Blustery winds, swirling leaves and pumpkin spice everything means pretty much one thing to skiers…snow is on the way! The good news is that the trusty Farmer’s Almanac time-tested weather formula predicts above-average amounts of snow from coast to coast this winter. But better layer up because Janice Stillman, the editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, says, “This coming winter could well be one of the longest and coldest we’ve seen in years.” Brrr…
We say, BRING IT ON!
To start, here is a a list of the opening dates for our New Mexico resorts, all in one handy spot:
Angel Fire Resort: Dec. 17
Pajarito Mountain: TBA
Red River Ski Area: Nov. 24
Sandia Peak: Dec. 18, pending snowfall
Sipapu: Nov. 19
Ski Apache: TBA
Ski Santa Fe: Nov. 27
Taos Ski Valley: Nov. 25
A few notable updates:
Pajarito has undertaken a $250,000 investment to re-line its water retention pond. The 9 million gallon pond collects runoff and rainwater, and also acts as a fire mitigation source for the area. For skiers who love the breathtaking views, the best bump skiing in the state, and the laid-back atmosphere of one of New Mexico’s “Best Secret Ski Towns” (as named by National Geopgraphic last winter), this improved consistency in snowmaking gives you one more thing to love about Pajarito.
Red River Ski & Summer Area is always looking at ways to improve their guests’ experience. They have added seven new snow making guns and upgraded water lines to further expand their already robust snowmaking system. The new contactless Axess RFID system revolutionizes the lift ticket experience from easy online booking to being scanned right through your pocket at the access gate—no more fumbling with clumsy gloves and zippers to find your pass! We can’t wait to see you at Red River Ski & Summer Area this winter.
Sipapu is New Mexico’s family friendly, family fun ski resort in the heart of the mountains. They kick off the season by being the first to open, and they offer the most affordable ski vacation around with dynamic ticket pricing starting at just $9 for lift ticket! Check out their new online calendar for purchasing lift tickets where you can easily plan your visit around the best deals in the state.
Ski Santa Fe has increased their snowmaking capabilities and installed more snow guns. This will allow them to cover more terrain in the early season, getting more runs open early and laying a solid foundation for the entire winter. Don’t forget to take a load off and check out the new updates to the mid-mountain Totemoff’s Bar and Grill and the Terrace Grill at the base.
Also operating on the conviction that you can never have too much snow, Taos Ski Valley has added a new state of the art snowcat, 13 new snow guns, and an enhanced snow-making pipe. In addition, the instructors at their Ernie Blake Snowsports School are stoked to offer new guided experiences, as well as a Ski Strong Gold Medalist program this season. And if you don’t wear yourself out on the mountain, treat yourselves to the new dinner sleigh ride to the Bavarian, and save some energy for the brand new ice skating rink on the Lower Plaza!
So, gear out, gear up, and we’ll see you soon!