These stoked snowboarders scored a well-deserved first chair for the 2009-2010 season at Taos on Thanksgiving day.
Looking up Chair 1 and the famed Al’s Run the yellow jackets of Taos Ski School get ready to load for the season.
This sign is posted at the base area to comfort cowering beginners who stare two black diamonds in the face as they load the chair. It’s incredibly cliche, but every time I see it I chuckle.
Taos ticket checker Dennis Jackson was one of the many familiar faces there to welcome skiers back to the hill for the season.
The kids were getting all flippy-spinny on their way back for another lap.
Bambi Glades was kicking with a few modest rails for the park rats.
Taos is one of the five points of the telemark pentagram. (Incase you didn’t know that’s Taos, Alta, Mad River Glen, A-Basin, and Crested Butte.) The freeheelers were out in force to worship on opening day.
This Tele skier was working on getting down switch.
This guy wins, hands down, the Best Beard contest for opening day.
The omnipresent Taos dreadlock was there.
The award for best opening day hair goes to this guy. Clearly.
One of the best things about visiting New Mexico is the Margaritas. Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina in the base village makes a killer one.
The Abominable Snowmansion is located inbetween the town of Taos and the Taos Ski Valley in Arroyo Seco. They’re winter rates are $51 for a private room for one and $22 per person for a bed in a bunk room. We just like the name.
The Taos Valley in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is as scenic as it gets. It makes you want to do your best Ansel Adams imitation. The Taos Ski Valley is located up in the peaks to the left.