Monthly Archives: December 2010

Santa Fe Neighbhorhoods – Focus on the Santa Fe Ski Area

Santa Fe New Mexico Living– Focus on the Ski Area

Entrance to Ski Santa Fe

Entrance to Ski Santa Fe

It is the time of year to brush off the ski equipment!  Ski Santa Fe will open December 10, 2010.  Many people are surprised to learn that Santa Fe, New Mexico, located in the southwestern U.S. desert, has a vibrant ski industry. Just 16 miles from the heart of Santa Fe’s historic district at the end of Hyde Park Road, Ski Santa Fe is nestled high in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains .  With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, Ski Santa Fe boasts that it “is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States.” The resort has a 12,705 foot summit, 1,725 vertical feet of skiing, 7 lifts and 72 trails. There is something for every level of skier. The trails are evenly distributed with 20% rated easiest, 40% rated more difficult and 40% rated most difficult. The longest run is 3 miles long.

ski slope and tree (2)Each year local residents and visitors eagerly await the day that the lifts will be open. Average annual snowfall is 225 inches and the ski season can last from Thanksgiving weekend to early April depending on snow conditions.

The resort serves approximately 200,000 skiers annually and is important to the local economy. In mid November Ski Santa Fe announced that it planed to employ 400 workers this season, including lift operators, instructors, parking attendants, child caretakers and security workers.

For the most current snow conditions, base depth and how many lifts are operating, check the Ski Santa Fe.

For driving directions and a map from the Plaza to the Ski Santa Fe Resort.

For more winter sports, you can stop by Hyde Memorial State Park (740 Hyde Park Road), 8 miles northeast of the Santa Fe Plaza along Hyde Park Road where sledding, snowshoeing and cross country skiing opportunities are available. Click here for more information about one of New Mexico’s oldest state parks and a local favorite.

After a hard day of skiing or other winter activities, you may want to relax at Ten Thousand Waves (3451 Hyde Park Road), a unique mountain spa resort approximately 3.5 northeast of the Santa Fe Plaza along Hyde Park Road that feels like a Japanese onsen. They offer hot tubs, saunas, cold plunges, massages and many other body work treatments as well as 13 hotel suites. Click here for more information about their packages and rates.

Santa Fe New Mexico Living – Winter Recipes

Apple season lasts a long time at the Farmers Market!  Here is another easy and delicious winter salad recipe, this time using apples and celery:

Celery and Apple Salad (from Cuisine Economique by Jacques Pepin):

  • 6 ribs celery (about 8 ounces) as pale and green and tender as possible
  • 2 medium Red Delicious apples (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 ½  tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  1. Trim the celery ribs to remove the leaves and peel ribs with a vegetable peeler if the outer surface is tough or fibrous.  Wash and cut the ribs into 2-inch pieces.  Then press the pieces flat on the table and cut them into thin strips.  You should have about 2 ½ cups.  Place in bowl.
  2. Wash apples thoroughly in warm water, scraping them slightly with a sharp knife to remove any surface wax.  Stand the apples upright on a table and cut each one vertically into ½ inch think slices, stopping only when you reach the core, pivoting the apple and cutting again until only the core remains.  Discard the cores, stack the apple slices together and cut them into ½ inch strips.
  3. Add the apple strips to the celery in the bowl and add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl.  Mix well.