UNM Groomed Ski Loop Update 2016

This past winter the UNM Ski Team started development on a groomed ski loop in the Sandias for ski team training. The loop is intended for the exclusive use of cross country skiers. It is accessible from either the Ellis or 10K Trailhead parking areas. Chris Norton, with the UNM nordic team, has groomed some trails adjacent to the Ellis trailhead...

Ski Santa Fe

This information just in from Steve Roholt reporting on Santa Fe ski trail conditions. If you love winter, snow and skiing of any kind, you would love this. Feel free to share if you'd like. Norski trail in the last photo would be worth checking out. Kathy Kubarski has reported on the condition of this trail as well as...

Mistletoe Canyon Ski Trail Closure

Several years ago the Copar Company from Espanola operated the El Cajete pumice mine on the Jemez Ranger District (JRD) in the East Fork area. After the mine was closed, Copar reclaimed the site by contouring the surface and planting grass and pine trees. The site is now enclosed by a barbed wire fence, and this area is closed...

Ouch! Ski Boot Blisters

It is a struggle if you have non-generic, sensitive feet; especially on the start of a hut trip or even several days of skiing back to back. I recently had a return venture with the beasts that caused me a missed day of skiing. This is especially true with the new plastic boots that don't conform to your feet...

New Gear Resources for XC, BC

This article will be limited to new gear sources in the  Albuquerque , Santa Fe and surrounding community as well as some online sources and  a few exceptions of places we may frequent, like Durango and Toas. Muchas Gracias. Tele and AT Gear in central New Mexico In the Albuquerque area x-c touring gear can be obtained from retailers REI and Sportz...

Skiing the Valles Caldera National Preserve

Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 Six Ski Club members, Eric Russell, Carol Meineke, Dave Williams, Mary K. Gallagher, Sybil Keyser, and Sam Beard, skied the Valles Caldera National Preserve west from the visitor center along the main road to the north side of South Mountain and then turned to the SW and skied across the meadows to the base of the mountain...

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...

Ladera Trail

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...

New Sandia Mountain Trail

Steve Roholt, working with a program called "More Kids in the Winter Woods" developed an idea for a groomed trail in the Sandia Mountains and gained the cooperation and a funding grant from the USFS. The idea expanded to include some additional ski trail improvements.  Then on Friday, November 21, eight very hard working FOSM volunteers removed several dozen...