Close to town, tree riding, backcountry access
Spotty terrain park, small mountain compared to Colorado resorts
I have ridden all the New Mexico and southern Colorado mountains and find that Santa Fe is underrated. A smallish mountain 25 minutes from downtown Santa Fe, it is generally uncrowded except for the periods of the year -Christmas Break, Spring Break-where we are bombarded by Texans. Though we have had a few bleak winters , generally the snow is good mid season - dry New Mexico fluff. The lower mountain is serviced mainly by one quad and is good for beginners to intermediate riders. The better terrain is definitely on the upper mountain- serviced by two triple chairs with a cafe / bar at their bases. It's not huge but there are numerous steep tree runs, powder glades, cliff drops and natural kickers if you're willing to venture off the groomers. You can usually find fresh powder lines for days after a storm if you look for em. Sunset Glade off the Millenium along the out of bounds ropes and Tequila Sunrise Glade are some killer tree rides. Some of the best views in the state can be had off the mogul runs from the Tesuque Triple. For a sick backcountry experience hike out of bounds off the triple chair and ride Big Tesuque Peak for miles down to the highway. Terrain park is not great.. usually not running all season either. Some fun jibs but no big jumps. Drop a cliff off the Millenium lift line instead.