Five Things To Know About Angel Fire Resort’s Opening

Angel Fire Resort kicks off ski season Friday, Dec. 14 with 46” of natural snow. Courtesy/Angel Fire Resort


ANGEL FIRE – Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico has benefited from an early-season El Nino fueled storm track over the southwest.

The storms are leading to some of the best opening day conditions in years. The family-friendly resort kicks off ski season Friday, Dec. 14 with 46” of natural snow. The mountain operations team has also been taking advantage of the colder temperatures throughout the past six weeks making snow in anticipation of this year’s opening.

With more than 155 skiable acres, nine miles of well-groomed trails, two terrain parks, six chairlifts running and a six-lane Polar Coaster Tubing Hill all open Friday, resort officials are celebrating the return of winter.

“This is an incredible start to the season having over 2,000 vertical feet of skiing. We anticipate with the natural storms and continued cold temperatures for our snowmaking, we will be able to announce several more trail openings very soon and look forward to a great season as we march down the road looking forward to that 100 percent open mark,” said Andy Whitacre, mountain operations manager at Angel Fire Resort.

Five Things To Know About Angel Fire Resort’s Opening:

  • Demo Daze: The first Demo Daze of the season will happen opening weekend Dec. 15-16. This is an opportunity for skiers and boarders to try out the latest gear from some popular lines in the industry, including Chronic Athletics, Hovland Snowskates, Oakley, Pit Viper, Sno-Go and Nikwax. 
  • Discounted Opening Day Tickets/Weekend Lodging: To kick off this season the resort is offering a special discounted opening day Adult lift ticket for $59, if purchased online before Dec. 13 here. Teachers (K-12) nationwide can pick up a season pass to the resort for $99, if purchased before Dec. 13. This pays for itself with just two days of skiing. The Teacher Pass increases to $199 starting Dec. 14. Additionally, heavily discounted stay and ski packages also are available over opening weekend. More on the Opening Weekend Deals can be found here.
  • Kids 6 and under and 5th graders ski free: All season long kids 6 and younger and all 5th-grade students ski for free. Additionally, seniors ski for just $29. 
  • Not just for skiers: For winter adventure beyond skiing and snowboarding, check out Angel Fire Resort’s tubing hill (the Polar Coaster complete with a 700’ surface lift to take the hiking out of tubing), a traditional sledding hill, snowshoe rentals, indoor pools, and a hot tub. The Village of Angel Fire also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice fishing, snowmobile tours, and dinner rides. Check out reservations and pricing. If Christmas Shopping is more on your mind than skiing, take a stop in at Winter Sports. The ski and clothing company will be offering a heavily discounted Opening Weekend sale on ski and apparel equipment.
  • Longer Season Expected: With forecasters predicting winter will gain additional momentum in February and March, Angel Fire Resort has extended its season for an extra week. The resort is planning to keep the ski mountain open through March 24, 2019. The longer season offers season pass holders an additional seven days on the mountain and also ties into many southern states Spring Break calendars.

For more details about Angel Fire trail opening updates, winter rates and reservations, visit or call 855.923.7387.

Snow updates and 24-hour live webcams can be accessed here.

About Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire Resort is a top year-round mountain resort destination in New Mexico. Angel Fire Resort was named “America’s Most Affordable Ski Town” by and ranked a Top 25 “Best Family Ski Resort in North America” by Dream Vacation Magazine. Situated at more than 8,600′ elevation in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Angel Fire strives to offer the best value and choice for family outdoor recreation activities to its members, guests and visitors–including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding, golf, mountain biking, zipline, tennis, fishing, hiking and more. For additional information on Angel Fire Resort, resort membership, or opportunities for real estate investment in Angel Fire, call 855.923.7387or visit the resort’s website at