by: anonymous_user - 21st April 2007

  • 3
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced/Expert
  • 4All-Mtn. Terrain
  • Family Friendly
  • Aprés Ski
  • Terrain Park
  • Overall Value

Full review

Small mountain (about 500 acres). Short season. Good for intermediate to advanced skiers season long. Expert skiers will be done with the mountain in a week. Do not expect to find powder here. Long lines in lower lifts. There are no high speed lifts. A 1500' vertical takes 12- 18 minutes where it would take 1/3 of this time on a high speed lift. Parking is awful: Very limited space and quite far from the base area. Stay away from the Basin on weekends and holidays. You want serious skiing, then Taos is the way and no snowboarding there. Trip from downtown Santa Fe to the Base is 16 miles. There is no shuttle to the base area from anywhere like the "Free Summit Stage Bus Service" in Summit County in Colorado. You must drive there, and that is not fun because it takes more than an hour because of annoyingly slow drivers. For god's sake, I know I'm not in New York but keep it up you New Mexicans. You are "driving" me crazy. (I'm from Brooklyn who passed the winter here in Santa Fe. Next year, I'll be in Summit County for the winter, and Mt. Hood for the summer camp.) Café and restaurant at the base do not offer good food and they are expensive. Mid mountain café is nice, but there too drinks and food are very expensive. Toilets have a bad chemical smell that make you puke right on.
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