Big I Snow Report: A Little More Fresh Snow

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Latest Report Updated: Thursday, December 5, 2019 5:22 AM

Another storm headed in, but they are saying this one won’t have as much snow as the Thanksgiving storm. New snow here is as of Thursday morning.

The highlights: Santa Fe opens the upper mountain… Taos has several runs to start the season… Sipapu and Red River closed this week, but reopen Friday through Sunday… Purgatory opens the backside on Saturday and demo day coming up Saturday too… Wolf Creek opens the whole mountain… Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff) gets more snow and 96% of the mountain open.


Sandia Peak:

New: 0

Storm: 0

New This Week: 0

Base: 13

This Season: 16

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.


Santa Fe:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 33

This Season: 51

Lifts: 5 (Upper mountain chairs Millennium and Triple are now open)

Runs: 68/86 (79% of terrain)

The Millennium and Tesuque Peak Triple Chairs are now open for the first time this season. Approximately 60% of the Upper Mountain Trails will be open. Advanced terrain will include Roadrunner, Avalanche Bowl, Tequila Sunrise, Wizard, Big Rocks Trees, Richard’s Run, Columbine, Sunrise Glade and other selected trails. Groomed terrain will include Sunset, Sunrise, Highline, Lobo, Alpine, and Lower Burro. They are currently making snow on Gayway, it will be open as soon as possible. Tickets are now at their regular rate.

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!


Taos Ski Valley:

New: 2

Storm: 2

This Week: 2

Base: 54

This Season: 67

Lifts: 4 (Lift 1 and beginner lifts)

Runs: 10 (Upper and lower front side. 5 greens, 4 blues).

Now open daily for the season! Some nice blue cruisers from the top of Lift 1.



New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

This Season: 23

Making snow as temps allow. Opening day TBD.


Angel Fire:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 20

This Season: 48

Opening Friday, December 13.



New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 18

This Season: 34

Runs: 0/43

Lifts: Should have at least 3 (Lifts 1, 2 and 5)

Open Friday through Sunday this weekend.

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.


Red River:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 24

Season: 35

Runs: 0/63

Lifts: Should have 4 open this weekend (Gold, Platinum, Rug Rat, Little Blue)

Will reopen again this weekend, Friday through Sunday.

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


Ski Apache:

No snow report available.

Will reopen this Friday, Dec 6 with at least 2 runs and 4 lifts.



New: 6

Storm: 6

This Week: 6

Base: 36

Season: 48

Runs: 30/101 (all on front side)

Lifts: 1 (Lift 1, 6-pack)

The backside is opening this weekend with Lift 3 is opening two weeks earlier than it did last season for one of the earliest backside openings. There are also 4 NEW trails this season on the backside too.

Demo Day at Expert Edge this Saturday, Dec. 7! Come demo the latest skis at Expert Edge, the on-mountain gear shop.For this special demo day, they are offering a heavily reduced price of just $26.Try up to three different pairs of skis for this one low price.

NEW! Enjoy 2 complimentary lift tickets for each day of your 2-night stay with us and enjoy the unique variety of terrain that Purgatory has to offer. Learn More. Buy lift tickets online at least 48 hours in advance and save!


Wolf Creek:

New: NR

Storm: 0

This Week: 0

Base: 40

This Season: 79

Lifts: 9

Runs: 100% of terrain

Surface: P/PP with early season conditions and obstacles in spots.

Now open daily. 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.


Silverton Mountain:

Opening TBD.



New: 1

Storm: 1

This Week: 1

Base: 30

This Season: 61

Runs: 12/148

Lifts: 5/17

Now open for the season


Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 7

Storm: 7

This Week: 7

Base: 54

This Season: 87

Runs: 46/48 (96% of terrain)

Lifts: 6 (Grand Canyon, Hart Prairie, Little Spruce, Beginner Chairs)

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.


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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