Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing offer intimate outdoor experiences that are practical, inexpensive, and healthy, and these activities do not damage our mountains or valleys. There are no expensive lift tickets, a minimal learning curve, no noise from the great machines driving the ski lifts, no long lines—and no snowboarders to frighten you to death when they fly by. Cross-country skiing, also called Nordic skiing, is done on flat land or rolling hills and trails. When Nordic skis are equipped with special attachments, a skier can climb up hills, but the conventional approach is to keep elevations to a minimum and glide along mountain hiking trails.

Christina Genuario-Gill, the Inn’s general manager and an avid cross-country skier, is happy to recommend trails and guide referrals, or you can contact Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing for guided tours. Valle Grande in the Jemez is a great location for beginners, while the Nordic tracks and Aspen Vista trails in the Santa Fe National Forest offer trails of various levels of difficulty, all with easy access from Santa Fe.

Skiing and snowshoeing are some of the best ways to experience New Mexico’s crystal-clear air and sweeping mountain vistas, both of which are both enhanced by cold weather. And what do all skiers, boarders, snowshoers, and cross-country enthusiasts like to do after a day in the great outdoors? Settle in by a blazing fire with a hot drink, of course. There’s no better place to relax and warm up than the Inn’s lobby and Agoyo Lounge. The drinks are the best, the service warm and friendly, the setting divine. Stop by to share the camaraderie of old friends and new after enjoying a day of perfect powder!

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