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How hard are the easiest greens and blues at Taos?

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We're planning a 5 day trip to Taos with a couple of families.  We're going to have some kids and adults who are never-evers, beginners (Breckenridge greens and easy blues) and lower level intermediates.  How is Taos going to be for these skiers in our group?  Is there much terrain for them or are they going to be on the same 1-2 runs the entire week.  We are planning on having everyone in ski school.

post #2 of 8
I think if you're in ski school you'll be fine.  They have a lot of experience of getting people skilled enough to ski enough trails by the end of the week that people enjoy themselves (it's in their interest !).  The ski school guarantees that after 2 full days you'll be doing Whitefeather (the easiest frontside green)  but Bonanza & Jesses (accessed via lift 8) are not any more difficult in my opinion.  As soon as they're comfortable there, let them try 'round the world' which is a long run (around 3 miles ??) consisting of lift 1 to whitefeather to lift 2, up lift 2 to Honeysuckle, then all the way down the back to Winkelreid, then Rubezahl all the way back to Lift 1.  Stamina is more of a problem ! (It will probably take over 30 minutes the first time anyone does it !)  Easiest blues I think are Bambi on the front & Maxies & Shalako on the back. Most demanding blues are probably Porcupine on the front & Lonestar on the back. 

I've never skied Breck, but I skied Copper & A basin last season and I thought there was MAYBE half a grade difference between Taos & Copper (i.e. an easy blue at Copper was like a more difficult green at Taos) - just my opinion.

Take advice from the ski instructors & I  bet you'll have a blast.

There are a couple of other taos threads here - try this one
http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/87298/the-09-10-taos-conditions-tr-gtg-thread

and if you have more specific questions pm me or post again here

Oh and if you are staying in Taos try the mexican food at Orlando's in El Prado which is between Taos and the Ski valley - it regularly gets the best mexican food in taos award.
post #3 of 8
I love Taos. For high intermediates and above it's great.  But for never evers, I would go someplace else.    Rubezahl is a long flat cat track that all beginners will have to take back to the base and they will hate it.  

Sorry, but that was my experience with the Oak Park Ski Club in 93 or 94.
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I think the ski school will be able to get the beginners on the easy blues and that will imbue them with a sense of accomplishment and success.  I think the instructors at Taos are supposed to be super good at that.  Even if it does turn out that they dislike skiing, they will be a beautiful place with friends and can hang out on the St. Bernard have drinks, eat lunch or go into Taos for a day trip, down to Santa Fe, go to one of the many very nice spas in the area.  They may end up having a nicer time than the skiers.  I am sure that everyone will have a wonderful time just being together on a vacation.  Cheers
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Originally Posted by SHREDHEAD View Post

 Rubezahl is a long flat cat track that all beginners will have to take back to the base and they will hate it.  

Sorry, but that was my experience with the Oak Park Ski Club in 93 or 94.

That's why there are horse races !

I consider myself to be an advanced skier (L 8/9) and at the end of a day I frequently choose to go home via Rubezahl as a cool down run because I enjoy it.  There is one stretch (50-100 m long) where if you don't have enough speed you will have to pole but other than that I find the (mostly) gentle slope alongside the stream and through the trees very relaxing .

And if people hate it don't take it !  Go back to the top & go home via Bambi ( an easy blue) and Whitefeather.

(I just looked at my GPS data (yes I'm a geek I admit it) and found that on the run I logged, I averaged 25-30 mph back on Rubezahl & peaked near 40mph, which makes it not so flat in my opinion)
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Thread Starter 
TaosMath,
Thanks for the info.  As our trip gets closer I'll likely PM you for more info about the mountain as well as restaurants.  We're praying for El Nino to pull through.
post #7 of 8
A great alternative for the never evers is Sipapu.  It's about 25 miles from Taos, is a very small area, and is somewhat easier.  Costs for all steps are the lowest in NM.

You might also consider Angel Fire.  For the experts, you will be bored.  For the beginner-intermeds you'll enjoy.

Ditos to the earlier comments about ski school at Taos.  They do an awesome job of skill and confidence building.

We deal with Guests at a mid town hotel and send them to all the ski areas around Taos.  The true first timers are often appreciative that they started at Sipapu or Angel Fire.
post #8 of 8
The Ski School at Taos cannot be beat.  I have had my 9 year old there since she was 4.  Taos has great green and blue runs with opportunities to ski a bit steeper without commiting to long black runs.

For first timers they have a lift and run just for the ski school, no worry about idiots who don't take lessons crashing into you.

Taos ski school for kids is 115 a day which includes everything.  Drop them off at 8 pick them up at 3 and ski with them for awhile.
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