How to Spring Break in Santa Fe

Planning a visit to Santa Fe over spring break? We've got you covered...

Where the high-desert meets the high country, the snow gods can be pretty fickle. From year to year you just don’t know what you’re gonna get until you get it.  That ubiquitous phrase “spring has sprung” can have endless interpretations, but this year in the southern Rockies of New Mexico it means only one thing…POW. Say “hola” to  snowy Spring Break 2019 in Santa Fe! 

Weather

Probably the most important thing to mention up front is CHECK THE WEATHER! While some visitors fantasize about 80 degree weather, sipping margaritas while poolside it’s important to remember that Santa Fe is at 7,000 feet elevation (higher than Denver!) and the average high in March is only 55 degrees. That being said, the weather here this time of year is notoriously fickle, and it isn’t uncommon to one day wake up to several inches of fresh snowfall and then the next be sitting outdoors on the Gruet patio sipping fine American sparkling wines.

While it isn’t great for planning your patio sipping sesh, the unpredictable weather is good for at least one thing: spring skiing!

Tons of snow and sparse crowds is what makes Ski Santa Fe a hidden gem

Tons of snow and sparse crowds is what makes Ski Santa Fe a hidden gem

Skiing

With one of the best years on record, 2019 has already seen 258 inches of snowfall to date (as of the time of writing. This year’s unprecedented snow season demands taking the picturesque 15 mile drive up Hyde Park Road to our low key, high altitude ski destination, Ski Santa Fe.  When you reach the top (at over 10k feet) will find fabulous terrain without all the big resort crowds and hoopla. For refreshments, locals and visitors alike flock into Totomoff’s, an authentic old-school ski lodge right on the slopes.   Whether you want to warm up with a hot cocoa or cool off with a local brew, be sure to get there by 11 to claim your spot on the sunny deck and avoid the long lines.  

Looking for something fun to do during your spring break Santa Fe visit? Join one of our walking food tours - or create your own private tour!

Eating

Let’s just say you are in the groove and end up taking laps straight through that window and the line looks interminable.  Let gravity do all the hard work, besides getting off those crazy boots, and cruise down to the parking lot then straight down the hill to the plaza to visit LiAnn & Raul Morales’ family owned (ask ‘em, they’ll introduce you!) and ski attire friendly Taqueria and Grill, El Callejon. Open from lunch at 11:30 straight through last seating at 8pm and, you can head over whatever time you get off the “hill” to satisfy your apres ski cravings with arguably the best tacos Santa Fe has to offer and a cold local brewed beer.  We love the Tractor Brewing “Cerveza Lager” to accompany the traditional central Mexican fare. 

Wanna know who put the “New” in New Mexican?  Then head over to The Shed’s locally beloved sibling La Choza, which locals vote year-after-year Santa Fe Reporter’s best New Mexican cuisine. Satisfy your appetite with a generous serving of tender carne adovada braised in the city’s best red chile accompanied by a hot, fluffy sopapilla drenched in honey. Wash it down with one a dozen or so expertly crafted house margaritas, like my favorite is the Don D’oro, to celebrate another successful day on the slopes.

If you’re lucky the weather will be warm enough to dine pond side at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

If you’re lucky the weather will be warm enough to dine pond side at Sunrise Springs Spa Resort

Relaxing

And, heck, if you don’t want to join you pals for the frigid festivities, that’s okay too.  Just get literal and turn Spring Break into a “springs break” at Sunrise Springs.  The younger sibling to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs, this idyllic property has curated everything you need for warm bliss.  Indulge in rejuvenating treatments, soak your cares away in private natural hot springs and, brace yourselves, participate in one of SS’s most unique experiential offerings…play with a big pile of puppies! While there, indulge in a sumptuous meal at their Blue Heron Restaurant where Santa Fe favorite son, Chef Rocky Durham, resides at the helm. Spend the day, spend the week…whatever it takes.

Why limit yourself when Santa Fe offers so many fabulous choices for celebrating Spring Break …ski town, historic/art town, foodie town, spa town. Why pick just one when you can have them all here in the City Different?And if you need more suggestions to help cozy up, take a look at our other Apres ski favorites.

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