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Updated: Friday, February 27, 2015 08:06 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
Look at all the powder out of this storm and the other two storms this week! New snow here is as of Friday morning with "storm" totals for the Wednesday through Friday morning storm. The "snow this week" totals are since last weekend. Here are some highlights for the week: Sandia Peak now open Saturday and Sunday only for rest of the season... Taos has the Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships now through Saturday and the Telemark Festival on Saturday and Sunday... Angel Fire has the Dos Equis Big Air Bag... Pajarito open Friday through Monday... Sipapu has Kid's Ski Free Week starting Saturday... Purgatory has the Free Your Heels telefest on Saturday and Local's Benefit Day on Sunday with $45 tickets... Wolf Creek has another Locals Day next Wednesday. Check out some great ticket deals and "what's new" at the bottom of this report.
Sandia Peak: 4 New. 6 Storm. 6 New This Week. 22 Inch Base. 4/5 Lifts Running (Chair 2 closed). 32/39 Runs Open (85% of the mountain). Surface: PP/MG/HP. Now open Saturday and Sunday only for the rest of the season (no longer open on Thursday and Friday). Tram access is available to the ski area.
Santa Fe: 4 New. 6 Storm. 10 New This Week. 45 Inch Base. 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. 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: 6 New. 9 Storm. 29 New This Week. 66 Inch Base. 93/117 Runs Open (including Highline Ridge). 13/15 Lifts Running. 21 runs groomed. Surface: P/PP/MG. The new triple Kachina Peak lift is open from 9a-2p with access to a variety of terrain, including advanced trails, tree chutes and open bowls. The Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships are on through Saturday. Also on Saturday and Sunday it's the Telemark Fiesta.
Angel Fire: 6 New. 21 Storm. 26 New This Week. 64 Inch Base. 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 this Saturday and Sunday. 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 plus March 9, 10 & 11 and March 16, 17 & 18). Every Saturday night there is a Rail Jam at the Base Area in front of Lift #2. Features are lit with LED lights. Prizes and goodies will be given out for best tricks. This is an all-ages event. Sign up at 4 p.m. in the Village Haus. Entry is $5. 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: 4 New. 7 Storm. 9 New This Week. 30 Inch Base. 31/44 Runs Open. 5/6 Lifts (Townsight lifts closed). Surface: P/PP/MG. Open Friday through Monday. On Fridays and Mondays, 32 trails open served by the Aspen, Mother and Beginner lifts. On Saturday and Sunday, Mother, Aspen, Lone Spruce, Beginner and Mighty Mite lifts run and 32 trails open. The Rail Yard terrain park is open featuring 2 boxes and 4 rails that cater to every skill level.
Sipapu: 3 New. 9 Storm. 12 New This Week. 39 Inch Base. 38/41 Runs Open. 5/5 Lifts. Surface: P/PP/MG/HP. 4 terrain parks open, with 25 features open among all the parks. Starting Saturday (February 28) 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. Next 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).
Red River: 3 New. 8 Storm. 33 New This Week. 40 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: 2 New. 32 New This Week. 40 Inch Base. 33/33 Trails Open.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: NR New. 2 Inch Base. 4/8 Tracks open. Open Saturdays and Sundays. The sun has quickly melted the snow on most trails.
Ski Apache: 6 New. 6 Storm. 7 New This Week. 32 Inch Base. 52/55 Runs Open. 8/10 Lifts Running (Lift 8, Apache Bowl, is closed).
Purgatory: 4 New. 4 Storm. 35 New This Week. 56 Inch Base. 82/88 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. Another Throwback Thursday this week where you can save $30 off your daily ticket. This Saturday it's the Free Your Heels Telefest. Spend a day with Tony Forrest (former PSIA Nordic National Demo Team Coach) and take your Telemark Skiing to the next level! The one day clinic offers morning and afternoon Telemark coaching for all levels. Sunday is another Local's Benefit Day where tickets are reduced to $45 for adults with a coupon from skipurg.com/benefitday. See the "Great Deals" section below for lift ticket and other deals.
Wolf Creek: 6 New. 6 Storm. 48 New This Week. 86 Inch Base. 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: 2 New. 42 New This Week. 70 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: 1 New. 5 Storm. 34 New This Week. 63 Inch Base. 139/147 Trails Open. 17/18 Lifts. 47 Trails Groomed. Surface: P/PP/MG. All 3 terrain parks open. Telluride Gay Ski Week is on through Sunday. It's an annual week-long gay ski event produced by StraightOut Media & Marketing with support from the Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association and benefitting the Telluride AIDS Benefit.
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?
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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