Updated: Friday, November 21, 2014 07:34 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
Ski and snowboard season is underway in New Mexico and southern Colorado! Two resorts are open this weekend and into next week: Sipapu and Wolf Creek. Sipapu has 20 runs open now thanks to last weekend's storm and Wolf Creek opens the Alberta chair on Saturday. Several resorts start the season next week as Santa Fe, Taos, Red River and Durango Mountain all come online. Storm totals listed here are from last weekend's storm.
Sandia Peak: Opening details TBD.
Santa Fe: 0 New. 9 Storm. Scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day.
Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 8 Storm. Scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. They are planning to debut its new chairlift to Kachina Peak on Thanksgiving Day. Reaching a summit of 12,450 feet, the chairlift will be one of the highest in North America and will provide lift service to another 50 percent of Taos’ advanced and expert terrain.
Angel Fire: 0 New. 34 Storm. 20 Inch Base. Scheduled to open Dec. 12.
Pajarito: Scheduled opening TBD.
Sipapu: 0 New. 18 Storm. 12-18 Inch Base. 20/41 Trails. 3/5 Lifts. Open everyday now through Sunday November 30. Lift 1 to the top of the mountain is now open serving all green and blue trails off of it. 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. 10 Storm. Scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 26.
Enchanted Forest XC: Opening day TBD.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: Opening day TBD.
Ski Apache: 0 New. 9 Storm. Opening day TBD.
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 0 New. 16 Storm. Snowmaking is underway and snow expected this weekend. Scheduled opening date is Friday, Nov. 28.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 27 Storm. 27 New This Week. 27 Inch Base. 5/6 Lifts Running. 50% of Trails Open. Now open daily for the season. The Alberta Lift opens for the first time this season on Saturday. Lift tickets now at their normal rate of $63.
Silverton Mountain: Opening day TBD.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 33 Storm. 30 Inch Base. Scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.
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.
Photo Tips for Skiers USA Today ran a great article to help you get good ski/snowboard photos. Check out the full story at USA Today's site here.
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