Stimulating the Slopes
|ENDLESS S-CURVES: Taos, New Mexico (Ken Gallard/courtesy, Taos Resort.)|
New Mexico is not generally top of mind for skiing, but the southern Rockies state is home to some of the driest powder available to mankindand it's lesser-known status also typically translates into smaller crowds.
Angel Fire Resort
Located near the better known resort of Taos, Angel Fire expects to attract families with its all-around lower prices. Public Relations Manager Christy Germscheid says, "With the economy in a challenging situation right now, we recommend that travelers seeking an affordable ski vacation take a closer look at the ski areas off the beaten path. Most of the mountains in New Mexico offer a lift ticket that is anywhere from $20 to $45 cheaper than their Colorado counterparts."
Angel Fire's Stay and Ski package starts at $79 per person, based on double occupancy for Sunday through Thursday arrivals (a $20 per-person, per-day surcharge will be added for Friday and Saturday arrivals). Peak holiday periods are blacked out and a two-night minimum is required.
Families can benefit from the Kids Stay Free deal. Based on double occupancy, two kids per room are entitled to free lodging and skiing. Free breakfast and lunch is also included for each child per paying adult.
For the first time in several years, Taos is expanding its terrain with two new trails, one expert and one beginner. This year also marks the second season in the resort's history that snowboarders are allowed, making it more appealing to families and groups with members participating in both disciplines.
January is the month for lodging savings at Taos. Many properties, including Comfort Suites, Sagebrush Inn, and Quality Inn, are offering guests a complimentary fourth night. Book with Southern Rockies Reservations.
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication