The New York Times devoted a whole lot of space this weekend to a love poem to Taos Valley Ski Area, complete with pictures of plentiful snow.
The writer, Lisa Reed, tells us she was there last January. There must have been snow then. There isn't much now - Taos has had a tough winter...so tough that its Web site declares defiantly "Taos Ski Valley is committed to staying open through Sunday, April 2."
Still, the Times writer marched on without so much as a hint that Taos might be snowless this year. And then, she went even further, praising Taos while she made fun of Colorado.
"Other ski areas are full of bronzed ladies in fur-trimmed parkas and swaggering fat cats on cell phones, fist-pumping fraternity boys and the like. But at Taos — perhaps because it is known as a difficult mountain, or because it’s hard to get to, with the closest major airport 130 miles away — people really come to ski, not to go to spas or go out dancing all night. It’s a destination for the truly dedicated. 'No safety bars and no Botox — unlike Colorado,' as a fellow skier put it."
I've been skiing all winter and have yet to see a swaggering fat cat or a bronzed lady in a fur-trimmed parka. Of course, it's hard to see anything in all the glorious powder. - Deb