Taos is great if they have good snow. Wolf Creek is not a bad drive from Taos but then you have a ways to go to Durango, Silverton & Telluride. Depends how much driving you want to do and what the snow conditions are like. If you find yourself with 1 day at Durango Mt. resort (Purgatory), go on their snowcat in the backcountry right out of the resort. Silverton is worth a day but only for strong skiers. If you're really looking for a cool experience, pop for the heli at Silverton.
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Gear mentioned in this thread:post #62 of 6810/13/13 at 4:12pm
Really glad you opted to do a full week at Taos. Closing week is a lot of fun. That being said, conditions are hit or miss. It could snow or it could be 65 degrees. Last year around that time the mountain was starting to look pretty bare. The day after we closed on April 9th, we got slammed with snow. The weather in NM from mid-March through May is completely schizo. If you end up skiing spring conditions, enjoy the slush bumps on the lower frontside (Al's, Rhodas, Spencers, Jeans, Inferno, etc.). If you hike up to the Highline Ridge you might still find some decent snow, especially in the trees (Billy Sol, Two Bucks, Trescow, Purgatory Chutes, etc.). Trescow typically holds the best snow later in the season. Kachina can also be fun, although it is a pretty long hike. The K Chutes and Hunziker are some of my favorite routes from the peak. West Basin is typically not much fun that time of year. It is usually bulletproof and thin. Unless you have a pair of rock skis with razor sharp edges, I'd be very careful venturing into that area. If you ski park, that is where the party is at on warm days. And if the conditions happen to be powder, the entire mountain is your playground from the easiest greens all the way up to the most challenging double blacks. Taos has terrain that is unmatched by just about any other resort in the US.
In terms of food/nightlife, check out Orlando's and Guadalajara Grill. They are probably my two favorite restaurants in the world. Sabroso in Arroyo Seco is also very good. There is another place next door called Aceq that is supposed to be excellent as well, though I've never been and can't speak from personal experience. As others have mentioned, you have to go to the Bavarian for 36oz beers and spaetzle. The deck scene there in the spring is top notch. You might even get lucky and catch an impromptu show . The St. Bernard also has a great deck and probably the best dinners in the ski valley. Absolutely amazing food, but I'm not sure if they are still open that time of year. The Martini Tree, Tim's, and the St. B are where most locals go to drink at the end of the day. The Tree and the St. B have great music most nights.
Other than that, make sure you check out the hot springs and the Rio Grande. If you like to fish, there can be great trout fishing that time of year. If you find yourself hanging out in town, drop by Eske's for a green chile beer. Other places worth checking out include the KTAOS Solar Radio Station, Taos Mesa Brewery, The Alley Cantina, El Camino, The Ale House, among others. Give me a shout when you get to town and I'd be more than happy to show you around a bit.post #63 of 6810/14/13 at 7:19ampost #64 of 6810/14/13 at 7:45ampost #65 of 6810/14/13 at 4:03pmThread Starter
Thanks for all food choices. Taos wont be just a ski trip, but a
culinary experience. I will have to do a bunch of short hikes to get ready for all extra calories.
I am thinking more food than skiing right now.post #66 of 6810/14/13 at 4:58pmQuote:
Michael's has been open for 39 years. That makes me feel very old.post #67 of 6810/14/13 at 6:38pmpost #68 of 6810/16/13 at 5:05pmQuote:Originally Posted by Snowfan
The Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco is good for breakfast and ice cream.
The Cow also has excellent sandwiches.
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