Big I Snow Report: A Little More In NM and More in Southern CO

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Latest Report Updated: Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:55 AM

Some good snow totals from this storm and we could see a little more before it’s all done. New snow here is as of Friday morning.

The highlights: Sandia Peak reopens Friday through Monday this week…. Taos has Not Forgotten Outreach Week next week… Pajarito open Wednesday through Sundays and open this Monday for MLK day… Angel Fire has a nighttime rail jam Friday night… Sipapu has a USASA Rail Jam Saturday… Purgatory has reduced priced tickets online.


Sandia Peak:

New: 0

Storm: 6

New This Week: 11

Base: 38

This Season: 51

Lifts: 4/4

Runs: 35/35 19 runs groomed

Open on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Will be open this Monday for MLK Day.

How would you like to work at Sandia Peak? The ski area is hiring! Apply during normal business hours at the ski lodge at the base of the ski area (no Tram access to the ski lodge). They are hiring for: café, cashiers, ticket office, lift operators, janitorial, parking, ski school, rental shop.


Santa Fe:

New: 2

Storm: 14

This Week: 17

Base: 68

This Season: 119

Lifts: 7/7 (Sierra Double runs on the weekends)

Runs: 85/87 (97% of terrain). 34 runs groomed.

Save money with the Peak Plus Card, the 6-Pack of Fun or a Gift Card. Get all the details on those here.


Taos Ski Valley:

New: 1

Storm: 8

This Week: 12

Base: 64

This Season: 103

Lifts: 13/14 (Kachina Peak lift still closed on the backside)

Runs: 110/110, 35 groomed

2020 Not Forgotten Outreach Week is next week (Jan. 21 – 26) where active duty military, Gold Star families, veterans and any family member with a military ID can get a ticket for $40/day.



New: 1

Storm: 11

This Week: 14

Base: 31

This Season: 62

Lifts: 5/6 (Townsite lift closed)

Runs: 32/44 (70% open, all runs except for those under the Townsite Lift)

Open Wednesday through Sunday this week. And open Monday for MLK day.


Angel Fire:

New: 1

Storm: 5

This Week: 9

Base: 33

This Season: 120

Runs: 78/82 (98% of the mountain open)

Lifts: 7/7

Liberation Park and lift is open.

Show off your skills at the Friday Night Rail Jam.Bring your A game to win some cool prizes, or just come out, watch, and have fun!This is an all-ages event. Sign up begins at 4:30 pm at the base area. Entry is $15 per person. Practice is held for participants only from 5:00 to 5:30 pm. The Jam begins at 5:30 pm.



New: 0

Storm: 7

This Week: 7

Base: 31

This Season: 79

Runs: 39/43 (95% of the mountain open)

Lifts: 6/6 (Lift 4 now open for the first time this season)

This Saturday Sipapu welcomes USASA competitors to Battle at Badgers Rail Jam and the SW Freeride Series. Find out more at

Buy lift tickets online for as low as $29, but have to buy 48 hours in advance.


Red River:

New: 2

Storm: 6

This Week: 6

Base: 37

Season: 71

Runs: 61/63, 27 trails groomed

Lifts: 7/7


Ski Apache:

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 13

Base: 38

Season: 50

Runs: 44/55

Lifts: 3/8

Now open daily.



New: 6

Storm: 7

This Week: 16

Base: 52

Season: 124

Runs: 104/105 (The Bank terrain and Starter parks are now open! Pitchfork is opening soon.)

Lifts: 5/12

Buy lift tickets online at least 48 hours in advance and save!


Wolf Creek:

New: 8

Storm: 12

This Week: 31

Base: 77

This Season: 232

Lifts: 9

Runs: 133/133 (100% of terrain including Waterfall area, Knife Ridge, Horseshoe Bowl)


Arizona Snowbowl (Flagstaff):

New: 0

Storm: 0

This Week: 9

Base: 60

This Season: 138

Runs: 44/48

Lifts: 8/8

Get lift tickets as low as $49 in January when you buy early! Act fast – limited quantities of discounted tickets are available. Buy Now. Or get the best price on lift tickets when you buy online at least 48 hours 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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