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Ghost Ranch a haven for any who wish to discover, learn and play

What if there were a camp for grownups where they can hike, fish, swim, ride a horse, participate in an archaeological dig, sing in a chorus, rock climb and take art classes?

Obama opens East Coast to oil search

The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, announcing final approval Friday of sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.

Pecos Canyon business owners, visitors look to state park plan revive area

A fire and subsequent floods shut down Pecos Canyon for most of summer 2013, dealing a blow to businesses. Although the canyon has been open since early May, the number of visitors remains low.

Into the Wild: Take your kids fishing

This weekend get out in the woods, or on the water, with your friends and family for some serious fun and relaxation. The smiling face of a child who has just caught a fish “all by themselves” might be the best catch of the day.

Santa Cruz Lake offers lovely highs, lows

A dam built in 1929 impounds the Río Frijoles and Río del Medio to form Santa Cruz Lake.

Ski Santa Fe

www.skisantafe.com  505-982-4429

Snow report: 505-983-9155

Scheduled season: Thanksgiving Day to April 6.

Distance from Santa Fe: 16 miles

Travel time: 30 minutes

Lifts and runs: Five chairlifts and two conveyor lifts servicing 77 trails (40 percent expert, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent beginner).

Elevation: 10,350 feet at base; 12,075 feet at summit; 1,725-foot vertical drop.

Lift tickets: Adult ages 21-61 full day $69, half-day $54; teens 13-20 full or half day $54; children 12 and under and seniors 62-71 full day $49; free for children under 46 inches tall and seniors 72 years and older. Season passes, Peak Plus Card and other discounts available.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 225 inches, snowmaking on 50 percent of the mountain.

Facilities: Lessons, rentals, retails shops, restaurants, Adaptive Ski Program and freestyle fun park.

Child care: Chipmunk Corner Children’s Center day care and snow-sport school, Children’s Adventure Land.

Directions from Santa Fe: Take Washington Avenue to Artist Road and turn right. Artist Road becomes Hyde Park Road (N.M. 475); follow it to the top of the mountain.

Taos Ski Valley

www.skitaos.org

800-347-7414

Snow report: 575-776-2291 Ext. 2202

Scheduled season: Thanksgiving Day to April 6 (Nov. 28-Dec. 20, Thursday through Sunday)

Distance from Santa Fe: 90 miles

Travel time: Two hours

Lifts and runs: 11 chairlifts and three surface lifts servicing 113 trails (51 percent advanced, 25 percent intermediate, 24 percent beginner).

Elevation: 9,207 feet at base; 11,819 feet at summit; 12,481 feet with a hike to Kachina Peak; 2,612-foot vertical drop (lift-served).

Lift tickets: Adult full day $77, half day $64; teens 13-17 full day $67, half day $49; children 7-12 full day $47, half day $39; seniors 65-79 $67 full day, $49 half day; free for children ages 6 and under (with a paying adult) and those 80 and older; seniors 70 to 79 qualify for a $185 pass for the season. Annual passes, Taos Card and other discounts available. Prices reduced Nov. 28-Dec. 20 and March 31-April 6.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 305 inches, snowmaking on all beginner and intermediate slopes.

Facilities: Lessons, rentals, lodging, retail shops, restaurants, Adaptive Ski Program and terrain park.

Childcare: Kinderkafig Children’s Center day care and ski and ride school.

Directions from Santa Fe: Take U.S. 84/285 north to Española, then N.M. 68 north through Taos. Take N.M. 150 to Taos Ski Valley.

Angel Fire Resort

www.angelfireresort.com  800-633-7463

Snow report: 800-633-7463

Scheduled season: Dec. 13 to March 23

Distance from Santa Fe: 94 miles

Travel time: Two and a half hours

Lifts and runs: Five chairlifts and two surface lifts servicing 74 downhill trails (24 percent expert, 50 percent intermediate, 26 percent beginner) and groomed Nordic trails.

Lift tickets: Adult ages 18-69 full day $66, half day $49; teens 13-17 full day $56, half day $42; juniors 7-12 full day $46, half day $36; free for children age 6 and under and seniors 70 and older. Night lift ticket $24. Nordic daily passes: $10, snowshoe pass $6, sledding $5. Value packages and military and other discounts are available.

Elevation: 8,600 feet at base; 10,677 feet at summit; 2,077-foot vertical drop.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 210 inches, snowmaking on 52 percent of the mountain.

Facilities: Lessons, rentals, lodging, restaurants, Adaptive Ski Program, Nordic center with 15 km of trails and rentals, multiple terrain parks for all levels — including all new Powder City Park, tubing hill, sledding, snowshoeing and state’s longest zip line.

Childcare: Day-care center and children’s ski school.

Directions from Santa Fe: Take U.S. 84/285 north to Española, then N.M. 68 to Taos. Take U.S. 64 east to N.M. 434, and follow this south to the resort.

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area

www.skipajarito.com  505-662-5725

Snow report: 505-662-5725

Scheduled season: mid-Dec. to March 31

Distance from Santa Fe: 45 miles

Estimated travel time: One hour

Lifts and runs: Five chairlifts (including two newly rebuilt after fire damage) and one surface lift servicing 40 trails (40 percent expert, 40 percent intermediate, 20 percent beginner).

Lift tickets: Adult full day $62, half day $42; teens 13-17 full day $52, half day $33; children 7-12 $35, half day $28; seniors 65-74 $52, half day $33; free for children age 6 and under and seniors 75 and older. Season passes and other discounts are available.

Elevation: 9,031 feet at base; 10,441 at summit; 1,200-foot vertical drop.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 125 inches.

Facilities: Lessons, rentals, cafe, Adaptive Ski Program, accessible to Nordic trails, terrain park.

Childcare: None

Directions from Santa Fe: Take U.S. 84/285 north to Pojoaque, then head west on N.M. 502 to Los Alamos. Follow signs to the ski area.

Sipapu Ski Resort

www.sipapunm.com  800-587-2240

Snow report: 800-587-2240

Scheduled season: Nov. 16 to mid-April

Distance from Santa Fe: 60 miles

Travel time: 90 minutes

Lifts and runs: Two triple chairlifts, one platter lift and two Magic Carpet lifts servicing 41 trails (20 percent beginner, 40 percent intermediate, 25 percent advanced and 15 percent expert). Lift tickets: Adult full day $44, half day $33; teens 13-20 full day $37, half day $28; juniors 7-12 full day $29, half day $22; free for children age 6 and under, fourth-graders, 40-year-olds, 60-year-olds and seniors over 70; seniors 61-69 full day $29, half day $22. Value packages and other discounts are available.

Elevation: 8,200 feet at base; 9,255 at summit; 1,055-foot vertical drop.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 190 inches, snowmaking on 70 percent of the mountain.

Facilities: Lessons, rentals, lodging, restaurants and three terrain parks.

Childcare: None. Children’s ski school.

Directions from Santa Fe: Take U.S. 84/285 north to Española, then N.M. 68 to N.M. 75, and then N.M. 518 south five miles to Sipapu.

Red River Ski Area

www.redriverskiarea.com  575-754-2223

Snow report: 575-754-2223

Scheduled season: Nov. 27 to late March (weekends only until mid-December)

Distance from Santa Fe: 110 miles

Travel time: Two and a half hours

Lifts and runs: Three triple chairs, two doubles and two surface lifts servicing 57 trails (30 percent advanced, 38 percent intermediate, 32 percent beginner).

Lift tickets: Adult full day $66, half day $51; teens 13-19 full day $60, half day $46; juniors 4-12 full day $50, half day $37; seniors 65-69 full day $50, half day $37; free for children age 3 and under and seniors 70 and older. Group rates for 20 or more skiers and other discounts available — call area or visit web site.

Elevation: 8,750 feet at base; 10,350 feet at summit; 1,600-foot vertical drop.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 215 inches, snowmaking on 85 percent of the mountain.

Facilities: Lessons, rentals, restaurants.

Childcare: Day-care center.

Directions from Santa Fe: Take U.S. 84/285 north to Española, then N.M. 68 north through Taos, then N.M. 522 to Questa, turn right (east) on N.M. 38.

Ski Apache

www.skiapache.com

575-464-3600

Snow report: 575-464-1234

Scheduled season: Thanksgiving to Easter weekend.

Distance from Santa Fe: 200 miles

Travel time: Four and a half hours

Lifts and runs: One gondola (new last year), eight chairlifts and one surface lift servicing 55 trails (45 percent expert, 35 percent intermediate, 20 percent beginner).

Lift tickets: Adults $65, half day $46; children 12 and under $45, half day $32; teens 13-17 $46, half day $39; free for seniors 70 and older. Season passes and discounts available.

Elevation: 9,600 feet at base; 12,003 at summit; 1,800-foot vertical drop.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 180 inches, snowmaking on 15 trails — including upper mountain. Facilities: Lessons, rentals, restaurant, small slot machine center, terrain park.

Childcare: Day care available by reservation in Ruidoso; Kiddie Korral lessons for ages 4 to 6.

Directions from Santa Fe: Take I-25 north to Eldorado exit, then south on U.S. 285 to U.S. 60 at Encino, then east on U.S. 60 to N.M. 54, then south to Carrizozo, then east on U.S. 380 for 8 miles, then south on N.M. 37, then right on N.M. 48 to Alto, and finally right on N.M. 532 for 12 miles to the ski area. Last leg is chains-only during storms.

Enchanted Forest Cross Country and Snowshoe Area

www.enchantedforestxc.com  575-754-6112

Snow report: 575-754-6112

Scheduled season: Mid-November to late March

Distance from Santa Fe: 120 miles

Travel time: Two and a half hours

Trails: Up to 33 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails (5 percent expert, 20 percent advanced, 50 percent intermediate, 25 percent beginner), plus 18 kilometers for snowshoeing and 5 kilometers where dogs are allowed.

Trail passes: Adult full day $18, and afternoon only $14; seniors 62-69 and teens 13-17 $15; 70 and over free; children 7-12 $9. No charge for 6 and under and over 70. Three-day-plus discounts at $12 per day.

Elevation: 9,600 feet at base; 10,040 at summit; 400-foot vertical drop.

Snow: Average annual snowfall 240 inches, no snowmaking.

Facilities: Lessons, rentals, snack bar, warming hut, rental yurt, midway day lodge.

Childcare: None.

Directions from Santa Fe: Take U.S. 84/285 north to Española, then N.M. 68 to Taos. Proceed north on N.M. 522 to Questa and turn onto N.M. 38 heading east to Enchanted Forest, three miles east of Red River.

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