Angel Fire families

For thousands of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas skiers and snowboarders, the first mountains they hit when they head west are the Southern Rockies. Angel Fire Resort wants to be their first -- and only -- destination.


Knowing that these vacationers have many choices, Angel Fire marketers have decided to brand their resort as the “best Southern Rockies Family Friendly resort.” 


Angel FIre Resort has always prided themselves as a family friendly resort but we saw areas that we could truly step up and offer more to parents, grandparents and their children," Ski School Director Robin May told "Thinking of things such as allergy-free food choices, more packages for parents with small children, more activities off the mountain and new technologies to improve our ski school program were ways that we could really showcase that we are a Family First resort."


What that means will be revamped terrain, more learn-to-ski programs and an uptick in activities particularly aimed at the young and young-at-heart.


Several of Angel Fire’s renowned summer mountain bike trails will morph into winter routes, according to Seifert. Snow berms and jumps will make the 'Bominable trail at the top of the mountain a winding schuss. Skiers and ‘boarders also can dive into the trees on a couple of trails through the woods.


Park-rats will be able to extend their day on the slopes into the evening, with a nighttime terrain park, dubbed Powder City, that will run off of the Ridge Run near the base.


Ski school is big at Angel Fire, where many of visitors are first-timers or novices. Consequently, the resort has beginner-focused programs, such as:


· An interchangeable Parenting Pass so that each parent can have time on the slopes with the kids.


· A five-lesson High Five Learn to Ski and Ride deal for first-timers that culminates with a free season pass upon completion.


· A 3 Ski Program with a lesson for the youngest of skiers and riders, plus a full day of activities at the revamped Snow Bear Camp.


· A dedicated children’s chef who makes healthy snacks and meals for kids.


Other changes at Angel Fire include a new daytime sledding hill, improved cross-country trails, and more activities aimed at full-family participation.


Photo: Family fun in N.M.  (Angel Fire)