It will take skiers longer than most runs would at resorts in Taos County, but the Carson National Forest's Snow Ranger Program offers alpine skiers and snowboarders a chance to view the slopes through a different lens — taking into account, for example, that most ski resorts in New Mexico operate on public lands.

"You are here on the Carson National Forest, where Sipapu has a special-use permit to run a ski resort; and that allows you guys to enjoy your public lands in a new way and in a safe environment," Bethany Griffith, volunteer snow ranger with the Carson, explained to around 15 tour participants last Saturday (Jan. 14). It was the second tour at Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort this year since the program started up Jan. 10 at Taos Ski Valley. George Allalunis, prescribed fire and fuels technician for the Carson National Forest joined the tour.

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