The Sangre De Cristo range in New Mexico is #wheretherockiesbegin and this year, Taos Ski Valley is the spot to score untracked powder.
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Normally known for a desert climate that lacks precipitation, New Mexico’s mountains are an anomaly and with this year’s El Niño blowing storm after storm through the southwest, Taos Ski Valley is acting as 2016’s figurehead for deep snow, no lift lines, and rowdy terrain. So far, the resort is reporting a season total of 157″ of consistent snowfall and cold temperatures that is providing for all-time conditions down south.
Base @Taos = 96″!
So much so that world-renowned action photographers such as Jimmy Chin and Chris Figenshau have been busy snapping shots of Jeremy Jones, Sierra Quitiquit, and Cody Townsend over the past week in what appear to be some of the deepest photographs of the year.
And it’s not just Taos that’s getting the goods. In an interview with KOAT.com, Ski Santa Fe manager Ben Abruzzo told one reporter, “it’s been as good as we’ve seen in quite a long time, and it just keeps coming,” to which he later added “this is one of those seasons you dream about.”
Ski Santa Fe is currently reporting a base depth of 98″!
As the year progresses, resort officials are hoping that additional storms and cold temperatures will push the season into late April but right now officials are happy to report that skier-visits are up 30% at places like Ski Santa Fe according to KOAT Albuquerque.
Let it snow!
Read the entire KOAT.com article here: Business booming on New Mexico ski slopes