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Why February is the Best Time to Ski in the Southern Rockies

February 9, 2021

It’s official: Winter is in full swing. Bring on the warm layers, fuzzy mittens, cozy fireplaces, and — of course — snowy adventures. Any season is always a great time to visit Angel Fire Resort, but if you’re a winter sports aficionado, there’s no month like this month. Let’s explore what makes February an optimal time to take an Enchanted Circle adventure. 

ALEX001955Take Advantage of Peak Snowfall

February isn’t just one of the snowiest times of year here in the Southern Rockies. Year after year, February also produces some of the best snowfall you could ask for. 

Our mountain typically receives six fresh inches or more of snow each week in February. That means skiers and riders can expect fresh powder and optimal sunny conditions whether they’re hitting the slopes during the day or night skiing under the stars. 

As you plan your February visit to Angel Fire resort, be sure to check the weather report. There you’ll find snowfall totals for the past 24 and 48 hours, the current base depth, and — most importantly — a six-day forecast.  

Avoid the Crowds

February may feature fantastic snow, but that’s something of a well-kept secret. And that translates into good news for those of you who want as much of the mountain to yourselves. 

Fewer February visitors mean less crowding. Think: shorter lift lines, wide slalom runs, plenty of opportunities to blaze new trails through pristine alpine landscapes, and — in accordance with New Mexico state regulations — enough room to practice social distancing.  

Set Your Own Pace

Sure, our guests love all things vertical. But downhill skiers aren’t the only ones who can take advantage of February’s exceptional snowfall. You can also take a more leisurely — and horizontal — approach by visiting our Nordic Center.  

Strap on snowshoes or skis and explore the Resort’s miles of groomed cross country ski trails. See the sights and admire the wildlife, all while enjoying a solid workout on your snowy jaunt.

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At Angel Fire resort, adventure can be child’s play, too. We welcome skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. In fact, of our 81 trails, 21 percent are dedicated to beginners. 

Ski School provides friendly instruction to boost confidence and show young racers and jumpers the ways of the mountain. If your family would prefer to ease into a speed run, Angel Fire Resort is also home to both a kid’s sledding hill and a tubing hill. Rent your equipment and see who can plow down the slopes the quickest. These activities are February favorites, so we recommend you make reservations well in advance. 

Eat Well 

After you’ve worked up an appetite on the slopes or trails, you can refuel at any one of the many Resort eateries located both on and off the mountain. You can’t go wrong wherever you dine at Angel Fire Resort.

Need something to-go? Grab a quick bite or caffeine boost between turns at The Lift Café in The Lodge or The Village Haus at the mountain base. 

Looking for a great delivery option? Feed the whole family with pub mainstays from Legends Grill or a mouthwatering pizza from Chianti’s. 

winter-summit-couple-diningBrave enough to dine outdoors in February? Keep the conversation brisk while taking in sweeping mountaintop views at The Summit Haus. Or raise a warm toast with après ski drinks before digging into the spicy Mexican fare at El Jefe.

All these reasons and more make February a great time to visit Angel Fire Resort. Plus, one of the biggest parties of the year is right around the corner — Mardi Gras. Stay tuned to this blog for some great, family-friendly ideas for celebrating Fat Tuesday on the mountain. 

But don’t forget — as fine as February is, it doesn’t last long. Book your dream winter vacation at Angel Fire Resort today. 

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