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Taos in April

post #1 of 18
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Friends, Ms D1 and I are headed to New Mexico during the first week in April. Mostly it is to check out Santa Fe which we have both wanted to visit for a long time. But there is no way I could pass up hitting Taos (and maybe Santa Fe ski) while we are there since we have never been. In fact, this area is on our list for places to have a more permanent, if seasonal, ski track if retirement ever happens. 

I see that Taos actually closes on April 6th, so we would be at the end of it. Honestly, I really do not much care what I find there so late in the season. In Maine, we are used to skiing on all kinds of flotsam this late in the season, at least in a thin year. Just wondering what we may find for conditions there so I can make a fair guess for gear. Thinking with mixed conditions, Kastle FX 84's and her Blizzard Black Pearls would be safe bets.

Any recommendations for lodging in the Taos  (and even Santa Fe town) are would be most welcomed.

Much obliged.

Tx.

D1

post #2 of 18

I have skied Taos late season many times and the snow has often been in great condition.  FX 84's and Pearls out to be about perfect.

 

The Indian Hills Inn in town is inexpensive, clean and close to points of interest. 

 

Have a nice trip.  Taos in the spring is FANTASTIC.

post #3 of 18
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I have skied Taos late season many times and the snow has often been in great condition.  FX 84's and Pearls out to be about perfect.

The Indian Hills Inn in town is inexpensive, clean and close to points of interest. 

Have a nice trip.  Taos in the spring is FANTASTIC.

Excellent! Have you been to Santa Fe ski area that late?
D1
post #4 of 18

Hi D1,

 

I have never been to the SF ski area.  Keep hearing good reports about it. :)

 

Here are a few links for lodging. 

http://taos.org/visit/lodging

http://taoswebb.com/hotel/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g47224-Taos_Taos_County_New_Mexico-Hotels.html

post #5 of 18
I live in Santa Fe and work at the SF ski area. In the first week of April, sometimes it's fantastic and you can't believe it's closing, and sometimes it's slush and you're thinking that you should have gone mountain biking. Same with Taos. I've skied powder after the ski area closed. You kind of have to wait until mid-March to predict.
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I live in Santa Fe and work at the SF ski area. In the first week of April, sometimes it's fantastic and you can't believe it's closing, and sometimes it's slush and you're thinking that you should have gone mountain biking. Same with Taos. I've skied powder after the ski area closed. You kind of have to wait until mid-March to predict.

Bob, I was hoping you would chime in. Fortunately, since this is not a dedicated ski trip I am not sweating the conditions and am prepared to ski in most anything. Rather liberating not to have to obsess. Have learned a great deal about the area from your posts and feel that I owe you a beer. If you have any other suggestions for a few days in Santa Fe and a few on the hill please post or feel free to pm me.
Regards
D1
post #7 of 18
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Hi D1,

I have never been to the SF ski area.  Keep hearing good reports about it. smile.gif

Here are a few links for lodging. 
http://taos.org/visit/lodging
http://taoswebb.com/hotel/
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g47224-Taos_Taos_County_New_Mexico-Hotels.html
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So what I hear is that Texans flock north to NM the same way folks from Massachusetts (I'll spare you our pet name) flock to Maine. Any truth to that? 🌠
D1
post #8 of 18
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So what I hear is that Texans flock north to NM the same way folks from Massachusetts (I'll spare you our pet name) flock to Maine. Any truth to that? 🌠
D1

"Poor New Mexico, so far from heaven, so close to Texas."
- Manuel Armijo, governor of New Mexico, 1827-1828, 1841-1843, and finally 1845-1846

Yeah, we get a lot of Texans, especially during holiday breaks.

Recommendations: I'd be glad to show you around the ski area. Currently my favorite restaurants are La Taberna and Izanami. Izanami is at the Ten Thousand Waves spa which is awesome - combo those for a great afternoon/evening. The museums are very good - history, art, folk art, Indian, and children's. If you like contemporary art, look for Site Santa Fe. Bandelier Nat'l Monument and Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument are fascinating. Take time for a lap or two around the SF plaza - be sure to find Todos Santos candy store. And I like Pacifico beer. wink.gif

What else are you interested in? Budget or luxury lodging? No matter what, the only lodging on Cerrillos in Santa Fe that you should consider is either the El Rey or the Sage Inn. Cerrillos is the strip mall sacrifice area of SF. Otherwise, look closer to downtown - I can help with yes/no on specific lodging and restaurants.
post #9 of 18
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Bob,

Very gracious. That beer just transformed into dinner.

Will be in touch.

D1

post #10 of 18

Lodging in Santa Fe:

 

El Rey for less expensive lodging (not downtown)

 

La Fonda for steeped in History right on the Plaza (my favorite)

 

La Posada for swanky near downtown

 

Hotel Santa Fe (owned by Picuris Pueblo) for Native American vibe, Railyard district, not downtown.

 

 

Check the web for performances at the Lensic while you're in Santa Fe. Pro Musica is on in winter if you like chamber orchestra.

 

All the Museums for sure. The new history museum is a must. Go up to Museum Hill and go to the Wheelwright Museum, Native American Art in a small, intimate space with superior curating and the best museum shop in Santa Fe. Folk Art Museum is a favorite for many, but best for kids.

 

One of the better "art galleries" is actually in the Roundhouse, the State Capitol building. It's a wonderful collection of NM art and is open to the public. Just go in and wander about.

post #11 of 18

Oh 2nd on Izanami. Not cheap, but the food is superb and the setting is very special.

 

Do the 10,000 waves hot-tub and massage and then go to dinner. That was my birthday present and I guarantee you an evening to remember!

post #12 of 18

Taos preserves its snow superbly with the steep north exposure at high altitude.  It often closes with its highest snowpack of the season.  So unless it's a lean snow year the skiing should be very good first week of April, as it was when I was there that week in 1993.

post #13 of 18
Bob,

Gf and I are arriving in SF on Wednesday 2/19 and plan to ski Thursday and Friday. She'll be spending the weekend with her son and granddaughters out on Old Las Vegas while I get to poke around galleries and museums. I'll check in here before we arrive for conditions and tips. Sunday afternoon we're going to Taos for three days.

Deliberate,

We've stayed at Old Santa Fe Inn several times and liked it, but this year we're trying Pueblo Bonita BB just for a change, a little cheaper. When we get back I'll post a report. You definitely want to be within walking distance of the Plaza. And check the Taos website for special lift and lodging deals. They put us in the Powderhorn, close to the lift base, for about $210 a night including lift tix, which means we get the room for about $80. I'm looking forward to Taos without the morning drive.

Praying for a dump sometime in the next three weeks!
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Bob,

Gf and I are arriving in SF on Wednesday 2/19 and plan to ski Thursday and Friday. She'll be spending the weekend with her son and granddaughters out on Old Las Vegas while I get to poke around galleries and museums. I'll check in here before we arrive for conditions and tips. Sunday afternoon we're going to Taos for three days.
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Praying for a dump sometime in the next three weeks!

Well, cool! Think snow!
post #15 of 18
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So what I hear is that Texans flock north to NM the same way folks from Massachusetts (I'll spare you our pet name) flock to Maine. Any truth to that? 🌠
D1

 

Yeah, I know the pet name you guys have for the ones from Mass. My wife room mates in Maine keep us up to date. 

 

No worry about the Texans on the last week at TSV. They only show up in large numbers during spring breaks. I believe this year is around the first couple week of March. 

Anyway, TSV skis really well at late season. I've closed out the season there quite a few times. The atmosphere is more relaxed, if that is possible.       

 

Anyway, you can pick up next season's pass during the last week and ski the last week for free. A really good deal.

Mrs. Grump and I will probably be driving down there to close out the mountain after the Mammoth gathering before heading back to the Bird.

Shoot me a PM when the time comes and I'll give you a tour of the mountain.  

post #16 of 18
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Friends, I am grateful for all your wonderful suggestions. 

I have never been to the Southwest and am very excited to ski and see.

D1

post #17 of 18
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Mrs. Grump and I will probably be driving down there to close out the mountain after the Mammoth gathering before heading back to the Bird.

Shoot me a PM when the time comes and I'll give you a tour of the mountain.  

Very cool. 

Enjoy the Gathering.

D1

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So what I hear is that Texans flock north to NM the same way folks from Massachusetts (I'll spare you our pet name) flock to Maine. Any truth to that? 🌠
D1

Texans are our neighbors.  Half the people that ski in Taos and support the local businesses here are Texans.  They're mostly very nice and polite people.  If you don't like Texans then don't visit New Mexico expecting not to meet any.

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