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.
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
High on the list of exotic places I haven't been yet, but would love to see are Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, the countries of the Tibetan Plateau. One of the best living symbols of "The Roof of the World" is the Snow Leopard. Due to poaching, loss of prey, and habitat degradation, the snow leopard is listed as endangered by the IUCN.
The earth spins around the sun, solstices pass, seasons advance and memories fade. Recording events remind us of the details that otherwise disappear. Taking one photo can crystalize memory. Taking many photos becomes a document. Channing Huser has photographed a specific place in the Sangre de Cristo mountains each March over the last four years. She plans to continue photographing this place as long as she can. See Water Over Mountain, a documentary, in person if you can.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.