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Best Places to Ski in Mexico

By Joshua Wood, LPC

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Summary: Where are the best places to ski in Mexico? We cover the best places to go skiing in Mexico and highlight some family-friendly spots, places to eat and more.

As expats and digital nomads explore the diverse landscapes of Mexico, they may be surprised to find that the country offers some unique opportunities for skiing. While Mexico is renowned for its sunny beaches and vibrant culture, the mountainous regions provide a different kind of adventure for those looking to hit the slopes. Here are the best ski areas in Mexico that cater to a range of abilities and offer a distinct experience away from the typical tourist trail.

Monterreal Ski Resort

Ability Level: beginner, intermediate
Location: Arteaga, Coahuila
Family Friendly: Yes

Monterreal Ski Resort is a hidden gem for skiing enthusiasts in Mexico. Located in the Sierra de Arteaga, it is one of the few places in the country where you can enjoy skiing and snowboarding. The resort features artificial snow and a couple of runs that cater to beginners and intermediate skiers. It's a family-friendly destination with additional activities like archery and golf, ensuring fun for everyone.

We Recommend: After a day on the slopes, visit the cozy "La Cabaña de Monterreal" restaurant for a warm, hearty meal. Their traditional Mexican dishes and rustic ambiance make it a perfect spot to relax and refuel.

Bosques de Monterreal

Ability Level: all ability levels
Location: Arteaga, Coahuila
Family Friendly: Yes

Bosques de Monterreal is another ski area within the same region as Monterreal Ski Resort. It offers year-round skiing thanks to its artificial snow technology. The resort is equipped with slopes for all skill levels, including a challenging run for expert skiers. Families will appreciate the variety of activities available, such as horseback riding and mountain biking, making it an all-season retreat.

We Recommend: "El Meson Principal" is a local favorite where you can savor traditional northern Mexican cuisine. Their specialty grilled meats are a must-try for a fulfilling dining experience.

Unfortunately, Mexico does not have a wide range of ski areas due to its predominantly warm climate, and the options listed above are among the very few available. Most of the country's mountainous areas do not receive enough snowfall for the development of ski resorts. Expats and digital nomads looking for traditional ski experiences might need to travel to the United States or Canada for more extensive options. However, the listed resorts in Mexico offer a unique experience that combines the joy of skiing with the warmth of Mexican hospitality.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.


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