We have an Albuquerque skier who is kindly planning to provide blog posts here with conditions info on the xc skiing on the Ellis Trail on Sandia Peak. His name is Ron and he says:
"Ellis trailhead is essentially the parking lot adjacent to Sandia Peak Tramway service road. This is the beginning of a favorite x-c ski and snowshoe trail system (unfortunately also frequented by snowboarders who often tend to degrade the area for these two sports). The tram service road is occasionally groomed by one of the alpine area's snowcat (last year about once per week). The skating on the service road after a snowcat groom can be awesome though perhaps a little boring as a roundtrip on it is only 3-3.5 km (depending on whether one can ski on the upper part of the alpine area --which can be done after 4 pm or on days the area is not open, normally Monday and Tuesday). "
Ron will provide as regular of an update as he can and as conditions change. All such posts will be under label/link 'Sandia Peak' as listed at top left section of the blog. All of the posts will soon be linked to from a new section on our homepage listing places to xc ski in our area. I will post another update once that section is up on the site.