Sandia

by: bubajewfubba - Aug 14, 2011

  • Overall Rating 3
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All Mtn. Terrain 3
  • Terrain Park 1
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Good place to lean, tram ride, fun cruising terrain

    Cons: Medicore snow, old lifts, management.

    Recommended For: Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2010


Full review

I've lived in Albuquerque for four years and have enjoyed this small mountain. I had a season pass to Santa Fe 08-09 and got to board here for free as well and I would come here when they had a good storm, which was surprisingly quite often for this mountain. Then I worked as a lifty last season here and we only had about five solid storms.

The bad: The main problem with this mountain is that the snow conditions are generally icy unless you go the day of or day after a good storm. The lifts were built in the 50s and 60s so you have to be patient on the way up. Also don't believe the website when it says the have a terrain park. They only build it if they're having above average snowfall and even when its up there's only about 4 boxes and a tire kicker. Management tries to market the place as "family friendly" which is good for family obviously but it generally translates into keeping terrain closed, limited snow-making, and very anal ski patrol.

The good: The ski and board instructors and very friendly and accommodating. This is a great place to lean how to ride, rentals and lessons are very affordable. When the snow is decent it, there are a few great tree and glade runs, you just have to be a little adventurous to find them. Also its a blast taking the tram from Albuquerque to the peak especially on a stormy day.

Bottom line I would recommend this place to people who live near by and want a mellow affordable place to learn how to ride. But I wouldn't come here for the terrain or plan an out of state ski trip

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