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By Julien Ross, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago December 2, 2023

Storm cycle recap, and a windy, cold Saturday

Summary

Combined storm cycle totals from Thursday to Saturday are 3-18” at most mountains. Storm #3 on Saturday and Sunday will miss New Mexico to the north but bring fierce winds and bitter cold to the northern mountains. All eyes now turn to December 10-11 for our next storm and it could be a good one.

Short Term Forecast

As of early Saturday morning, storm #2 has exited the state and left bitter cold and strong winds in its wake. Bundle up if heading out on Saturday!

Some snow flurries are lingering in the northern mountains early Saturday but I think accumulation for this storm cycle has mostly wrapped up.

Here are combined storm cycle totals in alphabetical order on Saturday morning with Thursday overnight + Friday broken out in parentheses:

  • 6” Angel Fire (3” + 3”) 
  • 7" Pajarito (6” + 1”) estimate
  • 0” Red River (0” + 0”)
  • 8” Sandia Peak (7" + 1") estimate
  • 4.5” Sipapu (2” + 2.5”)
  • 5" Ski Apache (3" + 2") estimate
  • 18” Ski Santa Fe (14” + 4”)
  • 10” Taos Ski Valley (2” + 8”)

Ski Santa Fe was the big winner with storm #1 making a direct hit. Some additional terrain was opened up on the lower mountain for fresh turns and some uphill access earned turns. Taos Ski Valley was also able to open Lift #1 thanks to 10" of fresh. Ski Apache was able to open today, December 2nd!

This was a tricky storm cycle with some booms and a bust. Here is the "keep me honest" report. Given this volatility, I will take the 2.6" average variance!

The big story on Saturday will be strong and cold winds in the high country.

Extended Forecast

We will see a dry pattern from Sunday through Thursday.

Then both the European and GFS Ensembles are aligned on a storm dropping into the southwest and closing off near New Mexico around December 9th.

This could be a strong snowmaker for New Mexico but we need a few more days before we can hone in on the scope, scale, and timing!

I will post again on Sunday.

Thanks for reading!

¡Viva la nieve!

Julien Ross
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→ Angel Fire: December 15
→ Pajarito: December 22 
→ Red River: Open daily beginning December 15th. Closed Nov 27-30, Dec 4-8, and Dec 11-14
→ Sandia Peak: TBD
→ Ski Apache: Open Dec. 2-3
→ Ski Santa Fe: OPEN
→ Sipapu: OPEN Nov. 17-Nov. 26; Closed Nov. 27 – Nov. 30; Open Dec. 1-3; Closed Dec. 4-7
→ Taos: OPEN

New Mexico Geography Key

Northern Mountains
→ Red River, Taos Ski Valley (north side of northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Angel Fire (northeast side of northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Sipapu (middle of the northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Ski Santa Fe (south side of the northern mountains - Sangre de Cristos)
→ Pajarito (southwest side of the northern mountains - Jemez)

Central Mountains
→ Sandia Peak (Sandias)
→ Mt. Taylor backcountry (San Mateos)

Southern Mountains
→ Ski Apache (Sacramentos)
→ Ski Cloudcroft (Sacramentos)

About Our Forecaster

Julien Ross

Forecaster

Julien was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and was introduced to skiing at age 7 through the public schools subsidized ski program at Ski Santa Fe. It was love at first turn and Julien has been chasing deep powder and good mogul lines ever since. Julien grew up fascinated by weather and studied physical geography with a focus on meteorology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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