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Snow Report: The First of 3 Storms Through the Weekend

Report Updated: Thursday, November 30, 2023 10:42 AM

We have a series of storms coming through the weekend. Not much snow at reporting time this morning for most resorts, but snow expected throughout the day on Thursday. New snow here is as of Thursday morning. Here are some highlights:  Santa Fe has Midland off the quad along with the beginner area open… Taos has opened Lift 1… Sipapu reopens Friday through Sunday… Red River has the beginner area and now the Platinum Lift with Broadway open from midway… Purgatory has 21 runs open now with the beginner area now open... Wolf Creek has opened more terrain thanks last weekend’s snow… Arizona Snowbowl has 6 runs off the Grand Canyon lift and now the Arizona Gondola is open.


Santa Fe:

New: 1

Storm: 1

This Week: 1

Base: 24

Season: 15

Runs: 8/89

Lifts: 4/7

Notes: Open with the Super Chief Quad and Sierra Double chairlifts running to Upper Midland, Midland, and Lower Midland. Beginner skiing is via the Easy Street Double Chair and Pine Flats Conveyor. Additional terrain will open as conditions allow. All facilities are open. Lift tickets, lesson packages, and rentals are now available for purchase online. Grab a Peak Plus Pass or One Pass and ride all winter long at a discounted daily rate. New this year is the Santa Fe Express Ticket. This allows guests to link their preferred payment directly to a reloadable ticket and bypass the ticket office all season.


Taos Ski Valley:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 11

Season: 22

Runs: 1/113

Lifts: 3/13

Notes: Open with the beginner area.  Lift 1 starts to run Friday with access to Whitefeather, Powderhorn from the Whistlestop Cafe down, Whitefeather Bowl, Bambi Glade (with features!), and Powderhorn Gully!



New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 4

Season: 9

Notes: Snowmaking underway. Will open in December 22.


Angel Fire:

New: NR

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 5

Season: 11

Runs: 0/81

Lifts: 0/7

Notes: Snowmaking underway on front and back sides of the mountain. Scheduled opening date is Dec. 15.



New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 16 (manmade)

Season: 8

Runs: 3/42

Lifts 2/6 (Lifts 2 & 5)

Notes: Will reopen Friday through Sunday with Left 5 open and Thumper and Bambi available as well as a small terrain park. Daily operations start Dec. 8.

New this season: Sipapu will have a new double black diamond trail called Dysfunction opening once enough snow falls, likely sometime in January. Dysfunction is the outermost run on the left side, next to Indecision. Sipapu this summer also renovated its hotel rooms and casitas, with a variety of amenities and improvements.


Red River:

New: 3

Storm: 12

This Week: 12

Base: 20 (manmade)

Season: 13

Runs: 7/64

Lifts 4/7 (just opened the Platinum chair and runs off of it)

Notes: Open Friday through Sunday with daily operations starting Dec. 15. Great progress on snowmaking. Beginner area open and now Broadway off the Platinum chair at midway.


Ski Apache:

Opening plans TBD.



New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: NR

Season: 18

Runs: 21/105

Lifts: 4/11 (Lift 1, 6-Pack and Lift 2, Engineer along with Columbine beginner area)

Notes: Now open daily. More terrain has opened including the Columbine beginner area. They are working now on Chair 3 on the backside. More info on that opening coming soon.


Wolf Creek:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 18

Season: 39

Runs: 86/144 (60% of the mountain)

Lifts: 9/10 (

Notes: Now open daily. Lift tickets will be at Local Appreciation Rates of $66 for adults, $47 for seniors and $33 for children. Use extreme caution on Alberta and Charity Jane lifts due to unconsolidated snowpack.


Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 4

Storm: 4

This Week: 4

Base: 16

Season: 13

Runs: 5/55

Lifts: 2/8 (Grand Canyon Express and Little Spruce Conveyor)

Notes: The Grand Canyon Express Chairlift and Little Spruce Conveyor are open. The Grand Canyon Express Chairlift has access to intermediate trails only including Midway Catwalk, Log Jam, Round Up, and Wild Turkey and the Little Spruce Conveyor will allow access to a limited amount of beginner terrain.


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


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.


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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