Justin Schatz is The Paper's daily news reporter. He has reported on New Mexico for KRQE News, Searchlight NM and the Santa Fe Reporter.

For any outdoor enthusiast who calls this incredible state home, a year outdoors is not complete without a trip to the slopes to shred some of the gnar in the Rocky Mountains. What better place to shred than Ski Santa Fe? A little more than an hour’s drive from hustle and bustle of New Mexico’s largest city, the resort still boasts some of the most affordable tickets, starting at $88 for a full day weekday ticket.

1477 NM-475, Santa Fe NM

(505) 982-4429

skisantafe.com

It’s the time of the year to treat yourself and reward yourself with a little extra love for another year of the pandemic. What better way to usher in the new year with sustainable soaps, fragrances and just about anything else that your body loves, harvested from New Mexico by the team at Dryland Wilds. The team of two is able to gather the majority of their products’ ingredients right from our own backyard. The products are available online as well as in a number of local stores and in the occasional craft market. (Dryland Wilds will be at the Rail Yard Holiday Market, Dec. 11 and 12.)

drylandwilds.com

If you’re an outdoor person, or have ever been on the market for gear that can withstand all four seasons in one day, you know that it’s not cheap nor incredibly sustainable. The team at Outdoor Regear, located right here in Albuquerque, offers almost everything that you could possibly need, but at thrift shop prices. The store sells lightly used outdoor gear in a consignment-based marketplace.

4201 Yale Blvd. NE

(505) 344-1336

outdoorregear.com

Looking for something that honors our state’s wealth in outdoor activities and is also local? Look no further than Organ Mountain Outfitters. The company’s apparel easily stands out with its distinctive Organ Mountain logo. The New Mexico clothing line, which just opened a store in Nob Hill, sells a variety of plush choices for any adventurer.

3123 Central Ave. NE, Suite D

(505) 980-5956

organmountainoutfitters.com

For all your cycling needs in one of the nation’s most bike-friendly cities, check out Albuquerque’s oldest bike shop at the Bike Coop. Located near UNM campus, the neighborhood bike shop has everything that one would expect from larger chains, while also offering its employees a living wage and benefits. The bike shop also offers repairs, tune ups and anything else that two wheels might need. The small business just launched its online inventory and offers handy local deliveries.

120 Yale Blvd. SE

(505) 265 5170

bikecoopabq.com

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Justin Schatz is The Paper's daily news reporter. He has reported on New Mexico for KRQE News, Searchlight NM and the Santa Fe Reporter.