Skiing in Santa Fe

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To save time during the busy holiday season you may want to rent skis or snowboards in town the night before hitting the slopes so you don't waste any time waiting during the morning rush.

Alpine Sports. This centrally located shop rents downhill and cross-country skis and snowboards. 121 Sandoval St., The Plaza, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. 505/983–5155. www.alpinesports-santafe.com.

Cottam's Ski Rentals. Stop by this long-established outfitter on your way up to the ski valley; they rent all manner of winter gear, including skis, snowboards, sleds, and snowshoes. 740 Hyde Park Rd., 8 mi northeast of Downtown, toward Ski Santa Fe, at Hyde Memorial State Park, East Side and Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. 505/982–0495 or 800/322–8267. www.cottamsskishops.com.

Santa Fe Mountain Sports. This family-owned specialty mountain shop rents boots, skis, and snowboards for the whole family in the winter, as well as bicycles in the summertime. The super-helpful staff is great to work with. 1221 Flagman Way, Suite B1, South Side, Santa Fe, NM, 87505. 505/988–3337. www.santafemountainsports.com.

Ski Santa Fe. Open roughly from late November through early April, this is a fine, somewhat underrated, midsize operation that receives an average of 225 inches of snow a year and plenty of sunshine. It's one of America's highest ski areas—the 12,000-foot summit has a variety of terrain and seems bigger than its 1,725 feet of vertical rise and 660 acres. There are some great powder stashes, tough bump runs, and many wide, gentle cruising runs. The 77 trails are ranked 20% beginner, 40% intermediate, and 40% advanced; there are seven lifts. Snowboarders are welcome, and there's the Norquist Trail for cross-country skiers. Chipmunk Corner provides day care and supervised kids' skiing. The ski school is excellent. Rentals, a ski shop, a good base-camp restaurant, and Totemoff Bar and Grill (located mid-mountain) round out the amenities. The area is fun for hiking during the summer months, and the Super Chief Quad Chairs operates from late August through mid-October, catering to hikers and shutterbugs eager to view the high-mountain fall foliage, including acres of shimmering golden aspens. End of NM 475, 18 miles northeast of Downtown, East Side and Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM, 87501. 505/982–4429 general info; 505/983–9155 snow report. www.skisantafe.com.

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