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Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe Opera

Music is a universal gift, with the power to connect and bring together people from all walks of life. The Santa Fe Opera wields that power judiciously, with its mission “to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality…” If you’ve never attended one of the Opera’s spectacular offerings, you’re definitely missing out on one of life’s greatest pleasures. Officially founded in 1957, by John O. Crosby, when he bought a 76-acre ranch, which had … Read More

Snow Trax 9 | Taos Ski Valley’s Christof Brownell

Doing it His Way: Mayor Christof Brownell of Taos Ski Valley | By Snowsports Journalist Daniel Gibson | His is the classic case of the outsider becoming the insider, the person with no authority becoming the authority. Christof Brownell was a lucky kid. Born and raised in Taos Ski Valley, he is the older of two sons of Elisabeth and Tom Brownell, who owned and operated the fabled Thunderbird Lodge for some 40 years. For decades Christof was a highly … Read More

Snow Trax | Chasing the Dream of Speed: Doug Bell
Doug Bell ski racing

“This fall I decided that it was time for me to get back into ski racing again and dig into it with gusto. For many years I’d thought I had the ability to keep up with the very fastest skiers I faced, like those who grew up in Colorado skiing every day. Growing up in Santa Fe, I was more of a weekend warrior, and lacked a certain edge. Now is the time, I felt, to close the gap, to ‘live the dream.’” So Doug Bell said to me recently as he was preparing to head off to a multi-week ski-racing program in Utah. Though now in his early 60s, the competitive fires of the former high school and college racer still smolder. The speed bug bit him early and bit him hard.