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post #1 of 23
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I was asked to start the 2016-2017 Taos thread so here it is.  Have a great season!!!

post #2 of 23

Great!  Now I have a place to ask questions.  Working on logistics for my trip with friends in early Feb.  Learned a lot from last season's thread.  Will be the first time for me and a couple friends.  Thanks to the MCP.

 

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

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post #4 of 23

Noticed that there is a new Midweek pass for $499.  The Value Pass is $599 and includes 50% discounts at MCP destinations.  Think that's going to sell more passes?

post #5 of 23
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Originally Posted by marznc View Post
 

Noticed that there is a new Midweek pass for $499.  The Value Pass is $599 and includes 50% discounts at MCP destinations.  Think that's going to sell more passes?

 

It will probably sell a few more passes but since it is not valid for exchange days I plan to get the Value Pass. Seems like a bargain. Unlimited Taos days with 50% off Mountain Collective locations and 3 days each at Copper and A Basin.

 

I somehow have never been to Copper. No excuse now.

 

post #6 of 23

The new passes look more like crowd control tactics to me.

post #7 of 23
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The new passes look more like crowd control tactics to me.


Meaning keeping people away on weekends and holidays?  How have lift lines been on weekends after the Kachina lift was opened?  My friends and I plan to ski Taos Fri and Sat before the Ski Week starts on Sun.

post #8 of 23

The old millennium pass only blacked out Xmas and is good for 70 days. The new value pass blacks out Xmas, MLK & President weekend. Looks like they had crowd issues on the 2-day weekends and are trying to mediate that problem.

 

There are no real issues with lines 99.9% of the time I have been there.  

There are occasional full coral at chair #1 for the first set of chair around 9:00 am. Especially on mornings with fresh snow. 

The only time chair #1 get real log jammed is when they can't get chair #2 open due to avalanche mitigation work.    

 

You should have no issues with crowds even on most weekend.

Anyway, their normal "crowded" is not CO/UT crowded. If it get a bit heavy in the morning, take a coffee break and ski the afternoon. Usually you can just ski right through the lift coral. Taos have more skiing than most people got legs. :D  

post #9 of 23
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re: "Weekday Pass"

 

Blackout Dates

(12.26.16 - 1.1.17) (1.14.17 - 1.15.17) (2.18.17 - 2.19.17)

 * Value, College, Military, Service Personnel

During Blackout periods people affected can receive 50% off the Adult rate of a lift ticket.

Discounted tickets purchased are non-transferable and to be used for the passholder only.

Pass holders with Blackout Dates are eligible to purchase 1 discounted ticket per day during blackout periods.   

Weekday passholders can purchase weekend tickets throughout the season at a 50% discount, including parts of the season where regularly priced lift tickets are already discounted.

post #10 of 23
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The new passes look more like crowd control tactics to me.

 where the weekend crowd comes from? 

post #11 of 23

I meant 3 day weekends. The normal 2 day weekend are mostly local and ABQ. Not bad at all.

post #12 of 23

You guys should merge this thread with the Four Corners thread.  Taos is great but it isn't better than any of the other ski areas in the region, sorry. ;)

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You guys should merge this thread with the Four Corners thread.  Taos is great but it isn't better than any of the other ski areas in the region, sorry. ;)


Yeah, but for us travelers who like the MCP, Taos is the only reason to fly to ABQ.  And after skiing with KingGrump at Snowbird a few years ago, I'm hoping a Taos Ski Week will make it slightly easier to follow him the next time we are in LCC at the same time.  Although might take several trips to Taos to make enough difference. :)

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You guys should merge this thread with the Four Corners thread.  Taos is great but it isn't better than any of the other ski areas in the region, sorry. ;)

 

Why don't you ask @anachronism :D 

post #15 of 23
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...Taos is great but it isn't better than any of the other ski areas in the region, sorry. ;)

 

uhhh...Taos Freeride Championships, Ernie Blake Ski School...

 

Enjoy where you ski...I DO!!!:)

post #16 of 23

One thing we do have here that you guys don't is an open boundary policy. It's a shame you can't get into that bc from the Kachina Peak chair. :(

 

I'm really hoping to get there this season. I have lived in flagstaff for 14 years now and I have never skied Taos. If I can get out for just one quick trip I want to go there. It does look awesome.

post #17 of 23
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One thing we do have here that you guys don't is an open boundary policy. It's a shame you can't get into that bc from the Kachina Peak chair. :(

 

I'm really hoping to get there this season. I have lived in flagstaff for 14 years now and I have never skied Taos. If I can get out for just one quick trip I want to go there. It does look awesome.

 

Head this way and we will show you the good stuff. 

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Head this way and we will show you the good stuff. 

Tried that last year. I had Kachina Dreams in March that were left at the top of chair 4 because Kachina wasn't spinning 

post #19 of 23
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Tried that last year. I had Kachina Dreams in March that were left at the top of chair 4 because Kachina wasn't spinning 

 

Dream coming true just delayed...sorry that happened. I hope you ski that dream this season. PM ahead of time and I'll try to meet up. 

post #20 of 23

Hey everyone!

 

 

Unfortunately, I moved away from the panhandle down to central TX over the summer to finish school, so I am (for the first time in my life) no longer a day trip away from TSV. It's pretty sad, as this is the first autumn I've experienced without the excitement of the approaching ski season, but such is life. I'm still hoping to get one trip in, but it doesn't look promising at this point in time.

 

I hope you all have a fantastic time on the mountain this winter, I will most definitely be there in spirit, and following this thread anyways - living vicariously through each of you... (PICS PLEASE!). In the meantime, I will continue to do my snow-dances down here in ATX.

 

 

Take it easy, y'all.

post #21 of 23
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Opening one week from today December 9th...swiped these from the webcams...

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When are the best months to ski Taos' blue groomers?

post #23 of 23
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When are the best months to ski Taos' blue groomers?

 

December through early April. :)

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