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Put a Spring in Your Ski

March 7, 2016

Spring Break Snowboarder

Warm afternoons, lighter jackets, sunglasses … we’re digging spring skiing at Angel Fire. Loved by all ages and all skill levels, this is the time of year for more fun and sun on the slopes. Planning your spring break? Need a quick getaway? Not ready to say goodbye to winter sports? We’ve got your back.

And just because you can lose a layer or two, doesn’t mean we’ve slowed down. Almost all of our mountain’s 80, diverse runs are still open. But the temperatures are higher and the sun is hotter. So proper planning is key for finding the conditions you’re looking for.

Here are our timely tips, tricks, and to-do’s, with generous input provided by Angel Fire aficionados, Jim Merritt and Hawk Ferenczy.

Where to go:

  • For beginner and intermediate skiers, Jasper’s [ski-snowboard-ability-level-04], Prospector [ski-snowboard-ability-level-04] and Bodacious [ski-snowboard-ability-level-04] are great, frontside runs this time of year. Also try Hallelujah [ski-snowboard-ability-level-02], Hully Gully [ski-snowboard-ability-level-04] or Fat City [ski-snowboard-ability-level-04]on the backside, especially in the early morning hours. Exhibition [ski-snowboard-ability-level-04] is a perfect pick for afternoons, with a short, steep pitch that means you’ll still get some speed, even if the snow has been pushed around a bit.
  • For advanced skiers, Minder Binder [ski-snowboard-ability-level-06] is a top choice. With firmer snow and less exposure to the elements, all runs on the backside of the mountain are worth thoroughly exploring.
  • Looking for something a bit more rugged? Take a 15-20 minute hike near the boundary line to get to beautiful black diamond runs with excellent conditions between 10 am and 2 pm.

View the trail map.

What to bring:

  • Less layers than you normally would for deep winter skiing and boarding. Make sure layers are easy to peel off and stash away as the day heats up.
  • Sunscreen, lip protection with SPF, and sunglasses as a lightweight alternative to goggles.
  • Lighter gloves (even liners may do the job), lighter socks, lighter hat, and thinner base layers.
  • Your skis or board with a fresh wax. This helps prevent sticking in slushy or soft snow. And you can probably leave your powder skis at home.

Keep in mind:

  • Pay attention! This season always means variable conditions. Be aware that there may be bare spots or thin snowpack in some areas.
  • Always call ahead to make reservations for private lessons, special programs or events, and ski school. Angel Fire gets plenty busy with spring breakers, vacationers, locals, and other fun-seekers this time of year!
  • Spring snow storms do happen! So don’t forget to check the forecast & our snow report so you know what to expect.
  • Sleeping in is nice, but you’ll miss the powder, corduroy, and bumps that are the freshest in the morning. You can also guarantee your early bird rewards by signing up with our First Tracks program.
  • We’ve got three ski & ride terrain parks, more than 30 acres of gladed tree skiing, tubing, and (New Mexico’s only) night skiing to get your adrenalin revving in whatever way suits you. Recharge and soak in the scenery at one of our on-mountain dining options.
  • It’s all about having a good time. Think “beer drinking weather,” think crazy costumes (totally acceptable), think fun events for all ages. Your visit will surely be a treat, and we can’t wait to share it with you.

-Written by Emily McCaffrey, a partner of Angel Fire Resort

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