Updated: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 07:11 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
New snow here is as of Wednesday morning. Storm totals are since Monday of this week. The "snow this week" totals are from last week and this week (snow in the last 10 days). Here are some highlights for the week: Sandia Peak now open Saturday and Sunday only for rest of the season... Santa Fe has a Local's Appreciation Day on Thursday... Angel Fire has the Dos Equis Big Air Bag next week... Pajarito open Friday through Monday with weekday Military discounts... Sipapu has Kid's Ski Free Week now through Friday, weekday ticket deals and a bunch of events this weekend... Purgatory has the SheRide camp this weekend and lift hours adjust on Sunday for Daylight Saving Time... Wolf Creek has another Locals Day on Wednesday. Check out some great ticket deals and "what's new" at the bottom of this report.
Sandia Peak: 0 New. 0 Storm. 21 New This/Last Week. 31 Inch Base. 75 Inches This Season. 4/5 Lifts Running (Chair 2 closed). 37/39 Runs Open, Surface: P/PP/MG. Open Saturday and Sunday only for the rest of the season (no longer open on Thursday and Friday). The terrain park is closed. Tram access is available to the ski area.
Santa Fe: 0 New. 6 Storm. 42 New This/Last Week. 56 Inch Base. 144 Inches This Season. 6/7 Lifts Running (Sierra chair, Lift #2, runs on weekends and holidays). 78/78 Trails Open. 30 trails groomed each night. Surface: P/PP/MG. The Boneyard Terrain Park is open. Local Appreciation Day is Thursday, March 5. Get $25 off all lift ticket prices on that day. In addition, save everywhere on the mountain with 25% discounts at the Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop, Snow Sports School, Chipmunk Corner, the Rental Shop and at the La Casa Food Court. Purchase a Peak Plus Card for $69 and save $25 off your daily lift ticket at Sandia or Santa Fe all season long. There are no date restrictions on the use of this card for the rest of the season.
Taos Ski Valley: 1 New. 10 Storm. 66 New This/Last Week. 85 Inch Base. 105/117 Runs Open (Highline and West Basin Ridges temporarily closed). 13/15 Lifts Running. 21 runs groomed. Surface: P/PP/MG. The new triple Kachina Peak lift is temporarily closed due to heavy snow.
Angel Fire: 1 New. 13 Storm. 93 New This/Last Week. 76 Inch Base. 193 Inches This Season. 6/7 Lifts Running (Lift 3 open Friday through Sunday). 77/79 Runs Open. 35 runs groomed. Surface: P/PP/MG. Liberation Park is open. The Dos Equis Big Air Bag will be set up for jumps next Monday through Wednesday. Skiers/snowboarders will ride down a ramp and off a jump into the airbag. It will be open from 11a-4p and is open to anyone 21 or older and helmets are required. (The Big Air Bag will be back March 16, 17 & 18). Save money on your tickets when you purchase any Extra Value Meal at any area McDonald’s. Show the receipt at the ticket window and get $12 off a full day adult ticket. Limit one receipt per customer, per lift ticket.
Pajarito: NR New. T Storm. 23 New This/Last Week. 41 Inch Base. 31/44 Runs Open (Friday through Monday). 5/6 Lifts (Townsight lifts closed). Surface: P/PP/MG. On Fridays and Mondays, 32 trails open served by the Aspen, Mother and Beginner lifts and on these days a 50% discount is offered to Active Duty Military with ID. On Saturday and Sunday, all lifts and runs except for the Townsight lift and terrain under it. The Rail Yard terrain park is open featuring 2 boxes and 4 rails that cater to every skill level.
Sipapu: T New. 4 Storm. 30 New This/Last Week. 47 Inch Base. 41/41 Runs Open. 5/5 Lifts. Surface: P/PP/MG. 4 terrain parks open, with 25 features open among all the parks. On now through through March 6, it's Kids Ski FREE Week: For each full-day full-price adult lift ticket purchased, one child or teen gets a FREE lift ticket. This week, save on your weekday tickets on 2 for 1 Tuesdays (buy one full-day, full-price lift ticket and get a second of equal or lesser value for FREE), Car Load Days Wednesdays (where everyone in one car up to 6 skis for $50 total), Local Appreciation Days Thursdays (where adult and teen lift tickets are $25, and kids and seniors are $15). Coming up this weekend: On Saturday it's the Santa Fe Brewing Toast to Sipapu where brewery reps will pour their famous Sipa-Beer, an India Pale Ale created and served exclusively at Sipapu for one night only. There is also a free moonlight hike on Saturday night. Also Saturday and Sunday it's Hawaiian Days and Ski Bike Demo Days. SkiBikeFun LLC of Albuquerque will give FREE SkiBike lessons, guided demonstrations and equipment use. Plan ahead: Sipapu's 12th annual Cardboard Derby is happening on Saturday, March 14.
Red River: 0 New. 1 Storm. 52 New This/Last Week. 55 Inch Base. 56/58 Runs Open. 7/7 Lifts Running. 25 runs groomed. Surface: P/PP/MG. Hollywood and Pot O Gold Terrain Parks open.
Enchanted Forest XC: NR New. 38 New This/Last Week. 50 Inch Base. 33/33 Trails Open.
Chama Cross Country: 3 New. 17 Storm. 44-79 Inch Base.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: NR New. 15 Inch Base. 4/8 Tracks open. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
Ski Apache: 3 New. 3 Storm. 12 New This/Last Week. 32 Inch Base. 52/55 Runs Open. 8/10 Lifts Running (Lift 8, Apache Bowl, is closed).
Purgatory: 3 New. 19 Storm. 70 New This/Last Week. 66 Inch Base. 147 Inches This Season. 88/88 Runs Open. 8/10 Lifts Running (Chair 5 open Friday through Sunday and on holidays). 37 runs groomed. Surface: P/PP. All parks and the half pipe open. She-Ride Snowboard camp is this Fri-Sun. Learn to snowboard in a safe, FUN, confidence building environment with professional women coaches. Camp includes 3 days of full service snowboard lessons, tuning clinic, personal video feedback, apres ride party, t-shirt, and celebration dinner! To register, visit sheride.com We are springing forward with the return of Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, March 8th. Hours will shift to allow for more sun to soften the slopes. Starting Sunday, March 8th the lift hours of operation will be: Frontside 9:30am-4:30pm, Backside 9:30am-4:00pm. See the "Great Deals" section below for lift ticket and other deals.
Wolf Creek: 6 New. 27 Storm. 90 New This/Last Week. 99 Inch Base. 268 Inches This Season. 77/77 Trails. 7/8 Lifts Running. The Waterfall area, Alberta Peak, Montezuma Bowl, Knife Ridge open and Horseshoe Bowl open. Wednesday, March 4th is the next Local Appreciation Day where lift tickets will be $41 for Adults and $24 for seniors and children.
Silverton Mountain: 15 New. 90 New This/Last Week. 90 Inch Base. Now in Guided Only Skiing mode, which means you can access most of the terrain, but must do it with guides and reservations are required. Open Thursday through Sunday through March 22nd. Guided Only Skiing is limited to approx 80 skiers a day.
Telluride Resort: 4 New. 16 Storm. 68 New This/Last Week. 74 Inch Base. 206 Inches This Season. 137/147 Trails Open. 17/18 Lifts. 47 Trails Groomed. Surface: P/PP/MG. All 3 terrain parks open. March 4 - 8 Subaru Freeride Series. Both ski and snowboard divisions for adult men and women will be offered. The event format will include three days of competition including a qualifier day with open registration, semi-finals and finals, plus a weather day. Both ski and snowboard divisions will compete on the same days.
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.
Sandia Peak/Santa Fe: Purchase a Peak Plus Card for $69 and save $25 off your daily lift ticket at Sandia or Santa Fe all season long. There are no date restrictions on the use of this card for the rest of the season.
Angel Fire: Save money on your ticket when you eat at McDonalds! Purchase any Extra Value Meal at any area McDonald’s and receive $12 Off a Full Day Adult Lift Ticket when you show your McDonald’s receipt at the Angel Fire ticket office. Limit one receipt per customer, per lift ticket.
Sipapu: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in January has a way to save: 2 for 1 Tuesdays (buy one full-day, full-price lift ticket and get a second of equal or lesser value for FREE), Car Load Days Wednesdays (where everyone in one car up to 6 skis for $50 total), Local Appreciation Days Thursdays (where adult and teen lift tickets are $25, and kids and seniors are $15). In addition, kids 6 and younger, 4th & 5th graders (with report card) and guests ages 40, 60 and 70 years or better receive a FREE lift ticket everyday. In addition, First-time skiers and snowboarders receive a FREE lesson with lift ticket purchase! No reservations necessary. Sipapu honors active military personnel by offering FREE lift tickets during the 2014-2015 season. Active military ID card must be presented to get this offer. (Note: This offer does not include rental equipment or lessons, and no other deals may be combined with this special.) Sipapu offers several other create deals; check them all out on their "Specials" page.
Purgatory: 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. Every Wednesday is Senior Wednesdays (except March 18). Lift tickets are $40 for those 65+. Every Thursday (except March 19) is a Throwback Thursday, where tickets are $49. No coupon needed. Join the Friday Afternoon Club with Steamworks Brewing. $39 Late Arrival Tickets plus Après Ski Specials with Steamworks Brewing. Valid Fridays after 12:30pm for Late Arrival Lift Ticket. There are other great deals for "locals." Check out all the details at: http://www.durangomountainresort.com/locals.
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?
There is plenty new at your favorite snow sports area for the 2014-2015 season. Click here to check all that's new and improved for the new season. -->
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