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I’m a single mom with a 4 yr old boy. My two passions are traveling and raising my son. I love being a mom; there’s no place I’d rather be then with my son. I work full time and love to exercise.
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Cancun
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Carmel, CA
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Petite St. Vincent
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Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Manhattan Beach, Cancun, Maui.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
I’ll never forget flying home from Honolulu with my 1.6 month old son on Delta. The plane did not have milk for the flight and even though I boarded early, not one person thought to inform me that the plane was not stocked with milk. My son was still drinking from a bottle at this time and freaked out over having to go 5 hours without a bottle. This old cranky lady behind me was loudly complaining the whole flight about how she was tired of hearing my son cry (as if I wasn’t.) I wanted to scream (but did not) at every employee on the plane for not informing me the plane was out of milk until we were up in the air.
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Where to go Sledding/Tubing in New Mexico

I love sledding down snow covered hills with my child on my lap squealing with joy! Here is Trekaroo’s guide for places to tube and sled with your family in New Mexico.

Triple M Snow Play Area:
Driving about 1 hour to the south of Ski Apache Resort finds you in Cloudcroft at lofty elevations over 8,000 feet – sometimes there is more snow here than in Ruidoso.  Triple M offers tubing and snowmobile rentals by the hour, ½ day or whole day.  Try 1-800-SNO-PLAY for more information.

Dale Ball Trails:
Several great sledding spots are just a couple of miles up ski basin road, also known as Hyde Park Road or N.M. 475, on the other side of the Dale Ball Trails parking lot.

Tres Ritos:
This great spot for sledding is just off of N.M. 518, about three miles east of Sipapú ski area and near Tres Ritos. The site features some covered picnic areas. A 200-yard steep hill with a 50- to 60-yard-wide trail provides for excellent sledding, all for free. There are smaller bunny hills for little ones.

Cumbres Pass:
A little farther drive from Santa Fe will take you to some great tubing and sledding hills in the Cumbres Pass just past Chama. Look for some wide parking areas and hills just off N.M. 17.  

Us Hill Snow Play Area Snowplay Area:
Take Highway 518 towards Penasco. Phone:  (575) 587-2255

Sled With Care:

Supervise children at all times.
No one should sled head-first down a slope.
Avoid sledding on slopes that end in a street, drop-off, parking lot, river or pond.
Provide a safety helmet for young children.

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N Angel Fire Rd & Miller Ln
Angel Fire, New Mexico

Comment:
The Polar Coaster, has three lanes that will send you screaming down 1,000 feet of expertly groomed hills.

reviewed on: February 26 2014

"Great Family Resort"
Angel Fire Resort is a great choice for families for several reasons:

IT’S AFFORDABLE
I love small ski resorts; they don’t break the bank. Parents can purchase a Parenting Pass for $66 which allows Mom and Dad to take turns on the mountain in the same day.

KIDS SKI SCHOOL
Group and private lessons are available for kids ages 3 – 12. Meals, rentals, helmets, and lift tickets are included in the cost. Enrolled ski school students are equipped with Flaik, GPS tracking lightweight armband locator. Staff always knows exactly where on the mountain your child is at all times. There are no half-day sessions for ski school, only full-day from 8 am to 4 pm.

CHILDCARE AT SNOWBEAR CAMP
Available in half-day and full-day sessions; reservations must be paid in full at time of booking. The center is located where the children’s ski school is, near the ski area, so make sure the kids are all bundled up in their ski clothes for the walk over if it’s winter. Be sure to send your child off with everything they’ll need to have a fun day since they'll be playing both inside and outside. The playground area is awesome! A giant inflatable Snowman stands in a fenced-in yard near a great big playground with tire structures to climb on or through. A dedicated Children's Chef serves homemade food to all the campers and kids in ski school.

FOR NON-SKIERS
Tubing is $25 for 90-minutes, but I found the lanes boring and children must tube alone. The journey down the nearly flat tubing hill is more of a slow yawn than a heart-pounding ride. Since there are a ton of other fun things to do at Angel Fire, I say skip the tubing and opt instead for a snowshoe hike or the sledding hill—a daily pass is only $5! Roadrunner Tours of Angel Fire offers sleigh rides and Angel Fire Excursions offers snowmobile tours. Be sure to check the resort's Facebook page during your stay. When I did, I learned about a community bonfire scheduled just down the road.

DINING
There are several dining options around the resort including the glamorous and upscale Elements inside their Country Club. The two establishments my family frequented the most were Legends Grill and Chiantis Pizzeria. Both offered delicious kid-friendly options and fun atmosphere. Best part, both restaurants were close to our room..

NIGHTTIME FUN
Angel Fire is the only resort in the state to offer nighttime skiing, boarding, and tubing!

Tips:
• If you’re flying in, you can rent a car and drive into Angel Fire Resort or you can ride up in a shuttle. I rode up with Twin Hearts Shuttle. It was a 3-hour drive and cost just $90 each way for 1 adult and 1 child.
• Check the resort’s online calendar prior to visiting.
• 5th graders ski for free with a report card showing proof of grade eligibility.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary stay to facilitate this review. I was not asked to express any particular opinion. My thoughts are my own.

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704 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Comment:
Black Canyon Campground, about seven miles up the ski basin road, is a great spot to take younger kids to play in snow. It has small, gentle hills for tubing and sledding. The Forest Service campground is closed for camping during winter, but open for snow recreation.


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740 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Comment:
A little past Black Canyon Campground is Hyde Memorial State Park, which has one of the best sledding and tubing hills close to town. The hill is behind the main lodge in the same spot where Santa Fe's first ski area was. The highest state park in New Mexico offers two maintained runs – a 30-degree slope for 100 yards and a 45-degree for 150 yards – with tubing from dawn to dusk. The only cost is parking ($5 per car), but there are no tow bars or chairlifts, so you hoof it back to the top for your next ride. You can bring your own tube or buy a sled/saucer at Cottam's Ski Shop (982-0495), a winter concessionaire at the park.


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Upper Karr Recreation Area
Alamogordo, New Mexico

Comment:
Open for sledding and tubing. Please remember to check with the local Ranger Station for current fire restrictions. Reservations: www.recreation.gov or 877-444-6777


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Lower Ski Run Rd
Alto, New Mexico

Comment:
Just four miles from downtown, right at the turn off on Hwy. 532 to Ski Apache is Ruidoso’s one and only tubing area. The owner has made a big investment in snowmaking equipment to assure great coverage even on dry years. There is no walking up the hill. Sit back, relax and get towed up by any of 3 different cable lifts. Find bumps and turns, but mostly lots of fun for the whole family. Certain weekends and holidays offer evening hours with tubing action under the lights.


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1920 Hwy 82
East of Cloudcroft Cloudcroft, New Mexico

Comment:
TUBING ONLY OPEN WEEKENDS All Day $20.00 1/2 Day (1-4 PM) $14.00


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Firehouse Rd
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

Comment:
When the lifts close, the ski area converts its beginner hill into a tubing area, digging out fast chutes with a snowcat. Wednesday through Saturday from 5-7 p.m., you can rent a tube for $8 and join the fun.


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center of town
Red River, New Mexico

Comment:
When you don't want to get off the slopes at 4pm, rent a tube and share with the family. Starts at 4:15pm after the slopes close for a 60 minute tubing session. Now served by our new Little Blue Surface Lift. Tickets sold the day of tubing on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 7:30. So get to the Guest Services office early in case we sell out! Tubing session meets at the Gold Rush Hill Ski School Shed (a.k.a. Tubing Shed). $15 per tube We Have Summer Tubing Too!


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1474 Rodeo Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Comment:
Big Tesuque Campground, about 12 miles up Hyde Park Road, offers some gnarly sledding along drainages down the steep hillside and down the main trail past the picnic area.


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208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, New Mexico

Comment:
U.S. Hill: Another great free spot is U.S. Hill in the Carson National Forest near N.M. 518 between Peñasco and Taos. Fans of this spot say it is a great place for the whole family. Several trails of different lengths and steepness are available. There are no shelters.



29 Sangre de Cristo Drive
Red River, New Mexico

Comment:
Enchanted Forest offers 33km of 12 - 16 ft wide groomed trails for both classic and freestyle skiing and 15km devoted to snowshoes, as well as 5km of trails to ski with your dog, and access to miles and miles of backcountry trails.