Flying at the Little BirdYeah, the wife and I were in line for first chair with about 30 people, and after that we walked onto every chair. 11" new had accumulated while they were closed. It was a little wind effected in places, but mostly good untacked and crud skiing. I used my fat teles because with the short vertical I can almost keep up with my wife, and the runs are perfect for fast cruising because they all have that advanced intermediate pitch that allows you to rip without risk. Good bumps too. As usual, there was no one there and we skied non-stop for 5 hrs, so it was a lot of skiing bang for our buck.
Went to Ski Santa Fe for the first time the next day and switched to alpine gear. I was pleasently suprised at how good the terrain is. Some long bump runs, lots of steep nooks and crannies, and some nice tree skiing. They said you couldn't see the chair in front of you the day before because of the wind, so the top was scoured, but once you got a few turns down the snow was sweet in the 30" they'd had that week. Definitely going back there on a combo weekend to Taos. I think Santa Fe would have been fantastic with a local guide because the terrain is so varied and treed it was hard to tell where we were going sometimes, but that made for some sweet suprises.