Long Runs - No Lift Lines
Nightlife could use some work
Angel Fire has a ton of snow, great, long runs, and even this early in the year is groomed well. The runs are so long that you can ski without feeling that you have to get back on the lift just about the time you are really doing well. The mountain is spread out enough that you don't end up with newbies on top of more advanced skiers. Angel Fire is not as steep as nearly Taos Ski Valley, but is much more open and wide. Also, there is a distinct difference in the attitude of people between Angel Fire and Taos Ski Valley. Angel Fire is definitely more friendly to out-of-towners, whereas TSV tends to have a lot of locals that think they own the mountain. The locals that do live around Angel Fire are more apt to let you in line in front of them and are willing to offer suggestions about where to eat. I even had one buy my coffee on top of the mountain. TSV on the other hand is much snobby...with locals that want to get in front of you.
The evening nightlife is limited at Angel Fire. Of course, the resort and Nordic Center have some good restaurants, but outside of the resort, there are only about 5 or 6 other places to eat in town. No really good dance clubs are in the area. You are more likely to catch up with people walking around and looking at the Elk and Deer than ready to throw down for a party. Too bad to, since there are a lot of Texans here that could probably have a great country and western dance evening.
Just to add in here, for beginners, I couldn't think of a better mountain to start skiing on. Because the mountain is so big, people are spread out, so you don't feel like there are people all over you. The runs are long and wide, so you don't have to use the lift a lot when you are just learning. And I can't say enough about how the people here will work with you and build your confidence.