Conditions Report: Angel Fire Resort & Red River, NM | The Tempest and Tranquility

Curtis Weller | | Conditions ReportConditions Report
yay snow
Elliott Gordon auditioning for the next TGR film. Angel Fire, NM on Saturday. Credit: Author

**Report from February 17th, 2019**

The weather and conditions at Angel Fire on Saturday are best summarized in a single word, a tempest. Sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph with gusts over 40 mph, and from what seemed to be all directions. Temperatures, cold, really cold, like less than 15 degrees Fahrenheit not counting wind chill. Two inches of snow in about an hour and a half. Pockets of windblown powder 6 to 12 inches deep, or runs wind stripped and skied off to rocks and stumps.

nice looking
View from the summit of Red River, NM this morning. Credit: Author

Conditions at Red River today were almost the complete opposite. Bluebird skies, little to no wind, no fresh snow in the last 48 hours, but still cold with a high in the low 20s. Good overall coverage and grooming on 90% of the mountain.


some snow
Angel Fire, NM snow totals for the weekend. Image: Angel Fire, today


no snow
Red River, NM snow totals for the weekend. Image: Red River, today


deep snow
A surprise pocket of deep windblown powder. Angel Fire, NM on Saturday Credit: Author
interesting conditions
High winds closed the main lift on the front side of Angel Fire, NM. The resort started busing people to the back side. Credit: Author
yay snow
Elliott slaying some New Mexico powder at Angel Fire, NM. Credit: Author
hard snow
Elliott at Red River, NM today. Credit: Author
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The author making some tele turns at Red River, NM. Credit: Elliott Gordon

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