Sandia Ski Area Near Albuquerque, NM

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The Sandia Peak ski area is a short 45 minute drive from the Albuquerque area, and offers the scenic views found at its 8,610' base elevation (10,378' at top of chair #1). Sandia Peak has something for beginners as well as advanced skiers and snowboarders. There is a certified snow sports school, a rental shop, a cafe and a ski shop. The Scrapyard Terrain Park features beginner to intermediate rails, funboxes and jumps.

Getting to the top of the mountain can happen in two ways. One is to drive east of the city and head north on the Turquoise Trail to the Sandia Crest Highway, and drive to the top. It's a beautiful drive, but in winter, the conditions can be snowy. Another way is to take the tram from the foothills, where a parking lot accommodates your vehicle while you're enjoying the skiing at the top of the Sandias.

Address: Sandia Peak, Sandia Park, NM
Snow Report: (505) 857-8977
Distance from Albuquerque: 45 minutes
Trails: 30
Lifts: 4

Types of Activities:

At Sandia Peak, skiers enjoy alpine, telemark, cross country, downhill and other ski equipment. The area offers adaptive ski programs for those who need specialized equipment. Snowboarding is a popular option.

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Ski Area Specifics:

2015-2016 Season

The Sandia Peak Ski Area opened on Saturday, December 26, 2015. Check the snow report to see what the snow conditions are like. 

Peak Plus Cards and 6 Packs of Fun are available for online purchase. Online daily lift ticket are not yet available for purchase. Call the ski area for any further information and group reservations at (505) 242-9052.

Hours: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Rates are for all lifts.

Half day passes AM 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PM 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

  • Adults: $55 all day/all lifts, $40 half days
  • Teens (13-20): $45 all day, $35 half days.
  • Children (6-12) $40 all day, $30 half days.
  • Seniors (62-71) $45 all day, $35 half days.
  • Beginner chairlift $35 all day
  • Children under 46" in ski/snowboard boots Free
  • Super Senior 72+ Free

Peak Plus Card
With a Peak Plus pass, adult tickets are $25 off on an all day mountain lift ticket at Sandia Peak, and $25 off an all day mountain lift ticket at Ski Santa Fe. Use all season with no restrictions. Before November 23, $59 and after, $69.

6 Pack of Fun
A transferable, unrestricted punch card that allows you to share the slopes with family or friends, or keep for yourself. Save on adult all day lift tickets at Sandia Peak and Ski Santa Fe. Available through November 23 for $349, or $369 after November 23.

Chairlifts #1, #2, #3 and #4 have trails for skiers and snowboarders.
Chairlift #4 provides access to the groomed beginner hill.

Snow Sports School
Take lessons to learn how to ski or board, or to advance your skill level. There are private lessons and beginner packages available. Cubby Corner is a ski school for children 4 to 6 years of age.

Sandia Peak Tramway
Some skiers prefer to take the tram rather than drive the mountain. Combination lift/ski tickets are available for purchase. The tram is open 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily except for Tuesdays. Skiers and snowboarders using the tram must take their own equipment, as the tramway area has no rental equipment available. Skiers and boarders using the tram are given a reduced rate when purchasing a daily lift ticket.

  • Round trip tram ride with daily lift ticket $14
  • Adult ski tram special (all day lift and tram ride) $65
  • Weekday ski tram special (half day all lift and tram ride) $50
  • Grounds admission per car $1 daily or $20 annually.

A rental and repair shop is located at the base of the ski area. It carries skis, poles, boots, snowboards and boots for all ages and levels of experience. Rental equipment is not available at the Tramway. Rent in town or drive to the ski base if rental equipment is needed.

  • Skis, boots and poles $23
  • Junior skis, boots and poles $18
  • Snowboard $28
  • Snowboard with boots $38
  • Helmet $10

High Finance Restaurant is located at the top of the mountain
Sandiago’s Mexican Grill is located at the base of the Tram

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