Updated: Monday, January 26, 2015 07:02 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
Plenty of bluebird groomers to take in this week. Here are some highlights: Sandia Peak is now open for the season Thursdays through Sundays... Santa Fe has the Peak Plus Card to save you money on tickets... Taos has opened 10 more trails and has the Winter Wine Tasting on Saturday.... Angel Fire has Saturday night neon rail jam and save $12 on tickets with McDonalds... Pajarito announce operating schedule this week... Sipapu has weekday ticket deals and on-slope kayaking this weekend... Durango Mountain opens the large parks and the half pipe and has learn to ski/board month and Snowdown is on Wednesday through Sunday... Wolf Creek has Local Appreciation Day on Sunday. Check out some great ticket deals and "what's new" at the bottom of this report.
Sandia Peak: 0 New. 0 Storm. 10 New This Week. 18 Inch Base. Open Thursday through Sunday with 95% of the mountain open and chairs 1,3,4 and the Mitey Mite. All facilities are open including the Double Eagle II Cafeteria, Snow Sports School, Cubby Corner Children’s Facility, Rental Shop and Sandia Peak Sports Shop. Normal lift ticket rates apply, which are $50 for adults and $40 for teens, kids and seniors.
Santa Fe: 0 New. 0 Storm. 11 New This Week. 40 Inch Base. 6/7 Lifts Running (Sierra chair, Lift #2, runs on weekends and holidays). 75/77 Trails Open (96% of the the total mountain is open). 31 trails groomed each night. 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: 0 New. 0 Storm. 9 New This Week. 41 Inch Base. 83/117 trails open, including Highline Ridge (10 more trails opened over the weekend). 12/15 Lifts Running. 21 runs groomed. The Winter Wine Fest Grand Tasting is this Saturday.
Angel Fire: 0 New. 0 Storm. 13 New This Week. 34 Inch Base. 7/7 Lifts Running (Lift 3 open Friday through Sunday). 74/79 (90% of the mountain is open). 40 runs groomed. Liberation Park is open. Show off your skills at the Saturday Night Neons! Every Saturday night there is a Rail Jam at the Base Area in front of Lift #2. The features will vary throughout the season. Features are also 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 ticket when you eat at McDonalds! Purchase any Extra Value Meal at any area McDonald’s and receive $12 off a full day adult ticket when you show your McDonald’s receipt at the Angel Fire ticket office. Limit one receipt per customer, per lift ticket.
Pajarito: 0 New. 0 Storm. 7 New This Week. 26 Inch Base. Was open this past weekend. Will determine operating schedule later this week.
Sipapu: 0 New. 0 Storm. 9 New This Week. 35 Inch Base. 41/41 Trails. 5/5 Lifts. 4 terrain parks open, including the largest Don Diego park ever with 11 features (and more to be added). 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). This weekend, Kayak NM will be kayaking the slopes to raise money for the adaptive kayaking programs.
Red River: 0 New. 0 Storm. 4 New This Week. 30 Inch Base. 47/58 trails open. 7/7 Lifts Running (Silver Chair is now open for the season). 13 runs groomed. A few blue runs and some of the black trails are the only ones still closed. Hollywood and Pot O Gold Terrain Parks open.
Enchanted Forest XC: 0 New. 4 New This Week. 24 Inch Base. 33/33 Trails Open.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: 4 Inch Base. 2/8 Tracks open. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
Ski Apache: 0 New. 0 Storm. 24 New This Week. 45 Inch Base. 52/55 Runs Open. 8/10 Lifts Running (Lift 8, Apache Bowl is closed). The Elk Ridge lift is open Friday through Sunday.
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 33 Inch Base. 85/88 Runs Open (95% of the mountain). 8/10 Lifts Running (Chair 5 open Friday through Sunday and on holidays). 36 runs groomed. The Paradise and Pitchfork Terrain Parks are now open, including half pipe on Pitchfork. January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. Save on lessons, rentals & lift tickets. Get details at: SkiPurg.com/LSSM. The annual celebration of winter is underway Wednesday through Sunday with tons of Snowdown events in town and on the mountain. See the "Great Deals" section below for lift ticket and other deals.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 0 Storm. 8 New This Week. 55 Inch Base. 77/77 Trails. 7/8 Lifts Running. The Waterfall area, Alberta Peak, Montezuma Bowl, Knife Ridge open and Horseshoe Bowl open. This Sunday, February 1st, is Local Appreciation Day where tickets are $41 for everyone!
Silverton Mountain: 0 New. 0 Storm. 55 Inch Base. Now in Guided Only Skiing mode, which means you can access most of the terrain, but must do it with guides. Open Thursday through Sunday (plus Presidents Day Monday) through March 22nd. Guided Only Skiing is limited to approx 80 skiers a day. Reservations for guided skiing/boarding available now.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 0 Storm. 0 New This Week. 43 Inch Base. 133/148 Trails Open. 17/18 Lifts. 47 Trails Groomed. All 3 terrain park open.
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 features a new 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). Sipapu is the most Family-Friendly resort in the Rockies. Kids 6 and younger, 4th graders, 5th graders and guests ages 40, 60 and 70 years or better receive a FREE lift ticket everyday. Bring your 4th and 5th graders (with current report cards), and get their FREE lift ticket everyday! Fourth graders are required to show proof they are in the fourth grade. Fifth graders are required to show proof they are in the fifth grade. Just mention the 4th and 5th GRADERS SKI FREE DEAL when picking up your lift ticket. 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. January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. Save on lessons, rentals & lift tickets. Get details at: SkiPurg.com/LSSM. See the "Great Deals" section below for lift ticket and other deals. 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