Some of the best places to ski in the Southwest can be found only 16 miles from downtown Santa Fe. From late fall through early spring, an average of almost 300 inches of snow a year grace the ski resorts which also hold a variety of winter festivals and other events. From the novice to expert, skiers and snowboarders alike enjoy miles of challenging trails and breathtaking panoramic mountain vistas.
Cross-country skiers and snowshoers also enjoy the terrain in the Santa Fe area such as the Aspen Vista Trail and the Nordic Trail below the Ski Santa Fe ski area. Ski Santa Fe stats include 83 trails (20% easy 40% intermediate 40% expert), 36 runs which are groomed daily, snowmaking on over half of the mountain, 660 acres of gorgeous terrain, and 1725 vertical ft of skiing.
The mountain also offers a freestyle terrain park lovingly known as "The Bone Yard" by visitors which offers plenty of beginner to intermediate challenges. It is located on the lower Gayway and open from 10am - 3:30pm depending on current weather conditions. La Casa Lodge is conveniently located at the base of the ski area and offers guests easy access to lift ticket purchases, ski and snowboard rentals, a retail sports shop, food court, coffee bard, and lockers. Mid-mountain, skiers can take a break and stop off at Totemoff's Bar for a warm cocktail, hot chocolate, or local craft beer. Throughout the season, Totemoff's plays live music as well as some annual events such as the Rail Jam and Slush Cup.
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