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Arizona/New Mexico 2023-2024 Four Corners Ski Resorts/Conditions/Meetups

kimberlin

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Went up to Snowbowl yesterday. I have never participated in the WROD season, but decided to go with a friend who wanted to check out his stamina and skis. Not much stamina required up there right now! I have to agree with @raisingarizona that it is dangerous by 11:30 when the Yahoos are out cutting their afternoon classes at NAU. And despite Hart Prairie open and available, way too many beginners navigating Ridge.
The clots of snowboarders jumping from the sidewalls onto cat-tracks, or sitting in the middle of the bowl, and just basically lacking awareness of anyone but themselves, just got to be too scary. There were three ambulance calls up there before 2,, and a few other less serious injuries that Patrol was handling.
However, the experience yesterday before mid afternoon was quite wonderful due to the very nice snow condition on a stunning bluebird day. Temp was just cold enough to keep snow. Not a breath of wind. Now I can shamefully admit that I skied the WROD once in my lifetime.
 

raisingarizona

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Yeah, skiing defensively on the WROD just isn't any fun to me. If I can't feel relaxed I'm not actually skiing and there's no point in being there.

It sure feels like this winter is the exact opposite of last season where the LaNina was pushed a little south of the NW corner that is normally associated with heavy storm systems during a LaNina event was left mostly high and dry. Now it's an ElNino and the systems are going just a hair north of us. this is totally ok with me as I'm just as happy (maybe more so) to chase the sun and ride bikes in the desert as I am skiing powder snow.

If you are jonesing for winter though I'd start planning trips north.
 

Core2

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All outdoor activities have been great in the valley lately. Perfect hiking/biking/camping weather. I used to get pretty bummed when it didn't snow now I take advantage of whatever is good outside. Benefit of living in this state for sure.
 

Jerez

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Ski Santa Fe needs snow but what is open is skiing well. Had a delightful morning skiing with my DH today and with @Wendy yesterday. She is a lovely skier and a super nice person ... and fun! So happy to have her here in NM.
 

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Ski Santa Fe needs snow but what is open is skiing well. Had a delightful morning skiing with my DH today and with @Wendy yesterday. She is a lovely skier and a super nice person ... and fun! So happy to have her here in NM.
Awwww....I am so happy to be here in the Land of Enchantment, and to have found such a great ski friend, too!
 

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All outdoor activities have been great in the valley lately. Perfect hiking/biking/camping weather. I used to get pretty bummed when it didn't snow now I take advantage of whatever is good outside. Benefit of living in this state for sure.
How I feel about New Mexico, too. I bought a gravel bike this fall, and have really enjoyed riding here. A fun dirt trail is just a 2 mile ride from my house. Also....tons of hiking trails! And just walking the dogs here and there is fun as well. SO happy to be able to get outside and enjoy without the cold, damp, and persistent clouds and frequent fog we had in the Mid Atlantic.

However, the southwest needs moisture. And now, that means snow. So another reason besides skiing why I rejoice when it snows.
 

raisingarizona

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That looks fun and slightly terrifying ^^^
I'm scared every time I go there. It takes a good long minute process the terrain and "sort of" get comfortable there. It's just a different scale than any other slick rock zone I've ever been to. All of that and there's never been anyone to show us the lines and what's possible. We are just figuring it all out as we go. Even though it's right there in the city it feels very adventurous and exciting.
 

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I'm scared every time I go there. It takes a good long minute process the terrain and "sort of" get comfortable there. It's just a different scale than any other slick rock zone I've ever been to. All of that and there's never been anyone to show us the lines and what's possible. We are just figuring it all out as we go. Even though it's right there in the city it feels very adventurous and exciting.
Are you in the video @raisingarizona ?
 

raisingarizona

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Yeah, that looks awesome but terrifying to me. I'm a roadie and gravel rider and quite happy doing what I do on the bike, but I got a little bit anxious just watching your video.
I like to be scared sometimes. Not as much as when I was younger but every now and then I still enjoy it.
 

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Severe winter storm warning for Santa Fe. Predictions up to TWO FEET above 7500 feet of elevation!

We just drove up to Winter Park from there...you are welcome!
 

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Severe winter storm warning for Santa Fe. Predictions up to TWO FEET above 7500 feet of elevation!

We just drove up to Winter Park from there...you are welcome!
Ski Santa Fe shows a 10-18" prediction on OpenSnow... sadly that's only 4-10" at Taos.
 
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Wolf Creek and Purg should get something out of this.
 

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Severe winter storm warning for Santa Fe. Predictions up to TWO FEET above 7500 feet of elevation!

We just drove up to Winter Park from there...you are welcome!
So, your departure from the area is bringing us the snow? ;-)
 

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