Originally Posted by spindrift
OK, let's keep it to the facts. Explain, in a world where transportation is arguably easier/cheaper for many people, the following:
350K skier visits per year --> 160K skier visits per year
And feel free to edumacate us about power & money while you are at it
Bushwhacker called me a a stubborn old fart. I agreed with him and told him he doesn't have a clue about how stubborn I am. I then jokingly told him stubborness is a side effect of having money and power. I told him that he should get some of it, meaning stubborness has served me well in life. It was between him and me and not any of your business. I never claimed to have either power or money, or not to have it.
This is a capitalistic society and money and power is what is used to measure success. If you don't have one or the other, you'll always work for the man instead of being the man. That is a simple fact.
Now do you understand?
There is no single reason for skier visits being down at Taos. Snowboarding is only a small part of it, a very small part of it.
It is easier to get to the Colorado and Utah resorts (large airports in SLC and Denver) and that's part of it. The Utah and Colorado resorts advertise a lot more than does Taos. The Colorado and Utah resorts are not family owned businesses and have greater budgets to lure in the tourists.
Another part of it is that you have to earn your turns at Taos. Many people prefer to be pampered at Aspen, Vail, Beaver Creek, Deer Valley, and now Crested Butte if you can believe that. Many people on this forum claim to be level 9 skiers but you put them on the ridge at Taos and they will quickly revert to a snowplow.
I have no idea if snowboarding will help TSV. I think allowing it is more about the hotels, shops, restaurants, and other businesses that are tied to TSV for their economic survival. The ski area has enough skiers to survive but perhaps not thrive.
A few boarders will die or be seriously injured at Taos, just like skiers. They had better show up with their A game or be prepared to be shipped home in a box. That's another fact.