Thining/glading backcountry areas around ski Santa Fe

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Thining/glading backcountry areas around ski Santa Fe

Postby ericladd » Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:23 pm

Hey crew,
Wondering if anyone has ever spoken to the Santa Fe National Forest about trying to get them to glade/thin backcountry ski areas around ski Santa Fe?I didn’t want to reinvent the wheel if it has been discussed before. Would be amazing to thin areas around big T, the north side of ravens ridge. Would be good for the first for fire suppression and general forest health and great for us for unhindered backcountry turns. If it has not been discussed, does anyone have contacts in the Forest service for who to start up the discussion with?
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Re: Thining/glading backcountry areas around ski Santa Fe

Postby sody » Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:47 am

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Re: Thining/glading backcountry areas around ski Santa Fe

Postby Bob » Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:14 pm

Well, north of Raven’s Ridge is designated wilderness, so I wouldn’t expect the FS to say anything but “NO” to that.

And I bet they don’t have funding for thinning the Big T, and if it were seriously proposed they’d run into serious opposition from the Pueblos, and from locals for that matter. The FS would likely consider that a non-starter. But at least one of the Pueblos considers the Big T to be sacred land and they don’t like the idea of it being used for organized recreation. That said, the Española Ranger District office would be the first place to start the discussion, probably with the recreation specialist. You might be able to pitch it as a volunteer project so that the FS wouldn’t be funding it.
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Re: Thining/glading backcountry areas around ski Santa Fe

Postby jpurcellrd » Mon Dec 16, 2019 4:16 pm

I was lapping Big T through the Tesuque creek drainage thinking the same thing on Friday. It wouldn't take much to make that run exponentially better. Just a few guys with some hand saws.

If ever approved I don't think it would be hard to find a bunch of volunteers.

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Re: Thining/glading backcountry areas around ski Santa Fe

Postby roxtar » Mon Dec 30, 2019 3:52 pm

Bob wrote:the Española Ranger District office would be the first place to start the discussion,
Yea, as a mountain biker who has heard every excuse (and sadly, even lies) for inactivity known to man come from their mouth :roll: , good luck on that.
Seriously, I'd estimate 90% of illegal work on FS land could be eliminated if they just showed the slightest interest in doing...

anything.

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Re: Thining/glading backcountry areas around ski Santa Fe

Postby Dorman » Thu Jan 09, 2020 1:26 pm

Or, you could just put in the time and learn the routes that have better spaced trees. They're out there. Just sayin.
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