By Lynn Cline
Winter in Santa Fe is truly a wonderland. Snow softly blankets the city and the earthy scent of burning piñon from fireplaces across the city fills the air. You might be tempted to stay inside and sip hot chocolate, or something stronger, in front of merry flames in a kiva fireplace, but why would you when there’s so much fun to be had? From the ski slopes to the theater, a cool craft brew festival, a haunting museum exhibit and much more, Santa Fe is a hot place to be in winter. Read on for our seasonal suggestions.
With a base elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe is one of the Southwest’s most exciting ski destinations, open to skiers and snowboarders alike. Just 16 miles from downtown Santa Fe high in the foothills of the Rockies, this family-friendly ski area offers 86 trails for all levels. Races, workshops, a snowboard camp and other events are held throughout the season The lively apres-ski party takes place mid-mountain at Totemoff’sBar, where live music, craft beer and cocktails are on tap, along with burgers and other bites. Ski Santa Fe will open for the season on November 28.
Winter(Brew) is Coming…
Raise a glass and make a toast to some of the best craft beers in the state, the annual WinterBrew Fest, held in January. Presented by the New Mexico Brewers Guild at the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Pavillion, this event draws a big crowd. Armed with glass in hand, guests roam from station to station sampling all kinds of ales, lager, pilsner, stout, mead and more from nearly 20 craft breweries around the state, including Santa Fe Brewing Co. Food vendors are on hand to make sure you don’t go hungry.
Souper Bowl Saturday
There’s the Super Bowl and then there’s the Souper Bowl, Santa Fe’s longstanding culinary competition that packs in the crowds. While there are no controversial referee calls or injuries causing competitors to limp off the field, excitement runs high inside the Santa Fe Convention Center, where 24 local chefs vie to bring home the trophy for best Savory, Seafood, Cream or Vegetarian soup as well as the Best Soup award. You, the taster, get to sample each of the soups in the competition and then cast your votes for your favorites. The proceeds benefit The Food Depot, which last year served more than 385,000 meals to New Mexicans in need. Past winners include Terra at Four Seasons Rancho Encantado, Joe’s Dining and The Pantry, so you know these soups will be delicious.
Winter is the perfect season to nourish your body, mind and spirit and the Spa at Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado is the perfect place to do so, with a menu of services that are inspired by ancient Southwest traditions. Chase the cold away with a soak in an outdoor hot tub, then choose from an enticing menu of treatments, including a head-to-toe massage and a warming scrub of vanilla and chai. You’ll feel refreshed, revitalized and restored.
Lights, camera, action
Celebrate all things cinematic at the annual Santa Fe Film Festival, a five-day event of film screenings, panels, workshops, juried awards and parties. The curated selection of more than 40 film programs includes documentary and narrative features, shorts and New Mexican filmmakers and crews. The Santa Fe Film Festival is slated for February check our calendar for venues around the city.
Fun on Ice
Have the urge to twirl on ice or drive a hockey puck into the net and score? You can do both, and more, at the ice arena at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center. Sessions devoted to figure skating freestyle, ice dancing, public skates, family fun skates, adult level hockey drop-ins and more take place regularly. Check the schedule here: https://www.chavezcenter.com/ice-arena. Don’t have skates? Don’t worry. You can rent figure or hockey skates and even get your own skates sharpened if they need it.
Sledding is one of winter’s great pastimes and you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy it in the mountains of Santa Fe, whether your favorite vehicle is a toboggan, a plastic sled or even an inner tube. Hyde Memorial State Park, eights miles from Santa Fe on Hyde Park Road, is the most popular sledding area, located in a forest along Little Tesuque Creek. (For safety reasons, you can only use a plastic sled or inner tube here.) More sledding areas lie along Hyde Park Park, including Black Canyon, a great spot for children with its campgrounds and trails, and Aspen Vista, where plastic saucer sledding is popular.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
One of the sweetest ways to savor winter is to stroll in the snow with someone you love. Whether you walk along fabled Canyon Road as flurries fall, or set out on a mountain trail freshly covered in snow, with no other tracks than yours, you’ll experience the magic of the season in Santa Fe. And then you can reward yourself with a hot chocolate, or something stronger, relaxing in front of a fire at the stylish Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi or at another one of the city’s acclaimed destinations.This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead