7 ski experiences you can only have in New Mexico

Happy Hops Hunt, Sipapu

Sipapu Ski Resort, a small resort just south of Taos and two hours from Albuquerque, has the longest ski season in the state, generally from the beginning of November to the beginning of April. It bills itself as one of the fastest-growing resorts in New Mexico — that’s probably true, and likely because it’s a laid-back, family-friendly getaway with 41 trails, six lifts, and no waiting.

And at Sipapu, if you time it right, there’s no need to wait until aprés-ski to enjoy your other favorite pastime, either. On February 17, 2018, Santa Fe Brewing Company will host its second annual Happy Hops scavenger hunt, where you can scour the mountain for Santa Fe Brewing beer cans stuffed with prizes, and then redeem them at the base area, where locally brewed craft beer awaits you.

Double blacks and bratwurst, Taos

Most major ski resorts offer a variety of runs from terrifyingly steep to nearly flat. The dauntingly vertical Taos Ski Valley, however, unapologetically leans toward the former. Founded in 1954, Taos Ski Valley attracts intrepid skiers with its suite of black diamond and double black diamond runs, including the expert-only West Basin Ridge. That being said, there are a handful of beginner-level runs for the kids.

For aprés-ski, head down to New Mexico’s most enthusiastic wintertime ski community for bars full of skiers and snowboarders. Then make the drive over to Ojo Caliente Spa for a soak in natural mineral waters or a mud pool bath, or stay at the Bavarian Lodge in authentic-ish German comfort, complete with Alpine cuisine including spaetzle, wienerschnitzel, and strudel.

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