Ski Areas

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Mountains, Resorts and anywhere we ski and snowboard

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.

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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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

Skiing in the Modernist Age

Winter Sports in Italy - Franz Lenhart - ski poster

I don't envy their equipment (low leather boots and scary bindings), but I do envy their style. I've loved old travel posters for years and just came across this auction catalog of vintage tourism and ski posters. While some of these are well out of my price range, a few are temptingly affordable and unsold. Browsing the posters is a pleasantly nostalgic way to spend a sunny Friday afternoon.

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Mountain Bikes Could Save Ski Resorts

Angel Fire Bike Park

As I write this it is February 6th and 61°F at my home, which is roughly 15°F warmer than average. Given that 2014 was the warmest year on record, what is the fate of ski resorts? While snowfall is becoming less reliable, the mountains are still steep. Mountain Biking is a way to bring warm weather recreation to otherwise quiet mountain resorts.

Learn the Turn, Feel the Burn

Tony Forest Telemark Festival 2015

What: Tony Forrest Telemark Fest at Ski Santa Fe
When: Sat. Jan. 31 & Sun. Feb. 1 from 10am - 3pm
Costs: $200 (2 days lift & lessons), $125 (2 days lessons only), $65 (1 day lesson only)
Tickets: 505-992-5084

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

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

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