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Santa Fe or Pajarito for a day??

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I'll be heading to Taos early March for 2 days and while heading back to ABQ, i hope to check out either Santa Fe or Pajarito.  Assuming a normal snow year for NM, which one is a better choice in terms of Int/advanced terrain, and sustained pitch?   I'm not expecting steeps and I don't mind mixing in bumps/groomer cruising  on my down day.  The santa fe map shows an open areas/glades around the summit crest- is all of that open skiable terrain?- it looks interesting.    

Also,  I saw sipapu had lift/lodge for $44 which is pretty cheap but i assume that is a half day of fun.     

 

any info is appreciated.

post #2 of 7

I visited Red River one day and then Taos two days in early 2012.  My hard skiing son was with me and at the end he said, "why didn't we just do three days at Taos!"  You might wind up saying the same thing, Taos is very special.  I haven't skied Pajarito or Sipapu, but have skied Santa Fe and while no Taos, it's quite scenic and has some challenging glades.

post #3 of 7
Full disclosure, I live in Santa Fe and work at the ski area. That said, I find Santa Fe more interesting than Pajarito. That isn't to say that Pajarito isn't fun and worthwhile, but if I had to choose it would be Santa Fe, no question. Santa Fe has great glades and much more advanced terrain.
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Lived in Santa Fe for 18 years. Ski Santa Fe is considerably more interesting than Pajarito and is actually a very fun place to ski. Great tree skiing. It also usually has considerably more snow than Pajarito being much higher (one of the highest in the US with base at 10,300'). It is also less of a detour for you on your way to ABQ and if you are staying over a night Santa Fe is a pretty cool city.

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I agree with all of the comments above. From a pure skiing perspective, Santa Fe is the best of the northern NM areas after Taos; however, Pajarito is worth a one-day stop, as is Sipapu, just to experience a couple family-oriented hills in that part of the U.S.

 

Those reports ^^ are based on a trip taken six years ago and there have been some changes at both since then.

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I visited Red River one day and then Taos two days in early 2012.  My hard skiing son was with me and at the end he said, "why didn't we just do three days at Taos!"  You might wind up saying the same thing, Taos is very special.  I haven't skied Pajarito or Sipapu, but have skied Santa Fe and while no Taos, it's quite scenic and has some challenging glades.

How did you like Red River?    being an eastern skier, i don't mind smaller mountains as long as there is enough variety/pitch.  I'm gonna shoot for four ski days now instead of three, Santa Fe looks like the best one to add with taos. thanks for the input all.

post #7 of 7

Santa Fe is better skiing.  Pajarito is someplace I recommend every tourist visit if they get the opportunity to.  It is more about the history of the area than the skiing itself.  That said, the skiing there is usually decent, but nothing to really brag about.  I believe Pajarito was founded by a bunch of nuclear and rocket scientists that were tied down to the White Sands range but really wanted to be able to sneak off to a place to ski when they could get a half day off here or there.  The lodge is full of memorabilia documenting the folks that developed the technology that keeps us out of full scale war nowadays. 

 

Anyway, that is what is so cool about Pajarito.  If you're traveling with kids or aren't looking for the most difficult and extreme terrain in the area I'd recommend a day at Pajarito for sure.

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