La Nina’s early season split personality has treated northern New Mexico to one of the best Decembers in recent years, and Angel Fire Resort is now open to accept the weather phenomenon’s largesse.

Open since Dec. 15, the 550-acre ski and snowboard mountain jumped right into the season -- thanks to the southern-swinging arm of the Pacific-fed jet stream. Here are some of the features and deals that Angel Fire offers.

All season long, the resort’s Facebook and Twitter pages will toss out new programs, activities, deals and exclusives.

If, after the first chairlift ride, anyone isn’t satisfied with the snow conditions on the 2,000 vertical-foot mountain, the resort’s ticket office will give out a voucher for another day.

For intermediate skiers or ‘boarders obsessed with making the first tracks on a powder day, Angel Fire will take them up the mountain a full hour before the rest of the crowd loads the lifts. The tour costs an additional $18, on top of a season pass or daily ticket, and leaves promptly at 8 a.m on the Chile Express lift. Space is limited, so powder hounds should check the forecast, and then purchase the first-track ticket at the Snow Sports Office on the day prior. Or, call 575-377-4357.

The period after Christmas-New Year holidays can be some of the most uncrowded times to hit the slopes. So, Angel Fire runs a Peak Value Days promotion from Jan. 4 to Feb. 2 (excluding Jan. 13-15 MLK holiday). Discounts range up to 20 percent on lodging and to 50 percent for group lift tickets and lessons. To make reservations, call 800-633-7463.

For vacation information on Angel Fire Resort, click here.