The Albuquerque area performs as the perfect destination for your winter outdoor recreation. As it is known as a mile-high city with elevations ranging from 5,000 to 6,000 ft (1,500 to 1,800 m), in a good snow year, Albuquerque's winter offers gorgeous conditions for New Mexico skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, and other winter activities. Only a 40-minute drive from Albuquerque's downtown, the famous Sandia Peak Ski Area provides skiers and snowboarders an excellent place to get their slide on.
Although Albuquerque is spectacular all year round, the skiing season in Sandia Peak Ski Area runs from late November through early April with the best snow conditions between mid-December and mid-March. The resort is open on weekends and the upper mountain area opens down to the new snowfall.
Situated right in Albuquerque's backyard, Sandia Peak crests at 10,378 ft (3,163 m) in elevation. Its area owns some of the state's most extended cruising terrain, a large trail system for cross-country skiing, and a snowboarding terrain park. The unbelievably scenic drive to the east side of the mountain will bring you from downtown to the ski area in about half an hour. If you have your own equipment, you can drive straight to the Sandia Mountain base at the city's eastern edge, ride the Sandia Peak Tramway, the world's longest aerial tramway at 2.7 mi (4.3 km), and ski down the mountains' eastern slope just from the summit.
You have a perfect opportunity to take a lesson, learn to ski, or sharpen your skills as Sandia Peak Ski Area has a top-notch rental shop and a certified ski school. This mid-sized resort is also perfect for advanced or intermediate riders. It is also very popular with Nordic skiers, as several miles of groomed trails can be found here.