SipapuSipapu Resort in Vadito New Mexico will open Saturday, Nov. 16, marking the small northern ski area’s earliest opening in the resort’s more than 60-year history.

Red River Ski Area is expected to open Nov. 27, followed by Taos Ski Valley, Ski Santa Fe and Ski Apache Nov. 28.

A strong storm in October brought wind, rain and high-elevation snow to New Mexico followed by cold temperatures. The state is currently in a cold snap.

The ski area’s newest lift, which will replace one that was built in 1961, is about ready to go, but not by opening day.

Photo: Sipapu snowmaking above Lift One (