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Trip to Taos in mid-March?

post #1 of 12
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Hi everyone.

My wife and I are planning a trip to Taos in mid-March. She's not a skier but she wanted to see the place, and I'm a low-intermediate (or advanced beginner) and want to ski for the first time on something that is beyond the 600f verts we get here in PA.

We're going to go from around 3/12 to 3/19, and I'm wondering what to expect in terms of conditions, crowd (e.g., they're opening up for snowboarders on the 13th), etc.

How are the snow conditions that far south in mid-March? Would it already be spring skiing or can I expect to get to ski on snow, not ice like here in PA?

Also, we're thinking of flying back from Denver rather than from ABQ and going through some ski resort in the area. We're trying to avoid mountain driving on tiny winding roads. Any recommendations?

Thank you!
post #2 of 12
With this year's conditions, March will be epic. We're going for Spring Break, March 19th through 23rd.. Crowds might be a bit heavy on the main lift, but they tend to disperse over the mountain in the course of the day.
It can be icy, but they have nice groomers. It's a nice mountain.
Easier to fly back from ABQ, unless you want to do Wolf Creek Pass or Crested Butte.
post #3 of 12
Just make sure you are out of there by March 22. That's the first day they are going to allow snowboards, ever, and it'll probably be a complete zoo from then until the end of the season.
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we're thinking of flying back from Denver rather than from ABQ and going through some ski resort in the area. We're trying to avoid mountain driving on tiny winding roads. Any recommendations?
Don't know about the drive to Denver (it's a long way). The drive from ABQ to Taos is not hard when I did it. And that was from the prospective of a driver from the flat land of Michigan!

Taos is beautiful. But, when I went there the first time as an (solid) intermediate, I was not enjoying it. A fair amount of the terrain there is double black ungroomed moguls on steep slopes. On the plus side, it was THE place that motivated me into getting better so I could enjoy it more (I did, 3 years later). So, be prepared.

It's one of the most beautiful resorts I've been to! It's well worth it.
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Just make sure you are out of there by March 22. That's the first day they are going to allow snowboards, ever, and it'll probably be a complete zoo from then until the end of the season.
Apparently it opens to snowboarding March 19th, and it is indeed a zoo in the time leading up to it, most lodging are already full.

Looks like we'll have to skip it and try early season next year... Both my wife and myself tend to dislike the "15 year old snowboarder" crowd that is so prevalent in the East. I am guessing that most people coming to Taos would be good snowboarders, but I'm afraid it will also draw the more problematic crowd, especially with spring/easter break at a lot of schools.

Guess we'll stay out East with the ice, and try some small Eastern mountains that would still be a step above our local ski hills. Can anyone recommend something in VT/NH/ME that will be relatively low on teens and yet beginner-friendly?
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Taos is beautiful. But, when I went there the first time as an (solid) intermediate, I was not enjoying it. A fair amount of the terrain there is double black ungroomed moguls on steep slopes. On the plus side, it was THE place that motivated me into getting better so I could enjoy it more (I did, 3 years later). .
I'm motivated, but I am only an intermediate in the sense that I am no longer a pure beginner My fear of Taos is that most things would be beyond my abilities, though I like that green cruiser they've got from the top. I appreciate the tip there !

(Where do you actually ski, in MI? Do you just fly out west once in a while?)
post #7 of 12
I'm no longer in Michigan. But when I used to live there, I flew out west once a year.

Why not go to some place in Colorado?
post #8 of 12
Mid-March is on average the best time for snow conditions in Taos. And with the early decent snowpack a pretty safe bet this season. But from uricmu's stated skier profile, I'd agree many places in Colorado would be better.
post #9 of 12
I have said this before here: Intermediates will have a far better time at Ski Santa Fe. Your wife will love the shopping, and you will love the mountain. Taos is very steep, and has limited terrain for beginners, and not a whole lot for intermediates. March is going to be killer out here.

Unfortunately the snow missed us this time. We were hoping for some last night. Hoping we get some today or tomorrow.
post #10 of 12
In my opinion..shell out the dough(which is not that much 49.00 + Ticket, and take a couple of lessons. After that I think you will more more than good to go).
They have a great ski school...
Lee
post #11 of 12
Go to Taos if you want to ski, and it has plenty of intermediate terrain and the ski school will help you out. Santa Fe is great if you want to eat out and shop. So if you want to save money, got to Taos but spend a day/night in Santa Fe.
post #12 of 12
Taos has "plenty of intermediate terrain" that is marked that way. However, plenty of that blue-marked terrain would be marked black at other resorts, especially out east. I'm not trying to convince people to avoid Taos-it is a great area, just trying to keep those who cannot handle the mountain from being overwhelmed. I agree that if you take some lessons from their ski school, you will be better equipped to take on the challenge.
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