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My son and a bunch of his college buddies and gals want to try skiing this Dec. Where would the pick be? Some have skiied before and others have not. Need some ideas.
post #2 of 12
When in December are they planning to come to NM? Some of the mountains don't open until the second half of the month, and the snow can be sketchy at that time.

Having said that, I think their best bet would be Taos. If they want some nightlife besides the skiing the town of Taos has some, not much, but some. And if they decide they want to try Angel Fire or Red River, those are less than a 45 minute drive from the town too.
post #3 of 12
I love Taos, but think it would be a lousy place for never-evers.
post #4 of 12
If they stay in Taos they could try their first day in Angel Fire. It has plenty of easy runs, but I don't suggest going there over a holiday, way to crowded and to hard to get started on the mountain (one main lift to started)

Snow is very sketch in NM in December, follow the ski reports. Red River is also drivable from Taos and is very easy for beginners.
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I love Taos, but think it would be a lousy place for never-evers.
Not without proper instruction IMO.
post #6 of 12
I know they have very good instruction. But all the green runs seem to be cat tracks and the one that returns from the Kachina side is heinously flat and loooong.
post #7 of 12
I would usually agree that Taos is not the best never ever place but they will have a new beginners area starting this year not to mention some new expert terrain that could be really cool off of Al's Run:


Taos Begins Work on Two New Runs TAOS, NM – August 20, 2008 – Taos Ski Valley will develop two new double black-diamond runs and a new beginners’ hill during this season and next. This is the first terrain expansion at Taos in many years.
Opening this winter, the first of the new runs, named North American, will be accessed near the top of lift one and spill out onto the return trail. This double-black diamond glade will feature a 1,400-foot vertical drop sure to thrill Taos Ski Valley’s most expert visitors. The second run will be cut in summer 2009 and will be named in honor of Ernie Blake, founder of Taos Ski Valley.
For novice skiers and snowboarders, a new 400-foot beginners’ area called The Burrough will open this season and will include a moving carpet. The area will be located east of the base of lift 1 and will feature the flattest terrain ever offered at Taos Ski Valley. Taos’ famous Ernie Blake Ski and Ride School, school will be using the more conveniently located new beginner’s hill to teach novice skiers and riders the basics. The Burrough will expand into 1,200 ft. of lift-served beginner terrain in the near future as part of Taos Ski Valley’s base area expansion.
“With these changes, our terrain will have the perfect balance of new challenges and old favorites for our expert and beginner visitors,” said Gordon Briner, Taos Ski Valley General Manager. “The updates will complement and complete our mountain but will not change the intimate, friendly atmosphere of the resort.”
For information on everything exciting going on at Taos Ski Valley during the 2008-2009 season, visit http://www.skitaos.org.
post #8 of 12
That Long, flat, cat track takes me about 1 or 2 minutes at most. Not long at all IMO.

I would say that Taos is a great place for never evers. Never evers need to go straight to ski school, and Taos has one of the best.
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I would usually agree that Taos is not the best never ever place but they will have a new beginners area starting this year not to mention some new expert terrain that could be really cool off of Al's Run:
That's nice to know. I really like Taos, but it's been a while since I have a boarder in the family. Thanks for lifting the ban and good luck!



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That Long, flat, cat track takes me about 1 or 2 minutes at most.
Wow, that's good for a beginner! I'm sure you'll go far!
post #10 of 12
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Wow, that's good for a beginner! I'm sure you'll go far!


43 years on skis for me.
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by lb1lb2 View Post
My son and a bunch of his college buddies and gals want to try skiing this Dec. Where would the pick be? Some have skiied before and others have not. Need some ideas.
Where's the college? If it's one of the Southern colleges like that TT Dump (kidding.....well no...not really) they may want to think about Ski Apache in Ruidoso. The snow there is gerneraly not that great but is occationaly good and borders were allowed the last time I was there. It's a fun town and I took several college groups there while I was attending school. (GF's family had a house there). It's a lot closer than the other NM resorts and just about as good if the snow is decent. Then add the indian casinos into the mix and a good college blowout is easy to be had.

I used to like Red River for never-evers but it's been a long time since I've seen thier school personaly. Although I'll probably be seeing it in the very near future since my son is old enough for ski school now. IMHO I believe that RR's lodging is WAY overpriced for what you get and is the only reason I just take day trips there.
If on a super tight budget and snow is very good, Sipapu has some crazy cheap deals. But mainly relys on natural snowfall. Angel Fire is a good choice for never-evers as well. But again it's been a long time since I've skiied there.
Taos is supposed to have a good school but I have no first hand knowledge of it.
My favorite was Rio Costillo but it's gone to the bye and bye. *tear*
post #12 of 12
Taos has an excellent ski school but not much terrain for beginners.
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