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Water Over Mountain - March 2014

Winter feels a long way away on the cusp of summer. But sunny warm days can bring dreams of snow in the unlikeliest of seasons. Here is an update of Channing Huser's ongoing "Water Over Mountain" documentary project. Hopefully a little positive visualization will power us through the long hot months until the next snowfall.

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Water Over Mountain - March 2014

SnowCode - Water Over Mountain

My Annual Tradition

TSV - Party on Kachina Peak

I have a simple, but satisfying, tradition of skiing on my birthday with a good friend. Whether on steep terrain or mellow, with great snow or not, I do my best to make turns celebrating another successful lap around the sun. On this particular day the terrain was great and the snow was too (we found a few rocks regardless). Here are some shots from my birthday ski at Taos Ski Valley.

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Taos Ski Valley

The Evolution of Taos Ski Valley

Ernie Blake hiking the Ridge at Taos Ski Valley

After decades of ownership by the Blake family, Taos Ski Valley (TSV) has been purchased by Louis Bacon. This change has left many intensely loyal Taos skiers wondering what is in store for their favorite mountain. While the Taos Ski Valley 2010 Development Plan details future plans there are still unanswered questions. I interviewed Gordon Briner, C.E.O. and Peter Talty, Director of Properties to find out more about the changes in store for Taos Ski Valley.

Backcountry Skiing 101

Heading Out of Bounds

It's mid-winter (north of the equator) and a skier's thoughts will turn to the backcountry. If you've never hiked outside of a ski area, or you want a refresher, here are a few short videos to introduce you to skiing (and snowboarding) out of bounds. Thanks to Sarah Carpenter and Outdoor Research for posting these how-to videos.

While I check my pack and gear I hope the snowpack near you is deeper and more solid than what is in the mountains near me.

Tony Forrest Telemark Clinic 2014

Tony Forrest circa 1987

You are invited to the 27th Annual
Tony Forrest Telemark Clinic
Saturday & Sunday, January 25 & 26, 2014

$125 Two Days, $65 One Day
$200 Two Days plus Lift Tickets
at Ski Santa Fe

Please call 505-982-4429 for reservations

Back in My Day...

Polar Vortex Comparison - January 5, 2014 to November 14, 2013

...We had to walk uphill, through the snow, both ways to get to school. While I usually laugh at talk like that apparently, You Kids actually don't know what it used to be like. And us older folks are forgetting how cold winter used to be.

Friends on a Powder Day

Powder Day Bumps

The saying goes "There are no friends on a powder day." Don't sleep in, don't read the paper, just grab your gear and head out the door. Today was one of those days when a "little" storm left several inches of pure fluff on the local mountain. The old-timers knew and claimed the powder while the new kids learned a valuable lesson.

But that part about "no friends"? Good friends will trade first tracks and leave a clean line to ski.

Light Cycles

Welcome to Winter! While my mind is firmly in the world of snow sports for the season, other people keep cycling through the colder months. Important Safety Tip: You can't have too many lights when night riding.

Home Baked Boots

Thermofit Liners Cooling Off

Most modern ski boots feature thermo-fit liners that provide a custom-fit boot for minimal hassle. But, if you buy your boots online or if you're pressed for time how do you get that custom fit without a trip to a ski shop? If you have an oven and properly fitting boot shells, it's easier than baking cookies. Thanks to Charlie for the simple how-to instructions for baking and custom fitting your own thermofit boot liners.

How to Bake Thermo-fit Boot Liners by Charlie:

1. Crack open a beer.

2. Drink some beer.

Don't Buy Junk

Hugh's Jacket

My friend Hugh lost his jacket a couple of winters ago. That jacket had a lot of history. It came back to him and Hugh still wears it.

Life is a long journey. Choose gear that lasts.

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Worn Wear – The Stories We Wear

There, I Fixed It!

Think Sustainable, Buy Durable



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