Ski Country 2018

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he first time I saw them it was early winter. A warm winter morning and I was sweating from moving heavy bales of hay. They stepped slowly, gingerly – three of them – out of a small grove of naked-branched aspens below the ridge east of the barn. They paused when they spotted me, smelled me; but they also smelled the alfalfa. They looked hungry. They were a bit anxious, a little nervous as they pawed and scraped at the ground with their hooves, waggling their heads. Elk frequently came down to where I threw hay over the corral fence for the horses. But usually it was cows, the bulls staying safe back off in the trees. And always they were skittish with people around. These three bulls seemed bolder right from the start; cautious, very aware, but still bolder. Each morning they were there. Beautiful animals, elk. Majestic. Easy on the eyes. Hypnotizing. The first week they kept their distance, but never spooked and ran off while I worked. Gradually, they grew more used to me, started moving in more quickly to the piles of hay. They bent their heads down to eat, looking up from time to time to study me as I watched them from the corral, then dropped their heads back down to eat. Two were five-by-fives, the other a six-by, shiny horns, the velvet long ago rubbed from their racks. I guess elk have been on my mind of late. I remember back to when I raised one, decades ago. He was a wild little guy, only a couple of days old when he got caught in a rancher’s fence, abandoned by his mother and the herd.

It’s illegal here to raise wild animals. But Game and Fish called me – we had lots of other animals on the ranch – and asked me to care for him until they could find another home or he grew strong enough to be released back into the wild. I fed him calf manna from a calf milk bottle, holding the bottle under my armpit as he guzzled greedily from the nipple, shaking my whole body: just born and already so strong, so powerful. Each day he grew stronger, drinking up to seven bottles a day. Sometimes he’d wander into town. I’d get a call and go fetch him, sticking my arm out the truck window as he ran under my hand back to the ranch. He became buddies with our Labrador, and he liked to sit on the cabin porch. I grew concerned he was becoming too tame, especially after I caught him and the dog in my bed one day after the dog nuzzled open the cabin door. He stayed with me a year, met the Governor at a wildlife rehab center, then lived out his days, with one crazy horn, at Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch, but gone now for many years. Maybe the three bulls sensed this somehow; each day they cared less and less about me, coming closer to feed. Sometimes they were already by the barn when I woke. Other days they came later. But always they came. They came when it was sunny, icicles dripping from the barn eaves; when it was blowing, ice pellets swirling, winter wind rattling the tin roofing; when it was polar cold, cobalt blue ice shards, puffs of their breath shooting out like smoke; even when SKICOUNTRY 2018

it was a whiteout and they looked like gray ghosts of themselves. Mid-winter slid toward us and the days darkened early. Always they ate and always they would wind their way back into the woods. Elk herds will travel miles at night, covering vast amounts of mountain terrain, and can do some serious damage to fence lines, knocking loose barbed wire, tearing out old cedar posts. Why these three bulls never brought their herd I never understood. Probably didn’t want to introduce me. Each day I would toss the hay closer to the fence until they got so close I could hit them with it. They’d rock their racks back and forth as if to say, “whatever,” the hay hanging from their heads like beards. One morning after the vet told me I had to put a horse down, I haltered her – an ancient mare stumbling painfully from old age – and pulled her gently with the lead rope for a slow walk into the woods, a bucket of warm oats in the other hand to feed her a last meal. When I returned hours later, all three bulls stood next to the corral, waiting for me, musky smell and big soft eyes so close. Tossing them fresh hay I wondered what would happen if I grabbed the biggest and boldest one by the horns. A sturdy railroad tie fence stood between us, and all three stood unfazed by me. So when the big guy put his head down to eat, I reached over and grabbed hold. He didn’t like it too much – he kind of freaked out, reared up on his hind legs – wrenching his rack back and forth, nearly jerking my arm out of its socket. If I hadn’t let go, he probably would have ripped my arm off and would have had a rough winter running around with my arm hanging there. We had built up a trust and I had broken it. He never came quite as close again. Welcome to the southern Rockies, where you never know what the day might bring, even if you’re a wild animal with horns on your head. — Joe Haukebo Publisher

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Hotel La Fonda de Taos The oldest hotel in Taos is new again. In the heart of the historic district on Taos Plaza, La Fonda offers 21st Century amenities while preserving its rich Southwestern roots and ambience. Home to Noula’s Starbucks Coffee Shop and D.H. Lawrence’s “Forbidden Art Collection.” Nineteen rooms, 5 suites, and our Plaza Penthouse. Friendly, personal service. Walking distance to galleries, museums, shopping, entertainment, and fine dining.

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The Historic STRATER HOTEL A stay at the historic Strater Hotel in Durango, Colorado, is like stepping back in time with its Victorian opulence. Easily explore Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde or ride the famous Durango train, all just minutes away. Saunter into the Diamond Belle Saloon, The Office Spiritorium, Mahogany Grille, or the Henry Strater Theatre featuring a new Murder Mystery Program beginning February, 2018.

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Pottery from left: Adam & Santana Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo; Margaret Tafoya of Santa Clara Pueblo; Maria Poveka Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo. Navajo Weaving by Martha Smith






Our Towns Angel Fire Chama Durango


ince time immemorial, the desert has been regarded as a sort of spiritual nexus: an incubator for visions and retreat, a hooded monk with sand in his shorts and pebbles pinching his bare feet, a stark canvas upon which prehistory has been etched and preserved. The desert serves up reflections that take place beyond the mirror. Now, when combining this with mountains and other elemental forces of nature, and setting it all in the frosty yet sun-gilded lap of Winter, what you wind up with is a dynamic stage-play in which you can undertake the roles that call you to action. Welcome to the winter pageant of Northern New Mexico and the Southern Rockies. The ancient bones of tradition, the songs of the dispossessed, a flinty flair for the odd and inimitable: Taos is a dusty carnival unto itself. In winter, “Yuletide in Taos” covers the various events which mark the holiday season. The Las Posadas re-enactments take place in different locations (December 16-24) with the historic San Francisco de Assis Church, a perennial favorite of photographers, as the center-point. The Christmas Eve procession at Taos Pueblo blends tradition, mystique, and solidarity, with locals and tourists alike gathering on hallowed grounds, illuminated by ceremonial bonfires. On Christmas Day, the Pueblo features the timehonored, drum-thundering Taos Pueblo Deer Dance or Matachinas Dance. Taos Ski Valley, a Nordic playscape for powder junkies, is open daily from December 8-April 5. The Kachina lift serves the highest elevation of any triple chair in North America (12,481 feet). Skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, and snowboarding are some of the ways to enjoy the mountain’s slopes, dips, bumps and grooves. New Year’s Eve brings a lighted majesty to the mountain with the annual torchlight parade and fireworks show. “Eye-candy for the soul” is how one young poet described the sunsets at Angel Fire, a town whose claim to name lies in those solar climaxes. Angel Fire is home to the Polar Coaster, the largest tubing park in the southern Rockies, and 76 skiing and snowboarding trails. And for three days at the end of January (26-28), things get super-sized for the Big ‘Ol Texas Weekend, which features concerts, Texas Hold’em, and the carnivorous chew-fest known as the Big Texan Steak Challenge. Continued on page 13

Eagle Nest Red River South Fork Taos Taos Pueblo Taos Ski Valley




Red River, the “Main Street in the Mountains,” centralizes its winter fun with a ski base located smack dab in the middle of town. Candlelight skiing becomes a sweetly nostalgic reality during the Christmas Luminaria Ski/Snowshoe Tour (December 25), when a three-kilometer loop is lined with farolitos (paper bags filled with sand and lighted candles). Complimentary chile con queso, green chile stew, posole, desserts, and hot drinks, spice and sweeten up the experience. Every February, New Orleans-style revelry reaches fevered heights during Mardi Gras in the Mountains (February 8-13), with singing, dancing, costume balls, Cajun and Creole fare, and lots more. It’s been a while since anyone seriously mined Baldy, and gambling here is a thing of the past, but there’s still gold in Eagle Nest – the lake sports some of the best trout fishing in the state. Kokanee salmon join recordbreaking rainbows, cutthroats and other fish in an effort to beguile locals and visitors alike. Eagle Nest Dam and the lake celebrates their 100th anniversary this year. Chama, ghost to miner’s gloried dreams and home to the historic Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, gives steam engine travel a holiday spin during its Christmas Train excursions in December. The 44th Annual Chama Chile Ski Classic and Winter Fiesta” takes place January 14-16, with Freestyle and Classic Style XC Ski Races, Snowshoe Races, Fat Tire Snow Bike Races, and more. If ghostly lore floats your boat, then drop in at the historic St. James Hotel in Cimarron. With some of its outlaw “interior decorators” leaving

bullet holes in the walls as a stylistic statement, the rough-and-tumble past of the St. James Hotel is a sneak peek into the psyche of the Wild West. Numerous ghosts are said to call the St. James home. And just down the road is Philmont Scout Ranch, largest private backpacking facility in the world. Durango, a charmer with looks to match, wears its winter complexion well, with HGTV ranking it as one of the Top Ten Christmas Towns in America. If Dante had been a skier, then Purgatory might have been his top destination: Durango’s mountain resort which offers 35,000 acres of snow-slicked playscape. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad plays moveable host to the cinemagical merriment of The Polar Express, replete with all the characters from the book and film, hot chocolate, and a special reading of the story (through January 2). High style and elegance meet fun-filled activities in this year’s Snowdown, a black-tie affair in honor of the event’s 40th anniversary. (January 31-February 4). Rio Grande County, regarded as the soul-stirring gateway to the San Juan Mountains, includes South Fork, Monte Vista and Del Norte. Wolf Creek, located just outside of South Fork, puffs up the dreams of skiers worldwide, as it receives the highest amount of snowfall in Colorado. South Fork’s “Winterfest” (December 9 and 10) features sleigh rides, bonfires, vendors, snowshoe races, snowman contests, and a visit from everyone’s favorite jelly-bellied imp, Santa Claus. Monte Vista, home of the National Wildlife Refuge, hosts

their annual “Crane Festival” (March 9-11), where thousands of cranes, ducks, geese, and other winged species occupy the sky-scape. Del Norte, formerly a rough-and-tumble supply town for miners, provides numerous opportunities for natureinspired adventure, including Lookout Mountain, Elephant Rocks, and Penitente Canyon, one of Colorado’s premier climbing areas.


John Biscello is the author of two novels, Broken Land, a Brooklyn Tale and Raking the Dust, as well as a collection of stories, Freeze Tag. His adaptations of classic fables will be published in Once Upon a Time: Classic Fables Reimagined, due out this January by Eclectic Press.




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ouldn’t it be great if we could all have as much fun as kids do when we go outside? They’re like otters — not thinking too hard, just messing around and having fun. That’s not to say that they have no fear. But saying that adults have forgotten how to play is as silly as saying that kids have no fear. One snowboard teacher says that some kids are “no fear” and others are “all fear.” I don’t know about that, but because kids have little history with grown up issues, they don’t freak out over sliding, and often prove that even falling is fun. I’ve been a ski instructor for 28 years, plenty of it with kids. While there’s no endorsement of any official teaching techniques here, I do have research from colleagues in pursuit of my main inquiry: What is so particularly fun (or funny) about skiing (or riding) with short people? First of all, kids adore lift rides. Like many addicted-to-mountains kids, my own skied at age two and I was as emotional about that moment as if it were a baptism. Like an innocent entering into a lifelong field of joy, each sang out, astonished, in a tiny voice, “Look, look, Mama, look!” perched on the edge of forever. It’s a long way down, though, and children often have the judgment of puppies. Take, for example, the day I tried (and failed) to teach one particular girl how to get off the lift safely, years ago in Germany. I explained that when we got to the top, we’d hop off the lift and slide down. But she hopped off right then and there, and was hanging on to my ankles in midair, as I hung on to her for dear life. We successfully managed 16

the incident with the help of a lifty. When my heart stopped racing, I asked her what she thought. “Oh, it was fine,” she reported, as if this, too, was part of the fun. Try that on an adult. An inventive Angel Fire instructor, a sort of Peter Pan character, saw that the moguls intimidated a group of kids. Taking off their skis (he carried them) the kids returned to “otter” status, using the tried and true “bellies and butts” technique. They weren’t afraid next time because they were familiar with the “terrain.” He earlier rolled an orange downhill (illustrating the definition of “fall line”), then they scampered after it on skis, having to make turns to stay behind it. They ate the orange (with chocolate) and the next time, that hill didn’t seem so intimidating. Silly adults. They fear skiing backwards, even though it’s physically simpler when you’re learning (it’s just that your eyes happen to be on the other side of your head). Skiing like kids keeps us adults unstuck in our thinking, and keeps us ready for anything. But one precocious kid took it to heart and to show off, flew backwards down the nearest steep cliff, scaring the bejesus out of me. Fearless and talented, freckle-faced seven-year old Zack also had a hero complex, so instead we searched for anyone needing help and rushed in for the rescue. Jade, a first grader, told me, “When I’m older I’d like to be a ski teacher: but first I’ll have to grow up and also I’ll also have to get married.” That caveat is lost on many instructors. The bigger girls, fourteen-years-olds, were curious about the “underwear tree” —

a ponderosa pine decked out with all sorts of racy lingerie. Something to do with Mardi Gras — ask your parents. What they mostly liked about skiing was giggling and singing on the lift. When the next day I brought them some huge cotton “Grandma panties,” they were beside themselves, wearing them over their ski pants and then flinging them off the lift to hang in the Underwear Tree. Big Fun. Maybe teachers are the ones who should be afraid. One informant told me about some infamous twins, both small boys; they were biters. They were so horrible it took one instructor apiece to handle them. The biggest instructor available, skiing backwards, dared the kid: “come and get me.” Which he did. Skiing right into him at approximately crotch level, he delivered a bite that drew blood. My own children were abandoned to the mountain at any early age; I was working. The seven-year old loved one particular black (advanced) run, which was right under a popular lift heading up the mountain. One day I overheard someone asking indignantly “what kind of mom would let their little kid ski alone like that?” Rhoda Blake, one of the original Taos Ski Valley owners, chuckled when I told her that, saying that that was exactly how her own kids were raised. At least they more-or-less “owned” the mountain. Who needs a mom when you can be raised by a mountain? Apparently it’s a lot like being raised by a wolf. It seemed to work for ancient Rome. Likewise, local school kids are usually turned loose by themselves for half a day after their lessons. They learn important skills, such as how to SKICOUNTRY 2018

leave a tip at the pizza joint, how to push each other down the hill, and how to get lost and unlost. Playing the bad boy, one eighth-grader joked, “It’s fun until somebody gets hurt…and then it’s really fun.” They also learn to do things like drop a mitten “accidentally” off the lift right over their favorite steep run, forcing the class to go that route.

things you didn’t want to know. When asked if his father skied, a seven-yearold from Dallas replied politely, “No, sir, he can’t because he’s a fat bastard.” One eight-year-old in a pink suit told me her daddy was a brain surgeon and his new wife was a cardiologist. And your mom? “Oh, she’s just an endocrinologist.” Another kid said, “My dad had to go all the way to Russia to

always wanted to learn.” One last story — a friend told me his father took them skiing whenever he could. It got them all through some very tough times, and as preacher’s kids, they had a few of those. After many years, he stopped one day at the bottom of the mountain, looking up. One by one, from the sons down to the tiniest grandchild, they came


Instructors can play that game, too, knowing just when to choose just the right dose of delicious fear (otherwise known as a challenge), like riding through the trees, finding a jump, or just diving into new terrain or new snow conditions. Ever seen a group of very small people come to a complete halt in deep powder? Nothing like having a bunch of wailing kids who need a tow truck. Kids can teach you all kinds of

find a new wife.” But even the oldtimers still surprise us, taking on the attitude of kids pretty easily. I suggested to an “elderly” member of a big family clan that he take the “alternative” route and avoid the steep bumps we were headed for. Instead, he stayed right with me. He didn’t want his 85-year-old younger brother to show him up! My favorite was a lovely and fierce 90-year-old woman who showed up, saying, “I

down, hockey stopping and spraying him with snow. Maybe that was his baptism. The father seemed to have tears in his eyes. But you couldn’t know for certain as he wiped away the snow. Dr. Michele Potter has been a ski instructor and college teacher for more than 25 years, most of it in Taos. She also taught skiing in Germany, Colorado, and Oregon. 17

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Durango •


• Pagosa Springs



Chama •


• Taos


But nowhere in the world do you get our magical mix of Southwestern sun and snow, culture and cuisine, wildlife and wilderness, art and history. The landscape is stunning – from


high alpine terrain above treeline to the Rio

Los Alamos •

Our ski mountains rip – chutes, cliffs, bowls,

cruisers – and in terrain parks – rails, boxes, rainbows, banks. Treks into the backcountry






Outside our quaint mountain towns you’ll

discover fresh pockets of adventure and feel this winter completely, utterly alive.

• Eagle Nest

• Santa Fe

are beautiful and boss.

a a


Angel • Fire

You can ride almost anywhere in the world.

Grande Gorge, a huge rip in the earth.

Red River •


Ski the Southwest

South Fork

And at day’s end, when your thighs are

screaming, slip into a hot tub or pound a big, honking green chile cheeseburger. Nothing like it anywhere.


• Albuquerque



• Ruidoso



ANGEL FIRE RESORT Ranked a Top 25 “Best Family

receiving an electrical

Ski Resort in North America,”

upgrade which will allow the

the Resort is launching C-4

chairlift ride to run smoother

this season, a new hike-to-

and with more efficiency.

access black diamond trail.

The mountain features over

Located in what was previ-

2000 vertical feet and 80

ously out-of-bounds territory

runs, with everything from


north of the ski mountain, C-4

gentle, groomed slopes to

is a new nine-acre challenge

heart-pounding steep terrain.

Nestled among the pristine

tal and social responsibility

with a 1,000-foot vertical

Angel Fire is the best place in

peaks of northern New

organization. Cell and wi-fi

drop for the expert skier

New Mexico for night skiing.

Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is

service has been improved.

and a must-hit on a bluebird

The nearby Nordic Center

undergoing a $300 million

And this will be the first full

powder day. The Resort has

at the Country Club offers

renaissance and revitaliza-

winter of operation for The

installed a new snowmaking

cross country, snowshoeing

tion, making it one of North

Blake, the acclaimed new

system on the popular blue

and sledding. Don’t miss the

America’s premier vacation

80-room slopeside hotel

run, Jaspers. Along with

wacky World Championship

and adventure destinations.

which will give visitors a

Exhibition and Headin’ Home,

Shovel Races, February 2-3,

The 2017-2018 season

more refined lodging experi-

this improved groomed run

2018. The mountain is plan-

begins with major improve-

ence. With over 30 inches of

will offer skiers an alternate

ning to extend the season by

ments to TSV’s Strawberry

average snowfall, 300 days

way down the mountain in

a week, and will remain open

Hill beginner area. The

of sunshine and over 1,200

early season. The Chile Ex-

through March 25, 2018.

Children’s Center has been

skiable acres, TSV remains

press, a high-speed, detach-

Visit the website for stats,

refurbished with more

one of the most breathtaking

able quad chairlift, is

prices, and details.

modern amenities to make

ski resorts in the region. This

things easier for families.

March, TSV celebrates the

A new pulse gondola will

10th year of snowboarding

seamlessly transport visitors

on the mountain. See inter-

between the Children’s Cen-

active trail map online.

ter and the resort plaza. TSV 800-776-1111

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WOLF CREEK SKI AREA Wolf Creek launched large

for grooming was added. The

capital improvements for

Powder Room, Wolf Creek’s

2018, including a new point-

newest amenity, will be of-

of-sale barcode system that

fered to season pass holders,

makes ticketing and lesson

who get private rooms with

reservations at lifts and all

lockers, boot and helmet

ticketing points much more

dryers, and other perks. As

efficient and convenient. Also

always, the most snow in

new is the Lynx Lift, a 290-

Colorado plus Wolf Creek’s

foot covered conveyor that

low-density skiing experience

takes visitors to the Interpre-

attract powder hounds and

tive Center, a new learning

new skiers and families alike.

and welcome area. Wolf

Famished skiers can feast

Creek will be going solar with

at Wolf Creek Lodge or the

the majority of its sustainable

Prospector Grill. See website

power offsets generated from

for specials, what’s happen-

the Penitente Solar Project

ing, and the snow report.

in the San Luis Valley. Snow 970-264-5649 1-800-SKI-WOLF

making and snow removal capacities have been increased, and a new Snowcat

There’s a gold mine of great

terrain parks, our mountain

runs in this old mining town

keeps skiers and boarders

turned “Ski Town of the

of all abilities entertained

Southwest.” At Red River Ski

and challenged. Bundle up,

& Summer Area, the attitude

grab your gear – or rent it

is laid back, the people are

here – and get ready for

friendly, and with an average

cool outdoor adventures.

of 18 feet of snow each year,

We’re right in the center of

85% of the mountain backed

town, a short walk from most

up with robust snowmaking

lodges. Professional coaches

and Snowcoach grooming

in our highly-respected ski

capabilities, plus plenty of

and snowboard school offer

sun, conditions are great.

youth, teen and adult classes

New in 2018: Thanks to hard-

for skiers and snowboarders

working snowmakers, the

at all levels. Check out the

terrain has been expanded

24-hour ticket kiosks. After

to offer 800 vertical feet of

riding, there’s tubing, evening

skiing and riding. Platinum

rail jams, weekly torchlight

Chair is open to Broadway

parades, and dinner and

Station (Midway) with access

drinks at the Lift House Bar

to four trails. With our mixed

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Daze, stats and events:

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SIPAPU SKI RESORT Family-owned since 1952,


daily, maintained for cross

Mountain was named “North

country and snowshoeing.

America’s Best Ski Value” by

And après, discover historic

TripAdvisor three years in a

Durango, Colorado’s most

row. Colorado’s rugged San

charming ski town. Check

Juan Mountains are home to

our website for a slew of

some of the most consistent

special packages, snowcat

and abundant snow in the

adventure passes, and

Southwest. By day, explore

season passes for families

1,360 acres of terrain ranging

and groups. Power Cards

from steep tree trails to

and Power Packs give

wide-open cruisers. There’s

access to Purgatory,

dog sledding, snow tubing,

Hesperus Ski Area, Sipapu,

Nordic skiing, snowshoeing,

Pajarito, and Arizona

horse-drawn sleigh rides,

Snowbowl. For more details,

snowbiking, backcountry

stats, and events:

skiing, and snowmobiling. The 800-525-0892

Nordic Center offers lessons and 20km of trails groomed


Pajarito Mountain in

Sipapu is one of the most

Los Alamos, NM, after exten-

family-friendly, old-school,

sive improvements, is known

affordable resorts in the

as one of the best places to

Rockies. Known for having

ski moguls and deep powder.

the longest ski season in NM,

40 trails, 6 lifts, and a terrain

the resort features over 41

park on 751 acres in the

trails, six lifts and three terrain

Jemez Mountains. Spec-

parks, perfect for all ability

tacular vidws of Rio Grande

levels. The newly-renovated

Valley and Valles Caldera

and enlarged historic lodge

National Preserve. Fall ine

this year boasts a new rental

and bump runs are consid-

shop, modern ticket kiosks,

ered tops in the state. This

locker room, more retail

season, Pajarito is replacing

space, and new facilities and

the old Mitey Mite with a

bathrooms. In conjunction

new Magic Carpet, and is

with Pajarito Mountain Ski

expanding beginner terrain,

Area, Sipapu sells NM Power

doubling the teaching area

Passes, offering unlimited

for beginners. The mountain

skiing and snowboarding at

is open Wednesdays through

five regional resorts. The ski

Sundays, plus extended

school’s magic carpet has a

schedule in March.

new hand rail, and the intermediate trail “Beep Beep” was recently widened. Visit our website for stats and current conditions. 800-587-2240 505 662 5725


ENCHANTED FOREST XC Enchanted Forest, a few

tracks for additional skiing

miles east of Red River, NM,

and a wide skate lane for

offers the best of all worlds

the freestylers. Snowshoe?

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ALPINE LODGES EL PUEBLO LODGE Come stay at the edge of town, at the edge of everything! Southwest charm with early Taos architecture. Complimentary wi-fi & DirecTV. Heated, seasonal pool, year-round hot tub. Full hot breakfast bar each morning, fresh-baked cookies each afternoon. Pet-friendly. Three blocks from historic Taos Plaza; 18 miles from Taos Ski Valley. Taos Pueblo and Taos Mountain Casino two miles north. See our website for specials and packages.

800.433.9612 575.758.8700 412 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM


Angel Fire is now offering a state-of-the-art hostel with the opening of Wheeler Peak Lodge, Condo and Hostel. Grand views of the Wheeler Peak range. Three luxury condos, 44 pods (bunks with a power supply), fireplaces, showers, game room, pool table, continental breakfast. Check out the newest ski shop in town with K2 rental equipment and retail. Open year-round, the Lodge is available for weddings and groups.

Open all year-round. Weeknight winter specials starting at $99 for 1 BR; or stay two nights and get the third night free. Specials exclude holidays and special events; some restrictions apply. Call about winter specials through May 1st. Modern, deluxe one- and two- bedroom fully-equipped cabins with room to roam on ten acres along the San Juan River. On the east side of Pagosa, close to Hot Springs, Wolf Creek Ski Area, and National Forest X-country ski trails. Private river access and fishing (catch & release) on our property. Individual living area with gas fireplace, bedroom/s, kitchen, bathroom. Covered porches with grills. Hot tub on property. Pet friendly.

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From Dreams to dust… On the trail of ghost towns …who of us has never felt while walking through twilight or writing a date from his past, that something infinite had been lost? — Jorge Luis Borges


n Portugese there is a phrase, saudade, which speaks to a deep and profound sense of loss and nostalgia in regards to someone or some thing that has gone away. There is a Japanese term mono no aware, which has been translated: “Sensitivity to the sadness of impermanence,” or “a gentle, sorrow-tinged appreciation of transitory beauty.” Life’s perishability and ephemera, and the wistful states which it can conjure, finds itself wedded to the lore and legacy of local ghost towns. As time-locked vanishing points, ghost towns are endlessly resurrected through the stuff of legend. Places relegated to dust and dreamless remains are not only haunting grounds, but also part of an ongoing narrative. Or as Cormac McCarthy wrote, “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” The scarred realities of the past are quite evident in New Mexico, which is home to over 400 ghost towns. We’ll shine a light onto the storied ruins of several ghost towns located in the northern New Mexico region. Dawson, which is located about seventeen miles southeast of Cimarron, was born in 1901, when the Dawson Coal Mine was opened and a railroad was constructed from Dawson to Tucumcari. Yet the “black gold,” 26

which brought vitality and commerce to the community, was also tied to two cataclysmic disasters. On October 22, 1913, the second worst mining disaster of the century occurred, when an incorrectly set dynamite charge resulted in an explosion, killing 263 miners and two rescuers. Ten years later, on February 8, 1923, a mine train jumped its track, hit the supporting timbers of the tunnel mouth, and conflagrated coal dust in the mine. The explosion killed 120 miners. Dawson Cemetery twice had to be extended to include the graves of the victims, 385 in all, which are marked by white iron crosses. Despite the tragedies, Dawson hung on until 1950, when the mine was closed and the entire town was sold off and dismantled. Pretty much all that remains is the cemetery, which is open to the public and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Sites (a rare distinction for old cemeteries). Colfax, originally known as Vermejo Junction, was a town whose existence was predicated on promises and the lure of attraction, a salespitch with a hustler’s grin. In the late 1890s, with nearby Dawson’s coalindustry thriving, Colfax expected to cash in. Not only did Colfax promoters play the Dawson angle, but also the fact that Colfax was located near two railroads, and possessed rich and arable farmland. Yet Colfax was one of those can’t-miss prospects, which never realized its potential. By the 1930s, most of the town had shut down, including the post office,


school, general store, hotel, and gas station. Nowadays, Colfax, with sparse fossilized remains indicating its past life, is a true ghost town whose vanishing act is nearly complete. In the 1800s gold fever was a contagion that precipitated the rise of many towns in New Mexico. One of those model “boom-or-bust” towns was Elizabethtown, which was founded by Captain William H. Moore, and named for his daughter, Elizabeth Catherine Moore. Located five miles from what is now Eagle Nest, nearby Baldy Mountain became the hot-spot for digging, panning, and pick-axing in hopes of hitting the jackpot. At its peak of popularity in 1870, “E-Town” had over 7,000 residents, and was designated New Mexico’s first incorporated town. Yet just two years later, with prospecting on the decline, there were only about 100 residents left, and the county seat was shifted to Cimarron. Yet minus the greed, violence, and viciousness SKICOUNTRY 2018


that often went hand-in-hand with gold fever, “E-Town” morphed into a slightly saner, quieter version of itself. A widespread fire destroyed most of the town in 1903, yet it wasn’t fire that became the death-blow for “E-town” but water. Commissioned by Charles and Frank Springer, a dam was built at the entrance to Cimarron Canyon (completed in 1918), which created Eagle Nest Lake. Shortly thereafter the town of Therma was founded (later to be renamed Eagle Nest) and most of “E-Town’s” remaining residents switched locales. Structural bits and pieces of “E-Town’s” past still remain, with its bones consecrated in the hillside cemetery. The E-town museum rounds out the details through books, clothing, pictures, maps, family heirlooms, and other period-specific memorabilia. Loma Parda (“Gray Hill”) is situated on the banks of the Mora River, about thirty miles north of Las Vegas. Interestingly, it wasn’t Las Vegas but


this modest little village which became New Mexico’s “Sin City,” or “Sodom on the Mora,” as it was referred to back in its salacious heyday. When Fort Union was established in 1851, located about six miles from Loma Parda, local entrepreneur Julian Baca capitalized on the soldiers’ desires for vice-driven fun by opening a saloon and dance hall. It wasn’t long before Baca’s was operating 24-7, with the world’s oldest profession in full swing, a rotgut liquor dubbed Loma Lightning being served in mass quantities, and the entire town turned into a “resort for thieves, murderers, and bad men and women of all kinds.” The advent of the railroad impacted the relevance of Fort Union, which was not only a military outpost but also a trader’s hub, and by 1892 the fort was abandoned entirely. As a result, Loma Parda lost its best customers and watched its fiery, dark star wane. Some families continued to live there and farm, but by World War

II Loma Parda slipped from its coma state into soft death. While much of the old village is now on private land, there are still some time-chewed remnants that can be seen, including relics of Baca’s dance hall, a wooden cross from the old church, and slabs of what was McMartin’s store. Legend has it that the ghosts of “lost souls,” perhaps men whose lives were claimed by violence, perhaps the women who were in the flinty business of pleasure, continue to stir echoes of the past. Fort Union, now a national monument, reflects its spectral existence through rows of adobe ruins, rusted cannons and farm equipment, and wagon ruts in the earth. To find out more about any of these and other New Mexico ghost towns, including directions and helpful guidelines, visit: states/nm/nm.html or www.newmexico. org/places-to-go/true-trails/ghost-towns/.

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Time to Dine TAOS


ACEQ – 480 State Road 150, Arroyo Seco, NM 87514. 575.776.0900. Fresh, local, fun dining at its finest. Family-owned, farm-totable restaurant in Arroyo Seco Plaza. We serve our own interpretation of comfort food, utilizing the best in local, wild, and farm fresh ingredients. Contemporary takes on old classics, house-made specialties, craveable desserts. Chicken & Waffle SunThurs, Fresh Fish & Chips Friday, Prime Rib Fri-Sat. Reservations highly recommended. or visit COMMON FIRE – 88 State Road 150,


next to Quail Ridge Inn. 505-803-9113. Locals-friendly, kids-friendly, just-plainfriendly. Bring an appetite. Beautiful, wood-fired clay oven pumps out flatbreads and braises in a world of styles made with New Mexico’s best meats, grains, vegetables and fruit. Fresh, local, organic, delicious. Great patio; killer view. All-craft, all-draught beer and about 100 wines. Never reservations; show up when you’re ready. Noon to 9, every day of the week. We’re here for you.



block N of Taos Plaza in the Historic Taos Inn, 575-758-1977. Fresh, casual dining in a historic setting. Winner of Wine Spectator’s “Best Of Award Of Excellence” for 29 consecutive years. Innovative Regional New American Cuisine using the freshest local ingredients, specializing in organic vegetables, meats and fish, including favorites like buffalo, elk, trout. Homemade desserts. Lunch, dinner, weekend brunch. Reservations recommended.


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Three miles north of Taos Plaza at Overland Ranch. 575-758-LOVE (5683). Farm-totable, local organic cuisine. Legendary grass-fed burger, green chile chicken stew, daily quiche. House-made soups, salads and a variety of vegetarian, vegan, and

gluten-free options. Incredible assortment of artisan breads, croissants, tarts, muffins, cheesecakes, cookies and more. Specialty coffees and fresh organic grab-and-go items. Open 8 am-5 pm daily. Sunday Brunch. Ask about our dinner hours. Full menu:

THE GORGE BAR and GRILL – 103 East Taos Plaza. 575-758-8866. Stop by and try our juicy burgers, handshaken margaritas, or fresh oysters – something for everyone! Enjoy The Best Happy Hour in Taos while sitting on our patio overlooking the Taos Plaza. Happy hour: M-F, 3-5:30 pm. Check out our wine bar and retail shop below The Gorge: PARCHT BOTTLESHOP + BITES. 575-758-1994. A cozy place to discover unique wines + quality craft beer + hand-picked artisanal cheese & charcuterie + locally roasted coffee. Explore the things that excite us while you taste + shop + unwind. and GUADALAJARA GRILL – Two locations in Taos: Southside – 1384 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos: 575-751-0063. Northside – 822 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado: 575737-0816. “Our secret sauce makes the difference!” Authentic Mexican food in New Mexico. Seafood, Chile Rellenos, Azteca Quesadilla, Camarones a la Diabla, Ceviche and so much more. Beer, Wine, Agave Margaritas. Voted “Best Of Taos” 2015: Best Mexican Food, Best Fast Food. Open 10:30 am to 9 pm 7 days a week. Full menu online: RICKY’S – Located 2 1/2 blocks south of Taos Plaza at 312 Paseo del Pueblo Sur. 575-758-1156. A locals’ favorite. Breakfast, lunch and dinner specials daily. Great New Mexican and American dishes at family-oriented prices. Breakfast enchiladas and the meat-lover’s Bruno Omelette. Gluten-free and vegetarian chiles. Burgers made with fresh local beef daily. Kid’s menu. 80% of our dishes available vegetarian. Dine in or take out. Open 7 days, 7 am to 8 pm.


SABROSO RESTAURANT & BAR – 470 State Hwy. 150, Arroyo Seco, NM. 575-7763333. An American fine dining restaurant on the road to Taos Ski Valley. Sabroso, which means delicious, is housed in a historic 150-year-old adobe in the tiny village of Arroyo Seco. Famous for wood-grilled steaks, fully-stocked bar, amazing wine cellar. Patio dining in summer with outside bar and covered tables. Fabulous handsqueezed Margaritas; local musicians in the cozy lounge. Book your upcoming event in our breathtaking plum orchard. Happy hour 4–6 pm, dinner 4:30 ‘til close. 10% OFF with valid ski pass.

RED RIVER BRETT’S BISTRO – At Lifts West, 201 W. Main Street in Red River. 575-754-9959. Serving the best steaks, seafood and Rocky Mountain trout for over 35 years. Daily lunch special until 4 pm: Burger, fries, and a beer for just $9.95. Cold beer and fine wines. Kids’ menu. Like us on Facebook. Open daily 11 am–9 pm.

SUNDANCE – High Street at Copper King. 575-754-2971. Same great food, same great service. Celebrating our 44th year. Steaks, salads, excellent Mexican food. Great sopaipillas! Specials include shrimp fajitas and quesadillas. Frozen wine Margaritas. Reservations welcome. Call for to-go orders. Open nightly 5 pm.

ANGEL FIRE ANGEL FIRED PIZZA – Located on the second floor of the Mountain View Mall (next to the Lowe’s Valley Market). 575377-2774. We serve specialty pizzas, baked pastas, subs, calzones and salads. Our fun, relaxed atmosphere has great views of the mountain. Wide selection of handcrafted beers and fine wines. Many gluten-free options. Dine-in or carry-out. Open lunch and dinner, Tuesday–Sunday 11 am–9 pm. Happy Hour daily 3-6.

LEGENDS GRILL – Located on the second floor of The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort. 575-377-4201. A great place for the whole family. Proudly serving 1/2 lb. Angus beef burgers, sandwiches, salads and more. Great selection of craft beers on tap. Sports on the big screens! Open daily 4-9 pm. THE LIFT – Located in the lobby of The Lodge at Angel Fire Resort. 575-377-4234. Serving Starbucks specialty coffees and freshly baked goods daily. The Lift dishes up delicious breakfasts and lunches, including homemade breakfast burritos (a local favorite), breakfast sandwiches, wraps, fresh salads and homemade dressings. Beer and wine also available. Open daily 7 am-4 pm, with extended hours during peak periods. ELEMENTS at THE COUNTRY CLUB – 575-377-3055. Enjoy unobstructed Southern Rocky Mountain views while your taste buds delight in world class cuisine. Featuring a full bar, an award winning wine list, private dining rooms and group event spaces. Located on the upper level of the Angel Fire Country Club and open to the public year-round. Dining room is open Tuesday-Saturday 5–9 pm. Bar and lounge open Tuesday-Saturday 4 pm-close. Extended hours during peak periods.

PIZZA STOP – Located one block from the slopes, Village Center #1, North Angel Fire Road. 575-377-6340. Angel Fire’s oldest family restaurant features all kinds of pizzas, sandwiches, spaghetti, garlic rolls and more. Open Monday–Saturday 11 am-1 pm and 4:30 ‘til closing(?). Open Sunday 4:30–closing. Closed Tuesdays. Thanks for the past 28 years!

It All Happens

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2018 DECEMBER – 2017

8, 22, 29 Snow Divas Womens’ Clinic, Ski Apache

9, 16, 23, 30 Torchlight Parades, Red River


10-17 College Days, Red River Ski Area

11, 18, 25 Men’s Mountain Masters, Ski Apache

11 Military Monday, TSV – weekly through March 26

12-14 Winter Carnival, Red River

15-16 Public Demo Days, Taos Ski Valley

13 Race the Face Snowmobile Hill Climb

15-17 Femme de Freeride, Taos Ski Valley

13 Telemark Festival, Sipapu Ski Area

16 Venture Snowboard Demos, Purgatory

13-14 Skijoring, Town of Red River

16 Christmas Tree Lighting, TSV

13 Santa Fe Brewing Happy Hops Hunt, Sipapu

19 Member X-Country Ski Clinic, Angel Fire Resort

13 Freeheel Fray Telemark Race, Sipapu

21 Children’s Center Grand Opening, TSV

13 Snowshoe Headlamp Tour, Sipapu

22 Dress as Santa or Elves and Ski Free, TSV

14 Ice Climbing Clinic, Purgatory Resort

22 First Annual Christmas Market, TSV

16-21 5th Annual Not Forgotten Outreach week, TSV

22 New Belgium Brewing Fleece Giveaway, Purgatory

17, 24, 31 McDonald’s Twilight Nights Race Series, Purgatory

23-31 Scenic Snowcat tours, Purgatory Resort

20 USSC Ultimate Ski / Snowboard Challenge, Red River

24 Procession of the Virgin & bonfires, Taos Pueblo

21 King of the Hill Terrain Competition, Sipapu

24 Torchlight parade & fireworks, all ski areas

21 Locals Benefit Day, Purgatory Resort

24-25 Ski or Ride with Santa, most ski areas

21 Demo Day, Purgatory Resort

25 Matachines or Deer Dance, Taos Pueblo

21 King of the Hill Terrain Park competition, Sipapu

25 Christmas Luminaria Tour, Enchanted Forest XC

21 USASA SW Freeride Slopestyle Competition, Sipapu

27 Dummy Gelunde and Torchlight Parade, Ski Apache

26-28 Ladies Turn Ski Weekend, Purgatory Resort

29 Tour with a Ranger, Red River Ski Area, ongoing

26-28 Big Ol’ Texas Weekend, Angel Fire Resort

31 Torchlight parade & fireworks, all ski areas

27 UNM Corporate Cup, Sipapu

31 Night Rail Jam, Purgatory Resort

27 Moonlight Hike & Campfire, Sipapu

31 Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe, Sledding, Sipapu

31 Member Moonlight Dinner & Ski, AF Resort

31 Moonlight Ski & Snowshoe, Enchanted Forest


31 New Year’s Celebration, Taos Plaza


Turtle Dance, Taos Pueblo

Member X-Country Ski Clinic, Angel Fire Resort

1, 8, 15 Men’s Mountain Masters, Ski Apache 2-3 World Championship Shovel Races, AF Resort 2-3 UNM Lobo Invitational NCAA races, Sipapu

1-7 College Week, Angel Fire Resort


1-28 Scenic Snowcat tours, Purgatory Resort

3-4 Air Bag Jump, Purgatory Resort

2-16 College Days, Red River Ski Area

3-4 Rando Raid: US Ski Mountaineering Nationals Race, TSV

3-4 Never Summer Demo Day, Purgatory Resort

3, 10, 17, 24 Ladies’ Days, Ski Apache

5 New Belgium Brewing Fleece Giveaway, Purgatory

4, 25 Locals Benefit Day, Purgatory Resort

5-8 USASA Snowboard Slalom & Giant Slalom, Purgatory

5, 12, 26 Snow Divas Womens’ Clinic, Ski Apache


22nd Annual Brewmaster’s Festival, TSV



Buffalo or Deer Dance, Taos Pueblo

9-11 Junior Taos Freeride Regionals, TSV


USASA Gold Rush Rail Jam, Red River

9-13 Mardi Gras Celebration, Angel Fire Resort

7 Ladies’ Telemark ski clinics, Wolf Creek 30

Telemark Ski Clinic, Wolf Creek Ski Area

Member X-Country Ski Clinic, Angel Fire Resort

9-13 Mardi Gras in the Mountains, Red River Ski Area SKICOUNTRY 2018

10 Red Ball Express, Purgatory Resort

14 Wolves Visit The Mountain, Purgatory Resort

11 Mardi Gras Fun Race, Wolf Creek

16-17 22nd Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon, Taos Ski Valley

14-15 10th Annual SW On-Snow Demo Days, TSV

16-18 Dog Days – Ski with your dogs, Sipapu

16-18 Members’ Winter Weekend, Angel Fire Resort

16, 23 Kids Glowstick Parade, Red River

17 USASA Halfpipe Competition, Purgatory Resort

17 Snowboarding 10th Anniversary, TSV

17 ON3P Ski Demos, Purgatory Resort

17 Pond Skimming Contest, Sipapu

17 Night Rail Jam, Purgatory Resort

17 Snowshoe Headlamp Tour, Sipapu

17 Santa Fe Brewing Happy Hops Hunt 2, Sipapu

17 McDonald’s Cardboard Derby, Purgatory Resort

17-19 February Fun Fest, Sipapu

19-23 Yeti Club Ski & Ride Camp, Sipapu

18 Presidents Day Fun Race, Wolf Creek Ski Area

24 Ski-Easter for kids, Purgatory Resort

22-26 Military Winterfest, AF Resort

25 Closing Day, AF Resort

23-25 Ski Bike Festival, Purgatory Resort

25 Closing Day, Sipapu Resort

24 4th Annual Lloyd Bolander Memorial, Sipapu

25 Locals Benefit Day / Demo Day, Purgatory Resort

24 Moonlight Hike & Campfire, Sipapu

31 Howlin’ Wolf Super-G Downhill, Wolf Creek

24 Just Desserts Eat and Ski, Sipapu

31 Pond Skimming, Purgatory Resort

24 Shred the Love for Breast Cancer, Taos Ski Valley


24 USASA Rampage Slopestyle, Red River Ski Area 24 Dave Spencer Ski Classic, Purgatory Resort 25 Demo Day, Purgatory Resort 25 Slalom & Giant Slalom Races, Red River


Closing Day, Taos Ski Valley


Easter Bunny at Wolf Creek Ski Area


Locals Appreciation Day, Wolf Creek Ski Area

28-March 3 Taos Freeride Championships, Taos Ski Valley


Member Ski Day in Taos, AF Resort


Uncle Clyde’s Run & Slide, Purgatory Resort


Chow Down Pet Supplies Giant Slalom, Wolf Creek


Ski Team Invitational Giant Slalom, Wolf Creek


Angel Fire 800-446-8117

Chama 800-477-0149

Durango 970-247-3500

Eagle Nest 800-494-9117

Pagosa Springs 800-252-2204

Red River 800-348-6444

Ruidoso 877-784-3676

Santa Fe 800-777-2489

10 Rally in The Valley, TSV

South Fork 800-571-0881

10-11 Air Bag Jump, Purgatory Resort

Taos County 800-732-8267

10 Member Sledding Social, AF Resort

Taos Pueblo 575-758-1028

3-4 Hawaiian Days, Sipapu Ski Resort 4

Ladies Ski & Snowboard clinic, Wolf Creek

10 Spring Fling Fun Race, Wolf Creek 10 15th Annual Cardboard Derby, Sipapu 10 “We Be Jammin’” Sundown Rail Jam, Red River 10 Ernie Blake Birthday Celebration, TSV

11 Lone Star Cup, Ski Apache 12, 15 Fun With Science performances, Purgatory Resort

Dates are subject to change. Check with local chambers

12-23 Spring Break Celebration, Angel Fire Resort

and visitor centers for updated calendar information.


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