Please note: This “Know Before You Go” update is as of Jan. 22. Travel restrictions and requirements can change quickly, so be sure and check resort websites prior to travel.

Skiing may not be a way of life in Austin because we can’t simply drive an hour or two and be on the mountain slopes. So, why are there so many skiers and riders who live in the Austin metro area?

It’s because we love to ski and snowboard and the extra effort to drive to the snowy New Mexico mountains or fly throughout the West to world class destinations is worth it when we have several days to a week to put together for a winter holiday.

This year is more of a challenge with all of us taking COVID precautions. Use our guide to staying safe and healthy all winter without giving up the sports we love. invites all of our site visitors to choose their favorite ski resorts in a variety of categories each spring. Resorts listed in this guide are the top choices by Austin Metro site visitors.

Easy Day or Weekend Trips


We certainly don’t have to head to the airport when we want to sk in The Land of Enchantment. Southern New Mexico’s rugged Sacramento Mountains and Northern New Mexico’s magnificent Sangre de Cristos make for a long day of driving for sure, but no one will be disappointed. Just be sure to check for COVID restrictions.

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks:

Angel Fire Resort: Drive time from Austin is 11.5 hours.

Red River Ski Area: Drive time from Austin is 12 hours.

Ski Apache: Drive time from Ausin is 11 hours.

Taos Ski Valley: Drive time from Austin is 12 hours.

COVID Fast Facts – Day/Weekend Trips


Do I need to quarantine if I cross a state border?

New Mexico has moved to a color-coded framework where a county’s restrictions depend on virus risk. Travelers from high risk states/countries must quarantine for 14 days or length of stay, whichever is shorter. Mask required statewide in public spaces. LINK

When and where do I need to wear a face covering?

Face coverings required on lifts and when skiing at AZ Snowbowl and Sunrise Park Resort. 

Where can I find the most up-to-date information or COVID guidelines?

New Mexico:
Taos County: Avery (Angel Fire, Red River, Taos Ski Valley
Lincoln County: (Ski Apache)

Destination Resort Fly-To Options


OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from the Austin metro area.






Winter Park

Wolf Creek

Colorado COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Texas and Colorado: None.

The move to COVID-19 red level in many Colorado counties does not affect ski resort on-mountain operations. Pitkins County (home to Aspen and other ski resorts) requires visitors to complete a health affidavit and provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival or face a mandatory 14-day quarantine.


Deer Valley

Park City Mountain Resort

Utah COVID threat level:

Travel restrictions between Texas and Utah: None. State mask mandate for those 2+.

British Columbia, Canada

Whistler Blackcomb

British Columbia COVID threat level:

Avoid all non-essential travel. Mandatory negative COVID test for those 5+ 72 hours before flying into Canada. International travelers must self quarantine for 14 days and complete ArriveCAN application to enter Canada through Feb. 5.


Airline COVID Precautions


All airlines and airports have instigated stringent disinfectant procedures. Click below for your airline’s COVID page for specifics.
Air Canada

Alaska Airlines

American Airlines

Delta Airlines

Frontier Airlines

Southwest Airlines


United Airlines

Denver Air Connection