5 New Things We're Stoked About This Season

November 16, 2016 | By: Monica Christofferson

Emerald Quad debuts at Red River.

New Mexico’s sole lift installation for the 2016-17 season is happening at Red River, where the Green Chair is being replaced (and realigned) with the Emerald Chair. This four-seater quad will not only increase uphill capacity, it will also provide improved access to the family-friendly slopes of Summit Camp and the neighboring bumps and thrills off the Silver Chair. We can’t wait to ride it!

Boy Howdy! Lodge remodel and trail extension at Sipapu.

In yet another slew of mountain improvement at Sipapu, the historic day room and base area lodge are seeing a major remodel. The trails Howdy and Lower Bambi are also being extended, adding 5 acres of skiable terrain to Sipapu’s mountain stats.

Snowmaking improvements at Pajarito.

Pajarito has been hard at work improving their snowmaking system, and have replaced their water collection pump for this season. After already increasing their water holding pond over the last few years, opening day can’t come soon enough (November 25th!)

New Hotel Blake at Taos.

In the midst of their base area redevelopment, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley will open it’s doors this season. A premier, 80 room lodging property, The Blake will be centrally located to the establishments of Taos’ base area, and will provide ski-in/ ski-out access to Lift 1. Sign us up!

Angel Fire Celebrates 50 Years.

Wrapping up our stoke thread for the upcoming season, Angel FIre will be re-imagining it’s renowned Liberation Terrain Park under the supervision of Jon Eppler (whose resume includes the Winter X Games and Burton U.S. Open). In addition to some of the largest jumps, jibs and verticals in the state, Liberation will now feature a permanent boarder-cross course, as well as expanded “Stash Parks,” which feature non-conventional features throughout the mountain. Keep your digits dialed in here, as Angel Fire has some big plans in the pipeline for their 50th – including a week-long celebration in January.

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