Ski Trip Report
Ski trip reports will be posted here after they happen. We do not offer ski trips, but will post info as it is attained.

                                         TAOS SPRING BREAK 2010

Sunday morning March 14 we pulled out of the driveway only 15 min. behind scheduled departure, not too bad, now only 15 hours of driving and we will be enjoying our spring break ski trip…

Weather and roads were gorgeous, yep this is why we ski at spring break.  Burgers in the car and quick stops, we are making great time, that is until we hit Vaughn N.M.  The snowfall that was predicted had started, no problem we only have an hour till we hit Santa Fe where we can get our hotel room for the night and wait out the weather.

I won’t go into the details of the next 3 hours that it took us to get to Santa Fe but I did learn that I am capable of praying intensely for 3 hours straight and we did arrive safely in Santa Fe

Grateful for the beautiful weather the next morning we finished our road trip on into Taos, New Mexico. Upon arriving at the Kandahar(ski in ski out condos) we unloaded and familiarized ourselves with the accommodations and were off to more important business- to get our snow skis, boards, and blades.  We had reserved our equipment at Cottam’s which we were very impressed with.  They whisked us away to a back room where all of us had our requested equipment preassembled, adjusted and ready to be tried on and approved.  Quick, efficient, friendly and we were out the door ready to ski etc…

Funny thing about spring break is you never know what the weather is going to be like.  Monday was a day of thick powder snow; of course remember we drove through it getting there.  Snow was still falling and the sky was grey, goggles were definitely an advantage and you needed layered clothing for warmth but by Tuesday the sun was out and it felt like spring break skiing again.  Sweaters were stripped away and we had the most beautiful 3 days of good snow, sunshine, and awesome skiing, boarding and blading.  Riding the lift to the top of the mountain, I thought this is truly a great family sport, fun for all ages.  A sport so addictive that after having both knees replaced 3 years ago, my father (I won’t mention his age) has returned to conquer the mountain again and looked great doing it.  Gliding down the ski runs feeling the rhythm of the turns, I could hear the cousins challenging each other to veer off from this blue run and take on a mogul filled black run.  One of the group (I wont mention any names) hiked up a path, no ski lift dared to go, to ski a double black run “main street” I believe was the name of it.  Yes he is still with us…

There is nothing quite like sitting at a picnic table on a snow covered mountain, with the sun warming your back, while you enjoy a delicious burger and fries while planning the ski trails you intend to enjoy the rest of the afternoon with family and friends…

By Thursday evening it was time to pack and prepare for the return trip home.  We would be leaving before the crack of dawn, there is another winter storm coming and we were not going to get caught in this one.  However it did mean more snow on the way for those staying behind.

Denise Copeland
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