With 50 acres of corduroy trails, Angel Fire Resort offers New Mexico’s only night skiing and snowboarding. For visitors with late afternoon arrivals or set-in-stone daytime plans, night skiing on the front side of Angel Fire’s mountain on the front facing side of the mountain, as well as the Night Rider terrain park, is a great way to get in some extra runs among fewer skiers. Additional nights and extended hours have been added to Night Skiing. Some comfort foresight goes a long way when you can’t say, “No” to the mountain just because the moon is out.
What to bring
As the sun sets evening temperatures drop considerably, so when checking the weather remember to look at the night forecast. It’s always a good idea to bring an extra fleece or puffy jacket, a balaclava or face mask, and your warmest gloves or some hand warmers.
A clear goggle lens is the best optical choice for nighttime skiing.
What to know
Because of the temperature drop at night, runs can get icy. Recently tuned edges on your board or skis will serve you well. The Angel Fire mountain, however, is briefly closed from approximately 4 to 5 p.m. to allow time for the crew to do a Ski Patrol sweep and a courtesy groom.
Take it easy for the first couple of runs while you get used to the snowpack. Even if you’ve been to Angel Fire before, keep in mind that terrain can look different under the lights — unexpected bumps and dips, for example, may be harder to spot from a distance.
Night skiing and snowboarding is offered on weekends and holidays beginning shortly after 5 p.m. The cost is $24, or if you already have a day lift ticket, you can add night skiing for an additional $12.
— Staff report