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Old 10-14-2010, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Albuquerque, NM Boarders?

Just wondering how many Albuquerque, NM boarders are on here? I'm looking for some people to ride with this year.

Last year we had one of the most epic snow seasons in a decade. And I was at the hill by myself almost 75% of the time because my so called friends would constantly flake out on me when it came time to go to the hill. Their loss I guess...

I rode Sandia, Santa Fe, Sipapu, and Angel Fire last year. It was guarenteed I was at one of those hills every weekend. Looking for some local people to shred with and maybe share trip expenses this year.

What's up ABQ?!?
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Damn, Sandia actually opened? They hadn't opened up for a couple years, right?
Im from NM, Espanola to be specific...and spare me the Esapola jokes, I have heard them all!
Angel Fire is cool and all, its where I got on the slopes for the first time, but why would go the exrta mile when Taos is there? You didn't mention Wolf Creek, WTF? Taos and WC are the two best spots in NM (yes I know WC is in CO., just barely). Sipapu is the coolest little mountain, tiny but still has some fun runs to shred.
I live in Denver, but I actually make a lot fo trips back home to visit the family, and never have anyone to hit the slopes with when Im in town. My parents live in Rio Rancho, so thats where I stay, what part of ABQ are you in?
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Oh yea Sandia was open! In fact they exteded their season because we had so much snow. A lot of hills did. Sipapu went almost to April. It was an epic year. I think last year may have spoiled me.

Last season was my 1st season snowboarding. I tied to hit as many of the hills as my paycheck would allow. This year is going to be Taos for sure! I'd like to hit Wolf Creek too but we'll see with that one. Its just a bit far for me. So it all depends on the kind of deal I can get with lodging, etc. Same for Durango. Even though Durango does have some killer mlitary disounts.

I'm in the Air Force so I live on Kirtland AFB.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice, good to hear those places are doing well! I haven't been to Sipapu in a very long time, I may have to pay them a visit for old times sake.
I know what you mean about being a hike, but you can get lodging for a decent price in Pagosa Springs, and you may even score a military discount.
I'll keep you in mind when I visit and there is snow on the ground!
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Old 11-07-2010, 04:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I JUST got my Season Pass at Angel Fire, NM! (For $249! (I love being in college and getting the discounts )

Ill be coming up from texas every other weekend starting after thanksgiving so ill be down to ride with you if you go to angel fire. My drive is about 8 hours from my college (TCU) and ill probably be camping out right below the mountain
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I rode Angel Fire last year. This year is going to be Taos.

I'll keep you in mind if we go to AF.
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How was af? I get mixed reviews from everyone I talk to
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Its a fun little mountain, but it's not a very difficult mountain though, mostly blues, and a few blacks. If you jump into the trees you will have more fun and away from moving objects! I have been going to AF since I was a kid, thats where I actually slapped on some sticks for the first time at 6, so I have a spoft spot for the place. Taos is a much steeper mountain and has more to offer if you're an advanced boarder. Im so glad they finally allowed boarders there a couple years ago, I hadn't been there since I switched from skis to a board about 12 years ago, was go good to finally get back on that mountain!
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Ill be coming up from texas
What is it about Angel Fire that Texans love so much? Ever since I was small Texans have been going to that place in droves!! What gives?
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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How was af? I get mixed reviews from everyone I talk to
There are pros and cons to every resort. Angel Fire is no exception.

The pro's...
Awesome terrain park (if you are into that kind of stuff). They have 3 parks. A begginer park on the bottom of the backs side, an advanced park at the top of the main lift, and a jib park at the bottom of the front side.

Its a large mountain with lots of long runs. It takes 2-3 days to see the whole mountain.

Relatively cheap (both to ski and stay) compared to some of the CO mountains.

The only mountain that offers night skiing in NM.

Has a high speed quad lift to get you to the top (both front and back side)


The cons...

Some of the runs on the front side of the mountain can get pretty flat. Especially towards the bottom. The top half of the front side has some sweet runs. I25 is my favorite because it twists and turns and is nice and rollie. Very fun run to just hawl balls down. But make sure you carry your speed through the bottom half of the mountain where it gets flat. During spring conditions the flat areas can stop you in your tracks! Stick with the back side of the mountain to avoid flat areas. There are none on the back side.

Be careful on some of the green runs on the front side because some of them actually go uphill. My buddies and I took a wrong turn and wound up on one of those. We had to take our boards off and walk for a 1/4 mile before we were able to get to some good downhill again.

The place is crawling with people from TX/OK. So brush up on your southern speak before engaging in any chair lift conversation.



I hit Angel Fire several times last year. It's a nice mountain with a reasonable price. If you can avoid the flat areas it is a blast. One of the times I went last year we got 8-12" of snow overnight. Talk about an excellent pow day all the next day! Nothing about Angel Fire has kept me from not wanting to go back. I will hit that mountain whenever a trip gets put together. But this year I am going to focus more on Taos (because I didn't get a chance to hit it last year).
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