What we’re about
This group exists as an offshoot of the New Mexico Cross Country Ski Club (NMCCSkiClub.org). They are a very friendly and welcoming bunch of people and besides - they pay the bills. We are not exactly them though. This Meetup group is free and is for those who are interested in discovering or rediscovering the world of cross country skiing. Our primary purpose is to offer lower-level outings so anyone can get out, have some fun and find out if this brand of winter outdoor experience is for them. If you find you like it, the NMCC Ski Club offers a broader range of outings, destinations, education and outdoor cameraderie. We also hope to provide a forum for the exchange of ski info for the greater NM x-c ski community (snow conditions, trailhead locations, gear exchange, etc.).
We at this Meetup are not about snowshoeing, down-hill skiing or other winter sports. There are several local organizations that do an excellent job of providing these experiences. Although this Meetup is all about helping the new or rusty x-c skier find or regain their snow legs, the New Mexico Cross Country Ski Club welcomes cross-country, nordic, backcountry, telemark and alpine skiers as well as snowshoers. check them out at: http://www.nmccskiclub.org/#join.
Note that for beginner type outings, there has to be good enough local snow to make it worth while. That is outside our control and better in some years than others.
Upcoming events (1)See all
- Rusty Skiers Tune-up Class 1-2 Sandia ski!Ellis Trailhead, Cedar Crest, NM
Do you need to dust off your skis and skills? Still trying to get past the beginner stage? Not sure who to ski with? Join Dana, Vicki K and Ken B for an easy paced ski on Saturday Dec. 9.
This event is open to all NM cross country ski club members. Please keep checking back as some details may change.
We will do a short refresher of beginner skills (side step, step turns, snowplow, kick and glide) and then ski some combination of the service road, Rocky Point and Switchback trails depending on interest and snow conditions.
The 2 ft. snow from last weekend may have been impacted by wind and sun during the week, but we think it will be okay in the trees.
The leaders will *try* to take the first tram up at 9 am. Tram tickets for Saturday aren't on sale yet (I will keep checking and update here). We'll do a quick skills refresher and then ski over to Ellis, where we'll meet anyone who drives up. We'll be at Ellis by 10:30 (allowing time to refresh skills and ski over).
People taking the tram should be at the terminal 8:45 so we can be in line for the first tram flight.
People driving should plan to be at Ellis by 10:30. People wanting to carpool, please use comments to coordinate. Suggest meeting at Smith's, Tramway & Central at 9 to organize carpools and leaving by 9:15. It should only take an hour to drive up, but last weekend there were lots of drifts with churned-up snow across the road and icy spots so it could take longer.
My cell is 505-417-9787 and I usually have service near the upper tram terminal.