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By Julien Ross, Forecaster Posted 2 months ago February 11, 2024

Southern dumpage, northern bustage

Summary

Storm totals so far on Sunday morning are 3" to 16" with the southern and central mountains the big winners so far. The southern edge of the Sangres and Jemez picked up solid totals but the northern Sangres, including the eastern side, underperformed. All mountains will enjoy soft turns, with some places a full-on powder day on Sunday.

Update

Just a quick Sunday morning storm update.

Saturday's complex storm had some tricks up its sleeve, leading to some booms and busts on Sunday morning.

Here are the Sunday morning storm totals. Where data is available, I put the Saturday daytime + overnight Saturday snowfall in parenthesis.

  • 4” Angel Fire (3" + 1")
  • 8" Pajarito 
  • 3” Red River
  • 11” Sandia Peak
  • 5” Sipapu 
  • 16" Ski Apache 
  • 10” Ski Santa Fe (7" + 3")
  • 4” Taos Ski Valley (1” + 3") 

Saturday was a storm ski day across all mountains as we expected and plentiful soft turns (and soft landings) were harvested!

However, the storm did not produce the deep eastern upslope snowfall totals I forecast at Angel Fire which was a big bust. Taos Ski Valley and Red River also came in below my expectations.

I will take a closer look at what unfolded and debrief in my Monday storm recap, but my initial best guess is the storm took a more southern track resulting in the deeper totals at Sandia Peak and Ski Apache. 

Now on Sunday morning, the storm is centered near the southern New Mexico-Texas border and it is still hammering at Ski Apache with a wrap-around northeast flow.

Ski Apache looks completely buried on the webcam and may not open on Sunday (check their website and social media for the latest).

One exciting development in the Land of Enchantment skiing that I forgot to mention on Saturday is that Sandia Peak Ski Area is open! 

And what a way to open in style with 11" of fluffy powder with 100% of terrain open on Sunday.

For the rest of Sunday, snow will continue in the southern mountains with some additional accumulation.

Monday through Friday will be dry and warmer.

Then the storm track could return south but I have very low confidence.

Let's see how models shake out over the next few days for President's Day holiday weekend.

Thanks for reading and I will be back on Monday with a storm recap.

Julien Ross
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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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