94 Rock Snow Report: More Terrain Open On A Little Fresh Here And There

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Latest Report Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2019 7:07 AM

A little fresh snow and more terrain for the weekend. New snow here is as of Sunday morning. Storm totals are since Saturday night. And maybe more snow coming by Monday morning.

The highlights: Santa Fe opened a few more trails… Taos opens even more runs and Lift 7 on the backside along several more backside runs and several black and double black runs are open now too… Pajarito opens Mother Lift and 32 total run … Angel Fire opens 21 more runs including several backside… Sipapu and Red River now open daily, both with more runs… Purgatory opens Lift 8 on the backside and 100% of the mountain now… Wolf Creek wide open… Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff) has the whole mountain and all lifts open now.

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Sandia Peak:

New: 0

Storm: 0

New This Week: 3

Base: 15

This Season: 19

Opening tentatively Saturday, Dec. 21.

New This Season: The new restaurant, Ten 3, is now open at the top of the Sandia Peak. The menu has a variety of options, including grabbing something quick while skiing or a full site down meal when riding the tram.

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Santa Fe:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 10

Base: 40

This Season: 64

Lifts: 6 (Upper mountain chairs Millennium and Triple are now open)

Runs: 81/86 (94% of terrain and that includes Gayway open from top to bottom now). 28 runs groomed.

With a good chunk of the mountain open now, tickets at the normal rate for this season, which are: Adult $84, Student $64, and Child $56. Check out all lift ticket prices here. And a great holiday gift is the Peak Plus Card, the 6-Pack of Fun or a Gift Card. Get all the details on those here.

What’s new this season: They’ve added snowmaking capabilities to Gayway and Upper Gayway, meaning you’ll have a smoother ride regardless of the actual snowfall this year. And at Totomoff's they have added a tram car for expanded beverage service!

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Taos Ski Valley:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 9

Base: 52

This Season: 72

Lifts: 9 (Lift 1, Lift 2, Lift 7, 7A, and beginner lifts)

Runs: 53/110

Nearly all greens and blues on the front side are open along with several black. And 7 runs on the backside are open now too, but Chair 4 on the backside is not open et. Several black and double blacks are open too.

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Pajarito:

New: 2

Storm: 2

This Week: 2

Base: 18

This Season: 32

Lifts: 4 (Aspen, Mother, beginner lifts)

Runs: 32/44 (All runs except for those under the Townsite Lift)

Now open for the season. Operating schedule: Open December 13–15. Open for daily operations: December 20 - January 5. Then open Wednesday through Sunday January 8 - March 1. Open Daily for Spring Break March 4 – 22. And then open weekends: March 27 - April 5.

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Angel Fire:

New: 1

Storm: 2

This Week: 2

Base: 20

This Season: 59

Runs: 32/82 (21 more runs just opened for a total now of 44% of the terrain open)

Lifts: 7/7

For the weekend a good chunk of the mountain now open including some of the nice cruisers on the back side of the mountain including Hully Gully, Fat City and Fire Escape.

New this season: All season long kids 6 and younger and all 5th-grade students ski for free. Additionally, seniors ski for just $29.Teachers (K-12) nationwide can pick up a season pass to the resort for $199. To purchase the Teacher Pass or any other Season Pass check out all the details here.

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Sipapu:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 6

Base: 18

This Season: 36

Runs: 20/43 (6 more trails have opened for the weekend)

Lifts: 4 (Lifts 1, 2, 5, beginner)

More terrain opened up including more off of Lift 1. Now open daily.

Lift ticket prices will be $45 for adults (ages 18-59) and $35 for youth (ages 11-17) and seniors (ages 60-69). Kids 5th Grade and younger ski FREE every day at Sipapu!

Buy lift tickets online for as low as $29, but have to buy 48 hours in advance.

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Red River:

New: 1

Storm: 1

This Week: 1

Base: 24

Season: 41

Runs: 28/63

Lifts: 4/7 (Gold, Platinum, Rug Rat, Little Blue)

Now open daily for the season.

Platinum Chair is only open to the Midway Unloading Station, there is no easy way down from this point. Early season conditions may exist.

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Ski Apache:

Base: 12

Season: 8

Open Friday through Sunday with the quad and triple chair and 2 green runs open (Bunny Slope and Easy Street).

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Purgatory:

New: 5

Storm: 8

This Week: 8

Base: 37

Season: 68

Runs: 100/105 (a few more trails opened for the weekend)

Lifts: 6/12 (Front side chairs and Lift 3 and 8 on the backside)

The whole mountain is now open including Lift 8 and the Legends. This is the earliest opening of the Legends in a long time.

Buy lift tickets online at least 48 hours in advance and save!

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Wolf Creek:

New: 9

Storm: 13

This Week: 13

Base: 48-57

This Season: 116

Lifts: 9

Runs: 100% of terrain

Surface: P/PP

Starting this Saturday, December 21st, lifts will begin operating at 8:30 a.m.

Lift tickets are at the regular rates for the season. Lift tickets are $76 for adults, $46 for seniors and $39 for children.

What’s New This Season: After 6 years of new lifts and features, the focus this year is tuning the changes to the mountain. Crews have an enormous and on-going campaign to reduce the dead trees from spruce bark beetles within the ski area permit area. In some cases, that means new trails. This summer a new trail called, Orion’s Beltway, is for strong beginners and intermediates. Get to it by accessing Pitch’s Gate or Serendipity; the trails lead into Orion’s Beltway and continue until Lower Feather Duster appears and then continues onto the Charity Jane Express bottom terminal.

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Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 3

Base: 49

This Season: 91

Runs: 48/48 (100% of terrain)

Lifts: 8/8 (All lifts open now for this first time this season)

Now open daily with tons of fresh snow and a bunch of new runs just opened.

Get lift tickets as low as $39 in December when you buy online in advance. Buy Now.

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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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