Updated: Wednesday, November 26, 2014 07:22 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
Four resorts are open now: Sipapu, Red River, Wolf Creek and Telluride. Some highlights: Sipapu has 12 runs open now and 2 more lifts opening Thursday... Red River comes online with 2 beginner runs... Wolf Creek has the Alberta chair now and Local's Day on Sunday.... Telluride comes online with 5 runs. New snow in this report is as of Wednesday morning with Storm totals from Saturday night through Wednesday morning. Several more resorts start the season this week as Taos, Ski Apache and Durango Mountain all come online. Santa Fe has delayed their opening until Dec. 6. What's new for the season at your favorite resort will be in this report later this week.
Sandia Peak: Opening details TBD.
Santa Fe: 1 New. 3 Storm. Will postpone the start of the season until after the Thanksgiving Holiday. New opening date is scheduled for Saturday December 6. The snowmaking crews are working hard to get the slopes ready. With any significant snowfall they could be ready to open within 48 hours.
Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 12 Storm. 12 New This Week. 36 Inch Base. Scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day through this Sunday. Taos will will close Monday through Wednesday next week and reopen next Thursday-Sunday. Daily operations begin December 11.
Angel Fire: 0 New. 5 Storm. 20 Inch Base. Scheduled to open Dec. 12.
Pajarito: 0 New. 3 Storm. Scheduled opening TBD.
Sipapu: 0 New. 13 Storm. 22 Inch Base. 12/41 Trails. 3/5 Lifts. Open every day now through Sunday November 30. Lift 1 to the top of the mountain is now open serving all green and blue trails off of it. A small terrain park is open, located on Lower Thumper, includes five features: two lines, each with two features, plus an additional feature in the middle. There's a box, a rail, a barrel and a couple of jumps. On Thursday of this week, Lifts #3 and #4 will open. All lift tickets are discounted with adult tickets $25, teens (ages 13-20) $19, and kids (ages 7-12) and seniors (ages 61 and older) $15.
Red River: 0 New. 8 Storm. 20 Inch Base. Now open with 2 beginner runs and 3 chairs (Gold chair and two beginner lifts). They are open weekends only until Dec. 12, when daily operations begin.
Enchanted Forest XC: Opening day TBD.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: Opening day TBD.
Ski Apache: 0 New. 0 Storm. Will open on Thanksgiving day with Chairs 3 & 5.
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 0 New. 2 Storm. Will start the season on Friday, Nov. 28 and be open through Sunday, Nov. 30. Purgatory will have top-to-bottom skiing and riding off Lift 1, the 6-person high speed Purgatory Village Express Lift, and Lift 2 with trails open that are adjacent to Lift 2, down Demon to the base. The DC Terrain Park and Angel’s Tread Terrain Park will be open all weekend as well. Purgatory is kicking off its 49th ski season with $49 lift tickets! Discounted lift tickets are available Friday through Sunday. Prices are $49 adults (18-64 years); $30 kids (6-12 yrs); $39 teens (13 – 17 yrs); $42 seniors (65-79 yrs); and $22 super seniors (80+ yrs). Purgatory season passes, as well as weekday passes, will be honored all weekend from Friday through Sunday. Durango Mountain Resort will be closed Monday through Thursday next week and then re-open next Friday through Sunday and will be open on weekends only (Fridays through Sundays) until conditions permit daily operations, most likely around mid-December.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 3 Storm. 3 New This Week. 27 Inch Base. 6/6 Lifts Running. 54/77 Trails (50% of Trails Open). Now open daily for the season. The Alberta Lift is now open too. Lift tickets now at their normal rate of $63. Local's Day is Sunday, November 30th! Lift ticket prices will be $41 for Adults and $24 for Children and Seniors.
Silverton Mountain: Opening day TBD. 5 feet of snow on parts of the mountain already.
Telluride Resort: 1 New. 5 Storm. 19 New This Week. 30 Inch Base. Now open with 5 trails and 5 lifts.
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.
Great deals for the new season coming soon.
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?What's new information coming soon.
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