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By Julien Ross, Forecaster Posted 8 days ago April 3, 2024

Storm recap, light refresh April 6, better storm April 9-10

Summary

Tuesday was an epic powder day at Taos. We now dry out from Wednesday to Friday. Winter returns Saturday with temperatures in the teens and extreme winds, but only a light refresh of 1-4" in the northern mountains due to a glancing blow storm track. Another storm on April 9-10 could make a direct hit.

Short Term Forecast

Tuesday was a bluebird powder day at Taos, and word on the street is that it was one of the sleeper days of the year with 4" on Monday to cover the crust, and then 9" of surfy fluff overnight on Monday.

This reader-submitted video shows how epic the conditions were off West Basin when ropes dropped on Meatball.

Here is the "keep me honest" report to close the books on the April 1-2 storm cycle.

Wednesday through Friday will be dry and warmer.

But then we will close the lift-accessed 2023-2024 season with back-to-back storms.

The first up is April 6th.

This first storm could have more bark than bite for the northern mountains of New Mexico.

We will have cold temperatures in the teens on Saturday and extreme wind gusts up to 60 mph. But in terms of snowfall, this could be more of a glancing blow across the Four Corners.

Here is the global model compilation on liquid precip for Saturday showing just a light refresh of 1-4" for the Sangre de Cristos and southern Jemez. This Four Corners special will favor Wolf Creek.

The best case scenario would be 1-2" overnight Friday into Saturday and then another 1-3" during the day on Saturday (storm skiing).

Snow should end by Sunday (closing day at Santa Fe and Taos) but temperatures will remain quite cold in the mid-20s above 10,000 feet with continuing gusty winds.

Extended Forecast

The second storm in the pipeline for April 9-10 could be more of a direct hit.

We will need to wait a few more days to hone in on this storm being 6-7 days out.

Then high pressure builds in for the closing weekend at Sipapu and Pajarito.

With a three-day lull in the action starting on Wednesday, I won't post on Thursday and will post again on Friday with the latest on our two upcoming storms.

Thanks for reading!

Julien Ross
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Announcements

Closing Dates

  • Pajarito: OPEN Saturdays-Sundays through April 14
  • Sipapu: OPEN Fridays-Sundays until April 14
  • Ski Santa Fe: closing day April 7th
  • Taos Ski Valley: closing day April 7th

NEW: Snow Ratio Forecast

You can now get a good idea of the upcoming snow quality for the next storm via our new "Snow Ratio" forecast for any location in OpenSnow.

When we talk about snow quality, such as “light and fluffy” or “heavy and wet”, we are talking about the snow-to-liquid ratio. The higher the snow-to-liquid ratio, the lighter the snow quality, and vice-versa.

  1. Go to any location screen and tap the "Snow Summary" tab.
  2. Scroll down to the 5-day hourly or 10-day forecast section.
  3. View the 5-day hourly or daily "Snow Ratio" forecast for the next 10 days.

10:1 will be fun but will feel a little heavy. 15:1 will offer some faceshots and feel pretty light. 20:1 will be incredibly light, almost like skiing through nothing but air.

This new feature is currently available with the latest version of the OpenSnow iOS app installed (App Store > OpenSnow > Update) or on the OpenSnow website (OpenSnow.com). It will be available in the OpenSnow Android app soon.

View → Snow Ratio Forecast

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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