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Weather comments/misunderstandings..

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Weather comments/misunderstandings..

We just returned from out annual Christmas in Santa Fe week. We are back in NYC where everyone, fairly geographically impaired, says, Oh it must be so warm there! (They either think we are in southern Arizona, or, worse, Mexico).

So for those potential visitors who come to NM for the"warm winter weather" (and actually thIs may be true in summer) checked the temp in SF this morning it was like 6 degrees. And in the Northeast, NYC in particular, it is now 54 degrees....

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How right you are, NYNM! Temperature and weather in a state like New Mexico are at least in part a function of altitude. Since Santa Fe and Taos are both at or above 7000 feet above sea level (about 3000m), we always warn folks that winter can be a REAL winter.

Plus, we rely on winter coming to our region. With 6 ski destinations within an hour of one another in Northern New Mexico alone, we have to have that famous powdery snow found in great abundance in the Rocky Mountains -- of which we are the Southern-most points. In other words, Winter is our friend because we get to watch it snow in town and up above us at the Ski Basins and then the snow in town melts and we get to go skiing when we're ready.

Winter can be briefly more than we would like: On January 1, 2011, Taos set a new record low temperature of minus 18 degrees. BUT, despite being bitterly cold, a large crowd of people still went to Taos Pueblo to witness the annual dances. With the right clothes on, none of our guests brought back anything other than remarkable memories of a glorious morning in Northern New Mexico. They are already planning on their return visit next year.

As typically happens, the cold weather will hang on for a while now that a blanket of snow acts a refrigerator, but the weather here is rarely brutal and the roads in Taos are ALWAYS plowed with a zeal found nowhere else in the entire State of New Mexico. During the last storm, our one-lane street that dead-ends into our B&B's property was plowed 3 times -- the driver has to back up our lane to plow and sand back down it. We are thankful that we have not recently experienced anything like the horrible natural disaster that struck New York City of late. Assisting our public workers is an army of unofficial plow drivers who work around the clock on everything from dirt roads to parking lots making sure that commerce in this year-round resort is never stopped by snow.

So, Yes! there is a real winter here, but "Wow" is it ever so special.

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Hey NYNM and TaosBandBLover,

I was in Santa Fe this past Thanksgiving...and it snowed! Fantastic. I went to Ten Thousand Waves for each of my three days in Santa Fe for a private bath, one of the ones with sauna and cold plunge. Didn't know how I'd feel about the cold plunge in the cold, especially the evening it was 18 degrees. But the cold weather made it even better than my experience there in July and August!

Keith

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