Although it’s not quite at the level of Ski Taos and Angel Fire (both of which are about two hours north, and have a greater variety of terrain), Ski Santa Fe is a terrific choice for those who want to stay in the city and still ski. The 67 well-groomed trails cover about 660 acres of nearly always fluffy powder (the mountain receives an average of 225 inches of snow annually and also has 50 percent snowmaking coverage), and about 80 percent of the runs are intermediate and expert trails (a few, like the Columbine and Parachute trails, are breathtakingly steep). Seven modern lifts keep lines to a minimum, even on holiday weekends. Best of all, you're assured sunny skiing most days, along with hundred-mile views from the 12,000-foot summit, one of the highest of any ski area in the nation.
Tip: If you need equipment, rent skis and boots the evening before at downtown Santa Fe's Alpine Sports (121 Sandoval Street; (505)983-5155; www.alpinesports-santafe.com). It’s faster and easier than waiting in line at Ski Santa Fe's rental center the morning that you plan to ski.
Lift tickets: $54. Season runs late November through early April.