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This week, snowsports journalist Daniel Gibson takes us skiing at his own private paradise, then provides regional resort condition updates for January 6. | At “Ski Vallecitos” frozen wild grass is considered a skiable surface, as are icy ponderosa pine needles. I was reminded of this on a New Year’s outing to the Tusas Mountains and the small straw bale cabin we have on the banks of the Rio Vallecitos north of Ojo Caliente. We have a tradition of heading … Read More
Viewed from 9,000 feet elevation on the front lawn of The Lodge Resort in Cloudcroft, distant White Sands shimmers as an immense snow-white expanse on the Tularosa Basin’s tawny desert landscape that stretches to the western horizon. Mystery and Majesty This 275-square-mile anomaly of undulating gypsum sand dunes, established as a national monument in 1933, has drawn humans for more than 10,000 years to its otherworldly environs. Today, even in the midst of a pandemic, the recently designated national park … Read More
It’s that time of year again! The season of fresh starts and new beginnings. And, as we bid farewell to the past year and find ourselves looking ahead, many of us make those infamous resolutions. It’s generally with the highest of hopes and best intentions that we make these promises to ourselves. We long to do better and we’re determined. We’re going to buckle down and do those things that somehow got put on the back burner the previous year. … Read More