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Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller
In approximately eight years, I will be moving somewhere with better weather.

One of the many possibilities is New Mexico, because my wife has some close friends there. I was pretty surprised recently to see claims that there is little (or even no!?) water skiing happening in NM.

Anyone know anything? I haven't started any research at all, so feel free to include obvious facts in your response!

Are there lakes and I just need to install a slalom course?

Would it be practical to build my own lake? (In some places the land is crazy cheap, but perhaps there is no water!?)

Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan


  • dthatedthate Posts: 134 Baller

    Very little water in New Mexico, and much regulation. A friend owns a large ranch on the Pecos River, mostly dry with flash floods if ever a rain event.

    You should come to Austin Texas, water, lakes, great skiing community and much employment for Geeks and engineers, not saying you are one or anything.....

    If you would like to visit there is much I can show you.
  • PBDPBD Posts: 190 Baller
    Not to be a hater, but there is a reason there is very little water-skiing in New Mexico, there is very little of anything going on in New Mexico. I looked into moving to Albuquerque a few years ago and was surprised at how little was going on,
  • jcampjcamp Posts: 698 Crazy Baller
    In 2014 USAWS had two members in New Mexico, both of which were members of AWSA.
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller
    I LOVE Austin, and quite frankly it's my top choice. Also, THANKS for the offer! But we all know my wife will be the one making the decision, and she has a lot of trouble with both sun and heat. (I assume the higher altitude in much of NM mitigates at least one of those, or maybe she lets it slide because she has such a great time with her best friend whenever she is there!)

    Austin isn't completely off the table, but we'd have to live somewhere else in July and August which could be complicated with actually having a job -- unless it is time for me to teach High School math/engineering and coach high school track, which it might be!

    But thanks for the general info on NM -- much of what I was afraid of.

    Quick search of BoS reminded me that Brenda Bullard (In-Tow) is in NM, so I dropped her a line to see what she can tell me.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • dthatedthate Posts: 134 Baller
    I think Tom Brantly was from NM and skied on a river.
  • klindyklindy Posts: 2,104 Mega Baller
    @dthate Saw Tom this past weekend here in North Carolina.

    @Than_Bogan if your wife has trouble with "sun and heat" why the hell (pun intended) would you ever consider New Mexico? At least Austin has water, green grass and leaves on the trees all summer long. Unless you're going to pitch a tent on a mountain top I'd really like to know how you intend to escape the heat.
    Keith Lindemulder
    AWSA Vice President
  • dthatedthate Posts: 134 Baller

    you are correct, NM is a hot dry wasteland unless you are up in the mountains near colorado
  • DaveDDaveD Posts: 684 Crazy Baller
    If she has a problem with sun and heat, you should consider Michigan. Seems like all we have here is cold, cloudy, windy days.
  • mwetskiermwetskier Posts: 1,329 Mega Baller
    if you move to new mexico you should move to ruidoso, nm. theres no water skiing so you will have to quit that but you can always bet on the ponies - thats a sport too. . .
  • HallpassHallpass Posts: 119 Baller
    Albuquerque is not particularly hot. Mid 80s to low 90s, tow or three months per year.
    Sante Fe is a few degrees cooler in temperature, and way cooler on the social scale. Not familiar with the water ski seen there, but some great snow skiing. BKH
  • gregygregy Posts: 2,456 Mega Baller
    My mother leaved in Sante Fe for 25 years. Her house was on the east side of town on the mountain side, temps were very nice. Drive just a few miles and it would be 100 plus. I liked it, 20 minutes to the slopes and a free place to stay. Real estate is really expensive in Sante Fe. My mothers 2 bedroom house sold for $850 about 3 years ago, it was nice but not very big.

    I think there a few public lakes but you would have to do a lot of driving to get to them. New Mexico also has state income tax, another reason to move to Texas as we don't.

    You learn to deal with the heat in Texas. You can water ski year around. I'd much rather deal with summer in Texas than winter in up north.
  • Bruce_ButterfieldBruce_Butterfield Posts: 1,319 Mega Baller
    @gregy, shhhhhhh! We don't need any more damn Yankees. There are enough of us here already!
    If it was easy, they would call it wakeboarding.
  • WishWish Posts: 7,316 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Florida is also a bad really.
    >>> 11.25..a different kettle of fish. <<<
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,057 Mega Baller
    What do you mean @Wish ? South Michigan is full? Or is it South Ohio, South Wisconsin.....?
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,175 Open or 55K Rated Skier
    @Bruce_Butterfield = Yankee? I shoulda known!
    Mr. Mom is Horton's favorite movie!
  • eleeskieleeski Posts: 3,621 MM Trick Skier / Eccentric Person
    @Than_Bogan Doesn't Mew Mexico have the highest number of MIT and Caltech graduates outside of Boston or Pasadena? Per capita, maybe it has more. If that kind of thing matters.
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,406 Crazy Baller
    Colorado...Best of all worlds!
  • Chef23Chef23 Posts: 5,639 Mega Baller
    @Than_Bogan are you looking for year round skiing or just somewhere that the winters don't suck as much?
    Mark Shaffer
  • Than_BoganThan_Bogan Posts: 6,043 Mega Baller
    More the latter. Longer ski season would be nice though.
    Nathaniel Bogan -- GUT Padawan
  • MSMS Posts: 4,896 Mega Baller
    Taos Rocks
    Shut up and ski
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 4,012 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Utah is the place and we now have water skiing communities along the Wasatch Front. I'm always surprised of the lack of Water Skiing in New Mexico, Santa Fe/Taos would be a sweet places for someone to build a man-made ski lake community, the weather in those areas is nice and a lot like Utah.
    - President of the Utah Water Ski Club
    - Owner at Still Water Lake Estates
  • ALPJrALPJr Posts: 1,624 Crazy Baller
    The spirit of the sport is certainly there. I just received a new handle and rope from Brenda at In-Tow in NM.
  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 404 Solid Baller
    I drove by your lake @Marco this winter while ice climbing in ouray.
    If I had my choice of where to live, it would be Montrose.
    So close to telluride, ice climbing in ouray and world class backcountry skiing.
    Black canyon for stellar rock climbing.
    The dessert around Moab is not far either.
    Nice lake nestled north of town with a backdrop of mount sneffels.
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,406 Crazy Baller
    @mbabiash - Western Colorado is a great place to live. Awesome deserts and mountains in close proximity. Snow skiing in the winter, water skiing in the summer, mountain biking, fly fishing, lots of other activities. Did you drive into our lake compound and check it out when you were here this winter? You can't see the lake from the road. You should come check it out in the summer and we'll go skiing!
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 4,012 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Marco I agree western Colorado is sweet, a lot like Utah. Where is you lake? I was looking for it on the google earth file and could not find it. Thanks
    - President of the Utah Water Ski Club
    - Owner at Still Water Lake Estates
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,406 Crazy Baller
    @scotchipman Definitely a lot of similarities between the 2 states. Our lake is in Montrose, just north of the airport. We used to be pinned on the Google Earth file, but seemed to have fallen off the map on the latest version. Here is the location on Google Maps.,-107.8918868,2982m/data=!3m1!1e3
  • MSMS Posts: 4,896 Mega Baller
    I would bet you get a bit of afternoon glare at 1-3-5.
    Shut up and ski
  • scotchipmanscotchipman Posts: 4,012 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    @Marco, sweet lake! @scoke should be able to get you lake back on the google earth file.
    - President of the Utah Water Ski Club
    - Owner at Still Water Lake Estates
  • mbabiashmbabiash Posts: 404 Solid Baller
    @Marco I did pull in on the north side of the lake.
    I missed the lake the first time because I didn't see it.
    I turned around in someone's driveway.
    I had some time before my flight took off so I made a detour.
    I've been trying to convince my wife to look into a job there.
    She is an anesthesiologist but unfortunately
    She is happy where she is now.
    I'll contact you if I'm in the area this summer.
  • MarcoMarco Posts: 1,406 Crazy Baller
    @MS- Definitly some evening glare, starting around 6:00 in the middle of the summer. Skiing blind helps my skiing- If I can't see those pesky orange balls, I won't ski straight at them:)

    Thanks @scotchipman . Your'e not too far away. About 5 hours or so to Salt Lake from our lake. We're hosting a tournament July 18/19 if you feel like making the road trip. Each day is a separate tourney so you get 2 scores.

    @mbabiash This place looks much nicer in the summer than winter. We lose some water after they turn us off in the end of October. Its really green now after all the rain Look me up if you get out this way.
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