Local ski areas ready for opening day

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Opening Day at Red River Ski Area Wednesday (Nov. 25). (Red River Ski Area Photo)

By Gabriel Weinstein, The Taos News

This is the week local skiers and snowboarders have been anticipating for months. Several local ski areas will begin spinning their lifts Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 25 and 26).

Taos Ski Valley will open for the season on Thanksgiving at 9 a.m. TSV will have Lifts 1,2,3 and the Pioneer, Ruegglie and Beginner Carpets will be open. Whitefeather, Bambi, Powderhorn, Porcupine, Bonanza, Jesses and Bambi Terrain Park will be open on the Frontside. Around the World, Honeysuckle, Winkelried, Rubezahl, Lone Star and Totemoff will be open on the back. All the base area and Pioneer terrain will be open. More terrain on the front and back will open up as conditions allow. TSV will be open through Sunday (Nov. 29) and reopen Dec. 3-6. Daily operations being Dec. 10.

Karen Kelly, Red River Ski and Summer Area’s director of marketing and guest services, said the resort will have Gold Rush Hill and the Teaching Terrain open when it opens Wednesday (Nov. 25). It will also have its Frozen Turkey Race at noon on Thanksgiving. On Saturday (Nov. 28) it will host the Thanksjibbing Rail Jam at the Pot O’ Gold Terrain Park. There will also be a Torchlight Parade & Fireworks, Saturday on the Face. Red River will close Sunday (Nov. 29) and reopen Dec. 4-6 and opens for daily operation Dec. 11.

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort plans on opening its new, first-ever quad chairlift Wednesday (Nov. 25). The resort had 21 trails, and 3 lifts open on Monday, plus a base of 21 inches. Sipapu is now open every day through Nov. 29 and begins daily operations Dec. 4.

Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area will be open Friday-Saturday (Nov. 27-29).  Enchanted Forest expects to have 100 percent of its snowshoe and dog trails open and about 85 percent of the ski trails open.  Enchanted Forest will be open weekends until Dec. 11 and then expects to open full-time.

Angel Fire Resort will open for daily operations Dec. 11.The resort reported that it received 14 inches of snow over the past five days on Monday.