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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

The Evolution of Taos Ski Valley

Ernie Blake hiking the Ridge at Taos Ski Valley

After decades of ownership by the Blake family, Taos Ski Valley (TSV) has been purchased by Louis Bacon. This change has left many intensely loyal Taos skiers wondering what is in store for their favorite mountain. While the Taos Ski Valley 2010 Development Plan details future plans there are still unanswered questions. I interviewed Gordon Briner, C.E.O. and Peter Talty, Director of Properties to find out more about the changes in store for 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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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