Updated: Friday, January 23, 2015 02:05 PM
Next Update: As conditions require...
Some of the best conditions of the season for the weekend thanks to the snow this week. A little more snow on Thursday out of this storm. New snow here is as of Friday morning with Storm totals Wednesday through Friday morning. Here are some highlights: Sandia Peak is opening for the season Saturday and Sunday... Santa Fe has the Pine Cup Race on Sunday and save money on Santa Fe tickets with the Peak Plus Card... Taos has the Not Forgotten Outreach weekend honoring those in the military.... Angel Fire has the Big 'Ol Texas weekend Friday and Saturday and saves you $12 on tickets with McDonalds... Pajarito will open Saturday and Sunday... Sipapu has Parents Ski Free Week and has opened their largest terrain park... Ski Apache opens the Elk Ridge chair... Durango Mountain opens the large parks and the half pipe and has learn to ski/board month... Wolf Creek has Ladies Day on Saturday and Local Appreciation Day on Sunday. Check out some great ticket deals and "what's new" at the bottom of this report.
Sandia Peak: 2 New. 10 Storm. 10 New This Week. 18 Inch Base. Open for the season this Saturday and Sunday with 95% of the mountain open and chairs 1,3,4 and the Mitey Mite. All facilities will be open including the Double Eagle II Cafeteria, Snow Sports School, Cubby Corner Children’s Facility, Rental Shop and Sandia Peak Sports Shop. Normal lift ticket rates apply, which are $50 for adults and $40 for teens, kids and seniors. They will be open Thursdays through Sundays and Holidays for the remainder of the season.
Santa Fe: 3 New. 11 Storm. 11 New This Week. 41 Inch Base. 6/7 Lifts Running (Sierra chair, Lift #2, runs on weekends and holidays). 70/77 Trails Open (95% of the the total mountain is open). 31 trails groomed each night. 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. This Sunday is the Richard Abruzzo Memorial Pine Cup Race, a fun race sponsored by the Santa Fe Ski Team.
Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 9 Storm. 9 New This Week. 42 Inch Base. 73/117 trails open (all green and blue trails are open and several advanced runs and 9 runs on Highline Ridge are open). 12/15 Lifts Running. 21 runs groomed. The Not Forgotten Outeach weekend is Friday through Sunday. This event thanks the men and women of the Armed Services this Friday through Sunday. Active duty military, veterans and any family members with a military ID get a $25 ticket each day. Also free rentals, discount group lessons and childcare.
Angel Fire: 0 New. 13 Storm. 13 New This Week. 34 Inch Base. 7/7 Lifts Running (Lift 3 open Friday through Sunday). 71/79 (87% of the mountain is open). 40 runs groomed. Liberation Park is open. The Big 'Ol Texas Weekend is this Friday and Saturday. A fun-filled weekend celebrating all things Texas! The weekend features live music, discounted lift tickets, a Texas Hold’em poker tournament and of course, the 72 oz. steak eating challenge! Buy your tickets in advance for only $49 (normal rate is $59). 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 ticket when you show your McDonald’s receipt at the Angel Fire ticket office. Limit one receipt per customer, per lift ticket.
Pajarito: T New. 7 Storm. 7 New This Week. 26 Inch Base. Will be open Saturday and Sunday. Four lifts will run (Mother, Aspen, Beginner and the Mighty Mite) along with 32 of the mountain's 44 trails, including 8 beginner trails, 8 intermediate trails and 16 expert trails. Lift tickets are $49 for adults (ages 21-59), $42 for students (ages 13-20), $34 for kids (ages 7-12) and $42 for seniors (ages 60-69). Kids ages 6 and younger and guests ages 70 and older receive a free lift ticket everyday. Additional operating days will be announced as conditions allow.
Sipapu: 0 New. 9 Storm. 9 New This Week. 35 Inch Base. 41/41 Trails. 5/5 Lifts. 4 terrain parks open. The Don Diego park has opened with 11 features including: 10-foot round torpedo rail, 20-foot jump, 10-foot long box, 20-foot A-frame box, 18-foot gap, 38-foot tabletop gap jump. Several more features will open in the next few days. This is Parents Ski Free Week with every child or teen ticket purchase, a parent gets a free ticket. In addition, 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).
Red River: 0 New. 4 Storm. 4 New This Week. 30 Inch Base. 44/58 trails open. 7/7 Lifts Running (Silver Chair is now open for the season). 13 runs groomed. A few blue runs and some of the black trails are the only ones still closed. Hollywood and Pot O Gold Terrain Parks open.
Enchanted Forest XC: 0 New. 4 New This Week. 24 Inch Base. 33/33 Trails Open.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: 4 Inch Base. 4/8 Tracks open. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
Ski Apache: 12 New. 24 Storm. 24 New This Week. 45 Inch Base. 52/55 Runs Open. 8/10 Lifts Running (Lift 8, Apache Bowl is closed). The Elk Ridge lift is open Friday through Sunday.
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 33 Inch Base. 85/88 Runs Open (95% of the mountain). 9/10 Lifts Running (Chair 5 open Friday through Sunday and on holidays). 37 runs groomed. The Paradise and Pitchfork Terrain Parks are now open, including half pipe on Pitchfork. January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. Save on lessons, rentals & lift tickets. Get details at: SkiPurg.com/LSSM. See the "Great Deals" section below for lift ticket and other deals.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 8 Storm. 8 New This Week. 55 Inch Base. 77/77 Trails. 7/8 Lifts Running. The Waterfall area, Alberta Peak, Montezuma Bowl, Knife Ridge open and Horseshoe Bowl open. Ladies Day is Saturday, January 24th. Women that purchase a morning lesson for $39 will receive a lift ticket for just $41. All ability levels welcome. Sunday, is Local Appreciation Day where tickets are $41 for everyone.
Silverton Mountain: 0 New. 0 Storm. 55 Inch Base. Now in Guided Only Skiing mode, which means you can access most of the terrain, but must do it with guides. Open Thursday through Sunday (plus Presidents Day Monday) through March 22nd. Guided Only Skiing is limited to approx 80 skiers a day. Reservations for guided skiing/boarding available now.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 43 Inch Base. 131/148 Trails Open. 17/18 Lifts. 50 Trails Groomed. All 3 terrain park open.
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 features a new 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). Sipapu is the most Family-Friendly resort in the Rockies. Kids 6 and younger, 4th graders, 5th graders and guests ages 40, 60 and 70 years or better receive a FREE lift ticket everyday. Bring your 4th and 5th graders (with current report cards), and get their FREE lift ticket everyday! Fourth graders are required to show proof they are in the fourth grade. Fifth graders are required to show proof they are in the fifth grade. Just mention the 4th and 5th GRADERS SKI FREE DEAL when picking up your lift ticket. 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. January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. Save on lessons, rentals & lift tickets. Get details at: SkiPurg.com/LSSM. See the "Great Deals" section below for lift ticket and other deals. 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.
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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