Angel Fire Ski Resort

Angel Fire Resort is a popular ski and snowboard destination located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Northern New Mexico. With over 80 trails and a vertical drop of over 2,000 feet, Angel Fire Resort offers a variety of trails for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. The resort features two terrain parks, the Wall and the Pipeline, which offer a range of features and challenges for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.

Angel Fire Resort receives an average of around 200 inches of snowfall per season, which allows for a long ski season that typically runs from December through March. In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, Angel Fire Resort also offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and other winter activities. With a variety of on-mountain dining and lodging options, Angel Fire Resort is the perfect place to experience all that the New Mexico mountains have to offer.

We recently ranked all of New Mexico's ski resorts, so you can see where Angel Fire stacks up against all its nearby ski hills!

Season Passes

Angel Fire is a part of the Powder Alliance pass network. This pass allows you to buy a season ticket at your home slope, then be able to use it to ski up to three free days at the rest of the participating resorts.

Lodging Options

There are numerous options to stay at Angel Fire around the resort. Check out the available options with the form below.

Angel Fire Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Angel Fire has a total of 81 ski trails, which are serviced by 7 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. With 560 acres, Angel Fire Ski Resort has a moderate amount of skiiable terrain available for skiers. This area is equivalent to 227 hectares, 0.9 square miles, or 2.3 square kilometers.

Angel Fire's slopes see on average 210 inches (64 meters) of snowfall a year. That is almost 17 feet a year!

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
560(2 km2)
Annual Snowfall
210"(6,401 cm)

Angel Fire Ski Resort Elevation

Angel Fire Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,677 feet, or 3,254 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,600 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 2,077 feet (633 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 10,677 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
10,677'(3,254 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
2,077'(633 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,600'(2,621 m)

Angel Fire Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
50.2out of 100
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Angel Fire can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiable Terrain by Difficulty Level

Angel Fire has 560 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Angel Fire is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 21% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 79%.
Green Circle
21%(118 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
56%(314 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
23%(129 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Angel Fire Ski Resort good for beginners?

Angel Fire can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 79% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Angel Fire Ski Resort Location

Angel Fire Ski Resort is located in the state of New Mexico, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Angel Fire, NM.

Angel Fire, NM 87710 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
36.39000, -105.29000

Getting to Angel Fire Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Angel Fire Ski Resort), its coordinates of 36.39000, -105.29000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Angel Fire, NM to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Angel Fire.

San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO79 mi
Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM119 mi
Pueblo Memorial AirportPUBPueblo, CO138 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Angel Fire Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Angel Fire Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Taos Ski ValleyTaos Ski Valley, NM12,481 ft83%18 mi
SipapuVadito, NM9,255 ft47%22 mi
Red RiverRed River, NM10,350 ft45%24 mi
Ski Santa FeSanta Fe, NM12,075 ft54%57 mi
PajaritoSanta Fe, NM10,440 ft47%58 mi

Angel Fire Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation10,677 ft
Base Elevation8,600 ft
Vertical Drop2,077 ft
(21% Beginner,  56% Intermediate,  23% Expert)
Skiable Acres560
Avg. Annual Snowfall210 inches
Angel Fire Ski Resort Mountain Stats