Peak Snow Report: One More Weekend For Purg, More Weekends In AZ


Latest Report Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2021 11:47 AM

One final weekend to get some turns in. Puragrory’s last weekend is this weekend with a chance of fresh snow. And Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff will be open for a few more weekend. Check out the details below.

Sandia Peak:

Season: 63

Ski area closed for the season. Sandia Peak Tram and TEN 3 are now open Thursday thru Monday, 10:00am to 5:00pm and TEN 3 will be open Thursday thru Monday, 12 (noon) till 4pm for Cliffside To-Go. The Tram and TEN 3 will follow mandates set in the current State of New Mexico’s Public Health Order.

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Santa Fe:

Season: 165

Closed for the season.

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Taos Ski Valley:

Base: 86

Closed for the season.

Taos Post Season Policy: Uphill skiing/riding is only allowed beginning three days after the announced last day of winter ski area operations and ending on May 15th, when the Summer Operations Plan takes into effect. During this time the New Mexico Ski Safety Act duties of ski area operators will not apply to the skiing area or any persons skiing/riding on the terrain. All such skiers/riders will legally assume all risks of injury or death while participating, including avalanche risk and all inherent risks such as, but not limited to, snow conditions, terrain, trees, natural and man-made objects, variations in terrain and the operation of ski area vehicles such as, but not limited to snowcats, snowmobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. Private motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles are prohibited from access. Markings, warnings, signage ski patrol or other rescue assistance, and all other ski area operator duties und NMSSA are not provided by the ski area except during winter ski area operations.

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Pajarito:

Season: 82

Closed for the season. Coming this summer: lift-served access to biking and hiking on select weekends throughout the summer and fall.

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Angel Fire:

Season: 167

Closed for the season. Summer season starts May 14 with biking, golfing, ziplining, hiking, fishing, paddleboarding, and much more.

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Sipapu:

Season: 155

Closed for the season. Summer season starts in May. Named by Disc Golf Digest as one of the top five scenic courses in the country, Sipapu features a 20-basket disc golf course that’s FREE to all visitors. Every hole has three sets of tees (pro, advanced and recreation), so regardless of skill level, the course is fun for everyone. The Sipapu disc golf course includes several river crossings, elevation changes and exquisite fairways you won’t find anywhere else. For course reviews, photos and detailed descriptions, please click here. From May through October, Sipapu offers random doubles every week, and Sipapu hosts tournaments all summer long. For a list of disc golf events, click here. Visit the general store to purchase your own discs or other accessories, and click here to view our disc golf map. The summer resort amenities are all located steps from the disc golf course and include a restaurant, full-bar, restroom facilities, slopeside lodging and the picturesque Rio Pueblo, which flows right through the heart of the resort and course.

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Red River:

Base: 50

Season: 139

Closed for the season. Summer season scheduled to start in may with: Scenic Summer Chairlift Ride, Hidden Treasure Aerial Park, Summer Mountain Tubing, Pioneer Flyer Seated Zip Line, Mountain Top Disc Golf, Walk with a Ranger.

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Ski Apache:

Base: 44

Season: 46

Closed for the season.

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Purgatory:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 45

Season: 195

Runs: TBD/105 (expected 40% open)

Lifts: 1/12 (6-pack chair expected to be open)

Terrain Parks: Paradise, Angel's Tread, DC Terrain Park, Pitchfork all open.

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase

Notes: Close out the ski season April 17-18 with $45 daily lift tickets, while supplies last. Limited quantities available — advance purchase required at least 48 hours in advance. *Walk-up tickets will not be available. Lift 1, Purgatory Express, is scheduled to run from 9am-4pm with available trails to be confirmed via snow report, conditions permitting; skier services subject to change.

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Wolf Creek:

This Season: 362

Closed for the season.

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Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 52

Season: 216

Runs: 36/48

Lifts: 8/8

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase

Notes: Snowbowl is now open Thursdays through Sundays 10am-4pm. No closing date has been announced yet. Want to ski for less? Buy tickets early to save with prices as low as $19,or check out 2021/2022 season passes – use your eligible new pass right away and ski for the remainder of this season plus all of next winter! Eligible passes include Power Pass and My Weekday. Click here for more details

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What To Know About Skiing/Riding This Season:

Ski areas in our region are operating with reduced capacity this season and are expected to stay open through the run of the season. In NM, the allowed capacity is 25% of the uphill capacity of the lifts running for that day. For example, at Santa Fe, if all lifts were running and all runs were available, the uphill capacity is 7683. The COVID uphill capacity is 1930. So that means only 1930 tickets could be sold for that day. When there is less terrain open and fewer chairs running, there are fewer tickets sold. All areas are selling tickets in advance, so plan to buy at least the day before if not several days or weeks in advance. It’s expected that weekend days will sell out quickly at some resorts.

Under each ski area in this report, there is a link to their COVID-19 plan, as each area’s processes are slightly different. There is also a link to purchase tickets online.

What to expect when you get to the mountain:

·Masks required in all common areas like in the base area.

·You will be asked to hold your lift/pass out away from your body as far as possible so it can be scanned.

·Only ride the lift with only people in your visiting party.

·If you are skiing or boarding alone, you should ride the lift alone.

·Lift lines will be spaced further apart than normal.

·Most areas will also do rentals and lesson purchases online.

·Dinning will mostly be outdoor with only 25% of capacity. Plan to dress and eat outdoors. Or bring your own lunch and eat in your vehicle.

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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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