El Niño is back, giving New Mexico's skiers and riders a reason to cheer. The El Niño winter weather pattern creates a split where storms either track to the south or north of the Rockies rather than right across them. Guess which state is south? While the central Rockies may see a drop in early season snowfall, New Mexico may well be blanketed with the fluff, so they've got a lot to celebrate in 2010.

Ski resorts around New Mexico are gearing up for annual torchlight parades and parties Dec. 31 you won't want to miss. Starting with [R366R, Sipapu], explore the mountain by moonlight. The hike and camp fire will be led by general manager John Paul Bradley. He'll entertain you with memorable stories and a walk from the beginner trail to mid-mountain. Once you reach mid-mountain, catch your breath and warm yourself with hot cocoa and a roaring campfire. The free evening runs from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Celebrate New Year's Eve at [R337R, Red River] with a cake walk, pizza walk, hula hoop contest, and more. Admission is free, and food and refreshments are available beginning at 7 p.m. This family friendly event at Red River Community House begins immediately after the fireworks and torchlight parade on the mountain and goes until the ball drops... in New York.

Angel Fire rings in the New Year with a torchlight parade and fireworks display over the resort. Parties abound to celebrate the passing of the old year and the beginning of a snowy new one. [R454R, Taos]' torchlight parade and fireworks display starts at 6 p.m. at the base of lift #1 and concludes with festivities throughout the valley.