-- Package --
My wife and I went to Angelfire Resort this past January for four nights. We booked a special offer that the resort had going at the time: check in on Sun or Mon and stay at least three nights to get lift tickets included and a reduced room rate. All together I think the package was about $700. I figured that was pretty good for skiing and room included. Lift tickets are usually $66 at that time, so eight of those is worth $528 if you look at it that way.
-- Arrival --
We flew in from Dallas into Albuquerque airport. Flight was about 2 hours. Got a little fwd compact and drove about 3 hours to resort. The last 0.5-1 hour was through the mountains for sure. Before that, it's mostly flat. We didn't have any trouble, but the tiny engine didn't really like the uphills that much.
We arrived at 2:00pm, and the room was ready. They told me that they couldn't guarantee that this would be the case. We rented skis and boots at the shop in the parking lot for $30 per day per person. We had enough time on the first day to quickly change and get out on the slopes for about 1.5 hours. This was a good first day for us. Lifts shut down at 4pm.
-- Accommodations --
Having read other reviews, I was a bit worried about the hotel. The pictures were not all that informative. We weren't blown away by the accommodations, but nothing was terrible. Our room was spacious. The bed was fine. There was a place in the bathroom to store our ski apparel. There was a balcony that overlooked the parking lot and valley beyond. The "fireplace" turned out to be a heater with simulated fire. i was hoping for some gas logs, but whatever. We spent a lot of time in the room at night, since it was about 4 degrees outside. So it was fine overall.
Our neighbors were in the habit of slamming doors as they got up at about 6 every morning. The walls might be a little thin. It sounded like they were in our room.
-- Food --
The food options were pretty limited. At any given time, we only found one restaurant open. The food is nothing to write home about, but there are some tasty dishes. We ate mostly in the Legends grill, as it was the only option at night. We never tried the country club, as you have leave the hotel to get there. I think there is a shuttle. The Village Haus at the foot of the slope is not as good. But if you're hungry after skiing, you can find something. You might want to stick to their sandwiches. Burgers were ok. They were out of things pretty often.
We never ate at the top of the Chile Express lift, but there is a place.
-- Skiing --
We both had a great time skiing. This mountain is great for beginners and intermediates. There are some glades (expert slopes with scattered trees) and some blacks (expert slopes) for the more adventurous. Most of these weren't open when we were there, but we couldn't have done them anyway. The long green on the ridge line, Headin' Home, is very slow. So it's not much fun for a better beginner. My wife enjoyed it, though, since she doesn't like to go too fast. She got tired of doing the lower slopes over and over. There is only one real green slope besides the bunny that is accessible without riding the big lift.
The back side of the mountain was great fun for me. On our second day, we'd had over a foot of snow in the previous 48 hours, and there was a lot of powder. I'd never had conditions like that before, and I had a blast. There are many blue slopes, and a fair number of greens as well, especially on the back side. I could handle probably half the blues on the mountain by the time we left. The others were too hard. I've been skiing three times now, and I'm reasonably athletic. Haven't taken any lessons, though.
-- Service --
The front desk was pretty terrible, honestly. When we first arrived, I stood there for at least five minutes while people who apparently weren't actually working the desk passed back and forth. They looked at me, but no one said a word. No, "We'll be with you in a moment," nothing. Eventually, a woman finally came back and checked us in. I was excited to ask her if she thought that we could make it out to the slopes with enough time to ski. Lift tickets for the day were included in the package. She was very apathetic. It wasn't a great first impression.
Elsewhere, however, people were very nice. In the restaurants, the staff are pleasant and friendly. We had a very nice discussion with two members of the cleaning staff whom we interrupted cleaning our room when we came back in the middle of the day. They were both very nice.
-- Overall --
I would go back to Angelfire. My wife and I don't have to stay in a finest resorts. We're there to ski. We got a good price, and we had a great time skiing. Yes the food could have been a little better, but we've had worse for sure. Of course food and drinks are expensive... it's a resort after all. Overall, we had a good time, and I'd recommend it to someone who wants to ski on a budget. I think the whole trip came in under $2500 for the two of us with airfare and rental car booked through Priceline.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our hotel offers your choice of spacious rooms and suites, just steps from the Chile Express chairlift at the hub of Angel Fire, New Mexico. Each room features two queen beds-perfect for your family (or friends). Take a plunge in the indoor pool, enjoy a relaxing soak in our hot tub, sweat it out in the fitness center or just enjoy our free WiFi Internet access after a fun day of skiing and snowboarding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Angel Fire Hotel Angel Fire
- Angel Fire Ski Resort
- Angel Fire Resort Hotel
- The Lodge At Angel Fire Resort New Mexico