This weekend was another one in paradise--between the Vinyasa yoga at Body of Santa Fe (http://www.bodyofsantafe.com/) and "skinning" up Ski Santa Fe, plus a nice afternoon sitting outside at the Teahouse on Canyon Road (http://www.teahousesantafe.com/), I was in heaven.
With friends Mary, John, Carol and Elizabeth, and three dogs (Stella is my blue heeler, to the right) we put felt "skins" on telemark skis and started our ascent, which totals about 1,800 vertical feet from bottom to top, at 4 pm. My dog, who is a herder by breed and from the Espanola Valley Humane Society (http://www.espanolashelter.org/), couldn't resist chasing at the heels of the skiers and snowboarders on the last run of the day. That was her first and last day on the ski slopes!
One hour later we made it to the top of Ski Santa Fe (http://www.skisantafe.com/), a resort nestled high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and a mere 16 miles from the historic Plaza.
The view of the desertscape below us was worth the hard work. Minutes later we breezed down to the base and enjoyed a hot mug of mint tea.
If you're interested in getting a fantastic work out and need telemarking gear, Sangre de Cristo Mountain Works will hook you up with fantastic rental equipment: http://www.sdcmountainworks.com/
Here's to another great week in the Land of Enchantment!