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Old 12-12-2008, 09:22 AM
Location: Burque!
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Snow Report
Updated: Friday, December 12, 2008 08:39 AM

Next e-mail: As conditions require, but no later than Monday...
More terrain opening for the weekend at nearly all open resorts. Red River, Sipapu and Enchanted Forest begin daily operations as of Friday. Santa Fe will open for the season on Saturday. And... all the what's new information is here along with lift ticket rates for the new season... check it all out below.

This report brought to you by Angel Fire Resort where this season, kids 12 and under ski, eat and stay free at the Resort hotel with an accompanying paying parent. They also have the Ange Fire Gift Card available in any amount, which makes a great gift for that snow sports lover. Click on the logo for more.
Winter Forecast: An updated Winter forecast came out on Nov. 20. It calls for a normal winter in terms of precip December through February for the ski area locations of NM and Southern Colorado. Check out the details here.

Sandia Peak: 0 New. 0 Storm. 5 New This Week. Scheduled opening date Dec. 19. Lift ticket rates for the new season are up $3 to $48 for an adult all day ticket. Teen (13-20) rates are $38. The Skier Plus Card is a great way to save money. The card is $40 and offers $12 off all day $4 off half day all lift at Sandia Peak and Ski Santa Fe except 12/25-1/1 at Santa Fe.

Santa Fe: 0 New. 0 Storm. 8 New This Week. Will open for the season on Saturday, Dec. 13. The Super Chief Quad Chairlift, Easy Street Beginner Chairlift and Pine Flats Mitey Might will provide access to Midland, Lower Broadway, Easy Street and Pine Flats. The Chipmunk Corner Children's Center and our "New Carpet Conveyor Lift" will be open. All facilities will be open. In terms of what's new... there is a new automated loading system on the Super Chief Quad Chairlift and a new conveyor lift at Chipmunk Corner Children's Center. Lift ticket adult all day tickets are up $4 to $58 with teen (13-20) tickets are $46. The Skier Plus Card is a great way to save money. The card is $40 and offers $12 off all day $4 off half day all lift at Sandia Peak and Ski Santa Fe except 12/25-1/1 at Santa Fe. The resort also is selling three new passes. The Bronze Pass, good for weekday use only (except the week after Christmas) costs $399. A new pass for kids (ages 12 and younger) is going for $219. And the Freedom Pass (good for skiers over 72 years of age or under 46 inches in height) provides skiing for $49 per day and allows skiers to bypass the lift ticket windows. Also returning is the Silver Pass (for skiers age 62-71), which is going for $449.

Taos Ski Valley: 0 New. 0 Storm. 13 New This Week. Lifts 1, 3, 8 and the Rueggli are open. Powderhorn (upper and lower), Whitefeather, Bonanza, Jess's and Strawberry Hill and the Rueggli hill are all open. Other terrain will open on a rotating basis. Chair 2 is now open as well with two trails open off the top of the mountain. Through Dec. 19 adult all day tickets are discounted to $40. Teen (13-17) tickets are $30. Check the website for other discounted rates. In terms of what's new... For the first time ever, Taos Ski Valley will this winter open to snowboarders for a full season. Taos Ski Valley has doubled the size of the Out To Launch Terrain Park. The terrain park is located on Maxie's run under lift #7 and is sure to be a popular spot on the mountain for jibbers this season. Additionally TSV has expanded its Children's Center to make room for a whole new group of kid's. Both the adult and children's rental shops have been remodeled to make room for snowboards and the Snowboard school for riders of all ages will be in full swing on opening day. For novice skiers and snowboarders, a new 400-foot beginners' area called The Burrough will open this season and will include a moving carpet. The area will be located east of the base of lift 1 and will feature the flattest terrain ever offered at Taos Ski Valley. Taos Ski Valley will develop two new double black-diamond runs and a new beginners' hill during this season and next. Opening this winter, the first of the new runs, named North American, will be accessed near the top of lift one and spill out onto the return trail. This double-black diamond glade will feature a 1,400-foot vertical drop. The second run will be cut in summer 2009 and will be named in honor of Ernie Blake, founder of Taos Ski Valley. Regular adult all day tickets this season are up $3 to $66. Teen (13-17) all day tickets are $55 this season. You can save money on ticket though by buying them at REI all season. They are selling daily lift ticket for $54. at all locations all season. Perhaps the best deal at Taos is the season-long College Pass, going for $249. The Senior Pass runs $675, while the adult pass is $975, both include exchange dates with other Colorado resorts.

Angel Fire: 0 New. 0 Storm. 9 New This Week. The resort's annual Benefit Day will take place on Friday, December 19 with all lift tickets priced at $15. 100% of the lift ticket proceeds will be donated to NMX Sports, a New Mexico non-profit organization dedicated to introducing youth to outdoor recreation. The official opening day is December 20. In terms of what's new this season... several on mountain chanages starting with Liberation Park. The halfpipe is being removed to nearly double the size of Liberation to include more jumps, funboxes and rails. The halfpipe will be repplaced with a "trick ditch," a smaller scale "ditch" that will still allow riders to work on their pipe skills. Next on the mountain, another new ten-acre glade skiing area was cut during the off season. The new run, Bear Glade, is on the backside of the mountain. This will be the fourth glade ski area addition in the past three seasons. Finally, the 120-room slopeside lodge is currently undergoing a remodel, with a new fitness center, refurbished meeting facilities, upscaled common areas, and four "showcase" hotel rooms providing a preview look at the finished product. The remodel also includes a comprehensive facelift for the exterior of the hotel. Lift tickets this season remain the same price as last season with adult all day tickets $59 and teen (13-17) tickets $52. The Sunday Only season pass is available again this year for $149.

Pajarito: NR New. NR Storm. 11 Inches this season so far. The cafe is now closed until the winter season begins. Scheduled opening date Dec. 19. In terms of what's new... Lots of work has been accomplished on the mountain over the summer. The Terrain Park has been moved from the bottom of Lumberyard up to Easy Mother and has been vastly improved. New rails and boxes will be installed to complete the Park upgrade. A great deal of brush and deadfall has been cleared from several parts of the mountain. A recent-model used Bombardier snowcat has been added to the grooming fleet, permitting improved grooming capability (including the Terrain Park) this season, with more consistency. New seat pads for the Ĺspen chairlift have been installed. The Pajarito Café is undergoing a significant upgrade, including the new kitchen equipment has been purchased, and the layout of the food service area is being reconfigured to improve traffic flow and efficiency. Signs for the base area have been ordered. These will be installed for the season. Adult all-day lift tickets are up $4 this year to $49. Teen (13-17) rates are $40 for all day.

Red River: 0 New. 6 Storm. 24 Inch Base. 4/7 chairs. Now open daily. The lower part of the mountain is open with 7 trails available. This is the last half price weekend. Adults: $35, Teens: $30, and Jr/Sr: $26. In terms of what's new this season... you'll find new ticket sales kiosks located at the bottom of the Red & Copper Chairlift. In addition they are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Red River and as part of that look for some additional special events throughout the season. In addition, the new Main Chalet cafeteria got a facelift over the summer. Red River also has plans to help you save money. Half Price weekends on December 5-7 and December 12-14, 2008 offer savings on lodging, lift tickets, lessons and rentals. "Never – ever" skier and snowboarder packages for all ages offer 25 percent savings on lessons, lift ticket, and rental equipment. With similar packages for "intermediate" lessons, as well. January Bargain Days, 1/1 -31/09, means just $43 a day tickets for adults when purchasing a 3 or more day lift ticket. Similar savings apply for the rest of the family. January 1 – 15 is College Days with a discount to students who bring their student IDs and plenty of events to keep you busy. The Kids Ski Free/Stay Free program gives one kid 10 and under free lodging and lift tickets for each parent who stays at a participating lodge and skies for a minimum of 3 days. Regular adult lift tickets are up $3 this year to $58. Teen tickets are $52.

Sipapu: 0 New. 0 Storm. 13 New This Week. 20-28 Inch Base. 15 trails open now with 2 chairs running. Now open daily. Snowmaking nightly. In terms of what's new... this year they extended and improved several popular runs. They have also added new terrain park features and made huge improvements to the rental shop and gear. Lift ticket rates are the same as last year with adult tickets at $39 and teen (13-20) tickets at $34.

Ski Apache: 0 New. 0 Storm. 14 New This Week. Lifts 3 & 5 are open, special price for lift tickets.
Enchanted Forest XC: 0 New. 0 Storm. 7 New This Week. 100% of trails open, but there are still some thin spots. Now open daily.

Valles Caldera National Preserve: Pre-season info coming soon.

Durango Mountain Resort (Purgatory): 0 New. 0 Storm. 7 New This Week. Open with 4 runs off chair #1 (6 pack chair). Adult tickets are $35, student/senior tickets will be $29, and kids tickets will be $21. Additional terrain will open as conditions continue to improve. Guest services are open including ski/ride school, rentals, and retail shops. In addition, mountain dining options including the new Purgy's and Mountain Market and Deli is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In terms of what's new... The old Purgy's is gone and replaced with the new lodge at the base of the mountain. The new day lodge will include a cafeteria-style restaurant that converts to sit-down dining at night. Inside, there will be seating for 137 and outside there will be ample decking seating with tables and heat lamps. The spot where the old Purgy's stood will be an extended 'beach' area for lounging. The lodge also will serve as a central check-in for guests of the resort's properties. No other on-mountain improvements are expected this season. But several improvements are scheduled for the 2009-2010 season. Those changes, which include a new Lift 8 and new runs were approved on Sept. 10 as part of the resorts master improvement plan. At that time the Forest Service delayed a decision on a proposed beginners' area at the Ice Creek area east of Hermosa Park Chairlift while discussions continue. But the approval decision this Fall allows Durango Mountain Resort in the future to: Upgrade existing lifts and install new lifts; improve existing ski runs and develop new ski runs; develop a tree-skiing area; expand snowmaking coverage; expand on-mountain restaurants and construct a new restaurant; create a beginners' teaching area; develop a snowmobile parking and staging area and bypass; build a trailhead, trails, parking and toilets on the east side of U.S. Highway 550 outside the permit boundaries to improve Nordic skiing and sleigh riding in winter, and hiking and guided horseback riding in summer. Lift ticket rates for this season are up $2 for an adult all day ticket to $62 with student (13-high school) tickets $49.

Wolf Creek: 0 New. 0 Storm. 13 New This Week. 29 Inch Base. 100 percent of the mountain is open now and all chairs are running including the Alberta chair and the waterfall area. Tickets are now at regular prices ($52). In terms of what's new this season... For the third consecutive year, Wolf Creek continues to purchase 100% of its power from a green wind power supplier for both winter and summer operations. With rising fuel prices and increasing environmental concerns, Wolf Creek is introducing a new and free car pool service online called "Share the ride, Share the fun!" This is a pilot program designed to match up skiers and boarders. Regular season lift tickets this season are up $4 to $52.

Silverton Mountain: 0 New. 0 Storm. 18 New This Week. 45 Inch Base. Open runs: Riff, Raff, Cabin, Colorado, Rope, String, Thread, Splitski, Dolores, RMYF, Bowling Alley, Tiger 1-5, Tiger Main, Simmons, Concussion, Waterfall, Mandatory, Ropedeedope, and more.

Telluride Resort: 0 New. 0 Storm. 17 New This Week. 36 Inch Base. 22 runs are open now with 6 chairs and the new Revelation Bowl is now open. Early season (through Dec. 19) ticket rates are $69. In terms of what's new... the opening of Revelation Bowl. This European-style terrain, located directly off the back side of famous Gold Hill and Chair 14, will be served by a new, locally manufactured Leitner-Poma quad-lift. Situated above tree line, the natural, wide-open bowl offers advanced and expert skiing in an unbelievably scenic setting. Revelation Bowl, located on a northeastern aspect that naturally gathers huge amounts of snow has long been the envy of those standing atop Gold Hill. From the top of the new Revelation lift, skiers and riders will be able to choose ridgelines in either direction, offering steeper pitches and rock features on the far sides of the powder bowl. The opening of Revelation Bowl is just part of Telluride's expansion this year. The first phase began with public hike-to access in Black Iron Bowl last December. Mid-season, Palmyra Peak and Gold Hill Chutes 6-10 opened to rave reviews. All told, the resort has expanded by nearly 400 acres, offering some of the most stunning skiing and riding on the continent. The resort's vertical drop is now one of the largest in North America at 4,425 feet, with 3,845 vertical feet lift-served. Regular season all day adult tickets this year are $92, up $7 from last year.

Report Legend:

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:
NMX Sports Ski Card: The NMX Sports Ski Card is back and stronger than ever! For only $99.95, you will receive nine one-day lift tickets to the following areas: Arapahoe Basin, Angel Fire Resort, Monarch Mountain, Pajarito Ski Area, Red River Ski Area, Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort, Taos Ski Valley, Ski Apache, and Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort. (Please note that you will receive one ticket to each area ski area; for example 1 to Sipapu, 1 to Durango, etc.) There are some restrictions on when you can use the card for a ticket, but it's a fantastic deal and it also helps out NMX Sports get teenagers into the sport. To Purchase your NMX Sports Ski Card, go the NMX sports web page.
More Info:
What's New: There is plenty new at your favorite snow sports area for the 2007-2008 season. Click here to check all that's new and improved. The 'What's New' info for the 2008-2009 season will be posted soon!
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:28 AM
Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Here in Santa Fe, we have snow in our forecast for the next six out of seven days.

But that is just a prediction ... the weather forecasts are notoriously inaccurate.

I do hope they will get enough snow up in the ski areas of the state to get the places open, have good skiing and a good year.

Plus -- there is nothing like looking up on the mountain peaks and seeing snow all winter.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:47 AM
Location: Burque!
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We're trying to bring a few friends to NM in February or March... SF is our favorite place to ski/board! Hopefully you get a heafty helping of the white stuff!
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:12 PM
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Default Snow!! - All Of New Mexico Snow Reports

I agree. It snowed here yesterday and melted today. Supposed to snow again tomorrow.
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:23 AM
Location: 32°19'03.7"N 106°43'55.9"W
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It's snowing like a son of a ***** outside right now against the Organs.
From just about 80 degrees to this in 3 days.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:02 AM
Location: Heading to the NW, 4 sure.
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Default Snow today and cold....

here in Fence Lake. And very windy. about 1-2 inches and more later.
Wind chill about 10 or less.

Happy trails,
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:14 AM
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Got a good snow here in Silver City as well. The roads are clear now, but they were ice packed early this morning.
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:51 AM
Location: NM south central mountains
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Snowing north of Capitan! About an inch in 1/2 hour. Got the horses fed and more wood to the house now in for the duration. Wonderful, wonderful snow!!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 10:58 AM
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Good for you guys! Need that snow! My friend who lives south of Durango says the San Juans are gonna get hammered again-calling for 15 to 20 inches out of this system. Silverton already has 6 feet of snow piled up. That's not bad! The previous winter had 9 feet piled up by Valentines Day 2008-YIKES!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:45 PM
Location: Branson, Missouri
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Default Snow in Timberon 2/9/09

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