Mountains

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mountains, montañas, montagnes, montagnas

Basecamp to Summit in One Click

Mount Elbrus Summit - from Google StreetView

I love exploring the mountains and there are more peaks than I could ever hope to see in my lifetime. Of course the Seven Summits are on my list but, I haven't even summited one of them yet. So, what is a frustrated, wannabe mountaineer to do? You can start exploring any of the Seven Summits with StreetView in Google Maps. Go to maps.google.com, type in the name of the peak, zoom in to the street view level and start planning your approach from base camp.

Less Snow and More Blizzards?

Reduced Future Snowfall - US Map

At first this headline sounds bizarre, but the explanation is pretty simple. More CO2 leads to warmer air which holds more moisture which can produce larger rain and snow storms. While these larger blizzards are more frequent, they don't make up for reduced overall snowfall. This trend is already underway with reduced spring snow cover across the Northern Hemisphere. More blizzards in exchange for fewer snow days is a poor tradeoff whether you ski or not.

Roughly Translated ~ Castle Hill

Cerro Castillo mountain, Chile - from Powerderwhore Productions

Here is the Cerro Castillo segment from Powderwhore Productions' 2013 film "Adventures Chosen". Skiers Jason Thompson, Drew Stoecklein, Chuck Mumford and Forrest Coots made the trip to Chile and shot some impressive footage. The Powderwhore's skiing is excellent, but their Spanish translation needs some help.

Los Heroes de Telemark

Los Heroes de Telemark (1965) movie poster

What: 26th Annual Tony Forrest Telemark Workshop
When: January 26 & 27, 2013. 10am - 3pm each day
Where: Ski Santa Fe, 505-992-5084
Tickets: $125 Lessons only, $200 for Lift and Lessons, or a Single Day for $65

The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Wellington, WA 1910 avalanche debris field

On February 19, 2012 a group of expert skiers were caught in an avalanche at Tunnel Creek, just outside the Stevens Pass ski resort. Three skiers, Johnny Brenan, Jim Jack, and Chris Rudolph died in that avalanche. Unfortunately, skiers getting caught in an avalanche isn't unique or extraordinary. But, understanding how and why this group of skiers were caught is very important for any backcountry skier to understand.

What's the Forecast?

Weather Forecast Map

As I write, the first winter storm in weeks is forecast for our area. I look up at the mountains and see only thin streaks of white where snow should cover the ground. Snow sports depend heavily on natural snowfall which is becoming less reliable. The environmental shifts from climate change are now having an economic effect.

Superheroes On Screen and Off

Superheroes of Stoke

For skiers and snowboarders Fall is ski movie time. The leaves change color, the weather turns cooler and we head to the theater with friends to see our heroes on snow. This year is no different with Matchstick Productions' Superheroes of Stoke coming to a theater near you. If you live in Santa Fe, watching this movie supports another group of heroes - the Adaptive Ski Program.

It's More Than Just Great Skiing...

Santa Fe 1980 Ski Ad

To kick fall off to a stylish start here's a skiing / fashion / music flashback for those of us who were skiing in the 1980's. The only scary thing is that I still see skiers on those same 80's vintage skis and boots!

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Ski Santa Fe - 1980 TV spot

Ski Santa Fe

It's Almost Official, TSV Expansion Approved

Taos Ski Valley Development Plan - Map Detail

It's almost official, the Taos Ski Valley 2010 Development Plan has been approved by the U.S. Forest Service. Specifically, Alternative 2 has been approved which includes the Main Street lift on Kachina Peak and Ridge lift on the West Basin Ridge. The official Record of Decision was published and a 45 day Appeal Period began on August 23rd, 2012. Information on who can appeal and how to appeal is described in the Record of Decision.

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