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Next week (Mar. 17-20) N. New Mexico snow conditions: Taos, Sta. Fe, Red River?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi, I just read the thread re early April in Santa Fe, and my question is different enough that I'm starting a new thread and hoping for any insights.

 

My 16-y.o. daughter and I are coming up and over from Tucson this weekend and will be skiing Mon-Thurs, we hope.  She's an advanced beginner skier and I am about the same level (I usually xc ski but am going to ski with her this year b/c her brother broke his ankle and is staying behind).

 

We usually go to Red River but I've been keeping an eye on the snow and weather and it looks like Taos or Sta. Fe might be a safer bet for continuing snow coverage?  Mainly I am thinking this b/c of the warm temps, and Red River's smaller base.

 

Am I right to skip Red River and go to Taos or Santa Fe?  And which of those two would be a better bet, do you think?  We are not good enough skiers to deal w/ really bad snow.

 

We are not locked into lodging yet.

 

Thanks so much in advance,

lee

post #2 of 12
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Originally Posted by lee5million View Post
 

Hi, I just read the thread re early April in Santa Fe, and my question is different enough that I'm starting a new thread and hoping for any insights.

 

My 16-y.o. daughter and I are coming up and over from Tucson this weekend and will be skiing Mon-Thurs, we hope.  She's an advanced beginner skier and I am about the same level (I usually xc ski but am going to ski with her this year b/c her brother broke his ankle and is staying behind).

 

We usually go to Red River but I've been keeping an eye on the snow and weather and it looks like Taos or Sta. Fe might be a safer bet for continuing snow coverage?  Mainly I am thinking this b/c of the warm temps, and Red River's smaller base.

 

Am I right to skip Red River and go to Taos or Santa Fe?  And which of those two would be a better bet, do you think?  We are not good enough skiers to deal w/ really bad snow.

 

We are not locked into lodging yet.

 

Thanks so much in advance,

lee

Welcome to EpicSki!  You might trying asking in this ongoing thread about CO/NM weather.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/122168/2013-2014-colorado-new-mexico-weather-discussion

 

Paging @HippieFlippinNM for advice.  He's an instructor at Taos.

post #3 of 12

Hey Lee,

 

Well I'm going to go out on a limb here and try to give you the best possible advice I can, but please realize that predicting conditions from one day to the next can be extremely difficult at Taos this time of year, let alone a few days out.  Throughout most of March and April we see dramatic swings in weather.  It can be 50 degrees and beautiful one day and it can snow the next.  Here is what I can tell you with certainty:

 

We received some significant accumulation of great quality snow about a week ago.  Since then it got warm and the powder we were skiing one day quickly turned into typical spring slush.  Over the last few days, however, it has been considerably colder with a side of wind.  The result is some firm snow.  The groomers have been holding up OK but the off piste stuff is a bit dicey.  That being said, I imagine you and your daughter will primarily be sticking to groomed terrain so this may not be that much of an issue for you. 

 

Now here is where the uncertainty comes in:

 

There is snow in the forecast!  But not much.  A few inches can really transform Taos into a winter wonderland, but I can't guarantee that we are going to see any significant accumulation by the time you get here.  If it stays cold and we don't get the snow they are calling for, conditions will most likely stay the same.  If we get the snow, things could dramatically improve.  Definitely keep your eye on the weather because ultimately that is what makes or breaks Taos.

 

Regarding Santa Fe, I've never been so I can't tell you if you might be better off going there.

 

And a final disclaimer, I'm currently in CO so my eye is on their weather.  I hope this helps.  I'm sure wherever you go you'll have a great time!  Just go into the experience with a positive attitude and low expectations and you won't be disappointed (pretty much how you have to approach skiing in the southwest as we are in the midst of a terrible drought).  

 

Give me a shout if you do make it into town (I'll be back on the 18th).  I'd be happy to show you around or introduce you to some awesome instructors that could do the same. 

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Mil gracias to you both, marznc and HippieFlippinNM.  Marznc, yes, I will post to the weather thread, thanks for that tip, and also for flagging my question for HippieFlippinNM. And HippieFlippin, thanks so much for taking the time to write -- great to know, and great encouragement! :)  Thanks! And yeah, we will reach out to you if we're in Taos, for sure!  Meantime, hope you have a great time in CO.

-lee

post #5 of 12

I'm back in NM and the conditions are awful!  As expected, that snow we were supposed to get didn't amount to much.  We experienced a major wind event that even further deteriorated the mountain.  If it warms up, things should be great.  If it stays cold and windy, things should suck for quite some time.  Winter isn't over yet though.  I would be really surprised if we didn't see one more major storm before closing day...and I would be really, really surprised if we didn't see more snow by the end of April.  Hope that helps. 

post #6 of 12

Driving from Arizona, why not Telluride at similar distance?  More terrain to your liking than Taos as well as better snow at the moment.

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, HippieFlippin, I hope you do get another great snow or two . . . we actually drove back last night, cut our trip short after a day at Red River.  Really windy, as you said, and icy at the bottom.  Glad my daughter got out to ski, but the conditions put a damper on things.  Next year we'll aim for Feb. And of course we're all hoping for an end to the drought.

Thanks again!

Lee

post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Tony, that's a good idea.  I just checked the est. drive times, and you're right , it's the same. Maybe next year! 

Thanks,

Lee

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Tony Crocker View Post
 

Driving from Arizona, why not Telluride at similar distance?  More terrain to your liking than Taos as well as better snow at the moment.

 

I didn't mention it because the OP was already in place, but Wolf Creek (and I assume Telluride) are skiing MUCH better than conditions down South. It seems 2 of every 3 storms have ended in the San Juans this year and haven't made it any further South. We have having a decent if slightly below average year (which means *only* a 103" base), but New Mexico is really hurting. :(

post #10 of 12

When I first skied Telluride in 1992 I was struck by how many of the other visitors were from Arizona, and most of them drove.  It IS the closest major league mountain to Phoenix if you're driving.

post #11 of 12

So how is Telluride shaping up for this weekend / early next week?

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Anachronism and Tony.

lee

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