Updated: Saturday, December 20, 2014 07:42 AM
Next Update: As conditions require...
thanks to all the snow the over the last 7 days, lots of terrain and lift openings for the weekend. Here are some highlights: Santa Fe opens the upper mountain... Taos opens all chairs... Angel Fire opens the backside and all chairs... Sipapu opens another terrain park, 2 more lifts and has free snowboard demos this weekend and World Snowboard Day on Sunday... Durango Mountain opens the backside and has some great holiday ticket deals... Telluride open 20 more trails.
Sandia Peak: 0 New. 8 Storm. 12 New This Week. Warm temps have prevented snowmaking and the first natural snow came last weekend. Will NOT open on Dec. 20 as was shown on many schedules. Will open as soon as snow conditions allow.
Santa Fe: 0 New. 8 Storm. 18 New This Week. 40 Inch Base. 7/7 Lifts Running. 60/77 Trails Open (70% of the whole mountain). Tickets now at their normal rate of $70 for adults, $55 for teen and $50 for child.
Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 8 Storm. 26 New This Week. 40 Inch Base. 27 trails open (including 8 runs on the backside and 3 runs on Highline Ridge). 14 Lifts Running (this is now all lifts except Kachina Peak lift. New openings include lifts 4, 7a, 7a, and 8).
What's new this season: The biggest news is the new chairlift to Kachina Peak. Reaching a summit of 12,450 feet, the lift is one of the highest in North America and will provide lift service to another 50 percent of Taos’ advanced and expert terrain. To access this terrain, you used to have hike about 45 minutes. In the base area, there is a newly remodeled Rhoda's Restaurant, Martini tree Bar and Tenderfoot Katie's.
Angel Fire: 0 New. 6 Storm. 11 New This Week. 26 Inch Base. 6/7 Lifts Running. 46/79 (the backside has now opened). The Railyard park is open with some rails and jumps. Night Skiing is now open daily through Jan. 3. The tubing hill and the Nordic track will open on Saturday.
What's new this season: On the mountain there are two terrain park changes. The Railyard, a new terrain park will open this winter off the side of the popular green trail Headin’ Home and will feature boxes, rails and jumps geared towards those new to skiing and boarding. This dedicated space will allow beginners a safe place to try out their tricks before attempting the more advanced terrain parks. The resort is also moving the nighttime terrain park Night Rider to Exhibition. This new location is on the front side of the mountain, which will allow the park to take advantage of the best snow on the mountain. Night Rider will be open both day and night and will offer the best lighted terrain for those who wish to stay after dark. (Available on weekends and holiday peak periods.) Window rate lift tickets are now priced at three different amounts based on the season type. Value Season ($59 adult, ): December 12-18, 2014, January 5-15, 2015, January 20-31, 2015. Regular Season $66): January 16-19, 2015, February 1-12, 2015, February 17-March 5, 2015, March 18-22, 2015. High Season ($69): December 19, 2014-January 4, 2015, February 13-16, 2015, March 6-17, 2015.
Pajarito: 0 New. 4 Storm. 4 New This Week. Scheduled opening TBD.
Sipapu: 0 New. 4.5 Storm. 16.5 New This Week. 25 Inch Base. 31/41 Trails. 5/5 Lifts (Lift #3 and Lift #4 have just opened). Mountain crews have opened a new terrain park, Pedros' Park. This is one of the most advanced parks they've ever had at Pedro's Park (while still being a solid intermediate terrain park). The park has moved from the skier's right to the skier's left. This was done to bring the lines more in the fall line of the mountain. There are four features: a double feature that includes a rainbow rail and jump, a flat box and a take off for jumping. This Weekend: Never Summer Snowboard Demo days are Saturday and Sunday with free demos. And World Snowboard Day is on Sunday.
Red River: 0 New. 2 Storm. 11 New This Week. 20 Inch Base. 12 trails open. 4 Lifts Running (including the Gold and Platinum chairs). 1 terrain park open.
Enchanted Forest XC: 12 Inch Base. 12/33 Trails. Opens on Saturday, Dec. 20.
Valles Caldera National Preserve: Opening day TBD.
Ski Apache: 1 New. 5 Storm. 7 New This Week. 29 Inch Base. Open with Chairs 3 & 5 and 4 runs available and one terrain park.
Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 0 New. 4 Storm. 12 New This Week. 24 Inch Base. 42 runs open. 6 Lifts Running (1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10). Lift 3 (high speed backside) now open. Lift 5 opens Sunday. Lift 8 (Legends) opens Tuesday. The Columbine beginner area is open as are the DC and Angel's Tread Terrain parks near the base of the mountain. Save some money with two offers! Get your "Home for the Holidays" lift ticket for college students. Available only at the Bodo Park offices, $249 buys 5 days of skiing and riding for college students from 12/20 to 1/23. Also 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. 3 Paks are available now and make great holiday gifts! (Only blackout dates on the 3 Pak are Dec 27 - Jan 3).
What's new this season: 11 new energy-efficient snowmaking tower guns have been added, and a state-of-the-art, high-output fan gun, making the mountain operations team more efficient during the early season to establish a solid base that lasts throughout the entire ski season. Purgatory Rentals got a facelift offering seamless rental experience from start to finish, complete with new boot fitting stations, snowboard demos and an upgraded rental fleet. The redesigned shop offers a more efficient experience with less time spent in the shop and more time to get out on the slopes. The new Burton Riglet Park will anchor the development of a multi-faceted ski and ride terrain-based learning facility in the base area. The Burton Riglet Park allows those aged 3-6 years, to experience sliding on snow and get a jumpstart on learning while having fun on the slopes. In terms of food, Purgy’s Slopeside Restaurant will offer breakfast (including pancakes and made to order eggs). And a new food truck will be located in the Columbine Beginner Area, offering convenient protein-rich, baked potato bar, warm snacks, sweet treats, and kid-friendly food and beverage options for guests enjoying the slopes in that area of the resort.
Wolf Creek: 0 New. 4 Storm. 14 New This Week. 30-33 Inch Base. 54/77 Trails (70% Open). 6/8 Lifts Running (including Alberta Lift). All terrain on the mountain has early season conditions. Tickets are at the regular lift ticket rates of $63. Alberta Peak, parts of the Waterfall area, Montezuma Bowl and Knife Ridge now open for the first time this season.
What's new this season: The Elma Lift! This lift is the new refurbished fixed grip triple chairlift for the upcoming season! The bottom terminal will be to the looker‘s right of the existing Alberta Lift, with the top terminal coming up to Flim Flam, where the trail branches off of Navajo Trail. The Elma Lift incorporates great beginner terrain along with some excellent intermediate terrain in an area that is currently underutilized. The lift will provide another way to get back from the Alberta Lift area, eliminating the long traverse across the mountain on Park Avenue. Beginner Skiers will have an alternate lift to use besides the Nova Lift. The Wolf Creek Ski School is introducing a new pilot snowboard program called the Wolf Riders for children age five to eight that teaches the basics and beyond of snowboarding. Tickets for the Wolf Riders can be purchased in the Ticket Office.
Silverton Mountain: 0 New. 2 Storm. 40 Inch Base. Open on Dec. 20 for unguided skiing. Guides available for those who want guided skiing at that time, guides can take you beyond the unguided boundaries. Dates for skiing early season are December 20th and 21st, December 27th and 28th, January 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.
Telluride Resort: 0 New. 9 Storm. 24 New This Week. 38 Inch Base. 92/127 Trails Open. 16/18 Lifts. 2 terrains park open too. Log Pile & Bald Mountain hike-to terrain now open. Gold Hill Express (Lift 14) open for access only. No Gold Hill terrain is open yet.
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