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“very convenient location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ski Santa Fe

Ski Santa Fe
2209 Brothers Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87505
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Ranked #19 of 101 Activities in Santa Fe
Type: Ski/ Snowboard Areas, Sports
Activities: Skiing
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Owner description: This ski resort is located on the Sangre de Cristos Mountains and has slopes for skiers with different abilities.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Hollywood, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“very convenient location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This is a perfect location for excellent skiing. The prices were very reasonable for the lifts and rentals. We dropped my husband off, then headed back to Santa Fe. On the way down the mountain, there are spots for a hike, picnic, or over-looks of the mountains. It's true, if you are not ski-ing, there's not much to do at "Ski Santa Fe", so its no fun to stay and wait. There should be a Lounge or Restaurant at the Base area, as the drive back down the mountain then up again is a hassle. My husband was very pleased with the efficiency of the rentals, and conditions of the ski runs. He had a great time.

Visited February 2013
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Hartford, Connecticut
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125 reviews 125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
“Excellent mid week snow”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The slopes were in fine conditions, everyone was friendly, and this is a decent size mountain for a pleasant and relaxing 1/2 of skiing.

Visited February 2013
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Los Alamos
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Okay but not much to do”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

So if you are looking for a place to ski it is an okay option, close to Santa Fe. However, if you have the kids skiing and you are just hanging out there is NOTHING to hold your interest after about a half hour. Boring boring boring. Maybe they could do a bar with bar menu and a TV? I would have let the kids ski all day if it wasn't so boring for me.

Visited December 2012
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Palos Heights, Illinois
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80 attraction reviews
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248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
“Convenient ski area from namesake town. Great views”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Just 15 or so miles from Santa Fe this ski area is definitely worth checking out while visiting Santa Fe in the winter. The road is a twisting one but scenic. Plan on taking at least 30 minutes driving up depending, of course, on road conditions and traffic. We drove up on a weekend and the traffic was fairly light. About half-way up the Ski Basin Road is a ski/snowboard shop, Cottam's, where you can pick rentals or replace missing/forgotten ski gear. As always, the later you arrive at the ski area the farther your parking is from the base area and the more tedious your hike while schlepping your skis (and this is even more painful at the end of the day after hours of skiing).

Warning to lowlanders: Santa Fe is already at about 7200 feet altitude and the ski area base is 10350 feet high with a couple of lifts dropping you off at just over 12, 000 feet. . Be prepared for more shortness of breath than usual while carrying skis to and from your car.

Check out their website (http://skisantafe.com) and review the trail map. Ski Santa Fe is basically a big bowl with everything feeding to a common base. This means it is harder for people to get stranded or lost when separated from a group; just agree on a meeting place ahead of time (i.e the base lodge, La Casa. Or perhaps the "mid-mountain" bar-and-grill, Totemoff's). This also means a very crowded base area at the start and end of the day.

This is also a flat-bottomed bowl meaning that though the map may suggest the lift-served vertical is about 1700 feet (especially from the Millennium lift) the effective vertical is more like 1500 feet. Better skiers will ski from the lifts around Totemoff's: Millennium, Sierra, and Tesuque - probably not bother going all the way to the bottom. The bottom stretch is fairly long and flat from Totemoffs to La Casa and naturally all green slopes and so take extra care with all the beginners learning.the ropes.

That is not to say beginners are confined to the base area. Not at all. Green runs come off the Santa Fe Super Chief and Sierra lifts. There are warning signs at Tesuque and Millennium lifts warning skiers that there are no green runs from the tops of those particular lifts.

For intermediate and advanced skiers there is a lot to keep you entertained. Depending on the snow cover, naturally. There was not enough snow for us to try glade skiing. There are moguls under the Tesuque lift. The runs we particularly enjoyed were a couple off Tesuque, Gay Way (blue) and Parachute (single black). Broad, following the fall-line, with a consistent pitch enough to create momentum they were great for carving even turns or going fast. Parachute was a little steeper than Gay Way and so a little more challenging. There were great views of the Rio Grande valley below.

We had great weather. Sunny, blue skies unbroken by cloud. The snow could certainly have been better. At the top of Tesuque and Millennium lifts strong wind gusts made conditions just cold enough that we did not hang around too long up there. It is not a very large ski area but being from the Midwest I had no cause to complain. I would probably spend no more than 2 days skiing there before wanting to look further afield.

Visited February 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Pleasantly surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We're Texans who ski in Colorado but since I decided last minute to take my daughter skiing we went where we could get a flight and so ended up going to Santa Fe. I was nervous about snow conditions and thought the ski area might be "small time" but it ended up being a great vacation. My daughter is a beginner snowboarder and the mountain was perfect for her. I never looked at a trail map, just took a lift and found my way down. It's all so easy and manageable skiing a smaller mountain. Big crowds for President's day weekend but lift lines were not bad and lunch at noon was easy. The updated facilities are very nice, workers are semi-friendly. The snow was okay the first two days but very packed by Monday - the conditions were better than expected but they definitely need snow.

Visited February 2013
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