El Niño was kind to its southern brethren this year, dumping loads of white stuff for skiers and boarders to revel in. The storms also gave the state one of its best seasons on record.
Now, it's time to wave ba-bye to the snow and hello to summer.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort has one of the most scenic disc golf courses in the country. The 20-hole course is free to all guests. You also can geocache at the resort. The outdoor treasure-hunting game in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to locate "treasures" (containers called "geocaches" or "caches") has a number of hidden caches throughout the mountain this summer.
Red River Resort usually sees more business in the summer than winter. While the rest of the Southwest heats up in the summer, Red River remains a cool mountain retreat. There's hiking, biking, fishing, golf, and white-water rafting on the Rio Grande. For a real taste of the Wild West, get there for “Days of 1895,” a pioneer days event celebrating the area's mining history. Or visit during the annual Chili Cook-Off & Music Festival. The Red River Community House plans more than 400 free family-friendly activities like Movies on the Lawn, Music in the Mountains, “Chill” Teenager and Young Adult Night.
There's plenty to do at Angel Fire from May through October. world-class mountain biking, golf on their 18-hole PGA championship course, ATV tours, Eurobungy, scenic chairlift rides, disc golf on the highest-altitude course in New Mexico (free to play, but requires a lift ticket or season pass to access the chairlift to the top of the Chile Express), rock climbing wall, river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, outdoor photography, and art exhibitions. This will be the seventh season for free Friday night Movies Under the Stars at the Angel Fire Resort Golf Course. The driving range makes the perfect spectator venue for the 50-foot inflatable movie screen and theater-quality surround sound.
Taos has what most other resorts have- mountain biking, hiking, festivals, rafting. fishing, horseback riding. They also have huge peaks that beg to be bagged and climbed. Mountain Skills Rock Climbing Guides will show the adventure of a lifetime whether you are a first timer or a seasoned veteran. Finally, make room for a rubdown in the Edelweiss Lodge Spa- the only dedicated, full-service day spa in the Taos Ski Valley. You're poked, stroked, and rubbed without feeling like you're getting mugged, all in an airy, sage-colored atmosphere of calm. Those thinking ahead to next winter can purchase Taos' Millennium Pass right now. It is $575 and good for 70 days of skiing at TSV, plus three free days at Durango and Telluride, half price tickets at Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Kirkwood, Calif. It must be purchased before Oct. 1, 2010, and is blacked out from Dec. 27-Dec. 31, 2010.