Updated: Friday, December 9 at 7:35 a.m.
Next Update: As conditions require...
A little new snow out of the storm that moved through the middle of this week. Those numbers are listed as Storm totals from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning. Here are some highlights for this week: Santa Fe open daily with 11 runs... Taos now open with the front side open from the top... Pajarito open through the weekend... Angel Fire now open daily with 4 runs on the front side from the top... Sipapu open daily with terrain from the top... Red River now open daily and has Deal Daze this weekend and College Days starting Sunday... Ski Apache now open with the beginner area... Purgatory open daily with a 27 runs now open with the backside to open Saturday and Local Appreciation Day Sunday... Wolf Creek is open daily with 95% of the mountain including the Waterfall area... Telluride now open for the season and more terrain open this weekend.
|Making snow. Tentative opening date Dec. 17.|
|Now open with the quad and the beginner area. A couple of blue runs and many greens are open off the qaud and in the beginner area. All facilities are open. Lift ticket rates: Adult All Day $62, Adult w/ Peak Plus Card $37, Student All Day $53, Student w/Peak Plus Card $28, Child All Day $48, Child w/Peak Plus Card $23. Teams continue to make snow on other parts of the mountain and will open additional terrain as soon as conditions allow.|
|Deals: Coming soon.|
|Taos Ski Valley|
|Now open daily with terrain open on the front side. Most of the beginner area is open along with Bambi and Upper Powderhorn open off the top of lift 1 from the bottom and lift 2 from the top. Coming up next weekend, Dec. 17-17 is Publci Demo Days where you can demo the newest skis and snowboards on the market.|
|Deals: Coming soom.|
|Open through Sunday with top-to-bottom skiing on the Aspen Lift with access to the runs Bruce’s Boulevard, and Lone Spruce. The West Beginner trail is now open too with the beginner lift running. Discounted lift tickets are $29. Will be open daily Friday, Dec. 16 through Sun., Jan. 1.|
|What's New This Season: Pajarito’s mountain team made enhancements to the ski area’s snowmaking system. Pajarito has automated the pump house, which allows the resort to make more snow and improve its efficiency, while providing more consistent snowmaking efforts. Pajarito expanded its weir system to collect additional water for snowmaking efforts. This year, the mountain is scheduled to open Wednesdays through Sundays, just like last season.
Deals: Pajarito offers five-mountain access with the multi-day, multi-resort Power Card, Power Pack and Power Pack PLUS. Buy Power Card and Adult & Child Power Packs online.
|Now open with skiing top to bottom on three trails including Heading Home, High Road, Bominable and Ridge Run with the Chile Express and Chair 2 operating. There are 5 ‘stash parks’ open along “Heading Home.” Plan to open more intermediate and expert terrain, as well as the Tubing Hill by the end of next week. The new boarder-cross will be completed in time for the holiday season.|
|Now open daily. Lift 1 has skiing from the top to bottom. One terrain park open with 5 features. Lift ticket prices are reduced with weekend adult tickets $35 and adult weekday tickets $29. Kids weekend tickets are $25 and $19 on weekdays. Parents Ski FREE Week is this week (through Friday, Dec. 9)! When you purchase a full-day, full-price child or student lift ticket, you get one adult lift ticket FREE.|
|Deals: Coming soon.|
|Making snow nightly. Closed now but will start daily operations this Friday. At least 14 runs including 6 blue runs and the Face will be open. The Pot O Gold terrain park will be open too with 4 jumps and 9 features. Deal Daze are on this weekend with adult tickets priced at $45. There are deals on rentals and lessons too! College Days are coming up Dec 11-17 where lift tickets are $37. Rental equipment is also discounted when you show a student ID.|
|Now open for the season with 2 beginner runs open. The quad and tripple chair are running.|
|Open daily for the season. Top top to bottom skiing is available under chair 1 and 2. The Columbine Beginner area is open with chairs 7 & 9 running. On Saturday, Chair 3 on the backside opens. Sunday is Local Appreciation Day where you can get reduced-price lift tickets with a portion of each ticket sale benefitting four fantastic local charity partners. Locals Benefit Day Lift Ticket Prices are Adult: $45 | Teen: $32 | Child: $25 | Senior: $32 | Super Senior: $25. Buy your Local Appreciation Day tickets online now.|
|Open daily now with 95% of the mountain available including Alberta Peak, Knife Ridge, Horsehoe Bowl and the Waterfall Area. Normal lift tickets regular rates are: $66 for adults, $37 for seniors and $34 for children.|
|Will open on Dec. 29.|
|Now open daily for the season with The Village Express (Lift 4) and the Chondola (Lift 1) running. Lower Hoot Brown Park to open. Lifts 5 & 6 will open Saturday, December 10.|
|Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff)|
|Now open everyday. Intermediate and advanced skiers can ride Snowbowl’s Grand Canyon Express lift and access 1,500 vertical feet and more than a mile of trails on Lower Ridge, Agassiz, and Lower North Star. The Agassiz Chair Lift is now open to the top, with more terrain to open soon. The Hart Prairie Chair is also open to beginner terrain.|
|Cross Country Areas:
Here are the links to some other resorts of interest in New Mexico, Southern Colorado and Arizona. Click on the resort name to get all the details.
Enchanted Forest XC
Chama Cross Country
Valles Caldera National Preserve
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, CS=Corn Snow, NR=No Report From Ski Area, N/A=Not Applicable, T=Trace.
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?
There is plenty new at your favorite snow sports area for the 2014-2015 season. Click here to check all that's new and improved for the new season.
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)
New Mexico Road Conditions
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