Angel Fire Resort Expanding Terrain Park and Trails for 50th Anniversary Season

New Mexico Resort Purchases State-of-the-Art Grooming Equipment and Plans New Boarder/Skier Cross Course

ANGEL FIRE, N.M.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Angel Fire Resort, Northern New Mexico’s premier family vacation destination, announced today that several new events and mountain improvements, including expanding the terrain parks and widening several of the most popular trails, are planned for the resort’s 50th Anniversary season. Angel Fire Resort opens December 9, 2016.

Angel Fire Resort adding new boarder cross course in time for 50th Anniversary, which kicks off December 9, 2016.

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Under the direction of one of the most prolific terrain park designers in the country, Angel Fire Resort’s Liberation Terrain Park is expanding for the second season in a row. Jon Eppler, who has created parks for major events including The Winter X-Games and The Burton U.S. Open, completely redesigned Liberation Park last winter and is now developing plans for a new boarder-skier cross course for the park.

“Boarder cross courses are the fastest growing areas of interest for skiing and snowboarding families,” explains Jon Eppler, slope operations manager, Angel Fire Resort. “We did an experiment and left the course up that we built for the USASA Boarder-Skier X Games for our guests to try out and it was so popular we are now creating New Mexico’s first and only season-long, lift-accessed boarder-skier cross course.”

Eppler, a second-generation terrain park developer, is also expanding the popular Stash Parks he built last season. The Stash Parks use non-conventional terrain park features, such as natural snow and logs to ride through as skiers and riders make their way down the mountain. Thanks to the popularity of these new parks, the resort will be adding several more Stash Features along various green and blue trails.


Before the snow hits, mountain operation crews are busy clearing trees and widening critical areas on some of the more popular slopes, such as “Headin’ Home” and “Highway,” to reduce pinch points, which will ultimately give skiers and riders a better experience on the mountain by providing more room and less crowding on the most traveled trails.


In an effort to give guests the best groomed trails in the state, the resort has purchased two brand new PistenBully 400 snowcats that will carve the deepest corduroy possible. The new snow grooming equipment has gen 4 engines that provide the most fuel efficient and environmentally friendly grooming in the state.

“The winter weather in New Mexico can be unpredictable, which is why adding these more efficient, top performing snowcats to our fleet of grooming machines will allow us to make the best trails and cover the most terrain regardless of snow conditions,” explains Andy Whitacre, mountain operations manager, Angel Fire Resort.


To celebrate the 50th Anniversary season, Angel Fire Resort will host a weekend-long celebration January 19-22, 2017. To mark the resort’s Golden Anniversary, a select number of lift tickets will be just $5.50 each on Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22, 2017. This is the same price the lift tickets were when Angel Fire Resort first opened back in 1966, and is limited to the first 550 skiers/boarders each day.

The weekend kicks off with a cocktail welcome party and an open house featuring selected pieces showing the resort’s rich history over the last 50 years. The night party will also include a live performance by Atomic Balm. The weekend celebration includes fun parties, such as the Vintage Ski Suit Après Ski Party on the deck, free night skiing and will wrap up with a spectacular firework show.


Angel Fire Resort continues improvements to its full-service Children’s Ski School and on-site day care, known as Snow Bear Camp. Several programs are in place to help parents get the most of their time on the slopes while their children are actively engaged learning to ski and board, making new friends and having fun.

  • The Parenting Pass – This interchangeable pass allows two parents to take turns coaching and skiing with their child, or it also allows parents to take turns on the mountain in a single day while the other stays behind to care for an infant or toddler who is too young to ski.
  • New this season: PreSki Program – For the tiniest of tots just learning how to ski the resort offers an additional unique program for three- to five-year olds. The PreSki Program offers little ones a short private lesson, lunch and snacks plus snow play and activities at Snow Bear Camp. This allows the parents a full day on the slopes themselves, knowing their children are in good hands for the whole day. Additionally, the resort offers the ‘Lil Chile Ski Program, which is a full ski day for ages 4-5.
  • New this season: ‘Lil Chile Poppers Snowboard Program – This is a full day Snowboard Program for 5-year olds to complement the ‘Lil Chile Ski Program. Lessons will incorporate Burton Riglet Boards and “Feature Enhanced Learning.”
  • The Family Season Pass – Through October 31, for $1,299 a family of up to 6 people (2 adults and four children ages 17 and under) can purchase an unlimited ski and snowboard pass for each member of the family. Pricing will increase starting November 1, 2016.
  • 5th Graders Ski Free – Offers all 5th graders a free lift ticket with their report card and completed form.
  • Kids 6 and under and Seniors 75 and over Ski Free – Seniors 70-74 ski for just $29 a day.
  • Angel Fire Resort also has a large slate of non-ski family activities, including: Tubing Hill (the Polar Coaster complete with a 700’ surface lift to take the hike out of tubing), a traditional sledding hill, indoor pools and a hot tub. A full Nordic Center offers rentals and lessons for classic and skate styles and snowshoe hiking. Additionally, in the Village of Angel Fire, horse-drawn sleigh-rides, ice fishing and snowmobiling are also available.


Angel Fire Resort is a member of the Powder Alliance, which allows all season pass holders 3 days of free lift tickets at 14 partner resorts, including Crested Butte, CO; Snowbasin Resort, UT; Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA; Stevens Pass, WA; Timberline, OR; Schweitzer, ID; Bridger Bowl, MT; China Peak, CA; Mountain High, CA; Arizona Snowbowl, AZ; Mt. Hood Skibowl, OR; Silver Star, BC; Whitewater, BC; and Kiroro, Japan.

Additionally, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders are offered 3 days of free lift tickets at Brian Head, UT; Powderhorn and Ski Cooper in CO; and Ski Apache, NM. By partnering with a total of 18 resorts this winter, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders will receive a total of 54 free days of skiing at partnering resorts.

Major Events:

Season runs December 9, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Telluride MountainFilm on Tour Presented by Angel Fire Resort: January 14, 2017
Telluride MountainFilm on Tour, presented by Angel Fire Resort, brings inspiration and education about important issues to audiences around the world. The tour will return to the Angel Fire Community Center with documentary films that will explore the themes connected to MountainFilm’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.

50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend: January 19-22, 2017

Big Ol’ Texas Weekend: January 27-29, 2017
A fun-filled weekend celebrating our country roots, featuring lodging packages, live music, Texas Hold’em Tournament, The Big Texan Steak Challenge and Brew Ski.

Whiskey and Powder: January 27-29, 2017
Whiskey and Powder is a music festival featuring up and coming Country/RedDirt/Americana artists in the gorgeous Southern Rockies of Northern New Mexico’s Angel Fire Resort. Live music from today’s and tomorrow’s stars will be playing at various locations within the Village of Angel Fire and the Resort.

The World Championship Shovel Races: February 3-4, 2017
The 38th Annual World Championships that anyone with a basic snow shovel and some nerve can do. Once a part of the X Games, competitors sit on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride. Top speeds regularly exceed 60 miles per hour. The high-speed race draws racers and spectators from all over the world.

Military Winterfest: February 9-13, 2017
Active Duty, Retired, National Guard, Reserve, Vets, Gold Star and their families are invited to visit Angel Fire for six days of indoor and outdoor and adaptive winter activities, with a special appearance by former US Army Gold Knight and Double Amputee Dana Bowman as he parachutes into the Resort, and an honorary Military Fly-by. Visit veteranswellnessandhealing.org for more details.

Angel Fire Mardi Gras Celebration: February 24-28, 2017
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Angel Fire with live music, parades, daily special activities and a masquerade ball.

Fiesta del Sol Spring Break Celebration: March 4-19, 2017
It’s the resort’s Fun in the Sun celebration with live music, themed days, cool contests, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and great spring skiing and riding.




SEASONDecember 9, 2016 – March 19, 2017
LIFT HOURS9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
NIGHT SKIING4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (weather permitting, this is available on weekends and holiday peak periods)



PEAK ELEVATION 10,677 feet
VERTICAL DROP 2,077 feet
80 TRAILS: 21% beginner, 56% intermediate, 23% advanced, 560+ acres
NORDIC CENTER: 12km of terrain for classic & skate skiing and snowshoeing; 5 trails: 1 beginner, 2 intermediate, 2 advanced
LIFTS: 2 high speed quads, 3 doubles, 2 surface
SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES: 52% of mountain, 90% of beginner terrain

For more details about Angel Fire winter rates, lift ticket pricing, trails and reservations visit www.angelfireresort.com or call 855-923-7387.


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About Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire Resort is a top year-round mountain resort destination in New Mexico. Angel Fire Resort was named “America’s Most Affordable Ski Town” by Realtor.com and ranked a Top 25 “Best Family Ski Resort in North America” by Dream Vacation Magazine in 2016. Situated at over 8,600′ elevation in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Angel Fire strives to offer the best value and choice for family outdoor recreation activities to its members, guests and visitors – including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sledding, golf, mountain biking, zipline, tennis, fishing, hiking and more. For additional information on Angel Fire Resort, resort membership, or opportunities for real estate investment in Angel Fire, please call 855-923-7387 or visit the resort’s website at www.angelfireresort.com.


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Krysty Ronchetti, PR Director

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