Many people take their vacations during the summer months, but if you're like me, the winter months offer the best vacations. Sure, getting out to the lake and fishing for a week is nice and relaxing, but nothing beats getting up to the mountains and barricading yourself in a cabin after a day snowboarding on a beautiful mountain.

If you are a winter vacationer and feel that there isn't much offered in the Texas Panhandle, you might be surprised just how many ski resorts aren't too much of a drive from Amarillo. Snowboarding and skiing is just a hop, skip and a tank of gas away. Check out the list of resorts below.

Wolf Creek - Colorado

Wolf Creek is a beautiful place to go skiing or snowboarding. It's just about 450 miles away, but it is totally worth the drive. It is almost guaranteed fresh powder daily and has some amazing runs. From the bunny slope to double black diamonds, there is something at Wolf Creek to challenge just about any level mountaineer. There is some really reasonably priced lodging in Pagosa Springs as well. Nothings nicer than relaxing in the hot tub after a day on the mountain.


Ski Apache - New Mexico

Ski Apache is only 307 miles from Amarillo and a beautiful resort. You can rent your skis, snowboards, and accessories right on the mountain. The lesson packages are very reasonable and it has everything the family could want. Over 15 expert ski runs that will get the heart pumping along with more mild runs for the novice skier.


Ski Sante Fe - New Mexico

Sante Fe just happens to be the first place I went skiing. It's about 280 miles away, so you can get there in almost no time. It is a great beginner mountain with tons of gradual slopes towards the base of the mountain. Take the second set of lifts to the top for some really challenging runs as well. There is tons to do in Sante Fe as well due to the city's rich history.


Red River - New Mexico

Red River is a very small ski town up in the New Mexico mountains. It's just under 290 miles from Amarillo The entire town has an intimate feel to it that instantly brings you to small ski town life. It has nice restaurants as well as little food joints to get some great burgers or early morning biscuits and gravy before hitting the slopes. The mountain backs right up to the town. Depending on where you stay, you can literally put your skis on while on the back steps of the cabin and ski right to the lift.


Angel Fire - New Mexico

Angel Fire is one of the more popular ski resorts for people in the Amarillo area. It's only 257 miles West of Amarillo and has almost anything a skier or snowboarder could ask for. They offer some great vacation packages and have multiple lodging centers that are just breathtaking. Angel Fire also offers night skiing, which if you have never done, is an absolute blast. If you're looking for a great place to ski, beautiful rooms, and busy nightlife after you come off the mountain, then Angel Fire has just about everything.