ANGEL FIRE, NM – NEW YEARS EVE 2015
Our family has been traveling to Angel Fire, New Mexico for the past 15 years! It is a beautiful small town nestled in the Moreno Valley, surrounded by the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. My parents own a condo that is just a short walk to the ski lift. We had a great trip this year; skiing, snowboarding, and sledding.
This was Evian’s third year on skis and she was amazing to watch how quickly she remembered everything. She had great confidence, as you can tell by her smile in this picture!
Miles tried snowboarding this year for the first time. We were hopeful he would enjoy, being that he is very athletic and determined. He also enjoys skateboarding at home. The first day we worked on a small slope right by the condo and he did an excellent job, don’t get me wrong their were plenty of falls, but he was determined!!
One of their favorite things to do is SLED! The challenge is always hiking up, but the higher you hike up the farther you sled down!! They can do this over and over til it turns dark! I love to be the safety net at the end of the hill!
RIDING THE LIFT
The base of Angel Fire is 8,600 feet and climbs to 10,677 feet. In past we have ridden the chair lift to the top and enjoyed hot coco in the warming hut, then had to ride the lift down! But, this was the first year we were able to ride to the top and then ski down! They were super excited and set for the challenge!
HEADING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN
Evian and I had such a great time skiing down the mountain together. She was doing such an awesome job, that I decided to cut off the green trails and take her down and couple blues!! So amazing that she was skiing blues on her first time down the mountain!!
Snowboarding is a super challenging sport and Miles’ found that out! He was determined and challenged and made it down the mountain with not too much snow in his pants! I am confident that each year he will get better and may even want to try skis!
DRIVE TO SANTE FE
We love to end our trip by driving to stay the night in Santa Fe, NM. The drive from Angel Fire to Santa Fe is about 2 1/2 hours. You drive along the beautiful Rio Grande river.
SANTA FE, NM
We love everything about Santa Fe! The Plaza is full of amazing shops, great restaurants, and the smell of pinon! One of my favorite places is seeing the Native American Indians selling their beautiful pieces of silver, turquoise, and other handmade jewelry. I always leave with a little piece of wearable art!
- Accommodations: Lifts Condos in Angel Fire. Just a short walk down to the ski lift. In Sante Fe we stayed at the Hilton Sante Fe Historic Plaza. A great hotel with a beautiful wood burning fireplace in the check in area. A nice traditional Sante Fe breakfast is offered with a kiva fireplace to enjoy.
- Transportation: You will need to rent a car from Albuquerque to get Sante Fe and Angel Fire. There is some public transportation that will get you to Sante Fe but we prefer a car. Plus the drive North of Sante Fe is absolutely beautiful along the Rio Grande River.
- Cuisine: Most of the accommodations in Angel Fire are condos so you can do a lot of cooking on your own. A few places we recommend to eat out are the Pub n Grub that offers a great selection of food including steaks and a large selection of local craft drinks and root beer on tap for the kids. Sunset Grille located at the the base of the mountain. The perfect place to unwind after a day of skiing. In Sante Fe our main restaurant of choice is La Fonda on the plaza. La Fonda has a lunch buffet to die for with authentic Sante Fe food. Il Vicino is our go to spot for wood fire pizza and is located right off the plaza, the place is always packed and the food is definitely worth the wait. The Shed is another excellent choice for food known for their red chile enchiladas. You do not want to pass this place up.