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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
We might go to Santa Fe next..Where is the closest place to stay to the hill.. What is the closest you can stay...If it is not worth it.. Has anyone skied there recently?..How was it? If it is not worth it we might just make the trip back to Taos.

Lee
post #2 of 22
Where are you coming from? When I lived in ABQ, I would ski at Sante Fe sometimes 'cause it was a little over an hour vs. the 2.5 to 3 hours to Taos. If you're coming from any farther away than ABQ, I'd probably just go to Taos, personally. And if you're thinking of staying somewhere for a few days, I'd definitely hit up Taos instead of Sante Fe. Sante Fe's a decent day area, with some fun terrain, but it's pretty small.

As for lodging, I never stayed anywhere, but I don't recall seeing anything on the road up from town. I think your only option is to stay in Santa Fe, which is about 15 miles from the ski area, iirc.
post #3 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm coming from Las Cruces..

Thanks

Lee
post #4 of 22
Hey Lee, I go to Santa Fe quiete often since it's the closest to ABQ (Sandia really sucks).

First, there is no lodging up in the mountain. I think the best would be to stay in a hotel close to the plaza and do the 30 min drive. Then you can also enjoy some of the stuff that Santa Fe has to offer.

About the mountain, it's a nice one if you are intermediate/advanced. There are some nice gree/blue cruisers (gayway, sunset), very nice bump runs that are not as tough as the ones in Taos (road runner, wizard), and some nice tree runs but I haven't done many of those. The mountain is half the size of Taos, but it will keep you entertained.

And do yourself a favor by riding the quad chair on the bottom once at the beginning of the day and then STAY AWAY FROM IT. It stops all the time and it has the longest lines. If you use the Tesuque and Millenium chairs you won't have to make a line ever (They are slow though).

Simon
post #5 of 22
there are some casitas at ten thousand waves, they're pricey, but romantic.
post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by bwxmas View Post
We might go to Santa Fe next..Where is the closest place to stay to the hill.. What is the closest you can stay...
The closest you can stay is in town - there's no lodging at the ski area. Santa Fe isn't that big, so tell us what you're looking for in terms of accomodations and you can get a better pointer.

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If it is not worth it.. Has anyone skied there recently?..How was it? If it is not worth it we might just make the trip back to Taos.
I ski there a lot, about 20 days so far. Santa Fe is having a great year - above average on the snowfall so far, with a really firm base. All the runs on the mountain are open. Very, very nice skiing at this time.

Disclaimer - I work there. If you're there Tues-Thur stop by a patrol shack and ask for me. If you do it early enough, I may be able to break away and show around a little.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Sounds good Bob, I will let you know..

Lee
post #8 of 22
Went Saturday 1/12. Snow was good, but the above poster was right about the bottom quad. It sucks. But then again, all the lifts do, and they are very slow. Not one person from the staff said a thing to me the whole day, but maybe that's a Colorado thing? Skied nonstop with a 10min break for lunch at the t-p in adventure land/village whatever it's called. Most of the locals weren't friendly, either. The only people I talked to were other Texans, cause they responded when I talked to them. The traffic director tried to tell me to go up to upper level parking with my fwd civic after I told her I couldn't. Overall? Not bad for one day. Watch out for wreckless skiers. I was hit by a girl going ~20+mph pizza-ing who yelled " I cant stop" as she hit me and watched a crash between a boarder/skier from a lift. I'm not knocking the patroller above, but the resort is nothing special.
post #9 of 22
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... I'm not knocking the patroller above, but the resort is nothing special.
No offense taken, but if you want to enjoy friendlier staff and locals and faster lifts you should ski there on a weekeday when it isn't jammed with beginners and visitors, and the staff isn't totally busy trying to keep things going. That goes for any ski area anywhere.
post #10 of 22
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post
No offense taken, but if you want to enjoy friendlier staff and locals and faster lifts you should ski there on a weekeday when it isn't jammed with beginners and visitors, and the staff isn't totally busy trying to keep things going. That goes for any ski area anywhere.
Except for my area, which gives you the pesce in faccia (fish in the face) on weekends, and comes back at you with the calcio nel culo (kick in the ass) on weekdays. Sorry, just venting because they haven't opened the tram for a couple weekends now. Mountain's great, hate the owners.
post #11 of 22
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Except for my area, which gives you the pesce in faccia (fish in the face) on weekends, and comes back at you with the calcio nel culo (kick in the ass) on weekdays. Sorry, just venting because they haven't opened the tram for a couple weekends now. Mountain's great, hate the owners.
Heh. Well okay, maybe not every ski area is better mid-week. I guess I shold have included a YMMV disclaimer. But nothing's the same in Italy, is it?
post #12 of 22
Black is white, night is day, lifts close after a weekend snow storm only to reopen midweek, when no one's around. Although Mr Nobody is right: this past weekend, anyway, the avi danger was high up top. But I could tell some resort-management stories...
post #13 of 22
There are several high-end hotels and motels near downtown Santa Fe. You will be able to walk to the Plaza and shop and enjoy the town and get to the mountain in less than half an hour.

If you want to save some money, look for any of the motel chains on the south end of Santa Fe off Cerrillos Road. There are plenty of affordable restaurants nearby, and your drive to the mountain will only be about 10 minutes more than staying downtown.

I recently had a friend come out here from out east, and we went to both Ski Santa Fe and Taos. He remarked that Ski Santa Fe was more to his ability, and Taos was just too much mountain. So even though we could have skiied Taos the whole time, we wound up at Ski Santa Fe most of the time and he had a great time.

The contrast between the two resorts is enormous. Taos resembles a quaint little swiss ski village, with several good dining opportunities, gift shops, condos, and bars. At Ski Santa Fe you will find families that have packed their own lunches, and you cannot get a drink there unless you can get to Totemoff's which is on the mountain.

Taos is better for advanced skiiers and those that want a resort experience. Ski Santa Fe is a good beginner to intermediate mountain for those that want to ski, although there are some runs that will challenge advanced skiiers such as Tequila Sunrise, Avalanche Bowl and Big Rocks.

I was at Ski Santa Fe this weekend. Snow coverage is good, with packed powder. Temperatures were on the cold side, as they usually are this time of year.
post #14 of 22
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Not one person from the staff said a thing to me the whole day, but maybe that's a Colorado thing?
: Well, it's not a knitting circle. The staff might be busy making sure things are running smoothly and monitoring safety. Are you there to ski or are you there to gab?
post #15 of 22
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Are you there to ski or are you there to gab?
C'mon Knute, the man's from Texas.

No, sorry, that's a cheap shot. In fact we could use a little Texas over where I ski. Love to have someone open up a barbeque joint, for example.
post #16 of 22
Actually, i was up there both saturday and sunday and the lifties were all smiles and joking and very nice. I did make a point of saying thank you every time i rode up, so maybe that made a difference. My husband, who free skied by himself Sunday, met three people on the chair whose life stories he knows now, so i don't know why people were so cold to the poster above. Was he wearing a Bush/Cheney button or something?

It was training clinics for the Adaptive program and I think first day for the White Tornadoes on Saturday, so the hill was pretty crowded. But the snow was good. Santa Fe, being in a desert, has learned how to keep whatever snow it gets and most everything was covered.

There are wonderful tree runs on that mountain and some slots that will challenge anyone. But it's a day area and a local's day mountain. It is not a "resort." 10,000 waves is the closest hotel, but the town is so close it really doesn't matter.

bwxmas, why don't you stop in SF for the night and ski one day and then head up to Taos for the next day or two? Then you can decide for yourself.

I hear we're supposed to get some more weather mid week, so next weekend should be good.
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by daroy99 View Post
Went Saturday 1/12. Snow was good, but the above poster was right about the bottom quad. It sucks. But then again, all the lifts do, and they are very slow. Not one person from the staff said a thing to me the whole day, but maybe that's a Colorado thing? Skied nonstop with a 10min break for lunch at the t-p in adventure land/village whatever it's called. Most of the locals weren't friendly, either. The only people I talked to were other Texans, cause they responded when I talked to them. The traffic director tried to tell me to go up to upper level parking with my fwd civic after I told her I couldn't. Overall? Not bad for one day. Watch out for wreckless skiers. I was hit by a girl going ~20+mph pizza-ing who yelled " I cant stop" as she hit me and watched a crash between a boarder/skier from a lift. I'm not knocking the patroller above, but the resort is nothing special.
Go up the road to Angel Fire, there are plenty of Yahoos from Texas there that will be happy to chat with you. Oh yea and you can watch collisions all day long there too.
post #18 of 22
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... i don't know why people were so cold to the poster above. Was he wearing a Bush/Cheney button or something?
That would have done it, but it's pretty difficult to get those past the border checkpoints.
post #19 of 22
No, I wasn't wearing a Bush/Cheney button. I met one person on a lift that was pretty nice and boarded with us. I don't know if the lift operators didn't feel like talking to me and my two friends, or what, but it's just a completely different experience then Colorado for me. To santa fe's credit, they do a damn good job with the amount of snow they get and the location. And I take offense to people that knock on Texans so much. Doesn't happen as much in NM as in Colorado, who seems to have a personal vendetta against all Texans.
post #20 of 22
This thread makes me want to head up there this afternoon. Class be damned!
post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by daroy99 View Post
No, I wasn't wearing a Bush/Cheney button. I met one person on a lift that was pretty nice and boarded with us. I don't know if the lift operators didn't feel like talking to me and my two friends, or what, but it's just a completely different experience then Colorado for me. To santa fe's credit, they do a damn good job with the amount of snow they get and the location. And I take offense to people that knock on Texans so much. Doesn't happen as much in NM as in Colorado, who seems to have a personal vendetta against all Texans.

New Mexico ski areas=non-corperate, they are actually locals who are not forced by stuffy management to fake a smile to texans.
post #22 of 22
o, you are gonna get teased to bits here now...

Come on back y'hear?
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