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“This formally hidden gem has become more popular”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Ski Santa Fe

Ski Santa Fe
Ranked #14 of 261 things to do in Santa Fe
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: With a base elevation of 10,350 ft, Ski Santa Fe is the launching point for a ski experience your family will never forget. Located only 16 miles from the heart of Santa Fe, a city rich in culture, fine arts and exceptional cuisine, this is one of the country's most diverse and unique ski destinations.
Plano, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“This formally hidden gem has become more popular”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

We discovered Ski Santa Fe in 1987 and did numerous weekend jaunts to the area - air travel was easier back then. The small ski area offered some nice runs for skiers of all levels of ability and the children's programs were reasonably priced and well staffed. It was totally unknown to outsiders at the time - a real local's spot. The only real drawback ws the 35-45 minute drive to and from town.

Fast forward through the years. We still love Ski Santa Fe, but, over the years, it has been discovered. The area has developmental issues due to Native American concerns and is still the small area, but it can get much more crowded than the old days. Spring Break can be especially tough, as the novice skiers and snowboarders rage out of control. Nearby Pajarita became our preferred choice, if they were open.

This year, Santa Fe made the most sense based on travel time and snow conditions. The website warned of large crowds and suggested strategies, which is a nice benefit. In addition, the base lodge has been expanded and improved. but, for us at least, nothing will ever measure up to the laid back vibe at Totemoff's, an easy lift shortly up the mountain.

We rented equipment in town to avoid the expected crowds at both the mountain and Cottams along the way. There are some lift ticket discounts available for more frequent skiers, but the full-day price for adults is $69, a bargain compared to many Colorado and even New Mexican resorts. There are also special prices kids, preteens, and seniors. The day care and children's ski school rates are also reasonable in relation to other destination resorts.

This is not the place for high speed quads whisking huge crowds. Ski Santa Fe does have a reasonably fast quad (conveyor loading) and a couple of resonably speedy trios. The doubles can be slow.

We were actually surprised that the crowds were fairly reasonable during our trip - few out-of-control college boys, although parking was a pain (although free) and there were some slight lines. The views are often gorgeous and the runs range from tame to totally wild. This was the first place that I ever skied a black, Upper Parachute, which was groomed that day decades ago.

The Day Lodge has probably doubled in size, and does offer more "food court" options, as well as more electircal outlets. The best I had was a $5 bowl of posole, one of the soups du jour. Burgers and hot dogs are priced fairly reasonably and can be purchased on the outside grills at both spots. Made to order deli sandwiches, by contrasts, seemed expensive. I do miss the daily specials that the bartender of Totemoff's served on the side of excellent drinks (Note: the day lodge is alcohol free).

Visited March 2014
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Dallas, Texas
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“My new favorite place!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

YAY!!! I'm a beginner at snowboarding and this place was just PERFECT for me! The runs were sufficient and the lift lines moved efficiently. I really wish I had discovered this place sooner so I can visit more often! Will definitely be back as soon as there powder arrives!

Visited February 2014
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Austin, Texas
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“Great Snow Great Runs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2014

I love to snow ski, and Ski Santa Fe did not disappoint. With 10 inches of fresh snow the day before we arrived, the runs were in excellent shape. The mountain has great choices for any level of skier, but I found the Green Runs of the Santa Fe Trail to be very enjoyable. Long gentle runs, but with enough downhill to keep things moving, and quick lift lines to not waste time.
We rented skis at the mountain, and it was less than 20 minutes from cashier to boots. The equipment was in good shape, and the return was even easier. Ski Santa Fe is easy to reach and a great value. Thanks for that fresh snow.

Visited March 2014
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Spring, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2014

Ski Santa Fe is a long drive up the mountain and sometimes they have snow and sometimes they don't. When they have snow, this is a great place for families. They have trails for cruising and beginners. Oh, they also have some for the more daring.

Visited March 2014
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Pearland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Perfect the Week before Spring Break”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014

The slopes were great with a variety of runs and well as levels of difficulty. The restaurant area was a great place to meet new friends. Everyone is so friendly and helpful.

Visited March 2014
Thank Nancy S
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