Updated: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 07:47 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
This is the last week of the season for Santa Fe, Ski Apache, Purgatory, Wolf Creek and Telluride! Make your plans to take in some great spring snow at the resorts while you still can. Very warm temps mean it will get slushy in the afternoon, but the snow is holding well. Here are some highlights for the week: Santa Fe lifts start at 9:30 now and has a big closing weekend planned for Saturday and Sunday... Taos has pond skimming on Sunday and will stay open an extra weekend... Sipapu has reduced priced tickets and weekday specials... Purgatory has adjusted lift hours and closing weekend event and passes on sale... Wolf Creek has Local Appreciation Day on Wednesday and College Day on Saturday and Local Appreciation Day on Sunday for closing day.
Sandia Peak: 75 Inches This Season. Closed for the season.
Santa Fe: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 43 Inch Base. 161 Inches This Season. 6/7 Lifts Running (Sierra chair, Lift #2, runs on weekends and holidays). 78/78 Trails Open. 32 trails groomed each night. Surface: MG/SP. The Boneyard Terrain Park is open. Spring hours of operation are now in effect with lower lifts running 9:30am to 4:30pm, upper lifts 9:30pm to 4:15pm. Ski Santa Fe is teaming up with local art collective Meow Wolf to present “Slush Cup 2015” on Saturday, April 4. Test your Pond Skimming skills from noon-3pm at Totemoff’s DJ Dawn Quiyote. Costumes are encouraged and registration is free. The “Winner” will receive a special Slush Cup Trophy designed by Meow Wolf. Special closing weekend rates on Saturday April 4 and Sunday, April 5: adult $55, teen $50, child $45. (Peak Plus savings will apply to these rates). Closing date is April 5.
Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 64 Inch Base. 99/117 Runs Open (Highline and West Basin Ridges partially open). 14/15 Lifts Running (includes Kachina Peak lift, but lift 8 is now closed for the season). 21 runs groomed. Surface: PP/MG/SP. Lift tickets are now $59 for adults, $49 for teens and $44 for kids. The Bud Light Pond Skimming Championship is Sunday. Daily closing date is April 5, but will re-open April 10-12 for one final weekend with lifts 1, 2, 4 & Kachina. Lift tickets will be $49 for adults and teens and $40 for kids.
Angel Fire: 207 Inches This Season. Closed for the season. For the best deal, get your Bike Park Season Pass now through March 31st! May 1st is opening date of the Angel Fire RV Resort Park.
Pajarito: 86 Inches This Season. Closed for the season.
Sipapu: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 29 Inch Base. 15/41 Runs Open. 3/5 Lifts (running 9:30-4). Surface: MG/SP/VC. 2 terrain parks open. This week, save with 2 of 1 Tuesday, Carload Wednesday (up to 6 in one car ski/ride $50 total) and Local Appreciation Thursday. Lift tickets are $25 for adults (ages 21-59), $25 for students (ages 13-20) and $10 for kids (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 61 and older). Kids 6 and younger, 4th graders, 5th graders and guests ages 40, 60 and 70 years or better receive a FREE lift ticket everyday. Open daily through April 5 and then open the weekend of April 11-12.
Red River: Closed for the season.
Enchanted Forest XC: Closed for the season.
Chama Cross Country: 0 New. 0 Storm. 26-63 Inch Base.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: 0 New. 3-15 Inch Base. 4/8 Tracks open. Open Saturdays and Sundays. The sun has melted the snow in the Valles, however hike to the South Mtn. trail for prime skiing or snowshoeing in 6-15" on the wooded slopes.
Ski Apache: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 25 Inch Base. 88 Inches This Season. 52/55 Runs Open. 6/10 Lifts Running. Closing date April 5.
Purgatory: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 38 Inch Base. 147 Inches This Season. 86/88 Runs Open. 8/10 Lifts Running (Chair 5 is open Friday through Sunday). 34 runs groomed. Surface: SP/PP/MG. All parks and the half pipe open. Frontside lifts now run 9:30am-4:30pm, Backside 9:30am-4:00pm. Gaper Day, is this Saturday, April 4. Celebrate the end of a great season from 2:30 to 5:30 at Purgy's with a costume contest, great prizes, fun beach games and live music from Ralph Dinosaur. And don't forget the Easter Eggstravaganza on Sunday, April 5 with a free Egg Hunt for Kids (10 and under) begins at 10:30 in the Kid Zone by Lift 4, a Costume Contest and more. The new PURGATORY POWER PASS is now on sale featuring 2 free lift tickets included with every Adult, Senior & Young Adult Pass. Unlimited skiing/riding at Purgatory, Arizona Snowbowl, Sipapu, & Pajarito, plus free days at Taos, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, & other resorts. New Young Adult Passes available for 18-29 yrs (no college requirement), & save with the new Teen with Parent Pass. More great benefits plus big savings. Details at: www.SkiPurg.com/seasonpass. See the "Great Deals" section below for lift ticket and other deals. Closing day this Sunday, April 5.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 65 Inch Base. 274 Inches This Season. 77/77 Trails. 7/8 Lifts Running. The Waterfall area, Alberta Peak, Montezuma Bowl, Knife Ridge open and Horseshoe Bowl open. This Wednesday, April 1 is Local Appreciation Day where tickets are $41 for Adults (normal rate $63) and $24 for Seniors and Children (normal rate $34) for everyone. No ID needed. Saturday, April 4, is College Day where students with a valid college photo I.D. may purchase a lift ticket for only $41 (normal rate is $63). Closing day this Sunday, April 5.
Silverton Mountain: 0 New. 0 New This Week. 75 Inch Base. Unguided skiing returns April 3-5 and 10-12.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 61 Inch Base. 208 Inches This Season. 141/147 Trails Open. 17/18 Lifts. 50 Trails Groomed. Surface: VC/MG/SP. All 3 terrain parks open. Closing day April 5.
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: Nearly every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 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. Active military get FREE lift tickets by showing an active military ID. (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.
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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