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A state of the southwest United States on the Mexican border. It was admitted as the 47th state in 1912.
Another season bites the dust -- literally. With the spring winds kicking up and a dearth of snow lately, you'll find a thin layer of dirt discoloring the ski slopes at Santa Fe Santa Fe, city, Argentina
Santa Fe, city (1991 pop. 341,000), capital of Santa Fe prov., NE Argentina, a river port near the Paraná, with which it is connected by canal. . Up north, however, the snow continues to fly and you can close the season out with a flourish. Here's a final look at conditions and closing events around the region.
Ski Santa Fe reports a
45-inch base, with no new snow. All runs (except Ristra) are open. It closes April 5.
This Saturday it hosts one of its major annual events, the Jeff Gladfelter Memorial Bump Contest. Test your style, air and grace on the bumps of Slalom, right in front of Totemoff's deck.
This fun event has grown in popularity in the last few years under the direction of Paul Laur and features some fine prizes.
In previous years, live music has accompanied the festivities fes·tiv·i·ty
n. pl. fes·tiv·i·ties
1. A joyous feast, holiday, or celebration; a festival.
2. The pleasure, joy, and gaiety of a festival or celebration.
3. , which kick off around noon. Registration will be held earlier in the base lodge. There is a modest registration fee (it was $15 last year). A lift ticket is also required. It is open to alpine and telly skiers, and knuckle-draggers. Close to 100 people competed last year.
Competitors are judged on the basis of the quality of the turns, the difficulty of the line skied and quality of jumps, including a large kicker in the middle of the course.
Santa Fe is running its upper lifts daily from 9:30 a.m. to
4:15 p.m. until April 5, and its lower lifts from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Half-day lift ticket hours have also shifted forward 30 minutes.
Taos Ski Valley picked up
3 inches over the past two days and has a midmountain base of 73 inches -- with the stake in Hunziger Bowl measuring a fat 100 inches. It closes April 5.
This weekend, the resort will hold the Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon. Teams of two skiers or boarders compete to see who can log the most runs off Taos' famed West Basin and Highline Ridge, closing the day out with a run off Kachina kachina (kəchē`nə), spirit of the invisible life forces of the Pueblo of North America. The kachinas, or kachinam, are impersonated by elaborately costumed masked male members of the tribes who visit Pueblo villages the first half of the Peak. Competitors pledge a set number of dollars per run from sponsors, with the funds going to assist some young person with medical problems doing something fun.
Top prize will be a Millennium Pass, plus lots of other schwag and a great after-event party.
Red River picked up
2 inches and has a base of
30 inches. It closes on Sunday. Angel Fire and all other ski areas in New Mexico New Mexico, state in the SW United States. At its northwestern corner are the so-called Four Corners, where Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at right angles; New Mexico is also bordered by Oklahoma (NE), Texas (E, S), and Mexico (S). are now closed.
As noted, further north, the flakes are really flying. Crested Butte Butte, city, United States
Butte (byt), city (1990 pop. 33,336), seat of Silver Bow co., SW Mont.; inc. 1879. It is a trade, ranching, and industrial center. picked up
5 inches, and has a base of
47 inches at midmountain. Some 92 percent of its slopes are open. It closes April 5.
This weekend, CB will host the 12th annual Elk Mountain Elk Mountain may refer to:
The resort will run its final Park and Pipe events of the season this weekend as well. Both will be held in the DC Superpipe and the DC Terrain Park A terrain park is an outdoor area that contains terrain that allows snowboarders and skiers to do tricks. Jibs
Jibs are any type of fixture which can be ground, buttered, or tricked off of. . These are open to all skiers and snowboarders, men and women.
A pond skimming competition -- SlushHuck -- at the base area follows the pipe competition. For information, call 970-349-2217.
Wolf Creek had picked up a fresh foot, as of Wednesday morning, and has a base to die for of 97 inches. It will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday and from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. Monday through April 5. It will then close but reopen for Easter weekend, April 11-12.
The Creek will host is final College Day on Sunday (with steep discounts for anyone holding a valid college ID) and a telemark Telemark (tĕ`ləmärk), county (1995 pop. 163,143), 5,915 sq mi (15,320 sq km), SE Norway, bordering on the Skagerrak in the east. Skien (the capital), Porsgrunn, Kragerø, and Notodden are the chief towns. clinic. On Wednesday, it will sponsor a Locals Appreciation Day, with hefty lift discounts for all comers (everyone's a "local" at Wolf Creek).
Silverton Mountain picked up 14 inches and reports a base of 96 inches. This Sunday is the final day of guided-only skiing. Unguided skiing, or going with a guide, will be offered April 3-5, April 11-12 and April 18-19, when it will close.
Monarch saw 6 inches of new powder fall, and has a nice 74-inch base, with
100 percent of terrain open. It will close April 12. Monarch will hold a powder/bump clinic Saturday, and a kayak-on-snow race April 4.
Durango Mountain Resort Durango Mountain Resort, also known as Purgatory, is a ski resort located in the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado, 25 miles north of the town of Durango. It was originally opened in 1965 and offers 85 trails, including 2 terrain parks, the Paradise Freestyle Arena and only saw an inch drop Tuesday, and has a base of
56 inches. It closes April 5.
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