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A Lifetime of Skiing

So, you think you've seen change in the skiing world? Talk to Joe Lahout.

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Joe Lahout Sr. on Vimeo

Lahout's Ski Shop

The (Snow) Gods Must Be Crazy!

The Gods Must Be Crazy

I've joked around about Ullr and 'the snow gods' more times than I can count. I don't take it seriously, nor do my skiing friends. So, it's no surprise to see a snow sports writer use 'snow gods' in an article. But, I didn't expect a Powder Magazine article about increasing weather volatility and snow droughts to make absolutely no mention of climate change. I was particularly surprised because the article references a '2012 study by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the non-profit organization Protect Our Winters'. That study just happens to be titled Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States.

2 Much Fun


I love skiing, but this fatbike thing is becoming more and more tempting.

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2 Fat 2 Furious: A Fat Bike Freeride Film from Rocky Mountain Bicycles

The Blue Bus Is Callin' Us

Blue Bus - RTD Mountain Trail

For many years 'mass transit' to our local ski area consisted of thumbing a ride at the 'Hitching Post' at the bottom of the road up the mountain. While effective (if hard to schedule) for one or two people, it didn't work for groups heading up. For the past few months there has been another option called 'The Blue Bus'. Early reports were dubious, but ridership has been building and the Mountain Trail Blue Bus looks like a success.

Even The Strongest Blizzards Begin With A Single Snowflake.

WHAT: FADE TO WINTER by Matchstick Productions
WHEN: Thursday, November 5, 6:30 & 8:00pm
WHERE: Jean Cocteau Cinema, 418 Montezuma, Santa Fe, NM
TICKETS: $10 at the door
WHY: to benefit the Adaptive Sports Program

Turns for Another Season

After a mixed ski season I am more than ready to be mountain biking. I won't pretend that I ride this well but, I can dream.

My Annual Tradition

TSV - Party on Kachina Peak

I have a simple, but satisfying, tradition of skiing on my birthday with a good friend. Whether on steep terrain or mellow, with great snow or not, I do my best to make turns celebrating another successful lap around the sun. On this particular day the terrain was great and the snow was too (we found a few rocks regardless). Here are some shots from my birthday ski at Taos Ski Valley.

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Taos Ski Valley

Tony Forrest Telemark Clinic 2014

Tony Forrest circa 1987

You are invited to the 27th Annual
Tony Forrest Telemark Clinic
Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, 2014

$125 Two Days, $65 One Day
$200 Two Days plus Lift Tickets
at Ski Santa Fe

Please call 505-982-4429 for reservations

Friends on a Powder Day

Powder Day Bumps

The saying goes "There are no friends on a powder day." Don't sleep in, don't read the paper, just grab your gear and head out the door. Today was one of those days when a "little" storm left several inches of pure fluff on the local mountain. The old-timers knew and claimed the powder while the new kids learned a valuable lesson.

But that part about "no friends"? Good friends will trade first tracks and leave a clean line to ski.

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