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Optimism shines ahead of New Mexico's ski season

Kai Porter
October 10, 2018 06:28 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M .— There’s a lot of optimism about this year’s ski season in New Mexico after Purgatory and Angel Fire received snow.

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"Oh, we're going to have tons of snow. It's not going to quit snowing all winter long," said George Brooks, executive director of Ski New Mexico.

Brooks believes this season will be in stark contrast to last season when ski areas suffered from a lack of snow.

"We were at about 40 percent 30 percent of normal, said Brooks. “When I say they suffered, they suffered from attendance. We didn't have the people."

Tourism Secretary Rebecca Latham says no matter what happens this season, the ski resorts will be ready.

"More of our ski areas have invested in snowmaking,” she said. “Millions of dollars in snowmaking, because you think about, from a business perspective, it's just not safe. It's too iffy to rely on Mother Nature alone so they're making those investments in snowmaking and that's really paying off."

For those who can’t wait for ski season in New Mexico, which usually begins around Thanksgiving, Wolf Creek Ski Area in southwestern Colorado announced it will be opening this weekend.

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