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January is a great time to head up the mountain and learn to ski or snowboard. With the holidays (SolstiChristmaHanukKwanzivus) past your local ski areas are a little less crowded and perfect for beginners. Maybe you have a son, daughter, nephew or niece who would love to try snow sports. Ski resorts across North America are offering great deals (and prizes) for beginning skiers and boarders.

Be True to Your Home Town Ski Hill

Snow Covered Deck at Pajarito Mountain

Thanksgiving has just past and many ski resorts have opened or will be spinning their lifts soon. Ski resorts with snowmaking or with good weather compete to see who can open their lifts first, often with only one run open. That friendly competition usually leaves out the smaller ski areas. Many town ski hills must wait for natural snowfall to cover their runs.

There, I Fixed It!

Ski Pants DIY Repair

Patagonia doesn't want you to buy their jacket. Well ... only if you've already worn out and recycled the one you already have. I'm already there. Call me frugal, or worse, but I try to buy durable stuff and use it until it's ready for the rag pile. Patagonia has gone one step further and will recycle everything they make. But first, I have a pair of ski pants that need repair.

Let's Be Careful Out There

Ice Pack on Knee

Patience is a virtue, or so I have been told. Unfortunately, I don't always have much of this patience thing. Fresh snow has a powerful pull on skiers, and that can lead to skiing 'Early Season Conditions'. Early season conditions generally indicates rocks, trees and stumps poking through snow on the mountain. Perhaps it would be smart to stay on runs with better coverage or even wait for more snow to fall.

For now, I'll apply a little RICE and hopefully serve as an example (of some sort) to others.

 

First Snow

Early Snow on Raspberry Bush

I can't help it, I still get excited by a snow storm like when I was a kid. Few things hold the promise (to me) of waking to cloudy skies and cold winds. Winter is officially weeks away, but weather in the mountains turns cold and snowy well before the solstice. I love looking out the window at snow falling while drinking a hot cup of coffee. This first snow of the season will melt in town, but it holds promise of skiing to come in the mountains.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Attack of La Niña

WHAT: ATTACK OF LA NIÑA: THE BITCH IS BACK by Matchstick Productions
WHEN: Friday, November 11, 6:00 & 8:30pm
WHERE: CinemaCafé, 1616 St. Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, NM
TICKETS: $10 at the door
WHY: to benefit the Adaptive Ski Program

Clean Air and Cheap Lifts

ALA NM Ski Card

It's no secret that lift tickets prices keep rising. It's also true that clean air and blue skies are part of what makes skiing in the Southwest great. Appropriately, the American Lung Association of New Mexico is offering a 10-pack of lift tickets to New Mexico and Colorado ski areas for $125. Yes, that's $12.50 per lift ticket! Not only is this a great deal on lift tickets it also benefits the American Lung Association of New Mexico.

I Can See Everest From My House

Mount Everest

Here at SnowCode Headquarters we love mountains. And looking at snow-covered mountains is even better. I am excited to say that I can now see Mount Everest, all 8,848 meters of it, from my house. No, I didn't move to Tibet. But thanks to the people of Ev-K2-CNR there is a live webcam showing good old Chomolungma.

Gear Up for Winter

Santa Fe Ski Swap 2011

What: 2011 Santa Fe Ski Team Ski & Sports Swap
When: October 14 (7-10pm), 15 (9am-5pm), 16 (10am-2pm)
Where: Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM
Price: Friday 14th - $25 + $5 per additional person;
          Sat. 15th - Adults $2, Children under 48" - Free;
          Sunday 16th - Free Admission

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