SOURCE: Ski New Mexico

February 20, 2007 09:00 ET

New Mexico Offers the Best Skiing Conditions in the Country

El Nino Storms Give New Mexico Ski Areas a Much Needed Boost Over Last Season

SANTA FE, NM -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 20, 2007 -- What a difference a year makes. New Mexico is enjoying the best ski conditions in the country with more than 15 feet of snow so far this year. Thanks to strong El Nino storms, New Mexico's huge snow numbers easily outpace many other popular ski destinations in Colorado, California, Wyoming and Utah. Skiers and boarders are taking notice of the great conditions. New Mexico has seen a 60% increase in ski visits over last season, which is good news for the resorts and for state tourism. The good news continues as last week's storm added a fresh foot of powder in the mountains, making President's Day Weekend ideal for skiers and boarders.

"All of the resorts in the state broke attendance records this weekend, making it the busiest weekend we've seen at the ski areas all season," explains, Gordon Briner, board member of Ski New Mexico. "We have the best snow in the country right now. With two solid months of the season left, we have already had twice the number of skier visits as we did for our entire season last year."

Along with the high attendance records, New Mexico ski areas have also set several snowfall records, with over 180 inches of snow so far this season, compared to just 30 inches of snow for the entire winter season last year.

"This is exactly the kind of winter New Mexico ski areas needed. These storms have created terrific conditions for both boarding and skiing," explains Dave Dekema, board member of Ski New Mexico. "With Mother Nature on our side, several of the state's resorts will remain open into April, allowing Spring Breakers the opportunity to visit our resorts for some late season skiing."

With the best snowfall that New Mexico has seen in 13 years many of the resorts have had little reason to make snow, saving them the high costs that accompany snowmaking production. The conditions have given a much needed financial boost to some of the smaller resorts, like Pajarito Mountain Ski Area near Los Alamos, which rely solely on natural snow.

"We weren't able to open at all last season and now we have a 56" base," states Tom Long, general manager of Pajarito Mountain Ski Area and board member of Ski New Mexico. "New Mexico is the place people should come to ski this year."

For more information and lodging accommodations in New Mexico log onto www.skinewmexico.com or call (800) 755-7669.

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