Hopefully it gets a few of those god awful Texans to go to Chamonix instead of Taos. The French will love em.
Just kidding (complete sarcasm and not at all how I think) but after the Texas hater thread I couldn't help myself.
That ain't saying much.
Wow, In fact I would safely say you will probably out ski 96.5% of the NM population.
Since only 3.5% of the US general population participates in skiing/snowboarding activities and if the population of NM follows the trend of the us general population in terms of skiing/snowboarding statistics, you are on track to ski better than all of the folks that do not participate in skiing/snowboarding. I would say that IS quite an accomplishment on your part.
The out-class part - well, I don't know. You are from Texas after all.
Oh, I forgot to mention before. Every year is a great year for me at Taos.
It's all in the attitude.
If I'm there, chair #1 @ 1:30 pm, without fail. Unless I was there at 1:00 pm.
Just look for the old Asian dude in skittles colors.
Anachronism in post 137 arrives at the core of the K Peak dilemma. When, exactly, does off Piste become Piste? Build a lift to an off Piste locale ... ergo, you Piste people off.
Still in shock that I just booked a room at Alpine Village in mid-December for only a little bit more than $100/night. Discount season is the best; even with the probable limited openings and potential lack of snow, just being in the ski valley and sleeping/spending so much time up there is always an incredible experience and well worth the money, regardless of anything else.
Take advantage of this amazing deal, people... trust me.
Sidenote to those who know better than me: how do you think the ongoing construction throughout this winter will effect, if at all, the walkability/ambiance of the ski area village? Obviously the area by Alpine Village/Cottam's/Tim's shouldn't be effected too much, but what about the area surrounding Martini Tree and Rhoda's? I'm very interested to see how much has changed since I was up there last in January.
What interests me in the new base area is how architects will work with water.
Curiously, both the base area and the Children's center make no use of the astounding visual potential of the stream. At the base area, nothing but building slab and dirt roadways exist by the stream. I mean, it's not trashy or disrespectful toward a natural feature, but most definitely nobody ever thought of the beauty there. A crude access driveway runs alongside the river and a few muddy service trucks and empty milk crates appear to lean against an ugly foundation slab of the old building that is less than 20 feet from the river itself. This is the focus of the eye as one looks downward from the new main access bridge (where the bus drops skiers off).
So much of the new construction should involve un-doing what was done before.
Down at the Children's Center (I like the term "Kinder Kaffifig"), again, the building turns its back to the river, ignoring it from both the interior and the exterior. Almost spilling into the river is a second crude access driveway for service vehicles. Down there, as a consequence of being ignored, nature feels more comfortable. Animals are far more at home in an environment where they are not subjected to man's prying eyes. Beaver merrily defoliate an Aspen grove, weasels burrow beside the building foundation, and water ouzels splash away even in the dead of winter - all apparently relishing the neglect of TSV's previous generation of builders.
At the base area of Beaver Creek there is artful use of the stream as an aesthetic counterpoint to the mountain. It is quite well done. The clear dancing waters form the focus of the eye and the splash drowns out the noise of the busses as skiers unload. It washes away the stress that skiers have taken on finding parking and fumbling with ski gear as they ride in a crowded bus. No animals go near the entrance area.