Coyote Call

Dec 25, 2014 On Christmas, Frances, daughter Mag, and I set out from the Alamo Boundary Trailhead on a ribbon-thin track of snow amidst abundant flora on an out-and-back toward the south leg of Coyote Call (Sam Beard's "Most Beautiful Mile").  The preceding Monday, there were high winds here in Los Alamos, so it was not surprising that a...

Big Tesuque at Santa Fe

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

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

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...

New Website is Big Change

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....

First Sandia Crest Outing

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

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

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...

Silverton here we come!

Silverton, CO, has been our New Years trip for the past several years. The snow is great, the town is celebratory, and the wildlife, well, there isn't anything like it. We have close to 50 skiers who will be going on Dec. 31, 2014, all with the solemn goal of skiing every day of 2015. The first three are...