What a great day in Santa Fe as I have awakened to five inches of snow on the ground. And I am sure even more fell up on the ski mountain. Yes, Santa Fe has a ski resort! People are often surprised to find this out.
What most people don’t know is that Santa Fe has a true four seasons. July is our hottest month with an average temperature of 85 degrees and lows at night in the 50’s which is absolutely wonderful. Autumn and spring are just as they should be as they help transition the change of seasons and winter is picture perfect.
We receive a good handful of snowfalls in town each year of 2-4 inches, just enough to be picturesque but at the same time just sufficient that it is gone in a day or two. Of course up at the ski basin they receive much more for us skiers to enjoy all ski season long.
Ski Santa Fe is only 15 miles from the Plaza and makes for a convenient day of skiing. Offering an assortment of beginner, intermediate and expert runs, there is plenty of fun for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities to enjoy the gay life in Santa Fe.
For enjoying breaks, there is the inside and outside grill located at the base of the mountain as well as a rustic, cabin “bar and grill” named Totemoff’s located up the mountain right on the slopes themselves.
It’s the drinks though, that make Totemoff’s the place to kick a bit of snow off the old boots, loosen those bindings and take in the scenery. It’s a great place to meet some new friends from out town and hang out with your local friends as well.
It is here that everyone — skier, snowboarder, native Santa Fean, import or tourist — mixes and mingles over their love of winter and the need for a little warmth. So, when you don’t find me out showing real estate to buyers or helping sellers list their house, you will most assuredly find me hanging out with my friends skiing a few runs.
And when I need to warm up you will find my enjoying a “Totemoff’s Special,” a concoction of hot chocolate, Copa de Oro coffee liqueur and Wild Turkey as we sit in front of the roaring fire. This not only takes the edge off but, consumed at nearly 11,000 feet, makes it a bit easier to catch an edge on the way back down the mountain.