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Tell me about Taos blue runs

post #1 of 14
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I realize that blue runs vary from resort to resort and that blue runs at Taos are what would be considered intermediate for what runs they have there and doesn't necessarily compare to blues at Breck or Copper.

 

Based on your experience, would you rate the blues at Taos as more like blue-blacks elsewhere or just mid to hard blues?  I have a friend that tells me that he felt the blue runs at Taos were harder than ones he had done in CO.

 

I'm going to Taos for first time in Feb is why I'm asking.

 

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post #2 of 14

I think it is probably fair to say the blues at Taos tend to be more challenging than blues at most other mountains.  Having said that there are some very manageable intermediate runs off chairs 4, 7, and 8.  At the end of this article there is a video from Taos with a long stretch of skiing on Shalako and Baby Bear intermediate runs served by Chair 4:

http://www.epicski.com/a/taos-grades-high-in-geography

post #3 of 14

Though it has been a while since I have been to Taos, I don't recall thinking that the blues there were tougher than your average blue.  Now having said that, I do remember thinking that Breck's blues were on the "easy" side of the spectrum.  If you are comfortable on the blue runs at Copper Mountain then you should do just fine on the Taos blues.  Taos is a great ski mountain and I would recommend it to anyone for a 3 or 4 day trip, but the beginner and intermediate terrain is fairly limited compared to other spots out West.

post #4 of 14

The video was a good example of the blues at Taos. I went last year for

the first time. The off piste terrain is steep, but most of the groomers have a perfect blue pitch.

There definitely not on the flat side, but not steep. 

My girlfriend is a lower intermediate and she loved it. Taos is so chill,

and Un-Summit county like. 

post #5 of 14

They're not really harder, there's just not a whole lot of them.

 

My wife got hit by lady on Bambi, right where it turns into a black run.  Some of the easier routes of egress get pretty crowded at closing time.

post #6 of 14

They lead to some really kick butt places to ski??:cool

post #7 of 14
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They lead to some really kick butt places to ski??cool.gif
More like lead from.
Taos has good blue runs, but I would argue it doesn't have any green runs. It has run outs and cat tracks and connecting traverses doing double duty. Well, there is a short slope with its own chair next to the parking lot, so I guess there is one.
post #8 of 14

No the blue runs at Taos are blue runs. Some of them are one the steep side of blue but some of them are also on the shallow side. If you ski blue runs in Colorado you will ski blue runs in Taos. 

 

 
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More like lead from.
Taos has good blue runs, but I would argue it doesn't have any green runs. It has run outs and cat tracks and connecting traverses doing double duty. Well, there is a short slope with its own chair next to the parking lot, so I guess there is one.
 

That is just silly. There are green runs in Taos and they are not steeper then most mountains. I am not sure if this is some kind of local arrogance to make yourself feel like you do not have a beginner mountain but it is false.  

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No the blue runs at Taos are blue runs. Some of them are one the steep side of blue but some of them are also on the shallow side. If you ski blue runs in Colorado you will ski blue runs in Taos. 

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More like lead from.

Taos has good blue runs, but I would argue it doesn't have any green runs. It has run outs and cat tracks and connecting traverses doing double duty. Well, there is a short slope with its own chair next to the parking lot, so I guess there is one.
That is just silly. There are green runs in Taos and they are not steeper then most mountains. I am not sure if this is some kind of local arrogance to make yourself feel like you do not have a beginner mountain but it is false.  

Let me be more explicit. All the green runs are also, in fact primarily, connectors that advanced skiers are bombing down to keep their speed up on the flats. Except for the one small isolated area I mentioned. The problem is not that they are too steep, but rather that the beginners are an afterthought. It wasn't a compliment.

There are plenty of good blue runs.
post #10 of 14
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Let me be more explicit. All the green runs are also, in fact primarily, connectors that advanced skiers are bombing down to keep their speed up on the flats. Except for the one small isolated area I mentioned.

 

Whitefeather, though a cattrack, is not a connector. Lower Tottemhoff is not a connector, at least not a very popular one and it is extremely wide anyways. Then there are the different beginner runs at the bottom of the mountain fed by 3 different lifts. I agree it is not the best beginner mountain in the country but it is certainly not as bad as you are making it out to be. 

post #11 of 14

There are plenty of good blue runs at Taos, but the best thing about Taos is the ski (better) week. Can;t beat the price and will have you enjojing the area much more.

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Let me be more explicit. All the green runs are also, in fact primarily, connectors that advanced skiers are bombing down to keep their speed up on the flats. Except for the one small isolated area I mentioned.

Whitefeather, though a cattrack, is not a connector. Lower Tottemhoff is not a connector, at least not a very popular one and it is extremely wide anyways. Then there are the different beginner runs at the bottom of the mountain fed by 3 different lifts. I agree it is not the best beginner mountain in the country but it is certainly not as bad as you are making it out to be. 

Maybe parts of white feather are ok, but the bottom part is a collector. It's practically a freeway.

I may have exaggerated, and I admit I have not gone out of my way to check out green runs. But I have seen way too many beginners playing in traffic.

Other than that it is a great mountain.
post #13 of 14

You are right and I was probably being argumentative, after the mixing bowl whitefeather(skyway) is a nightmare.

post #14 of 14
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Let me be more explicit. All the green runs are also, in fact primarily, connectors that advanced skiers are bombing down to keep their speed up on the flats. Except for the one small isolated area I mentioned. The problem is not that they are too steep, but rather that the beginners are an afterthought. It wasn't a compliment.

There are plenty of good blue runs.

So now having experienced it, there hardly are any green runs other than connectors and there are some greens here that are way steeper than the greens in CO.  The blues I've done here are steeper too than the blues I've done in CO.  That's fine though in that the steep blues I've handled here will help in prepping me for the lesser blacks at Copper and Breck I take on in a couple weeks. 

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