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Deep powder with 98 percent of its terrain open make Ski Santa Fe
the obvious choice for everyday and spur-of-the-moment shredding, especially during Winter Fiesta
. But don’t limit your visit to one mountain. After a day on the slopes at Taos Ski Valley, the town also beckons with après-ski alternatives such as the Taos Shortz Film Festival
for film buffs. A collaboration this year with the 48-Hour Film Project promises scores of international filmmakers in town for Filmapalooza
, a special screening and award ceremony for the project’s winning films.
Taos is also kicking off the year of “Remarkable Women” in a series of events and exhibitions that include such notable honorees as the late Agnes Martin, Beatrice Mandelman, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Millicent Rogers, and Maria Martinez.
If you’re not a downhiller, you can still whoop it up at Taos Ski Valley’s tubing nights, with tube rental included in the price of admission. Two hours of dedicated sliding should be just enough to make a fireside dinner look pretty appetizing.
Santa Fe’s popular Restaurant Week adds a lunch option this year that will double your chances to sample gourmet fare at a discount. You can also book now for La Plazuela’s romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner. And if you want to bring the taste of Santa Fe home, one-day cooking classes make a great hands-on way to sample local culture. Try the Santa Fe School of Cooking or Las Cosas Cooking School, the latter featuring the entertaining Chef Johnny Vee.
As for drink, New Mexico’s long history of wine-making is well known to aficionados. But beer lovers probably don’t realize how far our state has come in boutique brewing. The longstanding Santa Fe Brewing Company is the state’s largest bottler and has two tasting rooms in town. Second Street Brewery not only makes great beer but features live music and hearty cooking at two locations in the City Different. Il Vicino is well known for its wood-oven pizzas as well as its beer. Two hugely popular newcomers that have raised eyebrows with recent beer awards are Marble Brewery (which has a tap room just above the Plaza) and La Cumbre, located in Albuquerque but available at many Santa Fe bars and restaurants. Also available throughout Santa Fe are two traditional Belgian beers brewed by the Benedictine monks at the Monastery of Christ in the Desert, outside Abiquiu: Monks’ Ale and Monks’ Wit.