Not at all. It's just a stupid skier. They say things like "can't handle the trees, too steep" etc. Well, skiers are the ones that can't handle the trees. Give me a group of expert riders and skier, go out a certain gate I know of, and the boarders will be the first down every single time. I remember when skiing trees meant wide open bowls with a couple of tree on it. Their big sticks couldn't handle what I liked to call tree riding. With shaped skis it's evened the field quite a bit, but boards still rule it.
Steeps, pretty much equal ground there. It's just a see what they want to thing. Taos is not that steep at all.