94 Rock Snow Report: Snowmaking Continues; More Terrain May Open This Wknd


Latest Report Updated: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 7:12 AM

New Mexico and Colorado, like all of the western US has been under a high pressure bubble most of this fall, blocking storms. The good news is that the nighttime temps have been perfect for efficient snowmaking. All open trails right now are thanks to snowmaking and resorts continue to make snow nearly every night. Open daily now are Santa Fe, Taos, Purgatory and Wolf Creek. Reopening this weekend are Sipapu and Red River. Check out the details below.

Sandia Peak:

Season: 2

Open scheduled for mid-December.

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Santa Fe:

Last Week: 5

Season: 11

Base: 20

Now open daily. The Super Chief Quad will service Upper Midland, Midland, and Lower Midland. Beginner skiing will be accessed via the Easy Street Double Chair and Pine Flats Conveyor. All facilities are open including La Casa Lodge, La Casa Café, Ski Santa Fe Sports Shop, Ski & Snowboard Rental Shop, and Baz Coffee Bar. Totemoff’s Bar & Grill is also open. The Snow Sports School and Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center are open for lessons.

Lift tickets and passes are now available for purchase online. Grab a Peak Plus Pass or OnePass and ride all winter long at a discounted daily rate.

Face coverings are required indoors. If you feel sick or are experiencing COIVD 19 symptoms, please stay home and come back another day.

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Taos Ski Valley:

Last Week: 2

Base: 6

Season: 2

Lifts: 4 (including Lift 1)

Runs: 3

Open with the Pioneer Lift and beginner terrain under it. Lift 1 is also now open with access to the blue run, Powderhorn from the top of Lift 1 to the base.

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Pajarito:

Last Week: 1

Opening TBD. Snowmaking has not started yet due to warm temps.

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Angel Fire:

Last Week: T

Snowmaking underway. Scheduled to open Friday, Dec. 10.

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Sipapu:

Last Week: 2

Base: 16

Season: 2

Runs: 4 (All green except blue run Thumper is now open off Lift 5)

Lifts: 3 (Including Lift 5 now open)

Closed this week, reopening for daily operations this coming Friday.

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Red River:

Base: 20-24

Runs: 3 (all green trails)

Lifts: 3 (Gold, Rug Rat, Little Blue)

Snowmaking nightly. Closed this week, but will reopen this Friday. Daily operations begin Dec. 10.

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Ski Apache:

Last Week: T

Opening TBD.

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Purgatory:

Last Week: 4

Base: 10

Season: 23

Runs: 4 (Westfork, El Diablo and Upper/Lower Demon)

Lifts: 2/12 (6-pack, and Lift 2, Engineer Lift)

Nightly snowmaking ongoing. The 6-pack is open so you can gear up and then ride up the mountain. Top to bottom skiing on Upper and Lower Demon. And then 2 upper mountain blue runs are open (Westfork and El Diablo) off of Lift 2.

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Wolf Creek:

New: 0

Last Week: 5

Base: 14

Season: 36

Runs: 33 (25% open)

Lifts: 5 (Bonanza, Treasure Stoke, Raven Lynx & Nova)

Closed through Wednesday of this week and then open Thursday through Sunday. Good early season skiing with possible unmarked obstacles; please use caution. Appreciation Day returns Thursday, December 2nd. Lift ticket prices will be $60 for adults, $41 for seniors, and $31 for children for Dec. 2nd. Lift tickets will return to regular rates, Friday, December 3rd for the remainder of the weekend.

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Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 0

Storm: 0

Last Week: 2

Base: 18

Season: 2

Runs: 6

Lifts: 3

Now open for the season through the Thanksgiving weekend. There is intermediate terrain open off theArizona Gondola. As of Saturday, the Grand Canyon Express, and Little Spruce will open. The Grand Canyon Express will grant access to intermediate terrain only and Little Spruce will allow access to beginner terrain only.

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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

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Report Legend:

Snowfall amounts are listed in inches. Surface conditions are noted as follows: P=Powder, PP=Packed Powder, TP=Tracked 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.

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More Information:

Here are some links that you may find helpful: 

Ski New Mexico

Colorado Ski Country

Ski Utah

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 Condition Phone Numbers:

New Mexico 800-432-4269, Colorado 303-639-1111, Utah 866-511-8824, Arizona 888-411-7623. 

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