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.

Mention Texas and skiing to an outsider and get one of those “huh?” looks. We all know Texans love to ski and we will make the extra effort to get to those mountain resorts in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. With 13 ski clubs in the Texas Ski Council and thousands and thousands of long-time skiers and riders and “newbies” hitting ski slopes each new season, the fact is Texas is truly a skiing/snowboarding hotbed.

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.

OnTheSnow.com 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 Dallas and Houston Metro site visitors.

Easy Day or Weekend Trips

 

We Texans are not exactly blessed with ski mountains close enough for us to hop in the car at sunrise and be on slopes after breakfast. But that doesn’t mean we always have to head for the airport, either.

We simply head west to The Land of Enchantment. Southern New Mexico’s rugged Sacramento Mountains and Northern New Mexico’s magnificent Sangre de Cristos make for a very full day of driving for sure, but they are worth the effort if you can stay for a few days.

OntheSnow Visitor Drive-To Picks

Angel Fire Resort: Drive time from Dallas is 10 hours. From Houston, 13.5 hours.

Red River Ski Area: Drive time from Dallas is 10 hours: from Houston 13.5 hours.

Ski Apache: Drive time from Dallas is 9.5 hours; from Houston, 12 hours.

Ski Santa Fe: Drive time from Dallas is 10 hours; from Houston, 13.5 hours.

Taos Ski Valley: Drive time from Dallas is 11 hours; from Houston, 14.5 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. Check the appropriate county's site for specifics. Travelers from hight risk states must quarantine for 14 days. 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: County restrictions depend on virus risk.
County
Taos County (Angel Fire, Red River, Taos SkiValley)
Lincoln County (Ski Apache)
Santa Fe County (Ski Santa Fe)

Destination Resort Fly-To Options

 

Face coverings required virtually everywhere at the resort except when eating or drinking and whenever social distancing is not possible.

OnTheSnow Visitor Picks: These are the most popular resort choices for those coming from the Dallas/Houston metro areas.

Colorado

Aspen Snowmass

Beaver Creek

Breckenridge

Keystone

Steamboat

Telluride

Vail

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. Pitkin County 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. Mask mandate in public spaces or on public transportation. Counties are under color-coded leavels of risk through Feb. 6.

Utah

Park City Mountain Resort

Utah COVID threat level:

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

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

Westjet

United Airlines

Denver Air Connection