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Northern New Mexico Resorts Ready For Season Of Limits

AFR-Snowboarder We're all looking forward to this season, even though things will be different because of Covid-19. (Angel Fire Resort/Facebook)

Snow guns are ready, chairlift inspected, and snowcats ready to go as the New Mexico 2020-2021 ski and snowboard season begins to open in late November.

Covid-related restrictions abound from the state, local, and resort officials. The rule for gatherings in New Mexico has been and will be fluid. State-mandated uphill capacities may vary from the current 25%, which will greatly affect day ticket sales and daily drive traffic. Click here for the latest.

Red River has chosen to limit season passes by setting a Nov. 13 deadline for purchase. You must buy day tickets online, the night before usage, during all holiday periods. No half-day tickets will be sold this season.

No group rates or reservations will be offered. No daycare or camps, plus group lessons -- limited in size and online-only -- will be on beginner hill only. Private lessons are available for more-skilled skiers and riders. Rentals come only as part of a lift ticket package.

Taos Ski Valley will monitor capacity daily, currently at 25% of uphill capacity. To do so, the resort reworked season passes with lower prices for weekday skiing and riders -- and will predict pass use on a daily basis to set online-purchased day ticket limits. No multi-day tickets.

Rentals must be reserved online, and pick up encouraged the evening before. No child care, and private lessons only, up to five from a travel group. Parking lots shuttles won't run, but a dropoff point at top of the parking lot will be available.

Ski Santa Fe has already sold out its season OnePass, and both multi-day punch cards and day tickets must be bought online. Uphill capacity limits according to state regs and on the amount of open terrain.

Private and package lessons will have a daily limit, with half-day only for pre-teens. Shuttle runs from downtown Santa Fe.

Angel Fire officials are still working on a full-on winter plan. State distancing and capacity limits will be adhered to, and refunds on season passes are available, within restrictions.

Both Pajarito and Sipapu are still working on their plans with owner Mountain Capital Partners. At the very least, expect tickets to be online only.




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