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Telemark (it's not just a county in Norway!)

Telemark skier in blue & yellow

What: Tony Forrest Telemark Workshop (a.k.a. Festival)
When: Jan. 30 & 31, 10am – 3pm
Where: Ski Santa Fe | 505-992-5084
Cost: $200 (2 days lift & lessons), $125 (2 days lessons only), $65 (1 day lesson only)

28 years and still going strong, the Tony Forrest Workshop (a.k.a. Festival) is THE telemark event of the season in New Mexico. Come join the fun whether you've been a Nord for years or you're new to it all. Learn the tele turn or refine your carefully crafted technique. This Tele Festival is fun for the whole freeheel family!

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Leave it in the Ground

“That coal has to stay in the ground. You can’t make the math of climate change work if you get the huge coal deposits of the Powder River Basin out and pour them into the atmosphere.”
  — Bill McKibben, author, scholar and environmentalist

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Momenta Film

Days of My Youth

Days of My Youth poster

WHAT: DAYS OF MY YOUTH by Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions
WHEN: Friday, November 14, 6:00 & 8:30pm
WHERE: CinemaCafé, 1616 St. Michael's Drive, Santa Fe, NM
TICKETS: $10 at the door
WHY: to benefit the Adaptive Sports Program

McCONKEY comes to Santa Fe, NM

McConkey poster

WHAT: McCONKEY by Red Bull Media House and Matchstick Productions
WHEN: Friday, November 1, 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

Turns are Turns

Skiing at the Great Sand Dunes National Park

Backcountry skiers often say "Turns are Turns." While I've had some tough days on skis I agree that any skiing is better than none. If you haven't tried skiing on sand dunes, you're missing out on some great turns. Bring your old un-waxed skis or snowboard (preferably with a harder sintered base material) and gear that can survive the sand. Hike up to the top and slide down. Telemark skiers can even "skin" up the dunes on their dry skis. After a few runs you'll have clean ski or snowboard bases, a good workout and a LOT of fun.

Hey ski resort. Let's talk about CO2

Hey ski resort. Let's talk about CO2

Hey, ski resort. I know we haven't seen much of each other for a few months but the mornings have been getting cooler and I was thinking about you. I want us to be together every winter, but we need to talk. I love the great times we've had together but we can't keep going on like we used to. We could talk about the weather all the time: When will it snow? How much? Will it be light, fluffy powder or a heavy, wet blanket of snow? But things have changed and I'm worried about our future. We need to talk about CO2 and climate change.

Dust in the Wind and on the Snow

San Juan Mountains snowpack

Dust Blows! Then dust lands on snow and the snow melts off faster. Why is this a problem? Faster snowmelt leads to early spring runoff and reduced river waterflow. Dust on mountain snowpacks amplifies the problem of warmer and drier weather in the Southwestern US brought on by climate change. What can be done about it? The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies (CSAS) needs funding to research this dusty problem.

Get Committed to Winter

Eye Heart Snow

At the risk of sounding old - Winter isn't what it used to be. Not to say that winter weather was 'dependable', but it has become less consistent recently. This winter has been unsettlingly warm from New York city where the Winter Jam Canceled Due to Lack of Winter to Ski Resorts Without Snow.

Operators are Standing By (for comments on TSV Master Plan)

TSV EIS Alternative 2 Partial Map

Slowly but surely the Taos Ski Valley 2010 Master Development Plan progresses. The Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Taos Ski Valley's 2010 Master Development Plan - Phase 1 Projects was published in the Federal Register on January 13, 2012. A 45-day comment period began the day after the publication date of the NOA (the Comment Period ends February 27, 2012).

Humans Were Never Meant To Hibernate

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month logo

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.

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