Angel Fire Resort Expanding Terrain Park and Trails for 50th Anniversary Season

New Mexico Resort Purchases State-of-the-Art Grooming Equipment
and Plans New Boarder/Skier Cross Course

ANGEL FIRE, N.M.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#AFResort–Angel Fire Resort, Northern New Mexico’s premier family vacation
destination, announced today that several new events and mountain
improvements, including expanding the terrain parks and widening several
of the most popular trails, are planned for the resort’s 50th
Anniversary season. Angel Fire Resort opens December 9, 2016.


Under the direction of one of the most prolific terrain park designers
in the country, Angel Fire Resort’s Liberation Terrain Park is expanding
for the second season in a row. Jon Eppler, who has created parks for
major events including The Winter X-Games and The Burton U.S. Open,
completely redesigned Liberation Park last winter and is now developing
plans for a new boarder-skier cross course for the park.

“Boarder cross courses are the fastest growing areas of interest for
skiing and snowboarding families,” explains Jon Eppler, slope operations
manager, Angel Fire Resort. “We did an experiment and left the course up
that we built for the USASA Boarder-Skier X Games for our guests to try
out and it was so popular we are now creating New Mexico’s first and
only season-long, lift-accessed boarder-skier cross course.”

Eppler, a second-generation terrain park developer, is also expanding
the popular Stash Parks he built last season. The Stash Parks use
non-conventional terrain park features, such as natural snow and logs to
ride through as skiers and riders make their way down the mountain.
Thanks to the popularity of these new parks, the resort will be adding
several more Stash Features along various green and blue trails.


Before the snow hits, mountain operation crews are busy clearing trees
and widening critical areas on some of the more popular slopes, such as
“Headin’ Home” and “Highway,” to reduce pinch points, which will
ultimately give skiers and riders a better experience on the mountain by
providing more room and less crowding on the most traveled trails.


In an effort to give guests the best groomed trails in the state, the
resort has purchased two brand new PistenBully 400 snowcats that will
carve the deepest corduroy possible. The new snow grooming equipment has
gen 4 engines that provide the most fuel efficient and environmentally
friendly grooming in the state.

“The winter weather in New Mexico can be unpredictable, which is why
adding these more efficient, top performing snowcats to our fleet of
grooming machines will allow us to make the best trails and cover the
most terrain regardless of snow conditions,” explains Andy Whitacre,
mountain operations manager, Angel Fire Resort.


To celebrate the 50th Anniversary season, Angel Fire Resort
will host a weekend-long celebration January 19-22, 2017. To mark the
resort’s Golden Anniversary, a select number of lift tickets will be
just $5.50 each on Saturday, January 21, and Sunday, January 22, 2017.
This is the same price the lift tickets were when Angel Fire Resort
first opened back in 1966, and is limited to the first 550
skiers/boarders each day.

The weekend kicks off with a cocktail welcome party and an open house
featuring selected pieces showing the resort’s rich history over the
last 50 years. The night party will also include a live performance by
Atomic Balm. The weekend celebration includes fun parties, such as the
Vintage Ski Suit Après Ski Party on the deck, free night skiing and will
wrap up with a spectacular firework show.


Angel Fire Resort continues improvements to its full-service Children’s
Ski School and on-site day care, known as Snow Bear Camp. Several
programs are in place to help parents get the most of their time on the
slopes while their children are actively engaged learning to ski and
board, making new friends and having fun.

  • The Parenting Pass – This interchangeable pass allows two
    parents to take turns coaching and skiing with their child, or it also
    allows parents to take turns on the mountain in a single day while the
    other stays behind to care for an infant or toddler who is too young
    to ski.
  • New this season: PreSki Program – For the tiniest of tots just
    learning how to ski the resort offers an additional unique program for
    three- to five-year olds. The PreSki Program offers little ones a
    short private lesson, lunch and snacks plus snow play and activities
    at Snow Bear Camp. This allows the parents a full day on the slopes
    themselves, knowing their children are in good hands for the whole
    day. Additionally, the resort offers the ‘Lil Chile Ski Program,
    which is a full ski day for ages 4-5.
  • New this season: ‘Lil Chile Poppers Snowboard Program – This is
    a full day Snowboard Program for 5-year olds to complement the ‘Lil
    Chile Ski Program. Lessons will incorporate Burton Riglet Boards and
    “Feature Enhanced Learning.”
  • The Family Season Pass – Through October 31, for $1,299 a
    family of up to 6 people (2 adults and four children ages 17 and
    under) can purchase an unlimited ski and snowboard pass for each
    member of the family. Pricing will increase starting November 1, 2016.
  • 5th Graders Ski Free – Offers all 5th
    graders a free lift ticket with their report card and completed form.
  • Kids 6 and under and Seniors 75 and over Ski Free – Seniors
    70-74 ski for just $29 a day.
  • Angel Fire Resort also has a large slate of non-ski family activities,
    including: Tubing Hill (the Polar Coaster complete with a 700’ surface
    lift to take the hike out of tubing), a traditional sledding hill,
    indoor pools and a hot tub. A full Nordic Center offers rentals and
    lessons for classic and skate styles and snowshoe hiking.
    Additionally, in the Village of Angel Fire, horse-drawn sleigh-rides,
    ice fishing and snowmobiling are also available.


Angel Fire Resort is a member of the Powder Alliance, which allows all
season pass holders 3 days of free lift tickets at 14 partner resorts,
including Crested Butte, CO; Snowbasin Resort, UT; Sierra-at-Tahoe, CA;
Stevens Pass, WA; Timberline, OR; Schweitzer, ID; Bridger Bowl, MT;
China Peak, CA; Mountain High, CA; Arizona Snowbowl, AZ; Mt. Hood
Skibowl, OR; Silver Star, BC; Whitewater, BC; and Kiroro, Japan.

Additionally, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders are offered 3 days
of free lift tickets at Brian Head, UT; Powderhorn and Ski Cooper in CO;
and Ski Apache, NM. By partnering with a total of 18 resorts this
winter, Angel Fire Resort season pass holders will receive a total of 54
free days of skiing at partnering resorts.

Major Events:

Season runs December 9, 2016 – March 19, 2017

Telluride MountainFilm on Tour Presented by Angel Fire Resort:
January 14, 2017

MountainFilm on Tour
, presented by Angel Fire Resort, brings
inspiration and education about important issues to audiences around the
world. The tour will return to the Angel Fire Community Center with
documentary films that will explore the themes connected to
MountainFilm’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments
and promoting adventure.

50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend:
January 19-22, 2017

Big Ol’ Texas Weekend: January 27-29, 2017
A fun-filled
weekend celebrating our country roots, featuring lodging packages, live
music, Texas Hold’em Tournament, The Big Texan Steak Challenge and Brew

Whiskey and Powder: January 27-29, 2017
Whiskey and Powder
is a music festival featuring up and coming Country/RedDirt/Americana
artists in the gorgeous Southern Rockies of Northern New Mexico’s Angel
Fire Resort. Live music from today’s and tomorrow’s stars will be
playing at various locations within the Village of Angel Fire and the

The World Championship Shovel Races: February 3-4, 2017
38th Annual World Championships that anyone with a basic snow
shovel and some nerve can do. Once a part of the X Games, competitors
sit on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handle pointed
downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take
them for a ride. Top speeds regularly exceed 60 miles per hour. The
high-speed race draws racers and spectators from all over the world.

Military Winterfest: February 9-13, 2017
Active Duty,
Retired, National Guard, Reserve, Vets, Gold Star and their families are
invited to visit Angel Fire for six days of indoor and outdoor and
adaptive winter activities, with a special appearance by former US Army
Gold Knight and Double Amputee Dana Bowman as he parachutes into the
Resort, and an honorary Military Fly-by. Visit for more details.

Angel Fire Mardi Gras Celebration: February 24-28, 2017
Mardi Gras in Angel Fire with live music, parades, daily special
activities and a masquerade ball.

Fiesta del Sol Spring Break Celebration: March 4-19, 2017
the resort’s Fun in the Sun celebration with live music, themed days,
cool contests, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and great spring skiing
and riding.



TWITTER @angelfireresort
FACEBOOK /AngelFireResort
PHONE 855-923-7387
SEASON December 9, 2016 – March 19, 2017
LIFT HOURS 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
NIGHT SKIING 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM (weather permitting, this is available on
weekends and holiday peak periods)



PEAK ELEVATION 10,677 feet
DROP 2,077 feet
80 TRAILS: 21% beginner, 56% intermediate, 23% advanced,
560+ acres
NORDIC CENTER: 12km of terrain for classic & skate
skiing and snowshoeing; 5 trails: 1 beginner, 2 intermediate, 2 advanced
2 high speed quads, 3 doubles, 2 surface
52% of mountain, 90% of beginner terrain

For more details about Angel Fire winter rates, lift ticket pricing,
trails and reservations visit
or call 855-923-7387.


Media only: For new B-Roll, additional photos or to set up
a media visit to Angel Fire Resort contact Krysty Ronchetti at
or 505-821-9279.

About Angel Fire Resort

Angel Fire Resort is a top year-round mountain resort destination in New
Mexico. Angel Fire Resort was named “America’s Most Affordable Ski Town”
by and ranked a Top 25 “Best Family Ski Resort in North
America” by Dream Vacation Magazine in 2016. Situated at over 8,600′
elevation in the Southern Rocky Mountains, Angel Fire strives to offer
the best value and choice for family outdoor recreation activities to
its members, guests and visitors – including skiing, snowboarding,
tubing, sledding, golf, mountain biking, zipline, tennis, fishing,
hiking and more. For additional information on Angel Fire Resort, resort
membership, or opportunities for real estate investment in Angel Fire,
please call 855-923-7387 or visit the resort’s website at


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Krysty Ronchetti, PR Director