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Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 06:00 PM
Next Update: As conditions require...
A storm moving through right now; you can expect 6-12 inches out of this storm at your favorite resort. New snow here is as of 3:30p Wednesday. Last weekend's storm turned out to be a great one for everyone and more terrain opening up as a result. Totals from the weekend storm are included in the "New This Week" numbers below. Here are some highlights: Santa Fe opens 8 more lower mountain trails... Taos now open daily with the backside open too and 5 more trails have opened and now Highline Ridge is open too... Angel Fire open 5 more trails... Sipapu open daily and free snowboard demos this weekend and World Snowboard Day on Sunday... Red River doubles their open trails... Durango Mountain opens 14 more front size trails and the beginner area.... Wolf Creek opens more terrain.
Sandia Peak: 4 New. 0 Storm. 8 New This Week. Warm temps have prevented snowmaking and the first natural snow came last weekend. Will NOT open on Dec. 20 as was shown on many schedules. Will open as soon as snow conditions allow.
Santa Fe: 8 New. 8 Storm. 10 New This Week. 34 Inch Base. 22 Lower Mountain Trails Open (8 more thanks to the storm). 3 Lifts Running. The Super Chief Quad Chairlift, Easy Street Beginner Chairlift and Pine Flats Conveyor Lift are open. All facilities are open including La Casa Lodge, La Casa Café, Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop, Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop, BAZ Coffee Bar and Totemoff’s Bar and Grill. Join us at the Snow Sports School and Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center for a ski or snowboard lesson and get your season started right. Adult all day tickets are $55, Teen All Day $50, Child All Day $45. Peak Plus cards will discount ticket prices.
Taos Ski Valley: 3 New. 3 Storm. 18 New This Week. 38 Inch Base. 27 trails open (9 more thanks to the storm). 3 runs on Highline Ridge are now open too! 8 Lifts Running. Now open daily for the season. The backside is now open too.
What's new this season: The biggest news is the new chairlift to Kachina Peak. Reaching a summit of 12,450 feet, the lift is one of the highest in North America and will provide lift service to another 50 percent of Taos’ advanced and expert terrain. To access this terrain, you used to have hike about 45 minutes. In the base area, there is a newly remodeled Rhoda's Restaurant, Martini tree Bar and Tenderfoot Katie's.
Angel Fire: 3 New. 3 Storm. 11 New This Week. 23 Inch Base. 11 Trails Open (5 more have just opened with top to bottom skiing available). 3 Lifts Running. Open lifts are the Chile Express, Dreamcatcher and Chair 2. The Railyard will also be open with some rails and jumps. The Chile Express and Chair 2 will be limited to intermediate and expert skiers only. Lift tickets are $49 for adult tickets through Tuesday.
What's new this season: On the mountain there are two terrain park changes. The Railyard, a new terrain park will open this winter off the side of the popular green trail Headin’ Home and will feature boxes, rails and jumps geared towards those new to skiing and boarding. This dedicated space will allow beginners a safe place to try out their tricks before attempting the more advanced terrain parks. The resort is also moving the nighttime terrain park Night Rider to Exhibition. This new location is on the front side of the mountain, which will allow the park to take advantage of the best snow on the mountain. Night Rider will be open both day and night and will offer the best lighted terrain for those who wish to stay after dark. (Available on weekends and holiday peak periods.) Window rate lift tickets are now priced at three different amounts based on the season type. Value Season ($59 adult, ): December 12-18, 2014, January 5-15, 2015, January 20-31, 2015. Regular Season $66): January 16-19, 2015, February 1-12, 2015, February 17-March 5, 2015, March 18-22, 2015. High Season ($69): December 19, 2014-January 4, 2015, February 13-16, 2015, March 6-17, 2015.
Pajarito: 0 New. 0 Storm. 3 New This Week. Scheduled opening TBD.
Sipapu: 0 New. 0 Storm. 12 New This Week. 25 Inch Base. 21/41 Trails. 3/5 Lifts. 1 terrain park open too. Now open daily. This is the last week for lift ticket sale prices. Through Friday, tickets are $25 for adults, $19 for teens and $15 for children. Coming up this weekend Never Summer Snowboard Demo days are Saturday and Sunday with free demos. And World Snowboard Day is on Sunday.
Red River: 0 New. 0 Storm. 11 New This Week. 20 Inch Base. 12 trails open. 4 Lifts Running (including the Gold and Platinum chairs). 1 terrain park open. Now open daily.
Enchanted Forest XC: 12 Inch Base. 12/33 Trails.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: Opening day TBD.
Ski Apache: 0 New. 0 Storm. 3 New This Week. Open with Chairs 3 & 5 and 2 runs available and one terrain park.
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 2 New. 2 Storm. 12 New This Week. 24 Inch Base. 31 runs open (14 more have just opened). 5 Lifts Running (1, 2, 7, 9, 10). The Columbine beginner area is now open as is the DC and Angel's Tread Terrain parks near the base of the mountain. Now open daily with adult lift tickets now at $55. Save money on your lift tickets by purchasing the Purgatory 3 Pak. Ski or ride for just $59 per day (a $20 savings off the ticket window rate of $79) when buy the Purgatory 3-Pack for $179 at Sport Systems on Montgomery or at REI stores in Albuquerque or Santa Fe. 3 Paks are available now and make great holiday gifts!
What's new this season: 11 new energy-efficient snowmaking tower guns have been added, and a state-of-the-art, high-output fan gun, making the mountain operations team more efficient during the early season to establish a solid base that lasts throughout the entire ski season. Purgatory Rentals got a facelift offering seamless rental experience from start to finish, complete with new boot fitting stations, snowboard demos and an upgraded rental fleet. The redesigned shop offers a more efficient experience with less time spent in the shop and more time to get out on the slopes. The new Burton Riglet Park will anchor the development of a multi-faceted ski and ride terrain-based learning facility in the base area. The Burton Riglet Park allows those aged 3-6 years, to experience sliding on snow and get a jumpstart on learning while having fun on the slopes. In terms of food, Purgy’s Slopeside Restaurant will offer breakfast (including pancakes and made to order eggs). And a new food truck will be located in the Columbine Beginner Area, offering convenient protein-rich, baked potato bar, warm snacks, sweet treats, and kid-friendly food and beverage options for guests enjoying the slopes in that area of the resort.
Wolf Creek: 1 New. 1 Storm. 11 New This Week. 26-29 Inch Base. 54/77 Trails (70% Open). 6/8 Lifts Running (including Alberta Lift). Open daily. All terrain on the mountain has early season conditions. Tickets are at the regular lift ticket rates of $63. Alberta Peak, parts of the Waterfall area, Montezuma Bowl and Knife Ridge now open for the first time this season.
What's new this season: The Elma Lift! This lift is the new refurbished fixed grip triple chairlift for the upcoming season! The bottom terminal will be to the looker‘s right of the existing Alberta Lift, with the top terminal coming up to Flim Flam, where the trail branches off of Navajo Trail. The Elma Lift incorporates great beginner terrain along with some excellent intermediate terrain in an area that is currently underutilized. The lift will provide another way to get back from the Alberta Lift area, eliminating the long traverse across the mountain on Park Avenue. Beginner Skiers will have an alternate lift to use besides the Nova Lift. The Wolf Creek Ski School is introducing a new pilot snowboard program called the Wolf Riders for children age five to eight that teaches the basics and beyond of snowboarding. Tickets for the Wolf Riders can be purchased in the Ticket Office.
Silverton Mountain: 2 New. 2 Storm. 11 New This Week. 40 Inch Base. Open on Dec. 20 for unguided skiing. Guides available for those who want guided skiing at that time, guides can take you beyond the unguided boundaries. Dates for skiing early season are December 20th and 21st, December 27th and 28th, January 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 0 Storm. 15 New This Week. 35 Inch Base. 36/127 Trails Open. 11/18 Lifts. 1 terrain park open too.
Snowfall amounts are listed in inches. Surface conditions are noted as follows: P=Powder, PP=Packed Powder, MG=Machine Groomed Snow, HP=Hard Packed, SP=Spring Conditions, VC=Variable Conditions, NR=No Report From Ski Area, N/A=Not Applicable, T=Trace.
Great deals for the new season coming soon.
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What's New This Season?
What's new information coming soon.
Here are some links that you may find helpful:
Ski New Mexico
Colorado Ski Country
New Mexico National Weather Service
Colorado National Weather Service
Colorado Mtn Weather & Avalanche Report
Detailed Ski Area Forecast From SnowForecast
Warren Miller Films & Info
National Forest Service (has fall color info and more)
Colorado Ski History Web Site (includes info on closed NM/CO areas)
Road Conditions: New Mexico 800-432-4269, Colorado 303-639-1111, Utah 866-511-8824, Arizona 888-411-7623.
Summer Season Info:
New Mexico Rafting Companies:
Kokopelli Rafting Adventures, (800) 879-9035
Los Rios River Runners, (800) 544-1181
New Wave Rafting Co., (800) 984-1444
Far Flung Adventures, (800) 359-2627
Known World Rafting Adventures, (800) 983-7756
Native Sons Adventures, (800) 753-7559
Santa Fe Rafting Co., (888) 988-4914