Ski season booming in New Mexico as New Year kicks off

New Mexico News

As many had hoped, the ski and snowboarding season in New Mexico is booming. 

On Saturday, all of the state’s ski areas will be open for business. It’s a major turn around from last year.

At Sport Systems in Albuquerque, you’d think there was a mega sale.

“We have been re-ordering at record pace. I mean we have truck loads of inventory coming in daily. We just had four pallets we just processed this morning,” Duane Kinsley, the owner of the store, said.

But the culprit behind the superb surge in business is mega snow. Kinsley understands why people are flocking to buy gear, get rentals and prep for shredding.

“I mean people have been starved to get out and have some fun in the snow,” he said.

George Brooks with Ski New Mexico has the facts to back up a — so far — stellar season.

“Last year for the entire season we had 55″ of snow, average. This year, to date, we have 73″ of snow and it’s just the first of January,” Brooks, Ski New Mexico’s director, said.

On Saturday, Sandia Peak Ski will open with a base of 31″ and 100 percent of its lifts and trails open. It’s the last of New Mexico’s eight alpine ski areas to kick off the season.

“From then on forward we’ll have 90 to 95 percent of our ski trails and lifts open at all the ski areas in our state,” Brooks said.

It’s all good news for the state’s economy after a dip last year from the average impact of the ski season.

Brooks says it’s looking likely we’ll surpass the roughly $500 million mark. 

“It’s been years since we’ve had a year like this, I mean it’s incredible snow,” Kinsley said.

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