Snow Sports

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The many ways we slide on snow

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.

There, I Fixed It!

Ski Pants DIY Repair

Patagonia doesn't want you to buy their jacket. Well ... only if you've already worn out and recycled the one you already have. I'm already there. Call me frugal, or worse, but I try to buy durable stuff and use it until it's ready for the rag pile. Patagonia has gone one step further and will recycle everything they make. But first, I have a pair of ski pants that need repair.

Let's Be Careful Out There

Ice Pack on Knee

Patience is a virtue, or so I have been told. Unfortunately, I don't always have much of this patience thing. Fresh snow has a powerful pull on skiers, and that can lead to skiing 'Early Season Conditions'. Early season conditions generally indicates rocks, trees and stumps poking through snow on the mountain. Perhaps it would be smart to stay on runs with better coverage or even wait for more snow to fall.

For now, I'll apply a little RICE and hopefully serve as an example (of some sort) to others.

 

First Snow

Early Snow on Raspberry Bush

I can't help it, I still get excited by a snow storm like when I was a kid. Few things hold the promise (to me) of waking to cloudy skies and cold winds. Winter is officially weeks away, but weather in the mountains turns cold and snowy well before the solstice. I love looking out the window at snow falling while drinking a hot cup of coffee. This first snow of the season will melt in town, but it holds promise of skiing to come in the mountains.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Attack of La Niña

WHAT: ATTACK OF LA NIÑA: THE BITCH IS BACK by Matchstick Productions
WHEN: Friday, November 11, 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

Clean Air and Cheap Lifts

ALA NM Ski Card

It's no secret that lift tickets prices keep rising. It's also true that clean air and blue skies are part of what makes skiing in the Southwest great. Appropriately, the American Lung Association of New Mexico is offering a 10-pack of lift tickets to New Mexico and Colorado ski areas for $125. Yes, that's $12.50 per lift ticket! Not only is this a great deal on lift tickets it also benefits the American Lung Association of New Mexico.

Gear Up for Winter

Santa Fe Ski Swap 2011

What: 2011 Santa Fe Ski Team Ski & Sports Swap
When: October 14 (7-10pm), 15 (9am-5pm), 16 (10am-2pm)
Where: Genoveva Chavez Community Center, 3221 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe, NM
Price: Friday 14th - $25 + $5 per additional person;
          Sat. 15th - Adults $2, Children under 48" - Free;
          Sunday 16th - Free Admission

I'm Not Superstitious, but ...

Bonfire

In the Northern Hemisphere we've passed the Autumnal Equinox and entered fall. With the cooler weather come dreams of winter and snow. Regardless of advances in weather forecasting skiers and snowboarders dream of how they can predict or encourage the snow. Maybe you're not superstitious, but a surprising number of the skiers I know start doing strange things as winter approaches.

Talking about Snow in Washington DC

POW Washington DC event

What: Hear Athletes Talk Climate Change On Capitol Hill.
When: Wednesday, September 14th, 2011, 6:30pm
Where: Orientation Theater South, Capitol Visitor Center, US. Capitol

Please join Protect Our Winters in Washington DC on Wednesday night, 9/14 for this unique, plublic event with Jeremy Jones, Gretchen Bleiler, Chris Davenport and Auden Schendler. They'll discuss climate change, winter sports and why athletes (pro and amateur) are an important part of the solution. Honorary co-hosts: Rep. Jared Polis (CO), Sen. Mark Udall (CO), and Sen. Michael Bennet(CO).

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