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New Mexico Ski Areas Prepare to Open

By November 15, 2012

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Several New Mexico ski areas will open Thanksgiving week, and one will open this coming Saturday, November 17. There has been scant snow, but several areas have enough or are counting on making enough with their snow machines. And if snow starts falling, more ski areas will get on board and open for the season.

Sipapu will be the first to open its slopes on Saturday, November 17. The family friendly ski resort has skiing, snowboarding, snowblading, ski biking, telemark skiing and terrain parks within the resort. Sipapu is close to Taos. Their kickoff weekend features a special, with lift tickets priced at $20 or less. Sipapu will have free lodging days during Thanksgiving week, but heads up, those rooms book fast!

In addition to Sipapu, look to Apache, Red River, Taos and Santa Fe (tentative) to open Thanksgiving Day. Red River has some fun events over Thanksgiving week, and they'll be having their annual frozen turkey race on Thanksgiving day. Place a frozen turkey on the slope, take your seat and take off down the hill. They'll also have snow tubing and the annual Thanksjibbing Rail Jam for skiers and snowboarders, on November 24. Opening dates for all ski areas depends on the weather, and how much snow falls over the next few weeks. The snow report can keep you abreast of what's happening at each ski area. It's best to check as conditions can change due to a number of factors.

Find out more about New Mexico's ski areas and their opening dates.

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