Ski Santa Fe, NM, Report: Party and no weekend lifts

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It’s party time at Ski Santa Fe. 1 credit

Report of Saturday February 26, 2022

If Thursday was the deepest winter in Ski Santa Fe, NM, today was the first spring. The sun was shining, the temperatures were perfect and the live music was in full swing at Totemoff mid-mountain.

Living in a ski resort in Colorado on one of the major passes, I avoid weekends like the plague. So I was intrigued to see how crowded a 660-acre ski area can get on a Saturday when the ski conditions are perfect. To respond? Not very…

The longest line of the day, at 9 a.m. 1 credit

There was a short queue at 9am at the main station lift up the mountain. Ten minutes max. And once on the mountain, we didn’t wait more than two minutes for a chair all day. I could get used to it!

Our morning guide was Tommy, the Mountain Ops Manager, and Stephen, the Marketing Manager, in the afternoon. If anyone knew where the best snow conditions and less traveled trails were, it was our guys.

Bumpy bump. 1 credit

Our first descents were bump descents. The 5 inches of fresh snow we had a few days ago had remained, helped by the cooler temperatures from yesterday, and the moguls were surprisingly forgiving and fun.

Gayway, Wizard, North Burn, Cornice, Roadrunner, Richard’s Run and Fall Line were all super fun. The wind had swept through some of the areas, showing bare conditions below, but nothing too sketchy, and all adding to the fun (luckily I was on demo skis 😉.)

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The advantage of being shown by locals who know the mountain inside out was that we could cut from section to section, making the most of the crisscrossing snow groomers to mix and match bumps and tree runs at through the mountain. This made it possible to search for the still virgin snow from the last storm and to extend the slopes as long as possible. When we reached the groomers, which were freshly groomed and soft corduroy, the slopes were not crowded, which surprised me, after seeing the cars in the parking lot and the line at 9am.

The beer line is longer than the elevator lines. 1 credit

When we stopped at Totemoff’s for live music, wings and beer, I realized where all the people were; have a great time at this great little mid-mountain bar and grill. 48 hours ago, we were here just to warm up from -15°F outside temperatures. And although spring isn’t officially here, it felt like today. Crowds of people sitting in the glorious sunshine drinking and eating, people standing around chatting and dancing, a DJ on deck creating the atmosphere with EDM. An old tram has been converted into a bar to help relieve the line of thirsty skiers trying to get to the bar inside the hut. It was New Mexico’s answer to The Beach at A-Basin.

Santa Fe is not a ski resort per se; the resort plays second fiddle to the city’s centuries of history, architecture, art and thriving restaurant and bar scene. But the locals don’t know what they’re missing.

Conditions:

Current Terms. Credit: Resort

Forecast:

The 7-day extended forecast. Credit: NOAA

Pictures:

Trail map.
Tram bar. 1 credit
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Beer and wings. 1 credit
Dead tree. 1 credit
Always find fresh powder, two days after the storm. Credit: Resort
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pow! Credit: Resort
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Cliffs. 1 credit
Bumpy bump. 1 credit
North entrance to Burn. 1 credit
Patrol cabin. 1 credit
Crowded races on a Saturday. 1 credit
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These views, however. 1 credit
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