Imagine a family ski resort where you can ski under the stars on 50 acres of groomed trails, that offers a Parenting Pass for the little ones too young to ski, and spacious accommodations that fit your entire family AND their luggage? Well, you’re in luck! Just a day’s drive from Texas, the Angel Fire Ski Resort in New Mexico checks all of those boxes. Here’s how one large TravelingMom family of 17 enjoyed their stay.
Family Friendly Ski Resort in Angel Fire, New Mexico
We like to travel together as a family and by “family,” I mean our large extended family and anyone else who will go along on any of our cross country road trips! Our most recent adventure to Angel Fire, New Mexico was enjoyed by 17 of us! You read that right, our large group loaded up into a shuttle bus and made the trek across Texas to visit Angel Fire, New Mexico during the ski season.
My family of five was excited about our first ever snow skiing trip together. In fact, up until a couple of years ago, we were “beach” people. Last year I took my oldest daughter on a mother-daughter ski trip and she fell in love with this outdoor sport. I was nervous about taking our three kids under the age of 10 skiing for the first time, but the experience taught me the value of finding the right family-friendly resort and ski area.
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Where is Angel Fire, New Mexico Located?
Did you know that New Mexico is called the land of enchantment? It’s called this because of New Mexico’s scenic beauty and its rich history. If you’ve ever visited any of the National Forests or mountains in New Mexico then you too would agree that’s a beautiful place to visit! Angel Fire, New Mexico is located in the southern Rockies, only a half hour drive from Taos. It’s a short 3-hour drive from Albuquerque and 2 hours north of Santa Fe. Angel Fire is only a days drive from Texas making it a popular New Mexico ski resort for my fellow Texans!
Staying at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge
My husband and our three daughters stayed at the Angel Fire Resort Lodge. The lodge is located at the base of the mountain. If you’re taking a ski trip with small children you will quickly appreciate staying in close proximity to the ski lift, ski school, food, and activities. Walking in the snow with a bunch of kids and all their gear is a little overwhelming.
The first thing I noticed when we arrived at our room was how big and spacious the space was. For us, a ski trip meant a ridiculous amount of luggage. I was so thankful that we had plenty of space to spread out! You’ll also find a variety of food options located at the lodge. I recommend the fish and chips from Legends Grill!
Other Lodging Options
The other 12 members of our group stayed at a nearby home they were able to rent for our long weekend getaway. The complimentary shuttle service picked them right up at the end of their driveway and transported them to the lift. This is another great option for larger families and groups traveling together. There are several vacation homes, condominiums, and an RV resort to choose from.
TravelingMom Tip: Always ask how far away the accommodations are from the ski lift and check the shuttle service route to see if you will have access to this complimentary service.
Skiing and Snowboarding with the Family
Let’s talk about what you can expect from Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico once you get to the base of the mountain. This resort is a bit smaller, which means you’re able to keep up with the family and your group much easier. However, this is a very popular ski resort for families so during peak times (the holidays and spring break) it’s crowded with lots of people. Also, kids 6 and under ski free so you’ll see lots of kids on the mountain!
Let’s talk about skiing with kids and what options you have as a parent. The bunny slope is a great place to take kids and beginners, especially if you’re not ready for the mountain yet. There were even some parents who rode the lift up to the bunny slope and just walked down since they were uncomfortable trying to teach their kids to ski while skiing themselves. Just be aware that you will still need a lift ticket anytime you plan to ride a lift even if you’re just helping your kids.
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The Parenting Pass
If you’re traveling with little ones who are too young to ski then you might consider purchasing the resorts parenting pass. Here are the details of the resorts pass: “This interchangeable pass allows two parents to take turns coaching and skiing with their child. Also allows parents to take turns on the mountain in a single day, while the other stays behind to care for a little one who is too young to ski.” This is a wonderful option for parents!
The best option, in my opinion, is enrolling your kid into ski school. I highly recommend it for any kids who are learning to ski. It’s also a great “refresher” for any kids who haven’t been skiing since last winter. After one day of class, you’ll feel more confident in their ability to do things like ride a ski lift and even travel down the green slopes. A couple of days of ski school or a private lesson is well worth the expense. Your rentals are included when you sign your kids up for ski school. You’ll also get a report at the end of the day so you’ll know what skills they mastered while in class. Our daughter loved her day in ski school and I was very impressed with her progress after just one day!
Check here for a list of ski school or private lesson options. Don’t forget you can purchase season passes to this ski resort!
TravelingMom Tip: Dress your kids in bright colors so they will be easy to identify on the mountain.
Did you know that this ski resort in New Mexico is the only place that offers night skiing? You can purchase a separate ticket to enjoy this experience and you’ll get to ski or snowboard on a well-lit slope. There were many in our group who loved night skiing, my 10-year-old said it was a highlight of our trip for her.
Imagine skiing under the stars on 50 acres of groomed trails. The cost is $24, or if you already have a day ticket, you can add night skiing for an additional $12.
TravelingMom Tip: Download the Snowledge app during your visit to keep up with the snow report, track your day on the mountain, and to stay connected with your friends and family at the resort.
Tips For Planning Your Ski Trip
We know there are a lot of great ski resorts in the United States but they’re not all kid-friendly so research ahead of time to be sure you’re picking the right resort for your family!
Check out these other great resources:
- Some families book their ski trip at Angel Fire a year in advance especially for trips during the holidays or on spring break. Book as early as possible to reserve your child’s spot in the ski school.
- The family can go snow tubing at the base of the mountain. Purchase a ticket to spend an hour enjoying this activity.
- Purchase lift tickets ahead of time to get the best deal.
- There is a grocery store near the resort lodge. It was a great place to grab snacks and other items we needed. The items were reasonably priced which was helpful when traveling with a large group.
- Use this list when packing for a ski trip.
- Traveling in the snow? We have winter driving tips for safe family travel.
- Our TravelingMoms share the best insider tips for first ski trips with kids.