Santa Fe is convenient to Albuequerque. It's one hour, twenty minutes from my dorstep on the north side of town. Yes, Taos is better. Taos is world class. Taos is also an hour further which makes for a long day. Neither area is that great until it has 80 inches. With 80 inches, Santa Fe has some very challenging terrain. But like any area you have to know where it is and how to maximize your useful vertical. Once you find the luges and traverses, you'll have to be in great shape to go nonstop. I suppose there could be lines at Christmas, but since the introduction of the new triple to the top, I've stood in line maybe a couple of minutes at most. Unless you're a rank beginner, thats where you want to be anyway.