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Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway Albuquerque

Where is it at?

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Sandia Peak Ski and Tramway
30 Tramway Road NE
Albuquerque
NM
87047
Tel: 505 242 9052

Directions

From Albuquerque, I-40 East to the Cedar Crest Exit 175, North on NM HWY 14 to the Crest Scenic Byway 536, then 6 miles to ski area!

Where are we going today?

Sandia Peak has two types of fun - that Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway that can take the family above the amazing deep canyons and stunning terrains of New Mexico. Don't look down it's 2.7 miles drop below you! It's an amazing experience as you watch the beauty of nature moving below you.

At the top (and that's 10,378 feet at the top!) you can see the 11,000 square mile panoramic view of the Cibola National Forest from the observation deck. Wait until sunset to see some of the most amazing colors you will see across the desert!

It's a great area, and a popular area, for hiking. In summer, there are SO many fun activities to do at Sandia Peak, so don't be put off by the snow title...it's an all year round experience!

There are great things for bikers, and wildlife to explore. 

But of course, there are those snow sports ready and waiting for you in winter. Skiing and snowboarding is always popular on the terrains here, with a number of runs - from green to black - so there is really something for everyone.

If you're a novice and just want that little extra help before hitting the slopes with the others, Sandia Peak have lessons for all ages, as well as a snow school for toddlers upwards. There is even a Cubby Corner for kids ages 4 to 6 to give them an area where they can have fun and support while they learn the basics.

For those beginners and intermediates who want to just develop skills and confidence, Sandia Park have a terrain park just for that sole purpose! 

Skiing, mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, and that famous tramway - Sandia park is ready for you! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsLift tickets $35 - $50. Tramway $12 return with lift ticket
  • ChildrenLift tickets $30 - $40.
  • Free Under: Under 46"
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Tram open daily 9am - 8pm.

Tram closed Tuesdays.

I'm Hungry!

There is a restaurant at both the top and bottom of the scenic tramway ride, so you won't go hungry! .

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options on the menus!.

Any Top Tips?

Check the snow reports before you go if you're there for the snow! .

Doing our bit

The area is all about safety and fun, so if there are any regulations, make sure you follow them so you can stay safe! .

Need a little extra help?

The rental shop has all you need to hit the slopes, but its an extra cost. .

Can I get one of those?

Relevant equipment and apparel stores available..

More information

You can book private lessons at the sports school if you want! .

What people are saying?

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    Amazing.

    Not only were the veiws beautiful, but the landing area and the High Finance restaurant were very impressive. The green chili stew proved to be a very hearty meal, once the 85 degree air at the base developed into an ice storm at 10,380 foot elevation! Can't wait to go again!! Too bad dogs arent allowed, our pup would love it!

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    The view from the top was AWESOME!!! We were there two weeks ago and it was beautiful. The weather was great and even though it was a little cold and windy at the top it was worth every penny. It is a MUST DO if you go to the area.

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    It was by surprise that I found myself headed up Tramway to the Sandia Aerial Tram (no, I hadn’t been kidnapped—I had just arrived in NM to visit my sister and I was told right after hopping in her car that we were going to the tram). I had no idea what to expect, except the last time I had been on a large cable gondola, I was seven and I was frightened out of my mind. Being told we were going up the world’s longest aerial gondola, I wasn’t sure what to think. I’ve gotta say, the tram ride is fun. There’s not much at the top aside from...Read More

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    Long lines for a short, crowded tram ride. The view from the top is very good, of course. If I do it again I will hike to the top of the mountain and take a one way trip down on the tram.

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    Realty cool ride and the view from the top is amazing. Be aware that those who are susceptible can get motion sickness from the tram ride.

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by Neal Dixon

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It was by surprise that I found myself headed up Tramway to the Sandia Aerial Tram (no, I hadn’t been kidnapped—I had just arrived in NM to visit my sister and I was told right after hopping in her car that we were going to the tram). I had no idea what to expect, except the last time I had been on a large cable gondola, I was seven and I was frightened out of my mind. Being told we were going up the world’s longest aerial gondola, I wasn’t sure what to think. I’ve gotta say, the tram ride is fun. There’s not much at the top aside from an over-priced restaurant (and ski slopes/what will return to being ski slopes in the winter). But the tram gets you get all the benefits of hiking to the peak without having to do any of the work.
It appears that the tram chaperons who head up and down all day long are more inclined to discuss the sights while on the way up. That means, on the way down, you can ask all the questions you want. Here are some I asked:
•What is the rated life of the cables?
•How much does the drive cable stretch over the course of its life?
•How do the water ballast tanks attach to the car?
•Do the two trams arrive at the exact same time?
•How heavy are the counterweights?
•Why are the cables sagging?
If you’re worried about any of the answers to the above questions, I would recommend not asking. But, seriously, enjoy.

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