ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The list of New Mexico ski resorts open for the season is getting longer.
Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico and Sandia Peak Ski Area just outside of Albuquerque opened Friday as the latest blast of winter crossed the state.
Many resort managers say they're seeing some of the best conditions in more than a decade, and that includes the conditions at Sandia Peak, where a couple of fresh inches of snow fell overnight.
Workers at the ski basin summed up Friday morning's conditions with one word: "Awesome."
"December traditionally is the lowest precipitation month, but we're off to a great start," said Sandia Peak spokeswoman Debbie Owen. "If we get what we normally get in January and February, it should be a fabulous season."
A weak storm system slid across western and central New Mexico overnight Thursday. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque said as much as 3 inches of snow were expected to fall along the Continental Divide and in parts of northwestern New Mexico by the time the storm moved out of the state Friday afternoon.
Ski resort managers said the timing couldn't be better, given that the winter holiday season is getting underway.
"We're just thrilled to be opening early," Owen said, adding that the first two tramcars up the mountain were packed.
At Angel Fire, three chairlifts and 18 trails opened Friday. The resort said nighttime skiing would likely start the following week.