It definitely feels like cheating, but Lake Peak makes a great, easy half-day outing when Ski Santa Fe's upper mountain is open. I'm surprised how few people go up there in winter. It's a perfect dose of high mountains when you're short on time. You can buy a 2-run ticket for $10.00 and hike from the top. Above treeline, the snow is usually blown off Deception Peak. The ridge to Lake Peak definitely merits some care, but I've never had any problem. You can ski down right off Deception. People ski Nambe Basin also, but it's a substantial hike out, and full avalanche precautions are necessary.
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