Winter is Coming
Pray to the old gods and the new for snow
By Renée Chavez
Attack of La Niña: 2016 Winter Weather Report
Meteorologist Andy Church of the National Weather Service told the Albuquerque Journal, “The northern mountains will have the best chance for average or slightly-
The Price is Right
Lift tickets are generally the most expensive part of snow sports. The below prices are for a regular season adult all-day lift ticket. Make sure to check resort websites for specials like family pricing, car load days, local appreciation days, student/military rates, discount cards (like the Peak Plus or Power Pack) and free days for specific age groups.
Red River $73
Angel Fire $73
Santa Fe $75
On the Road Again
Ahhh … those bitterly cold, dark winter mornings spent rocking out to Queen and cruising up the mountain to be the first on the lift. It's a sacred ritual that usually involves coffee, breakfast burritos and watching the first rays of sunlight break over the frosty horizon. Beautiful. To make sure you leave early enough, check out approximately (depending on how legal your driving style is) how long it will take to make the journey from Burque to your chosen mountain.
Sandia 39 min
Santa Fe 1hr, 37 min
Pajarito 1 hr, 50 min
Sipapu 2 hr, 22 min
Taos 2hr, 54 min
Angel Fire 3 hr
Red River 3 hr, 10 min
Apache 3 hr, 18 min
Whether you're looking to rent or buy, you've just got to have the right gear. You don't want to have to spend the whole day drinking in the lodge because your boots don't fit or your cheapo bindings broke on the first run … or maybe you do want to get pissed with the other snow bunnies—no shame in your game, my friend. Either way, make sure to check out these excellent sporting good locales:
BZ Skate Shop (3025 Central NE): boards, boots, badass t-shirts, sunglasses and more
Skate City Supply (1311 Eubank NE): boards, helmets, stickers, waxing, boots and more
Outdoor ReGear (4201 Yale NE): used boards, jackets, boots, skis, snowshoes and more
Sport Systems (6915 Montgomery NE): roof racks, boards, boots, skis, clothes and more
Haven Skate Shop (114 Vassar SE): wax, irons, clothing and sunglasses
If you truly can't find what you're looking for, you can try out one of the big stores like REI (1550 Mercantile NE), Dick's Sporting Goods (Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul NE), Big 5 Sporting Goods (2720 San Mateo NE), Vans (Coronado Center, 6600 Menaul NE), Zumiez (10000 Coors Bypass NW) or The North Face (2240 Q Street). But seriously, do your best to stick it to The Man by shopping local. The Mountain Gods will reward you and smile upon your next attempt at a 360° tailgrab.
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