Angel Fire, New Mexico
We used to own a home in Angel Fire back in 2003-2004, which we never ended up using much in the winter, so we only have a few days skiing there for this review. The runs are generally pretty easy, so it was a good place for the family, but it was just too difficult getting there for us to get much use out of it.
It’s been 20 years since we skied and reviewed this resort, but the lifts and trails are still the same in 2022 as they were in 2002 so it should still be the same skiing experience.
|Real Vertical ?||2,050′, Rank: 65|
|Size||445 Acres, Rank: 95|
|Annual Snowfall ?||210″ claimed / 210″ actual, Rank: 85|
|Lift Pods ?||4, Rank: 72|
|Distinct Trails ?||52, Rank: 80|
|Review Date||Feb 14, 2002 (multiple visits from 2001-2004)|
|Number of visits||3|
Angel Fire Review
Angel Fire is located in northeast New Mexico in the Moreno valley, about 23 miles east of the town of Taos. The resort is very popular with skiers from Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas because it is the one of the closest resorts to those states. And it is a much easier resort than Taos. There is a small village at the base with restaurants and a couple of shops. The ski hill is serviced by 2 main lifts, with a very long high-speed quad on the front side and a shorter one on the back side. The runs on the back are shorter and a little steeper. The pictures here were taken February 14, 2002 and the snow conditions were great with fresh powder.
- This is probably one of the top 3 resorts on our list for low intermediates and beginners. The blue runs are mostly super easy and just about any beginner can find plenty to ski there.
- The ungroomed blues are allowed to build up small bumps for a nice progressive experience for people learning the sport.
- The views of the valley and the highest mountain in New Mexico Wheeler Peak are spectacular.
- For a small resort, having 2 high speed quads serving all of the terrain is a nice surprise.
- Lack of snowfall is the biggest problem. Nearby Taos Ski Valley gets about 150″ more snow per year on average. This is the main reason for the one-star rating.
- Angel Fire claims to have 53% of the slopes covered by snowmaking, but they don’t seem to be using it fully if that is the case. In a low snow year there are usually just 20-30 of the claimed 82 runs open. If they used it all, the rating would be higher.
- Angel Fire can be really cold and often has the lowest temperatures in New Mexico.
- There is really not much to the town, so driving in to Taos for shopping and eating is something most visitors end up doing.
- The easy trails are great for low intermediates, but there is not much there for advanced skiers.
- Crowds can get epic on holiday weekends.
There are a couple of black runs on the upper part of the mountain — Maxwells Grant and Silver Chute, which are quite steep and fun. They had abnormally good coverage when we skied them.
The bottom line
This resort is just too easy and limited for us to ever want to go back — especially with the super iffy snow conditions that plague New Mexico. For us, Taos Ski Valley is a better choice with more snow, vertical, and terrain.