NM ski areas opening early due to storm's snowfall

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's ski season is starting early because of the big snowstorm last weekend.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that ski areas planning to open Thanksgiving Day include Ski Santa Fe, Taos Ski Valley and Ski Apache near Ruidoso.

Ski Santa Fe has 15 inches of new snow, adding up to a 27-inch base.

Taos Ski Valley marketing director Adriana Blake says the resort got 26 inches of snow since Friday and she expects a 35-inch base.

Ski Apache reports 10 inches of new snow and has its snow-making machines going.

While the Journal report does not specificcally mention Pajarito Ski Hill just above Los Alamos, the operation's website indicates the hill received about 12 inches of snow during the storm. A Monday morning update indicates there is still insufficient snow to begin ski season.

Long range weather forecasts for the region through February are still pointing toward above average temperatures and lower than normal precipitation.

Other areas either already open or opening this week include Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort near Vadito and Red River Ski Area.

Other ski hills plan to open in December.