there is no comparison between Taos and Angel Fire. They are apples and oranges. Taos, no snowboard allowed, which IMO is a bad thing, but some like it. Taos is a real town (small city really) that happens to have a ski area nearby. Angel Fire is a resort community with lots of second home owners. its value is as much as a summer destination as a ski area. mountain bike, fish, golf. lots of Texas and other out of state part timers. Taos is an ex-hippy artist community, some funky, some swanky parts. If you are ok with the short drive up the hill to the ski valley, there are lots of options for housing in or near town. nothing is cheap anywhere these days. Both resorts have spotty snow. some years are epic, some are pretty thin. March is usually a safe bet. But you need to want to come here for more than just the skiing IMO, to justify owning a house here. If you're looking for a small mountain town with good skiing and not yet fully discovered real estate, try some of the smaller ski areas in southern CO.