a-tat-tat-tat flamenco dancers.