It's been light Rocky Mountain powder ever since Angel Fire opened in 1966. (Angel Fire/Facebook)
The 2016-17 season is Angel Fire Resort's golden anniversary in the winter and summer recreation business, and the New Mexico resort has planned a four-day celebration Jan. 19-22 – including rollback ticket prices.
“Paying tribute to the resort’s legendary pedigree and family-friendly mountain … the four-day celebration will cater to those who grew up coming to Angel Fire Resort, who have worked for the resort, as well as, current members and guests who want to join the party,” Angel Fire’s Krysty Rochetti told SnoCountry.com.
Tickets sold for Saturday, Jan. 21, and an additional 550 tickets sold for Sunday, Jan. 22, will be just $5.50 each. Half of those tickets are available online now as part of a lodging package. The remaining 275 lift tickets for each of those days will be available at the ticket window – good for that day only. Events include throwback ski suit contest, music, food -- and lots of reminiscing.
“I would say that if people wanted to secure the $5.50 lift ticket they’d be best served to buy it as part of a lodging package online,” said Rochetti, “because waiting until the day of could be tricky. We are expecting a full resort that weekend.”
More than a half-decade ago, ranchers Roy and George LeBus looked out over their 25,000-acre ranch in the northern New Mexico mountains and saw the future: Angel Fire Resort.
By 1966, they had cut trails, installed a couple of lifts and birthed a base area. The first skiers hit the slopes in early 1967, and the word spread to nearby Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas that there was skiing within in a day’s drive.
The first condos went up in 1971 and, shortly thereafter, work began in earnest to create a year-round resort by cutting more trails, clearing housing lots and installing infrastructure. A golf course appeared across the road from the ski mountain that remains today.