Archive for: December 2014

Big Tesuque at Santa Fe

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The "Barry Ritchey Brazos Cones Redux” for today was scrubbed due to the closure of a US64 to the trailhead.  Not wanting to waste a sparkling clear morning, Barry and I met up with Barry’s friend Doug to ski “Big T”, a popular backcountry area just outside the boundaries of Santa Fe Ski Basin.  We parked at the Aspen...

Trail Maintenance Project Continues

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Starting in the early 1970s NMCCSC member Sam Beard started building and maintaining ski trails in the Sandia Mountains. At that time most of the trails were in the area bounded by the Crest Road on the north, the Sandia Ski Area on the south, the Kiwanis service road on the west, and the Crest Highway on the east. During...

Silverton Final Arrangements for New Years

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Car Trip Chair Rob Suminsby announced the final arrangements for the Silverton New Years Celebration Car Trip to all those who will be braving the elements to get there for the event. According to Rob, "Hope everyone is emerging from their Roast Beef or Turkey-induced comas in time to enjoy the new snow.  I have given up keeping track of...

Club Bus Trips 2015

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Bus Trip Chairs Celeste Taylor-Ryman and Bill White announced the 2015 bus trips would be Pagosa Springs, CO, from January 15 to 19, 2015, and Frisco, CO, from February 20 to 23, 2015. We have been at both locations before, and both are great skiing centers. The skiing in the Pagosa / Wolf Creek area is both great and...

Red River Beginner Practice Trip Coming

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The Car Trip Fri, Feb 27, 2015, to Sun, Mar 1, 2015, to Red River will be the annual trip for the Beginner Instruction Program to learn about the best of skiing. We will be staying at the Golden Eagle Lodge in downtown Red River. The weekend is designed for beginning to moderate skiers. One of the ski opportunities...

New Website is Big Change

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This new NMCCSC website represents a major change in our communication, both to our members and among our members. It will continue to have the basic information about the club and our activities. But there will be two big changes. The first one you will notice right away: a lot more pictures, of our activities and of our members....

Ladera Trail

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Jan 23, 2015 In spite of only 7" in our yard, we decided to check out Los Griegos on Thursday.  We broke trail under mostly cloudy skies with intermittent snow showers, in a couple of inches of new, over a packed track.  Unpacked snow at the sides of the trail was 18+".  First picture shows Frances near the trailhead. At Griegos...

First Sandia Crest Outing

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Today, 6 of us had a fun time skiing in great conditions, better than I had expected and I feel certain it will not have deteriorated by tomorrow so get out if you can. We mainly just did Switchback off Ellis and upper service road near crest house parking. Did a fair amount of socializing as we kept running...

Brazos best first run

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Before I forget… Happy Winter Solstice! Seven of us skied Brazos Cones/Overlook yesterday, December 20, 2014. Five of us, Kathi, Doug, Steve, Vit and I, attempted to totally track-out Cone1; while Alan Shapiro and Sarah Stout ventured out to the overlook. Pow-pow was so good and plentiful on Cone1 that we didn’t venture over to Cone2. So lucky to...

Looking forward to Pagosa

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Finally!  The gully approach to Lobo Overlook has something like a base! Just a rock or two in that section where the trail turns adjacent to the gully.  But the descent below this point actually has enough snow to make turns across the skin track!  Finally! On this bluebird day, the view from the overlook was fantastic!  The Rock Garden still needs...