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Angel Fire Ski Area

Average Rating:    (4.42 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 12

Seven (7) highly groomed, excellent downhill and mountain-traversing trails. Some very vertical. More advanced trails have large and loose rocks. Excellent trail maps available at the base rate each trail in terms of mileage and difficulty. Well-patrolled. Beathtaking views. Good brakes required. Soft tails recommended. Open June 24 each year until October 1 or first major snow.
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Latitude
36.391233068283675
Longitude
-105.2860164642334
Trail Directions
Jump on the Chile' Express Quad high-speed Ski Lift at the Angel Fire Ski Resort - ride to the Summit and wheeeee! Lift ticket required. Bike racks are on each chair. Lift operator assisted bike-mounting
Trail Length
various trails 2.5 to 8 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Angel Fire
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Review Date
October 5, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Traci Koesis ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This place rocks! I have ridden many bike parks across the country and this is the top of my list, besides Whistler of course. These guys that they hired to do the trails are amazing. I have never seen or even heard of trails being built at the pace that Angel Fire is building. Every time I go back there is either a new trail, or an old trail that has been redone, and I go every weekend, so there is definitely something to be said here. The description is totally bogus, there are over 60 miles of trail to be had here with about 24 different trail options to choose from. You cannot ride this place in one day, you have to have at least 2 just to learn the trail system and then it takes you another day to figure out how you want to link up different trails to how you see fit. This place is definitely a destination for anyone who likes to take the chair up and gravity ride down. I would recommend at least a 6-in bike to have fun, as most bike parks (Even the most famous "Whistler) innately have more speed designed into the trails and are more fun on gravity oriented bikes. Their rental/lessons shop is top notch as well as the bike patrol, just incase you rode outside of your limits.

Recommended Route:
Combi, Sierra, Ziggy are the easiest trails on the mountain and are great warm-up runs. Boulder Dash, Chutes & Ladders, Angel's Plunge and Lower Boogie are their signature series intermediate flow trails. If you are more than an intermediate rider and are looking for something a bit more challenging, Supreme DH, FO SHO, Chillin, World Cup, Upper Boogie and Candy Land are sure to get your rocks off. There are also a gamut of natural trails that are super fun like: Diesel, Lemonade, Lazy Susan and Duke/Duchess to name a few.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you like to pedal, don't forget about their uphill trail "Enlightenment" that doesn't cost a dime that gives you access to the bike park. There are also a gamut of off-mtn opportunities like the South Boundary trail and Northside at Taos Ski valley that are all pedal access with beautiful amazing scenery.



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Review Date
June 25, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Cog ,  Racer

Summary:
Super lame if you like getting in "real" XC miles. Go somewhere else unless you plan to pedal your bike as little as possible. Angle Fire use to have some great XC loops. Now they all seem to be confined to the Ski Area. LAME!

Recommended Route:
South Boundary Trail to Taos.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Boundary to Taos.



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Review Date
September 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Strider ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I used to hate riding here a few years back, but now I love it. They have really done a great job in adding new trails. The trails are well maintained with plenty of fun stuff added in, jumps, wood bridges, berms, rock gardens, etc. They have plenty of extreme downhill, CRAZY stuff. I don't ride the chair lift or do the extreme downhill. I ride up the greens and they have a new climbing only trail that will give you a damn heart attack to climb. 1000 feet in 1 mile. Total climb to top of mountain is 2200 and takes about 2 hours. I will give this a 5 for aerobic if you bike up the hill and a 5 for technical if you go down a black. It could be a 1 for aerobic if you take the lift up and a 1 technical if you come down a green.

Recommended Route:
Climb any of the greens and go down the blues. I like going up Combi and come down Duke.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Eliot Barker, Lost Lake, South Boundary



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Review Date
August 11, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bruisesrus ,  Racer

Summary:
Angel Fire Bike Park is doing a fantastic job putting itself on the map for downhill parks. My 18 year old son is the downhiller in the family and should be writing this review. Angel Fire has hired an excellent trail crew that is doing a fantastic job adding trails that appeal to the hardcore and the non hardcore downhillers. Boulder Dash is an example of a trail that seems to have come right out of the Whistler, CA playbook. There is a nice diversity of tight technical rock strewn singletrack, berms and jumps, some wood structures, and easy green beginner tracks with some simple jumps and features. The black/ expert runs are some of the most challenging downhill runs anywhere.

Here are the things that we love about the Angel Fire bike park. 1. 10 hour drive from Dallas, TX. 2. Trail variety 3. Obvious efforts to make this a premier bike park. 4. $22 lift ticket 5. Super nice people and sufficient gear in the Angel Fire Resort bike shop and working the lifts 6. Very reasonably priced accomodations. 7. South Boundary Trail is very close 8. Beautiful summer time weather. 8. 2000 foot elevation serviced by one high speed quad chair lift 9. No lift lines but enough riders to hang with 10. Long riding season from April until late September or October.

Here are the things we would like to see to keep us always coming back:
1. More trails like Boulder Dash, Ziggy, Supreme DH, Lower Boogie, and World Cup DH. 2. Later, longer hours on the chairlift, with maybe a half day option.



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Review Date
November 16, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: striderathome ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail rocks!! I always do the cross country trail. I like the uphill part as much as the downhill. Cardio is exhausting and a 3 mile climb. Very technical in the El Mapais lava rocks. Downhill is a blast. Very tight turns. Runs very nice. The world cup downhill course is a 10/10 technical descent from hell. I bike alot and can not get down this course without carrying my bike in several areas. Much harder than South Boundary or Moab trails.

Recommended Route:
Only one route. Goes by the bunny hill. Climb up. Make sure you climb into the El Mapais rocks. Several options on the downhill. I like the xc course. Black downhill trails are extremely difficult.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Lost Lake in Red River, South Boundary, and Elliot Barker.



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