Taos Ski Valley.
Heavy snowfall at Taos Ski Valley.

A weekend snowstorm brought heavy precipitation to many areas of the Southwestern US, and ski resorts began making preparations for open season. Over two feet of snow fell on the summit of one New Mexico ski resort, and Taos saw a foot of snowfall in ten hours. In cities like Flagstaff, Arizona, where snow didn’t fall, the cold weather allowed resorts to begin churning out artificial snow. With forecasts heralding promising conditions this winter, many resort operators are hoping this season will be a turnaround from what were previously a string of low-performing years. A persistent drought has affected most of the Southwest, resulting in lackluster attendance to the area’s ski resorts. New Mexico industry groups are hoping the weather will help ski areas hit the million-skier mark, which it hasn’t seen in ten years. Read more: abqjournal.com

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