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Old 11-09-2009, 04:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whats up, I just moved out to New Mexico from Michigan, and this will be my first winter out west. Just wanted some local advice as to what mountains are better than others? Taos, Red River, Angel fire, Ski Apache etc... Just wondering which ones are worth the money/drive and maybe what ones have smaller crowds on the weekends?

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P.S. im new to the area so im looking for a cool group of boarders to go ride with, lemme know if your interested in carpooling or whatever!
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe its just me but I did not enjoy Taos at all. I went in March last year and I found the MT wasn't very snowboard friendly, and the MT was kinda hard to navigate around.
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Taos and santa fe are head and shoulders above the other resorts. (though I've never been to ski apache) The rest are more like the resorts back in michagin than what one would normally think of as west coast resorts. Crowds aren't as big of a problem here but watch out for santa fe on really bad weekends (mlk, president's day) as they struggle to deal with the crowds.
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with the crowds at Santa Fe - especially on the holidays/weekends.

If you are in Albuquerque (or nearby), Sandia can be tons of fun during times of good snow. Its rather small and the lifts arent high-speed, but its never very crowded, its cheap and very close to town.

As for the others, Ive enjoyed Angel Fire more than Santa Fe -- its very boarder friendly with a good laid-back kind of feeling. I wasnt too big a fan of Taos, but will definitely go back for variety.

I havent tried Apache, Sippapu (sp?), or Red River. Will be going to Wolf Creek in Southern CO this year -- rumored to be about 3.5-4 hours from Alb.
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Old 11-14-2009, 06:58 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yea im way the F out in Clovis on the texas border, so santa fe is about 3 hours and ski apache is about 2 1/2ish. Thanks for the heads up tho on the crowds.
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Old 11-15-2009, 01:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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heard ski apache is offering a sweet deal on season passes. already went boarding at sandia this year and wolf creek is already 100% open. Banger!

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Old 11-16-2009, 07:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Don't waste your time with Ski Apache, If Apache bowl opens this year you might give Ski Apache a try. Otherwise it's not that great and it has east coast snow. Angel Fire would be my choice, haven't done Taos. If you like the park Angel Fire is by far your best choice. It doesn't have the fall and you die stuff, but for nice snow and good cruisers its pretty good. If you go, drive through Santa Rosa, the road through Logan shouldn't be called a road but a pot hole.
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Old 11-17-2009, 03:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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i'm planning a road trip to angel fire this december. it looks really good. it was between that and sante fe. it'll be my first time at angel fire so what're some of the best things to do there?
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I'll be at Angel Fire on Christmas... Hope its good... Sipapu is my backup plan
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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red river is a great place to escape the big crowds that taos draws.
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