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Old 12-10-2009, 03:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Lightbulb New Mexico or Colorado...??...?? pros and cons

I live in Austin, Tx and will be traveling up the Rockies to get some snowboarding in probably like mid Jan. or February. My plan is one of two...

Either to Head west into New Mexico to try out their slopes and if they don't fulfill my needs then ill head further north into Colorado...

Or just head straight north into Colorado and not mess around...

My main reasons for choosing New Mexico is because of the Price difference and distance

Its closer.
its cheaper.
the hotels are WAY WAY cheaper!

But i dont want the Slopes to suck. I dont mind paying more and driving further if New mexico slopes suck. So that is my first concern, I would like to save the money and stay longer and be closer!

Any help or ideas would greatly be appreciated
Im not a pro but im no beginner, I dont really need double blacks, just a good slop with lots of snow!
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Either give Taos a go or head to Wolf Creek. Wolf Creek has been getting smoked this year, and I bet it's as cheaper or cheaper than your New Mexico options. It's only 2 or 3 hours further than Taos by car. Maybe less, not exactly sure of the route you would take coming up from Texas. Stay in Pagosa Springs if you want some night life, keep in mind though the pass closes on that side during big storms due to avalanche danger. Stay in South Fork if your main concern is to ride.
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I can attest for NM and say that Northern New Mexico has some awesome terrain for way cheaper than the big resorts in CO.

Taos, Santa Fe, Angel Fire, Red River. Etc. are all first class.

Here is a good website with snow reports and web cams. Ski New Mexico

I can assure you that you wont be disappointed with NM and the slopes most certainly don't suck. That being said however, Colorado is just...well...Colorado.
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Old 12-10-2009, 05:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks alot guys...

Thats a great help. Its a long trip from Texas so timing and good planning is what im looking for. If anyone else out there is planning a trip in NM in JAN or FEB, let me know! I would love to join in on some fun and always open for others joining us!
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:16 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey Texasnownone, Im headed to NM from San Antonio next weekend. Never been. ive always gone to Colorado. Ill let you know what i think.
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Old 12-13-2009, 06:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you want to be able to hit both Telluride was one of the best rides Ive ever done, and one of the coolest towns, it's in the southwest corner of the state too, making your drive shorter
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I live in Central Texas as well and choose Colorado because flying is much cheaper to Denver. I've checked into NM as well and it seems like the trips are generally within $100 of each other. I've never been to NM, but for basically the same price, I'll choose CO everytime. As far as driving time, it's only about 3 hours difference between Summit County, CO and Taos, NM. Why drive anyways? Flight $180-$220 depending on how far in advance you buy your ticket. I've flown to Denver for as little as $120 round trip from Austin last winter. Rental car $45/day. Think about the price of gas for your 2500 mile trip and wear and tear on your own car. The only way I'd ever drive is if I was going for more than a week. Not to mention the 17 hours it takes to drive. That's two days of driving. I'd rather be hitting the hill sooner.
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Dude Im from houston and i almost always fly into colorado, like Thug said if your strapped on time its a waste of two days you could be on the slopes. I'm flying into denver with the wife and 5friends gonna rent a big ass suv and truck it up into summit county. Really living in texas means your always straped for time on the mountain so do whatever it takes to get there as fast as you can. If your going to NM take a plane its quick 1.5hr flight at most

By the way im heading up into summit county beginning of january i'll let you know how conditions are there when i get back
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Where do you get a rental car for 45/day?
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:28 AM   #10 (permalink)
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45/day if you rent a cheap ass tiny economy car, better hope you got snow tires or your gonna have fun sliding on the mountain lol.
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