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Rent your own ski resort? Endless Blue Resort in NM?

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Anyone ever been to this place? http://endlessblueresort.com/ It used to be called Ski Rio. It is private now and they do cat skiing reservations that give you access to all the trails.  It looks cool and seems like a novel idea to rent your own resort for a day with some buddies.

post #2 of 12
It'll be interesting to see if that catches on. That location is so far from everything. People complain about how long it takes just to get to Taos...
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I am intrigued by the place and I am very curious if it will catch on too.   They could do so many unique things with it which could attract people but NM is almost third world in some places and that area is out of the way for sure.   I'm hoping someone on here skied it while it was Ski Rio and could tell us how it was?

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I went fly fishing near there last fall.  Saw an old beat up sign for Ski Rio on the road and was wondering what it was like.  Interesting.

post #5 of 12

There's also a "Ski Rio" in Colorado that looks pretty sweet.

 

Found this info for New Mexico Ski Rio..

 

 

Ski Rio ski area, New Mexico

 

 

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Ski Rio is a regular size ski hill in possession of a medium altitude difference if compared to other US Rockies ski mountains. The 10 lifts here will get you up the mountain efficiently. The inspiring 13 feet of seasonal snowfall is an extraordinarily pleasant coverage. With a grand total of 111 slopes to ski on; it's a tremendous collection. Ski Rio has a much lower than average percentage of red and black ski slopes and a much higher than average ratio of green and blue runs. Ski Rio is a great spot for everyone with
    scores of intermediate or beginner runs. Snowboarding and skiing in this part of New Mexico is a great thing to do the whole ski season. With the skiing land being 1,140 acres being short of skiable area won’t happen. Ski Rio has loads of runs and an acceptable
number of different ski lifts. The annual snowfall is in the order of average at this ski mountain. Ski Rio has an elevation difference of 2,150 feet which is amazing. The ski run map on this net page will give you a good idea what Ski Rio is like. Not too many rooms close by, you'll have to go a bit to get to one, and if you make reservations previous to going, you're all set. The mountains of New Mexico during snow season are a fine location for snowboarding or skiing. The beautiful surroundings of the New Mexico mountaintops    
and the great sensation of gliding down the runs are in themselves incentive enough to come here to ski. No matter if you're skiing or snowboarding, this vicinity has a lot of ski resorts.

 

 

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  QUICK STATS
Vertical drop: 2,150 feet

Total Runs: 111
- 20% Expert and Advanced
- 50% Intermediate Runs
- 30% Beginner Runs

Total Lifts: 10

Skiing Area: 1,140 acres
Annual snowfall: 13 feet

Coordinates:
Latitude: 36.864
Longitude: -105.450048
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by core2 View Post

... but NM is almost third world in some places...

 

What do you mean by this?  Please explain.

 

NM has clean water and air.  I haven't seen children with swollen bellies from lack of nutrition.  NM doesn't have the diseases associated with third world countries.  The NM political system is stable - it is a two party system unlike neighboring states Arizona and Texas.  Unlike Arizona, NM is not ruled by a crazy white woman and an infamous sheriff.  While NM has some boneheaded cops, just like everywhere, the cops don't go around kidnapping the tourists like they do in Mexico.  By the way, New Mexico is neither new nor Mexico.

 

So, are you uncomfortable with the large number of brown skinned people who speak Spanish as their first language?  Is Arizona one of the English only states?  

 

NM is not a wealthy state like the home of Barry Goldwater but it is hardly third world.  If you think NM is third world, I suggest you go to Canyon Road in Santa Fe for the gallery experience.

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Originally Posted by MJB View Post

 

What do you mean by this?  Please explain.

 

NM has clean water and air.  I haven't seen children with swollen bellies from lack of nutrition.  NM doesn't have the diseases associated with third world countries.  The NM political system is stable - it is a two party system unlike neighboring states Arizona and Texas.  Unlike Arizona, NM is not ruled by a crazy white woman and an infamous sheriff.  While NM has some boneheaded cops, just like everywhere, the cops don't go around kidnapping the tourists like they do in Mexico.  By the way, New Mexico is neither new nor Mexico.

 

So, are you uncomfortable with the large number of brown skinned people who speak Spanish as their first language?  Is Arizona one of the English only states?  

 

NM is not a wealthy state like the home of Barry Goldwater but it is hardly third world.  If you think NM is third world, I suggest you go to Canyon Road in Santa Fe for the gallery experience.

 

I grew up in Southern NM.  NM has a lot of poverty, a lot of low income areas that are struggling to survive.  A lot of one stoplight towns that make you wonder how they continue to exist. That is all I meant by that comment.  I love my home state, I love the fact that it is unique, and there are many great things about it, you named a few of them.  So don't over think what I said, I could have used better words for sure. 

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Originally Posted by core2 View Post

I am intrigued by the place and I am very curious if it will catch on too.   They could do so many unique things with it which could attract people but NM is almost third world in some places and that area is out of the way for sure.   I'm hoping someone on here skied it while it was Ski Rio and could tell us how it was?

I skied there in once in the 1980s when I lived in Santa Fe. Once was enough.The skiing was unremarkable...lots of low-angle, low intermediate, white-bread kinds of runs.

 

 I used to fish the Rio Costilla in the Valle Vidal and some of the higher lakes in the area before there was a ski area in that part of the state, so I'm fairly familiar with this part of northern NM. I love that part of New Mexico, but there just is not enough snow up there on the lee side of the Latirs to make it worth the extra long drive from anywhere. I think the only way to make of a go of it with a resort so far from anywhere is to have snow like Wolf Creek or Alta or terrain like Silverton...or both. Ski Rio has neither

 

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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post

It'll be interesting to see if that catches on. That location is so far from everything. People complain about how long it takes just to get to Taos...

 

Truly. You need to drive north way beyond Taos and Questa until you are within sight of the Colorado state line, then double back to the southeast along the Rio Costilla valley to get to the area. 


Edited by Gnarlito - 6/29/13 at 3:35pm
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Originally Posted by Gnarlito View Post

I skied there in once in the 1980s when I lived in Santa Fe. Once was enough.The skiing was unremarkable...lots of low-angle, low intermediate, white-bread kinds of runs.

 

If they do some grooming, some big hat Texans might rent the place just to say they did.  The old ski area maps here show a pretty boring ski area:

http://www.coloradoskihistory.com/lost/nm_skirio.html

 

Here's a better idea for folks that hang out here.  Rent a private snowcat from the San Juan Ski Company out of Purgatory ($3500 for 12 people).  It's maybe three hours away and has freaking unbelievable skiing. Don't bother with Silverton, this is bomb:

http://sanjuanski.com/

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Originally Posted by tball View Post

Here's a better idea for folks that hang out here.  Rent a private snowcat from the San Juan Ski Company out of Purgatory ($3500 for 12 people).  It's maybe three hours away and has freaking unbelievable skiing. Don't bother with Silverton, this is bomb:

http://sanjuanski.com/

 

^This.  Did that once with a group (that included SkiMerlin) to wind down after two days at Silverton.  It was so much fun.  The snow was great, but maybe the best part was, after a couple days of farming turns one skier at a time at Silverton, the SJSC guys just dropped us off at the top of a run and said "go tear it up."  And the food was great.  

post #11 of 12

I don't know the cost, but apparently you can rent Mt. Baker Ski Area when it's closed to the public during the midweek in April.  K2 has done it for their employees in the past. 

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This photo was just taken on 3/21/15

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