Winter and early spring is a superb time to explore Santa Fe from a base elevation of 10,350 feet. There’s something uncanny about the blue of the sky above the mountains there that will make your photos look like you got a little silly with filters.
There are plenty of expertly groomed trails here, but also some of the best tree skiing and bump runs. The mix of 20 percent easy trails, 40 percent intermediate and 40 percent black diamond means you’re guaranteed to find your sweet spot. Yes, snowboarders welcome too.
Unlike corporate-run resorts where you’ll pay upwards of $150 per day for a lift ticket, Ski Santa Fe keeps things at a reasonable $78. (And you can even book a ski-and-stay package for a discount on your hotel room.)
This year, why not go maverick. Instead of joining the fashion show known as the Aspen ski lift line, head to the southwest for sun and snow and pure adventure. Underrated and under-the-radar, it will be time well spent.