Ski In The Valles Caldera National Preserve

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Jemez ski opportunities look the best they have in years.  Come join me in a ski outing at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.  We will be making use of one of two free access points right off Highway 4.  These are only available in the winter.  With the expected snow over the next few days, conditions should be very good...

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...

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...

Los Griegos

Dec 15, 2014 Frances  and I started skiing up Ladera  ~3;30 today (Friday).  The trail was snowshoer packed and in good shape with 4-6" on the side of the trail.  Above Lower Road, the snowshoers abandoned Ladera and we followed an earlier skier up to Griegos Junction.  Near GJ the snow was close to 12" deep.  At sun-exposed GJ...

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...

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...