ANGEL FIRE, New Mexico (September 16, 2004)

Nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico is the rare resort where you can ski, snowboard, tube, snow bike, snowmobile and cross country ski all on the same mountain. That resort is Angel Fire, the Southwest’s premier year-round alpine recreation destination, and today resort officials have announced that followingover a half-million dollars in renovations they are lowering this season’s lead lift ticket price for adults. The resort has also expanded the freestyleterrain parks for skiers and snowboarders and is opening a new 3-lane 1000 foot tubing hill, complete with night lights for both day and nighttime recreation.

Angel Fire Resort has enhanced its family friendly environment by reducing adult lift tickets and incorporating ‘Kids stay and eat free’ programs, as well as introducing a brand new 5th Grade Free promotion. 5th graders who present acurrent report card and are accompanied by an adult purchasing a full day pass will receive a free lift ticket each time they visit the resort. This season an adult full day pass has been reduced to $45 *blackout dates apply* and junior 7-12 full day passes are $33. Those over 70 and under 6 are free. Also this winter, skiers can purchase the Sunday Only Season Pass which allows them to skior snowboard every Sunday of the season for just $99  No blackout dates apply for the Sunday Only Season Pass.

Angel Fire’s recently appointed new general manager, Jon Mahanna, recognizes that changes and improvements are essential in helping the resort grow. 

“Let’s face it, taking your family on vacation can be expensive, we are doingeverything we can to attract families who are on a tight budget to provide them with a top-notch winter vacation. While many resorts are raising their prices we are lowering ours. The best things about Angel Fire won’t change the hospitality, the charm of the town, and the great ski and snowboarding mountain. However, people who visit Angel Fire this winter season will see the noticeable upgrades around the resort and an expansion of activities available to them at amore affordable price. 

As the premiere snowboarding destination in New Mexico, site of the 2004 USASA Snowboard Nationals, with freestyle terrain parks and the state’s onlyhalf-pipe, Angel Fire is adding to the freestyle terrain available to skiers and snowboarders as part of the resorts improvements. The resort is installing a wide variety of Fun-Boxes to each of the four freestyle terrain parks.  The newrage in snowboarding and skiing, a Fun-Box is a wider, easier, pre-manufactured rail system that offers more options for freestyle maneuvers than traditional rails and jumps.

“We saw a need in New Mexico to create a balance between the ultimate snowboarders dream and the skier’s haven all on one mountain,” explains DavidDekema, director of marketing for Angel Fire Resort. “With four freestyle terrain parks and over 70 skiing trails there is no better balance for thesnowboarding-skiing family in the Southwest.”

Also new this season is a 3-lane tubing hill, which will cater to the adventurer of all ages.  The mountain will host 3 lanes that will send tubers sailing down 1000 foot groomed path.  Too tired to climb back up the mountain? Not to worry. The resort has installed a Sunkid Moving Carpet. Similar to a conveyor belt, once tubers hit the bottom of the run, they can hop on themoving carpet for an effortless ride back up to the top of the hill. The tubing facility will also have newly installed night-lights making it the resort’sbiggest day and nighttime outdoor activity.

For those who are seeing snow for the first time, or daring to try a new sport this winter Angel Fire instructors are on board to help.  Back by popular demand this year is the “You Keep the Gear” program.  The ‘lesson and gear’ packages include two half-day lessons, two vouchers for half-price lift tickets, and skis or snowboard, binddings and boots that the student gets to keep, for $349. 

Angel Fire Resort will officially open for the season on December 10th, and will host the annual charity day on December 9th, where tickets for the day will cost just $10 and the proceeds will go to a charity. For more information on Angel Fire Resort check out the website at  www.angelfireresort.com.