Winter Weather

Weekend storm dumps more than foot of snow in ski areas

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A clear-skied weekend finally gave into winter Saturday night (Jan. 20), blanketing the Taos area with snow.

The welcomed snow storm continued throughout much of the day Sunday (Jan. 21). Reports rolled in Monday (Jan. 22) that showed some areas recieved over one foot of snow thanks to the storm.

All three Taos County Ski areas - Sipapu, Red River and Taos Ski Valley - reported getting a total of 14 fresh inches of snow in the past two days. Angel Fire Resort in neighboring Colfax County reports getting 8 inches of snow in the past two days.

Until this weekend, the ski resorts have relied on manufactured snow to open only a handful of runs.

As of Monday, TSV has nine of 14 lifts open, Red River has six of seven lifts open and Sipapu has four lifts open. Angel Fire is operating six of seven ski lifts.

The winter storm had the greatest impact on the far northern part of the county, according to self-reported data available on the National Weather Service website.

Amalia, located east of Costilla, received 10 inches of snow. Arroyo Seco saw just over 5 inches, while about 3 inches of snow was reported in Carson, Los Cordovas (south of Taos) and Tres Ritos (east of Sipapu); all reports were accurate as of Sunday morning.

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