Angel Fire Resort Opening Date; Ski Season Changes

This will be the final year of the World Championship Shovel Races at Angel Fire Resort. Courtesy/AFR
Angel Fire Resort opens Dec. 13 for the 2019-2020 ski season. Courtesy/AFR
AFR News:
ANGEL FIRE Angel Fire Resort has announced it will open Dec. 13 for the 2019-2020 ski season.
Known as one of the “Best Family Ski Resorts in North America,” Angel Fire Resort is investing in an upgraded on-mountain web-camera, offering deep discounts for teachers and military members, and making plans for its final year of the World Championship Shovel Races. 
Angel Fire Resort winter season runs Dec. 13 through March 22. 
Angel Fire Resort continues to expand on its family-first offerings, including family friendly enhancements to its full-service Children’s Ski School. Several programs are in place to help parents get the most of their time on the slopes while their children are actively engaged learning to ski and board, making new friends and having fun. 
  •  The Parenting Pass – This interchangeable pass allows two parents to take turns coaching and skiing with their child, or it also allows parents to take turns on the mountain in a single day while the other stays behind to care for an infant or toddler who is too young to ski.
  • Private Ski Lessons – For the tiniest of tots just learning how to ski and snowboard the resort offers private lessons for those as young as 2 years old.  
  • Lil’ Jalapeno’s Program– This is a full day ski program appropriately paced for 3-year olds.
  • Lil’ Poppers Snowboard Program – This is a full day Snowboard Program for 4-5-year-olds to complement the Lil’ Chile Ski Program.  Lessons will incorporate Burton Riglet Boards. 
  • 5th Graders Ski Free– Offers all 5th graders a free lift ticket with their report card and completed form. 
  •  Kids 6 and under and Seniors 75 and over Ski Free. Seniors 70-74 ski for just $29 a day. 
  • Angel Fire Resort also has a large selection of non-ski family activities including Tubing Hill – complete with a 700’ surface lift to take the hiking out of tubing, a traditional sledding hill, indoor pools and a hot tub. A full Nordic Center offers rentals and lessons for classic and skate styles and snowshoe hiking. Additionally, in the Village of Angel Fire, horse-drawn sleigh-rides, and snowmobiling are also available. 
Watching the snow fall in real time, seeing the most updated views of the ski mountain and the surrounding peaks in 4K, will soon be available to all meteorologists, guests, and those just looking to see if they should call-in sick to catch a few runs on the mountain. Angel Fire Resort is installing a brand-new, state-of-the-art Prism Onyx camera at the summit. The new webcam is the world’s first A.I. powered live camera on the market. It will offer the most powerful, 4K video, 24mp imagery, ultra-wide panorama views in the state – including the top of Angel Fire Resort, Wheeler Peak, and the Moreno Valley. The webcam will be available by opening day:
Making ski-industry history, The Teacher Pass will offer all K-12 teachers one of the best full season ski pass discounts in the country. The pass is $99 if purchased before opening day and increases to $199 Dec. 13. The Teacher Pass is designed to thank educators for the work they do with students and to make skiing easier and offer more value for teachers. Additionally, all Active Duty, Retired, Veterans, National Guard, & Reserve and their dependents are eligible for discounted Season Passes of $299 if purchased by Oct. 31, 2019. While still heavily discounted, the Military Season pass will increase to $599 on opening day.
It’s the final chance to wax up a shovel and become a World Champ at the 41st Annual World Championship Shovel Races. The Angel Fire Resort Winter Carnival, featuring the last World Championship Shovel Races, will be held January 31 – February 2, 2020.Racers from all over the country compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum grainshovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride. The organized media competition of Shovel Racing has been held for 40years at Angel Fire Resort.  National news outlets including ESPN, ABC Sports, MTV, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America and The Travel Channel have featured the event. 
Angel Fire Resort remains the only resort in the state to offer its popular night skiing and snowboarding. The terrain includes 50 acres of groomed trails on the front facing side of the mountain, as well as, the Night Rider terrain park. Additional nights and extended hours have been added to Night Skiing.  
Angel Fire is the only resort in New Mexico that is a part of the Powder Alliance, which allows all Angel Fire Resort season pass holders 3 days of free lift tickets at 18 partner resorts, 54 possible free lift tickets. The Powder Alliance doesn’t require an annual fee or a collective pass price. Simply present a top-tier, anytime season pass from a participating Powder Alliance area and receive skiing benefits at all the rest.
Participating Resorts include: Loveland Ski Area, CO; Monarch Mountain, CO; Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA; Bogus Basin, ID; Marmot Basin, Alberta; Schweitzer, ID; Bridger Bowl, MT; Mission Ridge, WA;  Sugar Bowl Resort, CA; Castle Mountain Resort, Alberta; China Peak, CA; Timberline, OR; Mountain High, CA; White Pass, WA; Mt Hood Skibowl, OR; Whitewater, BC; La Parva, Chile; and Kiroro, Japan. 
In addition, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders are offered 3 days of free lift tickets at Powderhorn, and Ski Cooper in CO, and Ski Apache, NM.By partnering with a total of 21 resortsthis winter, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders will receive a total of 63free days of skiing at partnering resorts. Blackout dates and more details:
Season runs December 13, 2019 – March 22, 2020
Opening Day – December 13, 2019
Christmas Eve – Torchlight Parade/Skiing with Santa:December 24, 2019
New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade –December 31, 2019
Family Fun Fest: January 1 – 4, 2020
The Angel Fire Resort Winter Carnival, featuring the last World Championship Shovel Races: January 31 – February 2, 2020
Military Winterfest: February 6-9, 2020
Active Duty, Retired, National Guard, Reserve, Vets, Gold Star and their families are invited to visit Angel Fire for six days of indoor and outdoor and adaptive winter activities. Visit for more details.
Telluride Mountain Film & Demo Daze Weekend: February 14, 2020
Angel Fire Mardi Gras Celebration: February 23-29, 2020
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Angel Fire with live music, parades, daily special activities and a masquerade ball.
Spring Break Music Fest: March 15-19, 2020
Bring the family for great spring skiing and riding.
St Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt: March 17, 2020
Chilly Bike Challenge: March 21, 2020
Closing Day: March 22, 2020
FACEBOOK:  /AngelFireResort
SEASON:  Dec. 8, 2017 – March 25, 2018
LIFT HOURs:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
NIGHT SKIING: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (weather permitting , this is available on weekends and holiday peak periods). 
BASE ELEVATION 8,600 feet 
PEAK ELEVATION 10,677 feet 
VERTICAL DROP 2,077 feet 
81 TRAILS:  21% beginner, 56% intermediate, 23% advanced, 560+ acres
NORDIC CENTER: 12km of terrain for classic & skate skiing and snowshoeing; 5 trails: 1 beginner, 2 intermediate, 2 advanced
LIFTS: 2 high-speed quads, 3 doubles, 2 surface
SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES:  52% of mountain, 90% of beginner terrain
For more details about Angel Fire Resort and Angel Fire RV Resort’s winter rates, lift ticket pricing, trails and reservations visit or call 855.923.7387.
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