An inch of fresh powder on the slopes at Ski Santa Fe on Sunday morning and another dusting in the forecast Wednesday offered a glimmer of promise that winter might yet arrive in Northern New Mexico.

The need for optimism is paramount in a snow sports industry that relies on the state’s fickle skies.

Dash Hegeman, the marketing manager at Taos Ski Valley, where just 14 of 111 trails are open — with a paltry 18-inch base of mostly man-made snow — gets that.

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