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Skier, rider paradise: Taos-area resorts receive fresh powder, more on the way

By Yvonne Pesquera
Posted 1/12/19

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Snow sports

Skier, rider paradise: Taos-area resorts receive fresh powder, more on the way


This year's snowfall has more than made up for last season's dismal precipitation levels, with another six inches or more falling on Taos area ski resorts Friday and Saturday (Jan. 11-12).  The National Weather Service Albuquerque's annual precipitation report states that 2018 was drier than normal, by an average of -1.37 inches, making it the 39th driest year on record.

Taos Ski Valley reported receiving six inches of new snow in the last 24 hours, adding to a base of 45 inches. The ski resort opened Kachina Peak on January 10, to hikers only, and all of West Basin.  A total of 103 trails out of 111 were open Saturday.  Kachina Peak did not open last season.

Angel Fire Resort added two inches to its 26-inch base. The high mountain ski resort reports receiving 81 inches of snow this season so far and 88 percent of the resort's trails are open for recreation. 

Red River Ski and Summer Area reported eight inches out of the last storm adding to the 35-inch base.  A total of 58 of 63 trails are open and all seven lifts are operating, according to a report from the ski area.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort got 8 inches over the last 24 hours with 43 of 45 trails open. 

And more snow is in the forecast. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque forecasts "another quick hitting storm system will bring another round of snow and travel impacts to portions of northern and central New Mexico. Starting late today (Jan. 12) and continuing through Sunday (Jan. 13). The forecast says greater than four inches of snow is possible above 8,000 feet, with amounts generally less than that at lower elevations." Monitor for real-time road conditions or dial 511.




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