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now. You either love it or hate it. And it’s far easier to love when powdery and pure white (“snow white” conjures pristine beauty, after all). If you’re a skier, it’s easier still to embrace the fluffy white stuff. Which is why I quite happily go south to strap on some skis—as far south as New Mexico, where there’s a still relatively unknown ski scene. I almost want to keep it that way. Think of New Mexico and Sante Fe and Taos you may imagine Georgia O’Keefe, desert scrub bush, bleached bones and red-earth adobe houses. That’s all there, but there’s also snow. Dry, light-as-air, deep, face-wash snow. At Taos, the legendary ski hill greets you with a sign that claims, “Don’t panic! You’re looking at only 1/30 of Taos Ski Valley. We have many easy runs too.” It’s
a reference to Taos’ reputation for steep chutes and hairy runs. Oh yeah, bring it on! And there’s now even better access to that tough terrain with a lift to Kachina Peak (page 15). For less exertion, but probably more exposure to winter’s chill, we go back north and all the way east to Newfoundland. The Rock may not be the first place you’d put on your list to check out at this time of year, but there’s an eerie beauty at play, when the colourful fishermen’s houses of Trinity (snap-worthy any time of year) pop even brighter against the surrounding white (page 32). St. John’s, Newfoundland’s capital (page 23) hums with jovial activity despite the cold. Rub shoulders and stay warm with
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locals at cozy brewpubs hugging the icy shores of this Atlantic outpost. To warm up after embracing the cold, we’ve asked bartenders and distillers around the country for their go-to holiday tipples, from the Cardamom Rose by Yukon Shine Distillery in Whitehorse to the Winter Martini from EVOO restaurant in Montreal (page 13). If that’s more than enough of the cold factor, escape back down south to southern California with motoring columnist Dr. Silverthorn for the Winternationals car extravaganza and burn some rubber (page 12), or go west to Hawaii, a perennial favourite for good reason. This time, island hop off the island of Maui to Lanai, where idyllic little Lanai is a taste of old Hawaii (page 5). We also travel to the Caribbean with photography expert Michael DeFreitas (and recent award winner in the 2015 SATW Bill Muster Photo Competition) for advice on how to shoot beach scenes and make your Instagram friends über jealous (and, yes, it’s okay to gloat) while on vacation (page 8). Hot or cold, winter is coming and that’s a good thing. Any ideas, comments or questions? Reach us at feedback@InPrintPublications.com. B. Sligl
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New Mexico may not be the first place you think of for a ski vacation, but the dry climate and high elevation makes for some stellar skiing. And the artsy vibe equals great après-ski scene, great characters, like this gentleman in Red River, and places to stay, like La Fonda Inn on the Plaze. Story on page 15.
The Big Chill in Newfoundland. Powder Hunting in New Mexico.