- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 3
- Nightlife 4
Pros: High elevation, nice range of terrain, generally uncroweded, close to Albuquerque
Cons: Flat bottom mountain
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Dec 1, 2010
After two seasons of riding here, I can say this is my favorite place to ride in NM. Granted its not up to par with the terrain of taos or the snow fall of red river but for its location it really has a lot to offer.
First of all, you really cannot beat this place on a solid powder day. It's centrally located in NM and sitting at 12K in elevation, there's usually several storm days that bring 8 plus inches. As far as the terrain I would say intermediate to advanced riders would want to stay on the top mountain lifts (chairs 7, and 3) where there is really a little bit of everything from glades, to bumps, to burns, to a few small cliffs. Plenty to keep the most advanced rider entertained for at least a couple weekends. But you need to make sure you keep your speed heading back to the bottom and the end of the day as the bottom half of the mountain is essentially cat walk except for Lower Broadway. The terrain park is small but well built. Also boarders, only ride Sunset Trail if your planning on cutting down into the glades, if you don't you will be hiking.
I would avoid this place during holidays and major week ends because there really isn't enough acreage to accommodate large crowds of people unless you stick to the trees all day. Also be wary of this place if they haven't had any snow for a few weeks. It is after all in NM and it does get warm and the snow does melt.