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Monterreal Mexico ski resort

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Monterreal, Mexico

This small ski resort in Mexico's Coahuila state has good conditions with natural snow falling regularly in the middle of winter (December and January). About 90 minutes from the city of Monterrey, it is a modest destination by North American standards. However, the onsite cabins and the amazing views of the surrounding Sierra Madre Oriental mountains, known for their scenic pine and oak forests, make Monterreal a good option for people seeking a mountain adventure that isn't limited to skiing.