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Old 11-25-2008, 09:56 AM
 
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We'd like to try driving to NM for some skiing. Any suggestions or recommendations about where to go? DH and I are pretty good, kids have never skied. Looking for a non glitzy, family, walkable place.
Thanks!
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Old 11-25-2008, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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If you are really looking for non-glitzy, I would recommend checking out Sipapu (Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort).

I learned to ski there decades ago, and went back many times and loved it; however, when we last went there, there were still not TVs, no phones in the room, one 'restaurant' that was open limited hours, and no hot tub . We stayed in little cabins (and I mean little) or, when we had a group, we stayed in the mobile homes (one is a double wide ). Each place had a kitchen, though, and every accomadation was withing walking distance of the lift. It is a small vertical drop (~1000 feet), but there is (was?) no crowd most of the time we were there - in fact, I don't recall ever having to wait in a line at the lift. The trails were sort of narrow (again, compared to Breck or Vail or something), but if you are good, no big deal, and if you have never skiied, you don't know any better... There are only about 20 runs, too, and one main lift and a pommel lift for the beginner slope.

We went because it was inexpensvie and an 'easy' drive from Austin, but the snow tends to be very good. We drove to Angel Fire several times from Sipapu and the snow was ALWAYS better at Sipapu than AF. Taos was nearby but much more expensive and a bit on the high-brow side for intermediate skiiers.

As for other places, Ski Apache (or Riudosu sp?) is supposedly very good, with surprisingly good snow for so far south, but I have never been there. M sister really like Red River in northern NM, but again, I have never been there.
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Old 11-25-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Closest would be Ruidoso, NM (Ski Apache in Ruidoso, New Mexico the best Ruidoso and New Mexico Skiing and Snowboarding). I've driven there a few times, and it's about 10-12 hours total. Fun little town, good ski area when there is snow (usually late in the season, Jan-Feb, is the best snow there)... the drive up to the ski mountain is twisty and steep, and sometimes requires chains, which you can buy in town. The lifts are a little old, and sometimes the service isn't that great at the resort, but overall it's very good. If you are looking for a nice place to stay, the Upper Canyon Inn Upper Canyon Inn and Cabins is nice.
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Old 11-25-2008, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, near 4 Points
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I've done Ruidosa & it was OK....but hated the 45 min. drive everyday (but it's the closest resort to Texas).

Sipapu is cute, but a day trip at best. (as is Red River imo)

Santa Fe is good....also requires a daily drive (but less than Ruidosa) & has a world class city to enjoy (offseason).

Taos is amazing skiing & a cool town but is VERY advanced (not for beginner kids imo).

My favorite that is "drivable" is Ski Durango (formerly known as Purgatory). Great Mountain, Great town, Not glitzy, but very much a destination. (about 4 hours drive NW from Alb.) I love visiting Durango in 3 different seasons (winter/spring for skiing, the summer & the fall).....& have.

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Old 11-25-2008, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Oh but drive the extra hours to VAIL it is soooo nice.
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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Thanks for the amazing ideas and opinions...keep 'em coming!
How much longer to Vail, by the way? Although maybe too glitzy??
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Old 11-25-2008, 06:32 PM
 
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I'll suggest Red River..nice little town.

Red River, New Mexico
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Vail is in Summit County CO, near Breckenridge. Parts of Vail are amazing, but you can get the Summit pass, which can vary, but it is basically 3-5 days at the 'typical' resorts up there, but you can trade out a day for a day at Vail, and/or another day for Copper mountain, maybe? Check online. You get to ski several places instead of just one. Breck is ~16 hours (or longer, depends on age of kids ), but I have found that it is a great balance of snow, price, although a bit more crowded than many other places; however, there is a huge amount of mountain to spread the people over.

If you do drive to Summit County, I highly recommend the southern approach through Hoosier Pass, it cuts off at least an hour over going through Denver (as long as the weather is decent).
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Hutto, Tx
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Copper Mountain is the best place to take kids. Great, easy bunny hills and greens. I also like Breckinridge.
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Old 11-25-2008, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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Copper Mountain is the best place to take kids. Great, easy bunny hills and greens. I also like Breckinridge.
And Copper is only a few minutes from Vail and Beaver Creek

I need to go clean my helmet, boots and get some new skis!!!!
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