I live in Houston and it suffices to say I dont ski Louisiana! New Mexico is the closest but not as good as Colorado, Utah or Montana. I usually ski in Aspen or Vail but like Breckenridge in the spring. I have skied in Canada and learned to ski in Alaska. I have also skied Crystal Mountain in southern Washington state which is close to the your land of the ducks and GDF. I guit playing football in college mostly because I didnt want to blow my knees out and ruin my skiing. Have you tried this sport? I got lucky a while back and became friends with and ski with 3 ski legends. All are 1970 "Hot Dog" freestyle skiers who won many events and changed skiing forever. Wild Bill O'Leary, John Glendennan and Wayne Wong are the three. They forced the the ski manufacturers to design skis shorter, more maneuverable and to attract more skiers to the sport, it eorked. Skis before this era where cut more for racing and were longer and harder to turn for beginner's. My wife also skis.