Taos is pretty much the only place I have ever skiied -- I learned to ski there as an adult (thanks to the most fabulous present that my then-boyfriend, now husband, ever gave me). The only other places I have skiied are Heavenly and Snowmass (one time each) -- and that was in the mid-to-late 1980s, before boarding became popular. I am not a good enough skier to take advantage of the gnarly stuff that Taos has to offer so obviously have no opinion about what boarding will do to those runs.
Overall, I think boarders will bring some energy and fun to the resort and town in a way that is totally complementary to the laid-back, comfortable vibe that is what keeps us going back. There just isn't the glitter and Beautiful People I remember from Aspen, where I actually saw a woman with a fannypack full of makeup, touching up her eyeliner in a ladies' room at the top of the mountain.
: The only
thing that gives me second thoughts was watching the Burton video of poachers at Taos and the other ski only slopes -- maybe I am totally wrong (please feel free to correct any misimpressions) but it looked like the boarders poaching Deer Valley almost went out of thier way to "buzz" skiers on an uncrowded slope. I don't want to ski around someone who would do that, whether they are on skis or boards!
Unlike Mojoman, Taos is where we have chosen to start our kids skiing -- they have a fabulous ski school, and if they are comfortable skiing the tough stuff there, they'll do fine anywhere.