We did it!
On Saturday, November 16, we became, once again, the first ski area to open in New Mexico. This year marked an even dozen times we've claimed that title, and I am proud of our entire team for pulling it off. I also want to personally thank everyone who came out that weekend - it was a fun, festive weekend and an incredible start to the winter season. Thanks for making that day a special one for us.
The first chair. These guys snagged the first chair last year, too. They began standing in line at 8:08 a.m. on Saturday.
Our lift line is never this long, which is why we took a photo of it!
The lifts start turning again this Friday, and we'll be open everyday through December 1. We're already getting questions about what we're opening next. Here's the latest:
We opened a small park this weekend, and we were amazed by the number of skiers and snowboarders who came out to jib off everything they could. We'll soon start dedicating some snowmaking and terrain park builders' resources to growing our park.
Opening Day terrain park included two features - we hope to build more soon.
We're also working very hard to get our new lift, the Magic Carpet, open. We've got nearly our entire fleet of snowguns positioned on this portion of the mountain, and we will open it as soon as we can. In addition to getting both the new and our current Magic Carpets open, we're also committed to opening some beginner terrain as quickly as possible.
Between now and Friday morning, we will also be making snow. We had two very productive nights of snowmaking over the last couple of nights where we made snow at the top of Lift #1, at the top pitch of Gamble, around the base area and all over our Practice Slope. The weather forecast is predicting pretty marginal temperatures for snowmaking, although another storm system is making its way to New Mexico - just in time for our re-opening.
One of the new snow piles in the base area.
The snowgun gets a break after a productive night of snowmaking.
What snowmaking looks like from a distance.
So, while we don't have a lot of answers right now, know this: we're working as hard and as fast as we possibly can to open more in time for our Thanksgiving week. Once we finalize new trail, lift and park openings, we'll let you know here.