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The Skiing Different: Exceptional snow and sunshine create unique experience

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 7:01 pm, Thu Oct 23, 2014.

Skiing is not the first thing out-of-staters associate with New Mexico, which makes it tough on our ski areas to make it financially. On the other hand, it leaves those in the know with untouched powder days after a storm, and the blessing — in an increasingly crowded world — of some solitude when we ski or board.

This sense of isolation, of being in nature one-on-one, is one of the factors that makes skiing in the Land of Enchantment so unique. What else distinguishes our ski scene? One of the most important New Mexico characteristics is the snow itself. Not all snow is created equal. In our generally dry region, snow falls with a shockingly small percentage of actual water in it, giving us some of the lightest, fluffiest, easy-to-ski powder in the world. Utah coined the term first, “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” but New Mexico’s is arguably better.

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