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Taos crowds on President's Day

post #1 of 19
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Does anybody have experience with Taos crowds on President's Day weekend? I'm contemplating a trip in 2016, but the only thing holding me back is potential crowding.

I was there last year at the beginning of February and the lines were pretty bad at the base area - 20 or 30 mins long. Granted, this was a 10" powder day after a week without snow.

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post #2 of 19

I have done quite a few president weeks at Taos. It's usually pretty quiet compare to most other areas for the same holiday week.

 

What you saw last Feb were the Front Range storm chasing folks in a bad CO snow year. Usually it's not that bad. On a given powder day lift #1 will stay crowded until they can get the control work done and open Lifts #2 & #4. Then everyone is gone and the base will feel like a ghost town again.

 

But then with MCP on the agenda this year, all bets are off. :eek 

post #3 of 19
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But then with MCP on the agenda this year, all bets are off. eek.gif  

MCP and the El Niño hype! Full disclosure - I've got the MCP, so I'm contributing to the chaos smile.gif
post #4 of 19
:rotflmao:crowds at taos:ROTF
post #5 of 19
You'll die.

Not really.
post #6 of 19
Count me in for Presidents week next year too 😀
post #7 of 19

Wow I was just thinking of starting the exact same thread. Kids getting older so I can no longer ski midweek non-holiday too often. I was worried about all the Texas folks heading there (Im not one of those with grudges against Texans just against huge crowds). Maybe too far a drive for a long weekend? This could be the making of a mini-Gathering?

post #8 of 19
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Wow I was just thinking of starting the exact same thread. Kids getting older so I can no longer ski midweek non-holiday too often. I was worried about all the Texas folks heading there (Im not one of those with grudges against Texans just against huge crowds). Maybe too far a drive for a long weekend? This could be the making of a mini-Gathering?

 

There are more New Yorker there on president week than Texans. Not sure that is a good thing.

 

A mini-gathering sounds like fun. Too bad I won't be there. Or maybe that is a blessing. 

It's definitely good my son is in college and I don't have to abide by school holiday schedules anymore. :D

post #9 of 19
Thread Starter 

Haha, it very well could become a mini-gathering. I'm hoping to commit to a plane ticket soon. Shall we call it the "unofficial official SW mini-gathering" for now?

post #10 of 19
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Haha, it very well could become a mini-gathering. I'm hoping to commit to a plane ticket soon. Shall we call it the "unofficial official SW mini-gathering" for now?

When you get a plane ticket, post your dates in the ongoing Taos thread . . . SW mini-gathering established!  Imagine there may be a few other Bears with school-age kids and perhaps a spouse not that into skiing who might want to go somewhere other than Park City. :)

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/142212/2015-2016-taos-nm-stoke-weather

post #11 of 19

Just looked for lodging in Taos and many of the nicer places are sold out already. El Nino!!!

post #12 of 19
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Just looked for lodging in Taos and many of the nicer places are sold out already. El Nino!!!

What dates did you check, and where did you search - through Taos' website?
post #13 of 19

I checked Presidents weekend thurs night - sun night on expedia. Still plenty of rooms available at places like Days Inn and others but The historic taos inn, Kachina lodge, hotel la Fonda were sold out as well as some of the slopeside lodging. I also entered 4 guests so that limits the choices a little.

post #14 of 19

We always rent a house through vrbo.com with great results.  I just checked and it looks like there are economical offerings for President's Day available -

post #15 of 19
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We always rent a house through vrbo.com with great results.  I just checked and it looks like there are economical offerings for President's Day available -


Yup, just checked as well. Lots of really cool properties available. I'm getting close to pulling the trigger!!!

post #16 of 19
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Change of plans for me - no longer going to Taos on President's Day weekend, but I will be there Feb 6 - Feb 10. Anybody else going to be around then?

post #17 of 19

Same question(s) but wrt to little kid (kid skied greens/easy blues at other resorts). I have skied Honeysuckle and the blues near the Bavarian Restaurant/Rubezhal return (and, of course, White_Feather) and a couple easier blues on the opposite side. I know the kid can handle Honeysuckle. 1) How crowded is White Feather and Honeysuckle on President's day weekend? 2) Lots of snowboarders or not?

3) I read somewhere that they were grooming these runs more than let's say 8 years ago, is that true? 4) Did they make any more green runs a little more challenging than White Feather but less challenging than Honeysuckle?

 

Thanks! And may your day be a powder day! :)

post #18 of 19
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Change of plans for me - no longer going to Taos on President's Day weekend, but I will be there Feb 6 - Feb 10. Anybody else going to be around then?

Ah sorry, arriving on the 12th :(

post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by skiedWhiteOwl View Post
 

Same question(s) but wrt to little kid (kid skied greens/easy blues at other resorts). I have skied Honeysuckle and the blues near the Bavarian Restaurant/Rubezhal return (and, of course, White_Feather) and a couple easier blues on the opposite side. I know the kid can handle Honeysuckle. 1) How crowded is White Feather and Honeysuckle on President's day weekend? 2) Lots of snowboarders or not?

3) I read somewhere that they were grooming these runs more than let's say 8 years ago, is that true? 4) Did they make any more green runs a little more challenging than White Feather but less challenging than Honeysuckle?

 

Thanks! And may your day be a powder day! :)


Welcome to EpicSki!  You might try asking your questions in the ongoing Taos thread.  All the ongoing resort threads are listed at the top of Resorts, Conditions & Travel.

 

http://www.epicski.com/f/21/resorts-conditions-travel

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