I was born and raised in a big, crowded city in Texas but yearned for a different lifestyle from an early age. Having been afforded opportunity to travel quite a bit early in life, I knew that there would come a day when I'd have to explore a permanent change in scenery. That change in scenery came in 1992 when I traded in my city shoes for hiking boots and headed for the mountains. I had been working for Philmont Scout Ranch in the summers while I was attending Southwest Texas State University and fell absolutely in love with everything about Northern New Mexico. After graduation, several of my friends and I decided to be ski bums for a year and headed for Angel Fire. I took a position with the Ski Patrol and now, fourteen years later, I'm still happily here. I've put down roots and love it as much as I did the first time I saw it. I think you will too.