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Taos or Squaw?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
You are an expert skier who likes to ski moderate to steep double-diamond stuff. Not extreme terrain.
 
1. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder. Taos or Squaw?
 
2. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 3 inches of light spring corn on top of a firm snow-ice base. Taos or Squaw?
post #2 of 21

Is this a survey for a new ski cult with sabbath on Tuesdays & Thursdays?

post #3 of 21

Conditions each day are 2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder. Taos or Squaw?

 

Squaw and "2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder" had not been in 1 sentence for at least 4-5 years.

Squaw and "champagne powder" had not been in 1 sentence like NEVER. Usually it is sierra cement at its best.

What this post was about?

post #4 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Oleg S View Post
 

Conditions each day are 2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder. Taos or Squaw?

 

Squaw and "2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder" had not been in 1 sentence for at least 4-5 years.

Squaw and "champagne powder" had not been in 1 sentence like NEVER. Usually it is sierra cement at its best.

What this post was about?

 

My hunch is Taos, but I have never skied there so I appeal to my fellow bears to give me their expert opinion. 

post #5 of 21

Been a long time Taos skier and one full season at Squaw (2011/12, 101 days).

 

Taos hands down.   

post #6 of 21
Skied them both, Taos a lot, Squaw pretty much. Both good, Taos better/great.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by OldSchool47 View Post
 
You are an expert skier who likes to ski moderate to steep double-diamond stuff. Not extreme terrain.
 
1. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder. Taos or Squaw?
 
2. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 3 inches of light spring corn on top of a firm snow-ice base. Taos or Squaw?

Is this a riddle?  Why are you only skiing 3 runs a day? (5k vertical)

post #8 of 21

You can't legally ski champagne powder at Squaw or Taos. Only at Steamboat.

post #9 of 21
Thank god we don't have Champaign powder at squaw.

I would take medium density powder any time, cheers the rocks, sticks to steep faces.

Only Alaska has better powder than squaw.
post #10 of 21
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Thank god we don't have Champaign powder at squaw.

I would take medium density powder any time, cheers the rocks, sticks to steep faces.

Only Alaska has better powder than squaw.

We have a winner for best joke of the day.....popcorn.gif
post #11 of 21
The powder at Squaw is interesting. It needs to be reasonably heavy just to stick to the steep terrain. 2' is not a big snowfall at Squaw but that much will feel bottomless due to the consistency of the snow. When the snow gets light, we'll have 4'. Powder days at Squaw are really fun. But it doesn't last long - it's all tracked out in an hour or two. At least the snow makes awesome bumps - maybe a bit too quickly.

It's been a while since I skied Taos. I got maybe 2' of very light powder. I was surprised that I could feel the hardpack under the powder so much. We had great powder skiing and lots of it. But a couple days after the snowfall the snow wasn't great. Still, we loved the Taos powder.

Spring skiing at Squaw rocks! It warms early and softens nicely. The mountain is big enough that you can follow the best conditions. Squaw's spring bumps are the best. It can be steep enough that even if it gets really gooey, the steep bumps ski great. (The runout can be challenging.) Note that you can get spring conditions in January. Squaw definitely wins for spring skiing.

Who knows what the winter will bring. Last year I got zero good powder days out of my Squaw pass. And too many days where the entire mountain was boilerplate (that's what happens after a January spring day refreezes when the weather cools). But that might be my worst year ever.

Eric
post #12 of 21
Thread Starter 

Powder: Taos.

 

post #13 of 21
Squaw is the best choice
It will be tracked out in 45 minutes flat making it a whole lot safer for you

You may not have to rest on Tuesday/ Thursday cause you will not be tired at all

In spring they don't even run the lifts when there is 3 inches of corn
post #14 of 21
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Powder: Taos.

 

 

That doesn't look like Taos. Too flat and the hat is too big. Unless you're from Texas.

That looks more like Steamboat.  

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Squaw is the best choice
It will be tracked out in 45 minutes flat making it a whole lot safer for you

You may not have to rest on Tuesday/ Thursday cause you will not be tired at all

In spring they don't even run the lifts when there is 3 inches of corn

 

You've never skied Taos. C'mon down this season and I'll give you a personal guide tour.

Make sure you bring a change of base layer bottoms. :D

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by OldSchool47 View Post
 

Powder: Taos.

 

 

That doesn't look like Taos. Too flat and the hat is too big. Unless you're from Texas.

That looks more like Steamboat.  

 

Heh.

 

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Originally Posted by near nyquist View Post

Squaw is the best choice
It will be tracked out in 45 minutes flat making it a whole lot safer for you

You may not have to rest on Tuesday/ Thursday cause you will not be tired at all

In spring they don't even run the lifts when there is 3 inches of corn

 

You've never skied Taos. C'mon down this season and I'll give you a personal guide tour.

Make sure you bring a change of base layer bottoms. :D

 

Whoosh!

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by KingGrump View Post


You've never skied Taos. C'mon down this season and I'll give you a personal guide tour.
Make sure you bring a change of base layer bottoms. biggrin.gif

How bout you flatten it down so it's safe to ski
I will bring my depends
post #17 of 21
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How bout you flatten it down so it's safe to ski

 

Naw, that would be environmentally unsound. 

post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by OldSchool47 View Post
 
You are an expert skier who likes to ski moderate to steep double-diamond stuff. Not extreme terrain.
 
1. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder. Taos or Squaw?
 
2. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 3 inches of light spring corn on top of a firm snow-ice base. Taos or Squaw?

 

I'm going to be an asshole and challenge the premise of the question.

 

I think that either place would be terrific with 2 feet each day of fresh snow, or with 3 inches of corn, regardless of the day of the week.  (Although why you'd need to rest on alternate days after skiing only 5,000 feet of vertical -- less than three runs on Squaw's KT-22 -- is beyond me.)

 

The real question is which of the two would be more likely to have those conditions.  That's something that is best determined as close to your deadline as you can, both because you'll hopefully have better information about the existing base, and you'll have more reliable predictions.

 

That said, if I were making the decision now about a ski trip sometime this El Nino season, I'd choose Taos as more likely to have those conditions.  Average snowfall at the two is reasonably comparable, but New Mexico is heavily favored by El Nino, Tahoe only slightly.

post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by TheDad View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldSchool47 View Post
 
You are an expert skier who likes to ski moderate to steep double-diamond stuff. Not extreme terrain.
 
1. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder. Taos or Squaw?
 
2. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 3 inches of light spring corn on top of a firm snow-ice base. Taos or Squaw?

 

I'm going to be an asshole and challenge the premise of the question.

 

I think that either place would be terrific with 2 feet each day of fresh snow, or with 3 inches of corn, regardless of the day of the week.  (Although why you'd need to rest on alternate days after skiing only 5,000 feet of vertical -- less than three runs on Squaw's KT-22 -- is beyond me.)

 

The real question is which of the two would be more likely to have those conditions.  That's something that is best determined as close to your deadline as you can, both because you'll hopefully have better information about the existing base, and you'll have more reliable predictions.

 

That said, if I were making the decision now about a ski trip sometime this El Nino season, I'd choose Taos as more likely to have those conditions.  Average snowfall at the two is reasonably comparable, but New Mexico is heavily favored by El Nino, Tahoe only slightly.

 

The question wants you to rate terrain. 2 feet of fresh powder each day and 3 inches of light spring corn are necessary assumptions.

post #20 of 21
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by OldSchool47 View Post
 
You are an expert skier who likes to ski moderate to steep double-diamond stuff. Not extreme terrain.
 
1. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 2 feet of freshly fallen champagne powder. Taos or Squaw?
 
2. You get to ski 5,000 feet of vertical per day MWF. T and TH are for rest. Conditions each day are 3 inches of light spring corn on top of a firm snow-ice base. Taos or Squaw?

 

1. Taos easy.

 

2. Taos barely.

 

post #21 of 21

Strictly speaking terrain, I like Squaw better. More open bowls, more variety.  Taos, to me, has easy and then super steep and not a lot in between.

 

Crowds, longer lift lines, and quicker to get tracked out at Squaw though, which would make Taos more appealing.

 

Snow quality, probably Taos.

 

Apres-ski, Squaw.

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