Mike Lord

Mike Lord

4th generation Santa Fe Gringo.

Sunday, 13 January 2013 17:48

Santa Fe Ski Fashion on Big Tesuque - 1940

Here's what the well-dressed skiers were wearing in 1940.

If anyone can identify these folks I'd be grateful.

--Mike Lord

Saturday, 12 January 2013 19:23

Santa Fe Winter Sports Club Members - 1938

These are the people who brought skiing to Santa Fe.

--Mike Lord

Saturday, 12 January 2013 19:12

Skiing Big Tesuque - 1940

In 1940, there was a small ski area where the road from Santa Fe ended at Big Tesuque Creek.  The Forest Service had cut some trails which I skied on in the 60s and 70s when people were skiing Big Tesuque from the top of the Horse's Head.  I understand that those trails are still there.  This photo was taken near the bottom.  These folks had skied into the basin on the Windsor Trail, climbed to the top of the Horse's Head and skied back down to the road.

--Mike Lord

Saturday, 12 January 2013 19:06

Santa Fe Ski Basin - 1940

In order to get here in 1940, skiers had to climb up the Windsor Trail from Big Tesuque Creek into the basin, which was called Sacate Blanco.

--Mike Lord

Saturday, 12 January 2013 19:04

Santa Fe Skiing - Late 1930s

This is a photo of my grandfather, Dee Lord Sr., taken in the late 1930s.  Before there were powered lifts, skiers climbed up the mountain and skied down.  There are some interesting equipment details here.  Near the back of his skis are attachment points for climbing skins, which is how you went up.  His poles, which were made of bamboo, are wrapped with black tape to keep them from splintering.  And, of course, the ankle-breaking bear-trap bindings with a heel that could be free for climbing and locked down for downhill.  Kathy and I started backcountry skiing 30 years ago and our equipment is very much like this - only made out of much better materials.

--Mike Lord

Wednesday, 12 December 2012 02:28

100 Years of Winter on the Plaza

Here are two photos of El Palacio.  The first was taken by Jesse Nusbaum during the winter of 1912.  The second was taken on December 10, 2012 by a photographer whose name I unfortunately do not know.  Other than the color and the facade of the Palace, not much has changed.  Happy 100th, Nuevo Mexico!

--Mike Lord


Saturday, 03 November 2012 15:33

Cerrillos Road - 1964

Cerrillos Road in 1964.  Photo taken just south of where St. Francis Drive crosses Cerrillos.

MNM negative no. 29830

This event was held in the Palace of the Governors.

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