Sandia Peak Ski Area, Albuquerque, NM

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Sandia Peak Ski Area in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Sandia Peak Ski Area is located high above the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico. The ski and snowboard area is situated on the eastside of the Sandia Mountain Range located in […]

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Sandia Peak Ski Area in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Sandia Peak Ski Area is located high above the city of Albuquerque in New Mexico. The ski and snowboard area is situated on the eastside of the Sandia Mountain Range located in the Cibola National Forest. The ski area is accessible by the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram or by driving up the backside of the mountain on US Highway 536. Sandia Peak Ski Area opened as La Madera Ski Area in 1936, with a Rope Tow and several runs, under the direction of ski enthusiast and lawyer Robert J Nordhaus, who was an original member of the 10th Mountain Division. Further development of the ski area started in 1938, with the construction of a log cabin or base lodge, but it was not until 1947 that the Constram 4200ft/1280m T-Bar was installed and started operating. Significant change came in 1962, with the renaming of the area to Sandia Peak Ski Area and the installation of the first chairlift. Sandia Peak Ski Area and Tramway has grown by leaps and bounds with the biggest addition occurring on May 7, 1996 with the opening of the aerial tramway to the summit.

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On the Slopes

  • Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway has a unique mountain layout in that it is the only mountain in North America (to the best of our knowledge) where you have the choice to start your day at the base area or at summit. You can either ride the Tram from the Albuquerque side of the mountain to arrive at the summit; or you can drive to the ski area on the opposite side of the mountain and arrive at the base.
  • The Terrain at Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway is a great place for the entire family to come and enjoy a day together. The terrain consists of a good selection of intermediate terrain, as well as, several advanced trails to test your ability. If you are new to the sport, there are sufficient beginner trails to allow you to develop your technique.
  • Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway is home to the Scrapyard Terrain Park. This park definitely lives up to it name as filled with rails, boxes and various other features to you coming back for more.
  • The Snow Sports School has qualified instructors that teach a variety of programs ranging from children’s programs in the Cubby Corner for ages 4-6 years, as well as, adult, group, private and adaptive lessons.

Off the Slopes

  • The Double Eagle Day Lodge is located at the base area and is home to the Double Eagle ll Café, rental shop, lost and found and the Sandia Peak Sports Shop; complete with Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway merchandise along with essentials such as sunscreen, goggles, hats and mittens. High Finance restaurant is located at the summit and offers an extensive dinner menu. Another great option for food is Sandiago’s Mexican Grill located at the base of the tram.
  • Sandia Ski Area is a day use facility for skiing and snowboarding so there are no accommodations on the mountain. However, with the city of Albuquerque at your fingertips the choices for lodging, dining, shopping and all sorts of entertainment are almost endless. Make sure you set aside some time to discover this area, which is rich in history and culture.
  • Want to take a break from the slopes, then the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram is a great way to be treated to a spectacular view of Albuquerque and the entire surrounding area. The Aerial Tram will take visitors on a 2.7mi/4.5km journey to the summit of the Sandia Mountains. A fun fact is that the tram make approximately 10,500 trips per year and operates throughout the year. Note: there is no public transit to either the Aerial Tram or the backside base of the mountain. A vehicle or a good friend is required to get you there.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1700 ft / 518 m

Base Elevation:
8678 ft / 2645 m

Summit Elevation:
10378 ft / 3163 m

Skiable Area:
200 acres

Average Snowfall:
125 in / 318 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 30

Beginner: 10 (35%)

Intermediate: 17 (55%)

Advanced: 3 (10%)

Expert: 0 (0%)

Terrain Parks: 1

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: No

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Albuquerque NM , 23mi / 37km

Nearest Major City:
Albuquerque NM, 14mi / 23km

Nearest Town/City:
Albuquerque NM, 14mi / 23km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: N/A

Direct Phone: 505-242-9052

Snow Phone: 505-242-9052

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Dec 23 to Mar 5

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: F, Sa, Su

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm : See website for any updates.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Webcams

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 6

Trams: 1

Gondolas: 0

Chondolas: 0

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Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 0

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 0

Triples: 0

Doubles: 4

Surface Lifts: 1

Lodging

Mountainside: No

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Albuquerque Intl Sunport  (ABQ)
Distance: 23 mi / 37 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map