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Ghostrider
12-27-06, 09:09 PM
Will be staying outside Sante Fe by Las Vegas, NM....anyone been skiing in the area? Not real familiar with it...

turk4037
12-27-06, 09:23 PM
Go to TAOS.

caseman
12-28-06, 12:00 AM
Taos if you want to ski (you can't snowboard there). I personally like the town, but the skiing is for very experienced skiers.

Red River is great, Ski Santa Fe is great as well. Very high elevation, however.

If you enjoy snowboarding (like me), don't miss Angel Fire. The resort at Angel Fire is by far the best I have ever been to, Colorado included. The halfpipe and snowboard trails are absolutely amazing.

I'd advise AngelFire.

Gaspergou
12-28-06, 09:31 AM
Taos is probably the best for good skiing.

eastdallasloco
12-28-06, 09:50 AM
taos is the best but its about an hour from santa fe. if the snow is good santa fe is a nice little resort nearby. i had fun when i skiied there.

BaylorGuy314
12-28-06, 10:05 AM
taos is the best but its about an hour from santa fe. if the snow is good santa fe is a nice little resort nearby. i had fun when i skiied there.

I skied Santa Fe when I was younger and enjoyed it. However, only about 24 of 56 trails are open on Santa Fe right now.

Of course, Taos is even worse- only 35 of 86 trails are open.

New Mexico skiing just isn't great at the moment.

Solan=Christ!!!
12-28-06, 10:55 AM
I skied Santa Fe when I was younger and enjoyed it. However, only about 24 of 56 trails are open on Santa Fe right now.

Of course, Taos is even worse- only 35 of 86 trails are open.

New Mexico skiing just isn't great at the moment.

I've tried to go to Angel Fire twice and ended up having to go to Taos because limited snowfall closed Angelfire. I believe it's lower and gets less snow. I suppose I could look that up, but I'll leave it to you. ;)

Ghostrider
12-28-06, 11:16 AM
This is the wife's and sis inlaws 1st time skiing, so I need easy slopes....lots of greens.

I thought Sante Fe has had a lot of snow recently? Well hopefully they will be Feb

eastdallasloco
12-28-06, 11:18 AM
santa fe has lots of easy stuff. im not sure how much snowmaking they have there but i remember the terrain being not terribly difficult.

caseman
12-28-06, 11:26 AM
This is the wife's and sis inlaws 1st time skiing, so I need easy slopes....lots of greens.

I thought Sante Fe has had a lot of snow recently? Well hopefully they will be Feb

Taos is tough. Experienced skiers only.

February should be the best time for the most snow, I would imagine. If you are looking for some easy slopes, I *think* it was Red River that had many greens. Might have been Santa Fe Ski resort. Not sure....definitely not Taos, though.

BaylorGuy314
12-28-06, 11:27 AM
This is the wife's and sis inlaws 1st time skiing, so I need easy slopes....lots of greens.

I thought Sante Fe has had a lot of snow recently? Well hopefully they will be Feb

I would look into Taos, unless that's just too far. Santa Fe's terrain isn't difficult by any stretch, but if you're sticking to greens, you can't get far up the mountain. While a larger percentage of Santa Fe's trails are green compared to Taos, there are more greens at Taos than Santa Fe. Does that make sense?

Here's Taos' trail map:

http://www.skitaos.org/mountain/tsv_trailmap.pdf

As you can see, you can get virtually all the way up the mountain and still have a green route down.

Just for reference, here's Santa Fe's Trail Map:

http://www.skisantafe.com/santa-fe-trail-map.pdf

ymbear
12-28-06, 11:33 AM
I learned at Red River. Good bunny hill with a 3 chair if I remember right. Another small resort with really cheap tickets at Ski Sipapu. It's closer than Toas.

AmarilloBear
12-28-06, 12:03 PM
Taos if you want to ski (you can't snowboard there). I personally like the town, but the skiing is for very experienced skiers.

Red River is great, Ski Santa Fe is great as well. Very high elevation, however.

If you enjoy snowboarding (like me), don't miss Angel Fire. The resort at Angel Fire is by far the best I have ever been to, Colorado included. The halfpipe and snowboard trails are absolutely amazing.

I'd advise AngelFire.


My 2 daughters are with friends in Angel Fire right now and they are having a blast. It is supposed to snow there today.

BUG61
12-28-06, 01:30 PM
Angel and RedRiver for newbies.

turk4037
12-28-06, 01:42 PM
Or go here. http://www.skiapache.com/

BaylorLine
12-28-06, 01:42 PM
Taos can be tough, but there are plenty of greens there too and a great ski school (it's one of the best in the country). My daughter learned to ski there. Problem for you if you will be skiing with them is the greens are long and boring.

Angel Fire is fine. Red River is fine. Santa Fe is really small, but would be close.

BaylorGuy314
12-28-06, 01:43 PM
Just for the record Rush, I have not mentioned RedRiver or Angel because I've never been there.

Sounds like those may be excellent options as well though.

I wouldn't worry about the snow either. It's coming in bunches right now and I'm sure it'll get better soon.

eastdallasloco
12-28-06, 01:53 PM
Or go here. http://www.skiapache.com/

apache is my least favorite possibly in the US. hell, i would even say i like mt tom, massachusetts or mohawk mtn connecticut better.

SoTexBear
12-28-06, 03:56 PM
I have skiied Angel Fire (parents actually had a condo there for many years), Taos (got engaged there), and Santa Fe. Of the three, Taos will be the most challenging. The greens are harder than your typical greens. Stick with Santa Fe or Angel Fire.

RD2WINAGNBEAR86
12-28-06, 09:18 PM
Hey Rush,

Taos is a difficult mountain for a first time skier. You also have Angel Fire and Red River fairly close. The lines at Angel Fire can be horrendous. Out of these three, I would recommend Red River for first time skiers and children. From what I remember, they have a great ski school. As a matter of fact, this was the first place I ever went skiing.

Good luck and have fun.

RD2

RD2WINAGNBEAR86
12-28-06, 09:22 PM
apache is my least favorite possibly in the US. hell, i would even say i like mt tom, massachusetts or mohawk mtn connecticut better.

I must respectfully disagree. I have been to Ski Apache (Ruidoso, NM) no less than half a dozen times. When they have PLENTY of snow, it is a fun place to ski. When they don't, things can be a little rocky(literally). The blacks are really dark blues and the blues are dark greens!! Sometimes the Mescalero Apache Indians that run the resort can be a little obnoxious, but most of the time they are pretty good natured.

To each his own!

RD2 :headache:

deltbear
12-29-06, 08:22 PM
Red River is cool, I learned to ski there so I enjoyed it.

caseman
12-29-06, 09:55 PM
Ski Apache was fun the time I went there. When my parents got married, they went to Ruidoso for the honeymoon. On their 20th, we went as a family. Since it was December, it was cold with plenty of snow. The snowboarding was great until a hispanic causing panic ran right into me and called me a "skater punk" and told me if I got in his way again I would be sorry. At the end of the da, I notice he is standing still and talking to someone about taking a picture. You can probably guess what happened when I showered them with snow due to a quick stop.

Sorry for the rambling. Ruidoso is nowhere near Santa Fe, but it is a cool town with horse racing and a casino. If I move to Lubbock, Apache will be a consistent weekend trip.

master bray'tec
12-30-06, 09:11 AM
If you are going with first timers, you may wish to look at Wolf Creek in southern Colorado.

Real good place to learn to ski.

Its about 200 miles away from Las Vegas, NM.

Rates are reasonable.

Only problem is that that there isn't a resort at the mountain.

You would have to stay about 20 minutes away in Pagosa Springs, CO.