at 10,300’ with the Silverton Outdoor Learning and Recreation
The region's newest
snow sports area--Silverton Mountain Ski Area just in the San
Juan Mountains north of Durango, Colorado-has announced an interesting
series of educational workshops for winter outdoor enthusiasts.
Its Silverton Outdoor Learning and Recreation Center (SOLRC)
will present courses wilderness first aid, adventure writing,
avalanche awareness, snow photography, mountain rituals and
an introduction to rescue dog training.
The area is scheduled
to open on a limited basis this season (open only to guided
outings, 20 people per day maximum, $99 per person), most likely
in mid to late January.
This is SOLRC's second
season providing field courses for small groups of participants.
Jen Ader, Educational Coordinator, explains, "We strive
to provide a fun educational experience in a hands-on learning
environment. We have courses for the talented skier/snowboarder
and for people who have never been and don't want to ever go
downhill on a ski slope."
Here is a list of
Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9: Avalanche Awareness--Designed
for the snow enthusiast, those who know how to ski advanced
terrain but don't feel comfortable in the backcountry. Instructor:
Silverton Mountain Snow Safety Staff. Price: $115 (includes
guided skiing off the chairlift).
Jan. 26: World
Renewal Ritual in the Mountains--An afternoon course led
by Dolores LaChapelle, renowned author of Earth Festival,
Deep Powder Snow and Sacred Land Sacred Sex, focusing
on harmonizing our lives and relationship with the earth, sun,
sky, and water. Price: $75.
Jan. 26: Intro to Avalanche Dog Training--An introductory
course for owners and their dogs in avalanche rescue. Dogs should
be friendly and ready to play. Instructor: Stefan Berkel. Price:$175.
Feb. 2-4: Winter Backcountry Skills--A three-day course
for individuals interested in learning about winter camping,
including a two-day/one night excursion. Instructor: Steve Crosby.
Feb. 22-24: Adventure Journalism 101–What it takes to
write or shoot for the top adventure sports magazines, led by
the Senior Editor of Skiing Magazine, Tom Bie, and Senior
Contributor to Powder Magazine, Tom Winter. Price: $145
(tuition only); $ 225 (with day of guided skiing on advanced
April 27-28: Sisters in the Steeps--Woman specific ski/snowboard
program operating on 100% advanced and natural terrain. The
class focuses on avalanche instruction and overcoming intimidation
presented by steep ungroomed terrain and variable conditions.
Instructors: Leslie Ross and Jen Ader. Price: $180.
offered (but possibly subject to rescheduling due to lack of
early snow): Outdoor Advanced Teaching Skills
for Educators and Guides; Snow Photography; Snow Cave
Details: Phone: (970)
AROUND THE REGION
Expert skiers might
want to make plans now to join the 6th annual Ben
Meyers Ridge-A-Thon at Taos Ski Valley March 29-30. The
event is a fundraiser, with participants securing pledges per
run skied off Taos’ infamous hike-to “Ridge.” Nice prizes for
all entries, and extreme bragging rights to the winning 2-person
Angel Fire hosts
its infamous 28th annual World Shovel Races
Feb. 1-3. Watch folks with questionable mental prowess roar
down the slopes at speeds surpassing 60 mph on contraptions
resembling snow sharks and beds, as well as competitors in the
“standard shovel” division. Ouch!
Red River is party
central Feb. 7-12 when Mardis Gras in the Mountains rolls
into town with parades, special dances, fun races and general
madness on and off the slopes. The final days includes the Sobe/Capo’s
Big Air Contest. Who is mas macho? On Jan. 26, turn out for
the Kid’s Flashlight Parade.
Resort and the town of Durango likewise light up Jan. 30-Feb.
3 with their annual bash, Snowdown, with races, parades,
music events and much more.
Skinny skiers should
point their tips toward Crested Butte Jan. 27-Feb. 2 for the
town’s annual Nordic Ski Festival, with a bonfire dinner,
free lessons, advanced clinics, ski tours, a snow sculpture
contest, kid’s activities, and a major race on Feb. 2. Details:
970/349-1707. On Jan. 29-Feb. 3, the resort hosts the 8th
annual Country in the Rockies benefit event, when major
country stars come to sing, ski and mingle with fans. Details:
Information & Seasonal Schedule
800/633-7463 or www.angelfireresort.com,
open Dec. 14 through March 24; Crested Butte: 888/463-6714
open Dec. 15 through April 15; Durango Mt. Resort: 800/982-6103
open through April 7; Enchanted Forest (XC): 800/966-9381
open; Monarch: 800/228-7943 or www.skimonarch.com,
open; Pajarito Mountain:505/662-5725 or www.skipajarito.com,
opening as soon as possible; Red River: 505/754-2223
open fulltime Dec. 14 through March 24; Sandia Peak:
505/242-9133 or www.sandiapeak.com,
scheduled season Dec. 14 through March 17; Ski Rio: 505/758-7707
Ski Santa Fe: 505/982-4429 or www.skisantafe.com,
scheduled season Dec. 8 through April 7; Sipapu: 505/587-2240
scheduled season Dec. 13 through early April; Ski Apache:
505/336-4356 or www.skiapache.com,
open through March 31; Taos Ski Valley: 505/776-2291
scheduled season Dec. 14 through April 7; Telluride:
866/287-5016 or www.Tellurideskiresort.com,
open through April 7; Wolf Creek: 800/754-9653 or www.wolfcreekski.com
open through April 7.
Contact Ski N.M. at 505/984-0606 or www.skinewmexico.com
for reports on New Mexico ski areas and to order a free winter
trip guide; Colorado Ski Country at 303/825-SNOW or www.coloradoski.com
for Colorado reports; or individual areas: Angel Fire--800/633-7463
x 3; Crested Butte--888/TO POWDER; Durango Mt. Resort: 800/525-0892,
ext. 6; Enchanted Forest (XC)-800/966-9381; Monarch--800/228-7943;
Pajarito--888/662-7669; Red River--505/754-2220; Sandia Peak--505/857-8977;
Ski Santa Fe--505/983-9155; Sipapu--505/587-2240; Ski Apache--505/257-9001;
Taos Ski Valley--505/776-2916; Telluride--970/728-7425; Wolf
of Santa Fe (firstname.lastname@example.org)
is the author of four books, most recently Pueblos of the Rio
Grande: A Visitors Guide (Rio Nuevo Publishers). His first day
on "sliders" was 40 years ago.
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