Great little mountain

by: cvb1ewd - Dec 30, 2009

  • Overall Rating 4
  • Family Friendly 3
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 4
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 4

    Pros: Good Snow & Runs

    Cons: Expensive, Crowds

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Dec 1, 2009

Full review

This has got to be one of New Mexico's hidden gems. Toas is the #1 spot for sure, but Santa Fe is great. About half the size as Toas, the runs, trees, off trail powder, are all great !! The higher elevation keeps this place cold and the snow fresh. Some very long runs from the top down with lots of variety.

The only few downfalls are this: over-run with Texans, the # of lifts, slow lifts, the new conveyor lift (waste of money and broken 1/2 the time), and lastly, the food is horrible (wife got food poisining and ended up at St. Vincent's for a day).

Most of the time, this mountain is empty. No lines. The problem is only how slow the lifts are. During weekends and holidays, this little place gets SLAMMED with crowds. Long lines, slow lifts, and a new conveyor type lift that has broke down everytime I've visited (the just end up putting snow on the conveyor, covering it up, and treat it as a regular chair lift). Had they not wasted their money on this dumb lift, they could probably have installed 2 high speeds for that price providing faster lifts and more mountain access. The potential for this place is huge and for the price they charge, money should not be an issue.

Reccomendation: 1) Go during the week or an off-peak weekend 2) Don't eat their food 3) wait for the mountain to fully open 4) stay towards the top.

You'll love this mountain.