“Skier Dies At Sandia Peak” from KOAT.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An avid skier died early Sunday afternoon after an accident at the Sandia Peak Ski Area.
Authorities said that an experienced skier was on an intermediate slope when he crashed into another skier and then ran into a pole supporting a ski lift.
A helicopter was dispatched from University of New Mexico Hospital and landed on top of the mountain, but the EMS crew decided to drive the skier to the hospital. At some point after the skier was transported, the skier passed away.
The U.S. Forest Service was notified, and the ski patrol was conducting an investigation with the Sandia Mountain manager.
Albuquerque, like many cites, has a number of attractions that locals consider tourist traps and therefore never go to. I don’t consider the Sandia Peak Tram to be a tourist trap and yet I’ve only rode the tram one other time in my 15 years living here.
The Tram was built in the 1960’s by the Swiss company Bell Engineering. At 14,657 feet long, it is known as the longest tram in the world. During the winter the Tram can be used to for skiing the Sandia Peak Ski area. It’s a convenience when Sandia Peak has good snow, it often does not. The 2009-2010 Ski season had some of the best snow in a decade and I threatened many times to take to Tram for skiing but never did.
During this trip I dined at High Finance Restaurant at the top of the peak. High Finance is not the cheapest restaurant in town, but certainly not the most expensive I’ve ever dined at. Understanding that getting supplies to the top of the mountain is probably more expensive than getting them in town, I have to wonder if the name of the restaurant has anything to do with the cost of the meals. In any case the food was excellent.
The most impressive part of this trip was the storms that appeared to the west of the city (and later that night made it into town). With the sunset behind the storms there was a spectacular show of orange rain that looked like fire falling from the sky. the storms highlighted the multiple mountain ranges, Mount Taylor, Cabezon, etc, where you could see them in layers. I had a tough time coaxing my Sony DSC-HX5V to focusing that far out and yet managed to get quite a few good pictures. Had I known I would be treated to such a show I would have brought my SLR.
Boy did we ever. At my house we got about an inch. Which isn’t much but that translates to 36 inches on top of the Sandia Mountains. Which still isn’t a lot compared to some parts of the US but it is an lot for Albuquerque. It’s been almost 2 days since the storm hit and we are still having fog and parts of the east mountains are just now getting their power back on. They even had to close I-40 from Albuquerque to Texas. The Sandia Peak ski area is now 100% open, the first time in 3 years and last year they didn’t open at all.
Were expecting another storm in a day or two. Hopefully it brings just as much snow because we can desperately use the water.