Opening Weekend: Extended

New Mexico is open for the 2014-2015 ski and snowboard season!

Opening Weekend was fantastic.

Roughly 48 hours before we opened, we had just enough snow to open our two magic carpets, three trails and a terrain park. Given the unseasonably WARM fall we've had (and in light of many ski areas throughout our region delaying their opening days), we were pretty proud of this.

Then, the night before we opened, Mother Nature gave us a break and we opened on Saturday with 4" of new snow. This seemed like a promising start.

A few hours later, Mother Nature unleashed about another foot of snow (I'll be checking the snow stake later tonight to get the final total). This was even better.

Tonight, we're looking at the coldest temperatures yet - a low of 9 degrees, and it could get colder (when our mountain is covered in snow, it helps to bring the temperatures down. Plus, snow reflects the sunlight rather than absorbing it, which also helps cool things down). I fully anticipate we'll run our snowguns for at least 24 hours. When we log 24+ snowmaking hours, our snowmaking productivity soars.

Sipapu Lodge - November 16, 2014

I spent nearly every minute today grooming nearly every trail on our mountain. And I have to tell you: it looks amazing out there. The snow we received over the last 48 hours has been very nice, very heavy. That being said, we've made very little snow above our Practice Slope before tonight, and we are putting all of our efforts into taking advantage of tonight's cold tempratures to make snow on the top of our mountain. This means that while we will open again tomorrow, we'll operature our two magic carpets only.

It should be a different story when we re-open on Friday, November 21.

Thanks to everyone who came out this weekend and made our Opening Day and Opening Weekend so much fun. We're proud to be the first ski area open in New Mexico for the 12th year running!`Here's to a snowy season, everyone.

November 16, 2014