Big I Snow Report: Great Spring Snow For the Final Weekend!


Latest Report Updated: Friday, April 2, 2021 2:50 PM

This is the last regular week of the season for most with closing days on Sunday. So far, Purgatory is the only one who will be open for two weekends in April after April 4. Several resorts have closed for the season, including: Pajarito, Angel Fire, Red River and Ski Apache. Remember, to buy your tickets online in advance! Check out what you need to know to ski/ride this pandemic season at the bottom of this report.

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:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 65

Season: 165

Runs: 82/86 (33 groomed)

Lifts: 5/7 (Sierra Double runs on weekends; Chipmunk is closed)

Terrain Park: Boneyard Terrain Park closed.

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase

Notes: New spring hours are 9-4:30. More tickets are now available for purchase. And indoor dinning is open at 25%. Remember to buy tickets in advance; tickets on sale now through closing day Sunday, April 4.

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Taos Ski Valley:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 86

Runs: 95/111

Lifts: 13/14 (Kachina Peak lift OPEN as weather & conditions permit)

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase

Notes: Highline Ridge and West Basin Ridge open. Closing day is Sunday, April 4.

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:

New: 0

Storm: 0

New This Week: 0

Base: 39

Season: 155

Runs: 27/43

Lifts: 3/6

Terrain Parks: Badger's Burrow (Easiest) open. Rowdy Howdy Park (advanced) open. Playground (Intermediate), Flight School (Intermediate), Don Diego (Advanced) all closed.

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase

Notes: Due to COVID restrictions, there will not be the pond skim or Cardboard Derby this year. Closing day is Sunday, April 4. Tickets for this week start at just $15. Click here to purchase your tickets. Sierra Nevada will be giving away a disc golf prize package for the last chair of the season.

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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: 55

Season: 195

Runs: 104/105 (45 groomed)

Lifts: 6/12 (Chairs 2 and 5 open as needed)

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

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase

Notes: Open daily through Sunday, April 4. Will be open Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11 and 17-18.

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:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 107-116

This Season: 362

Lifts: 8

Runs: 100% of terrain including Waterfall area, Knife Ridge, Horseshoe Bowl

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase. Online ticket purchase can be done up to 2 days in advance and must be done by 8p the day before arrival. Tickets can be purchased online or in-person for the remainder of the season.

Notes: Here is what’s open: lifts, restrooms, private lessons, rentals, Treasure and Noel Sports. The Upper Lodge and Prospector Grill are open with a limited menu; all seating is outdoors from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. It is recommended that you bring your own water, lunch and snacks.

Closing day is Sunday, April 4. May open weekends after that, but that is still TBD.

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Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 74

Season: 216

Runs: 43/48

Lifts: 8/8

COVID Info: Winter Operations Plan; Online Ticket Purchase

Notes: This March and April, enjoy the World's Best Spring Break at Snowbowl with tickets as low as $29 plus add-on rentals and beginner lessons ages 13+ for just $25 each. Act fast – our lowest priced tickets are quickly selling out, and $39 and $49 tickets are still available on select dates. Closing date still TBD.

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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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