Last Day of the Season
Today, Easter Sunday was the last day of the ski season at Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico. As I am an employee, I was fortunate enough to be assigned to a spot, where I could view the crazy antics of the many skiers and snowboarders, as they came flying down the slope and tried to negotiate 40 feet of open, chilly water. The competition went on for a couple of hours, as costumed skiers and snowboarders flew down the slope and tried to cross the makeshift body of water. A good time was had by all as only a few lucky individuals made it across the watery course. Losers got to soak in a hot tub that was set up right near the temporary body of water.
Late Season Snowstorm
This event would not have been possible without the cooperation of Mother Nature, who earlier this week graced the New Mexican Sangre de Christo Mountains with over a foot of the white stuff. TSV collected almost two feet, which made for some great skiing and boarding. If not for this recent snowstorm, the popular annual event would have been canceled because of the unseasonably warm temperatures that have descended on the region. Several weeks of 60 and even 70 degree days have turned much of TSV’s snow cover to a mushy meal during the daytime, only to be frozen again overnight. On this last day of the season, these conditions were returning, though some good early morning skiing was still available at higher elevations.
There’s Always Next Year
Though thoroughly enjoyed by all, a definite sadness descended over the crowd that had gathered to watch the fun and games. For once five o’clock rolled around and the event ended, everyone had no choice to head for their vehicles and make the long drive down the mountain, knowing full well that the next skiing days were now over six months away.