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Dallas TX resident - drive to Taos / Angel Fire / Ski Santa Fe for young children friendly skiing ?

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hello

 

For someone who lives in Dallas, TX area, and will pile the family into the AWD Sienna to play in the snow, what is a more family friendly/beginner friendly resort ?   I think we will do more snowboarding than skiing.   Kids age 6 and 8.   Taos or Angel Fire or Ski Santa Fe ?  

 

Cost is also a factor, something not crazy expensive aka Aspen.   We drive a minivan for crying out loud...

 

Thank You !

post #2 of 11

From what I've read, Taos is probably #3 of those places for a family trip driving from TX.  The family in this thread from last year had older kids but you may find useful info about Angel Fire.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/115541/newb-as-in-never-been-going-first-week-in-jan

 

Did you go on a ski trip last season?

post #3 of 11

There's much more for families to do in the evening and on down days in Santa Fe, but there's no on-slope housing.  Taos has beds at the ski area, but they're a bit expensive IMO, and it's pretty quiet there activity-wise in the evening.  It's a half-hour drive from town to the slopes at Taos and Santa Fe.  Angel Fire has the most beginner intermediate terrain.  

 

All of them will be crowded during Xmas vacation.  

post #4 of 11

Check out the Old Taos Guest House - lots of room for the kids, and the owners Tim and Leslie are wonderful people. Taos itself is a really sweet town, and the drive from there to the ski area is not a big deal. From the way things look right now, the snow should be great too.

post #5 of 11
We skied taos when we lived in texas. That being said I would suggest angelfire for the due to the "holy crap" factor of taos. Those will be the words out of your mouth when you see the base area lift if your family has never skied before. If you still decide to go to taos as we did, I highly suggest their top rated ski school and their yellow bird program. You need to be able to confidently traverse strawberry hill before even thinking about jumping on the chair. If you excell in the yellow program try the green bird program before trecking off upslope alone. You will have to check the age cut offs on board school as they used to be pretty old. I would also suggest skiing if your going to be there less than a week.
post #6 of 11
I skiied Red River last year when in Taos. Liked it very much, family oriented, smaller, cheaper and lower key than Taos. Double check that they have enough snow.

http://www.redriverskiarea.com/
post #7 of 11

Angel Fire.  For sure.  Skied there last year.  Great prices, family friendly, LOTS of green/blue runs (and plenty of good black runs for you, if you want), and, in late February, nobody on the mountain.  The Angel Fire Lodge is also right at the base of the mountain, too.  Just up a couple flights of stairs and you're there.

post #8 of 11
I think Red River is the best ski area and base town in the area for families. Lower elevation and a little warmer than Angel Fire.
post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by FatChance View Post

I think Red River is the best ski area and base town in the area for families. Lower elevation and a little warmer than Angel Fire.


I disagree.  Red River is ok for families, but Angel Fire is a bigger mountain with about 1/3 more runs, a high speed quad, a "conveyor" belt lift for little kids, and a bigger town (although that's not saying much) with more restaurants/shops for the family.

post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 

Thank you everyone for the great info

post #11 of 11

Hey KSJT, I'm also from Dallas, and I thought I'd chime in as I have recent pertinent experiences.

 

I also recommend Red River. It's very economical if you search out the right places. In fact, I took a group of 15 to Red river last year, the first week in February, and we've got mostly the same group going back this year, same time. 

 

I got lift ticket deals online for $40/day. Our cabin (which sleeps 10 comfortably) is right across the street from the 3-chair platinum chair lift, and I mean *right* across the street. With our group (of 10) it comes to about $180/person for the lodging for the week. Which for the location is significantly cheaper than what I found in Angelfire. But the good news is you can drive 45-60 minutes to get to either Angel Fire or Taos from RR. 

 

We'll be skiing RR for the first 3 days since we have some beginners with us again, and then we'll be headed over to AF for thursday and friday of our trip. (I wanted to go to Taos for better advanced skiing, but a lot of the group is still too green.)

 

If you do go to RR, then the guys at Bighorn sports rental are really friendly and took the time to explain everything to the beginners in our group, and they are a bit cheaper for rentals than the ski area. 

 

Tubing in the evening for $15 is really fun for the kids but adults will have fun too, and it takes place right on the beginners/kids area at the base of the mountain. The $15 rents you a tube which you can share, and take as many runs as you like while they are open. They have a "magic carpet" lift to take you back up the hill. (People will often hand off their tubes to bystanders and kids if they are done before the event closes.)

 

Very laid-back family friendly vibe, and it has a reputation of "where texans learn how to ski". My group's experience with the ski school instructors last year was *very* positive. (I did not participate in lessons)

 

Wow, I didn't intend to write a big review, but there it is. This is written as though your family has little experience skiing, so take that for what it is.  

 

 

Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, I'd be more than happy to share my email and offer any information I can provide. 

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