Sandia Peak Ski Resort

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Sandia Peak Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New Mexico in USA. The resort is in the town of Cedar Crest, NM.

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

Season Passes

Sandia Peak is not a part of any nationwide lift ticket system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Sandia Peak Ski Resort. To purchase season passes, you'll need to visit Sandia Peak's website.

Lodging Options

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

Sandia Peak Mountain Resort Terrain Overview

Sandia Peak has a total of 30 ski trails, which are serviced by 6 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Sandia Peak is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 200 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 81 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
200(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Sandia Peak Ski Resort Elevation

Sandia Peak Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,378 feet, or 3,163 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,678 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,700 feet (518 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 10,378 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
10,378'(3,163 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,700'(518 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,678'(2,645 m)

Sandia Peak Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
37.6out of 100
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Sandia Peak 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 65% 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

Sandia Peak has 200 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Sandia Peak is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 35% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 65%.
Green Circle
35%(70 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
55%(110 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
10%(20 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 Sandia Peak Ski Resort good for beginners?

Sandia Peak 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 65% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Sandia Peak Ski Resort Location

Sandia Peak Ski Resort is located in the state of New Mexico, USA. This ski area is nearest the town of Cedar Crest, NM.

Cedar Crest, NM 87008 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
35.21000, -106.45000

Getting to Sandia Peak Mountain Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Sandia Peak Ski Resort), its coordinates of 35.21000, -106.45000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Cedar Crest, 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 Sandia Peak.

Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM15 mi
San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO157 mi
Roswell Air Center AirportROWRoswell, NM171 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Sandia Peak 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 Sandia Peak Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Ski Santa FeSanta Fe, NM12,075 ft54%47 mi
PajaritoSanta Fe, NM10,440 ft47%51 mi
SipapuVadito, NM9,255 ft47%82 mi
Taos Ski ValleyTaos Ski Valley, NM12,481 ft83%97 mi

Sandia Peak Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation10,378 ft
Base Elevation8,678 ft
Vertical Drop1,700 ft
(35% Beginner,  55% Intermediate,  10% Expert)
Skiable Acres200
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Sandia Peak Ski Resort Mountain Stats
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Chris Cagle

I love traveling the United States. I hunt down fantastic places to visit in the summer and great slopes to ski down in the winter. The first national park I ever visited was the Smokies, but since then, I've been to dozens. However, my favorite by far has been Zion.