Peak Snow Report: Sipapu, Red River Reopen Friday; Snow Coming This Weekend

Latest Report Updated: Thursday, December 1, 2022 8:28 AM

The season is off to a good start with early season snow and great snowmaking conditions too. Another storm is headed in this weekend. Here are some highlights: Santa Fe has 10 runs on the lower mountain…. Taos has 10 runs on the lower front side… Sipapu and Red River re-open Friday through the weekend… Purgatory has top to bottom terrain on the front side… Wolf Creek is 90% open with College Day on Sunday.

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Sandia Peak:

Will not open this season for the second year in a row.

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Santa Fe:

New: 0

Storm: 0

Base: 20

Season: 24

Runs: 10/86

Lifts: 5/7 (Triple and Millennium closed)

Notes: Now open with natural and manmade snow. The Super Chief Quad open to Upper Midland, Midland, and Lower Midland. Beginner skiing via the Easy Street Double Chair and Pine Flats Conveyor. Davey Lane, Lower Broadway, and Sierra Catwalk are also open. Snowmaking efforts will continue and additional terrain will open as conditions allow. 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. Lift tickets and passes can be purchased online. Grab a Peak Plus Pass or One Pass and ride all winter long at a discounted daily rate.

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Taos Ski Valley:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 11

Base: 25

Runs: 10 (on the lower front side)

Lifts: 2/14 (Lift 1 and Pioneer)

Notes: Open with the beginner chair and lift 1 running. 7 runs open and 3 of them are blues, including all of Powderhorn.

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Pajarito:

New: 0

Storm: 0

Season: 6

Opening date TBD.

Notes: Snowmaking has started.

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Angel Fire:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 7

Base: 15

Season: 45

Notes: Making snow nightly or as conditions allow. Opening day is Friday, December 16.

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Sipapu:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 6

Season: 28

Base: 20

Runs: 5/43

Lifts 4/7 (1, 2, 5)

Notes: Reopen December 3-4. Lift 1 has opened with terrain available from the top on one green and one blue. Run.

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Red River:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 6

Base: 30-36

Season: 18

Runs: 8/64

Lifts 3/7 (Platinum open to midway and beginner chairs open)

Notes: They are closed this week, but reopen Dec. 2-4 and then closed from Dec. 5-8 and start daily operations on Dec. 9. The Platinum Chair is open to the midway unloading at Broadway. Please be aware that Easy Way Down is not open from the Midway unload. The snowmaking team continues to work towards terrain expansion; they have started making snow at the summit, a rare occurrence before December. Deal Days are on Dec 2-4, 9-14 and College Days are Dec. 12-19 and then back Jan. 2-9.

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Ski Apache:

No early season information other than making snow as conditions allow.

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Purgatory:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 3

Base: 20

Season: 23

Runs: 6/105

Lifts: 3/12

Notes: Now open daily with top to bottom skiing and riding is available on the front side. You can load Lift 1 (Purgatory Express) at the base and ski Westfork, El Diablo, Upper and Lower Demon and Paradise. The Headwaters Terrain Park is also open.

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Wolf Creek:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 2

Base: 25

Season: 55

Runs: 90% open.

Lifts: 9/9 (Treasure Stoke, Bonanza, Alberta, Elma, Charity Jane, Raven, Lynx and Nova)

Notes: Now open daily and excellent early season conditions. Knife Ridge and Horseshoe Bowl are also open. Lift tickets are at regular rates: $85 for adults, $54 for seniors and $42 for children. College Day is Sunday, December 4th. Students with a valid college photo I.D. and current class schedule can purchase a $62 lift ticket.

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Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 0

Storm: 0

Base: 24

Season: 18

Runs: 7/55

Lifts: 3/8 (Arizona Gondola, Grand Canyon Express, and Little Spruce conveyor)

Notes: Advanced terrain will be accessible via the Arizona Gondola only. Intermediate terrain will be accessible via the Grand Canyon Express only. Beginner terrain will be accessible via the Little Spruce Conveyor only. Snowmaking continues.

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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

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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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