Updated: Thursday, November 27, 2014 08:08 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories this weekend. Several reports are open to make your first turns of the season. Here are some highlights: Taos is open now for the season with Lift 1 and the beginner area... Sipapu has 30 runs open now and all lifts moving... Red River 2 beginner runs and 3 chairs... Wolf Creek open daily with Local's Day on Sunday.... Durango Mountain opens on Friday with top to bottom terrain on the front side... Telluride now online with 14 runs. Santa Fe has delayed their opening until Dec. 6. What's new for the season at your favorite resort will be in this report later this week.
Sandia Peak: Opening details TBD.
Santa Fe: 0 New. 3 This Week. Will postpone the start of the season until after the Thanksgiving Holiday. New opening date is scheduled for Saturday December 6. The snowmaking crews are working hard to get the slopes ready. With any significant snowfall they could be ready to open within 48 hours.
Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 12 Storm. 12 New This Week. 36 Inch Base. Powderhorn and Whitefeather served by Lift 1 are now open. Additionally the beginner’s chair lifts and slopes, Pioneer Chair, Rueggli and Chair 3 are be open. Snowmaking efforts are being focused on Bambi with hopes of being to the top of Lift 2 by early December. All base area facilities are open including the newly remodeled Rhoda’s Restaurant, Martini tree Bar and Tenderfoot Katie's. Resort is open now through this Sunday. Then will will close Monday through Wednesday next week and reopen next Thursday-Sunday. Daily operations begin December 11.
Angel Fire: 0 New. 5 New This Week. 20 Inch Base. Scheduled to open Dec. 12.
Pajarito: 0 New. 3 New This Week. Scheduled opening TBD.
Sipapu: 0 New. 13 New This Week. 22 Inch Base. 30/41 Trails. 5/5 Lifts. Open every day now through Sunday November 30. All lifts are now open as Lift #3 and Lift #4 have now opened for the first time this season. A small terrain park is open, located on Lower Thumper, includes five features: two lines, each with two features, plus an additional feature in the middle. There's a box, a rail, a barrel and a couple of jumps. All lift tickets are discounted with adult tickets $25, teens (ages 13-20) $19, and kids (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 61 and older) $15.
Red River: 0 New. 8 New This Week. 20 Inch Base. Now open with 2 beginner runs and 3 chairs (Gold chair and two beginner lifts). One terrain park open too. They are open weekends only until Dec. 12, when daily operations begin.
Enchanted Forest XC: Opening day TBD.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: Opening day TBD.
Ski Apache: 0 New. 0 Storm. Scheduled to open Thanksgiving day with Chairs 3 & 5, but no updated report.
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 0 New. 2 New This Week. Will start the season on Friday, Nov. 28 and be open through Sunday, Nov. 30. Purgatory will have top-to-bottom skiing and riding off Lift 1, the 6-person high speed Purgatory Village Express Lift, and Lift 2 with trails open that are adjacent to Lift 2, down Demon to the base. The DC Terrain Park and Angel’s Tread Terrain Park will be open all weekend as well. Purgatory is kicking off its 49th ski season with $49 lift tickets! Discounted lift tickets are available Friday through Sunday. Prices are $49 adults (18-64 years); $30 kids (6-12 yrs); $39 teens (13 – 17 yrs); $42 seniors (65-79 yrs); and $22 super seniors (80+ yrs). Purgatory season passes, as well as weekday passes, will be honored all weekend from Friday through Sunday. Durango Mountain Resort will be closed Monday through Thursday next week and then re-open next Friday through Sunday and will be open on weekends only (Fridays through Sundays) until conditions permit daily operations, most likely around mid-December.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 0 Storm. 3 New This Week. 27 Inch Base. 6/6 Lifts Running. 54/77 Trails (70% Open). Now open daily for the season. The Alberta Lift is now open too. Lift tickets now at their normal rate of $63. Local's Day is Sunday, November 30th! Lift ticket prices will be $41 for Adults and $24 for Children and Seniors.
Silverton Mountain: Opening day TBD. 5 feet of snow on parts of the mountain already.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 5 Storm. 19 New This Week. 27 Inch Base. 14/127 Trails Open. 7/18 Lifts. Today's runs include Hoot Brown Intermediate Terrain Park, Misty Maiden, Boomerang and all trails off of Polar Queen Express (Lift 5) except Gold Rush.
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