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"That's the cliff Benny skied off of when he first started running the place 25 years ago," says Bill Gould (shown here), Ski Santa Fe ski school director, as he points to the nose of a 60-foot cliff. It's a big cliff. And it has a small landing. As Benny, now 51, tells the story, “Yeah, growing up my philosophy was that speed is your friend. If you thought you needed to go 30 miles an hour to huck a cliff, you should go 40. So I jumped off the top of that thing and 30 feet past the landing knew I was in trouble." He landed in a flat, rocky patch of snow and managed to only break a rib, puncture a lung and fracture his scapula. He was skiing two days later. That's whose been developing the resort. Cliffs, steeps, and trees manage to blend with comfortable groomers, a solid ski school, and a youth race program.

Ski Santa Fe: A Complete Guide

You may go to Santa Fe for the green chile, the Georgia O'Keefe museum, or the turquoise jewelry, but while you're there, you might as well ski some untouched steeps at the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Here's everything you need to know to plan your trip. —Jake Davis

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The Process

Skier and producer Jesse Hoffman takes us through his skiing process in the Elk Mountains in this beautifully crafted edit. Yep, this one raised our arm hair.