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Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 08:20 AM
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The ski and snowboard season is off and running in New Mexico and southern Colorado with some of the best early season conditions in 20 years! Red River is now open for the weekend... Sipapu is open through the weekend with great ticket deals. Purgatory is open through the weekend with front side terrain... Wolf Creek is open daily. Santa Fe, Taos and Ski Apache all open on Thursday and Pajarito opens on Friday.
Sandia Peak: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. NR Inch Base. 9 Inches This Season. Opening date TBD. The Peak Plus Card is available for $69. You save $25 at Sandia Peak and Santa Fe all season long. You can also get a Six Pack of Fun for just $369. This is 6 transferrable all-day lift tickets. The Millennium Pass is also available which gives you skiing the whole month of January and then the balance of the season you get $25 off an all day all mountain lift ticket.
Santa Fe: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 40 Inch Base. 58 Inches This Season. Will open Thanksgiving Day with 76/79 trails (90% of the whole mountain, which includes the upper mountain and the Tesuque and Millennium chairs)! Lift tickets will be at their normal rates for opening weekend. Save money this season. The Peak Plus Card is available for $69. You save $25 at Sandia Peak and Santa Fe all season long. You can also get a Six Pack of Fun for just $369. This is 6 transferrable all-day lift tickets. The Millennium Pass is also available which gives you skiing the whole month of January and then the balance of the season you get $25 off an all day all mountain lift ticket.
Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 24 Inch Base. Will open on Thanksgiving Day. Plan to have lifts 1, 2, 3, 5, Pioneer, Zipper 1, Rueggli and 26 trails with approximately 400 acres of terrain top to bottom on the front side of the mountain. Additional terrain will open as conditions allow. Will have Rhoda’s Tenderfoot Katie’s, The Bavarian and The Martini Tree open for restaurant service during opening weekend. Taos Ski Valley is Thursday through Sunday, until December 6th, and daily operations beginning December 10. Save money this season with the Taos Card. The Taos Card direct-to-lift card gives you $17 off the single-day ticket rate during regular season plus every 7th day is free. The Taos Card lets you go straight to the lift, charging your credit card automatically. The card is $40 now and increases to $75 after Dec. 18. Other lift ticket specials are still available.
Angel Fire: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 30 Inch Base. 43 Inches This Season. Will open for the season on Friday, Dec. 11. Save money on your passes through Dec 13 (all prices listed here go up on Dec. 14). Adult season passes are $429, Teen $369, Junior (7-12) $299, Active Military $369, and Student $369. All of these passes include 39 additional free days (three days at each of 13 partner ski areas). Also this season, all 5th graders get free skiing and snowboarding when they come with an adult who is paying for a full-price, full-day lift ticket or adult full season pass. Present a completed 5th Grade Form and a current report card.
Pajarito: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 12 Inch Base. 16 Inches This Season. Making snow nightly. Will open for the season on Friday, November 27, the earliest ever opening. On Friday, the Aspen Lift will be turning from 9am to 4pm, open terrain includes Bruce's Blvd, Lone Spruce, and East Road. Lift tickets for opening weekend are $29, kids 6 and under and seniors 70+ ski free. The rental shop and Pajarito Mountain Café open at 8am on Friday. Pajarito will be open Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 27 through Dec. 13. Starting Friday, Dec. 18 through Jan. 3, Pajarito will be open daily. Jan. 6 through Mar. 6, Pajarito is open Wednesdays through Sundays, plus holidays. Pajarito will be open daily for spring break, Mar. 11-27, and then open weekends in April, conditions permitting. New this season, Pajarito is adding a new trail on the west side of the mountain, providing a gentle slope that’s ideal for beginners. The Power Pass is still available which offers unlimited access to Pajarito, Sipapu, Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl. Plus bonus days at mountains including Taos, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte and more.
Sipapu: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 21 Inch Base. 21/41 Runs Open (3 green, 14 blue, 3 advanced, 1 expert). 4/6 Lifts (Chair 3 and the new quad have not opened yet). Surface: PP/MG. 1 terrain park open with 3 features. Open daily through Sunday, Nov. 29. Daily operations begin Friday, Dec. 4. All lift tickets are discounted: $25 adults, $19 teens (ages 13-20), and $15 for kids (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 61-69). Carload Days are on now through Thursday, where everyone in one car (limit: 6) skis for $50 total. Ask for this deal at the ticket window. The Power Pass is still available which offers unlimited access to Sipapu, Pajarito, Purgatory and Arizona Snowbowl. Plus bonus days at mountains including Taos, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte and more.
Red River: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 30 Inch Base. 30 Inches This Season. Open now through Sunday with Gold Rush Hill and the teaching terrain. The Gold Chair and two surface lifts are open. Tubing is available everyday this weekend from noon to 4 pm.
Enchanted Forest XC: Click on the resort name above for the latest information.
Chama Cross Country: Click on the resort name above for the latest information.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: Click on the resort name above for the latest information.
Ski Apache: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. NR Inch Base. 15 Inches This Season. Making snow nightly. Will open Thanksgiving Day with the Bunny Slope and Easy Street. The Quad (chair 3) and Triple chair (lift 5) will be open.
Purgatory: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 24 Inch Base. 32 Inches This Season. Open now through Sunday, Nov. 29 with top to bottom skiing off Lift 1 and the Magic Carpet. 16 trails open. The Divine Comedy Terrain Park and the Angels Tread Terrain Park are both open. Lift tickets are: $59 adults (18-64 years) $50 seniors (65-79 years) $47 teens (13-17 years) $37 children (6-12 years) $21 super seniors (80+), kids 5 and under ski free! More terrain will open as snowmaking and natural snow allows. The Power Pass is still available which offers unlimited access to Purgatory, Pajarito, Sipapu, and Arizona Snowbowl. It also includes bonus days at mountains including Taos, Copper Mountain, Crested Butte and many others across the US.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 35 Inch Base. 78 Inches This Season. 77/77 Trails. 7/8 Lifts Running. Now open daily for the season. The Waterfall area, Alberta Peak, Montezuma Bowl, Knife Ridge open and Horseshoe Bowl open with early season conditions. Lift tickets are $65 for Adults (13-65), $36 Seniors (65-79) and $34 for Children (6-12).
Silverton Mountain: 0 New. 0 Storm. NR New This Week. NR Inch Base. NR Inches This Season. Will open for the season on Dec. 19. Will offer guided skiing on the following days: December 19th and 20th, December 26th and 27th, January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Guided only skiing (limit of 80 people per day) on the following days: January 8th, 9th and 10th, Jan 15th, 16th, and 17th January 21st to March 20th: open Thursday through Sunday (plus Presidents Day, 2/15/16) March 25th, 26th, and 27th Guided Only Skiing with approximately 80 skiers a day.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 29 Inch Base. 65 Inches This Season. Now open for Donation Day with 5 trails and 7 lifts and will remain open through the Thanksgiving weekend.
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.
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