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Old 10-29-2009, 08:56 PM   #21
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Nice board, I love my ride.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:13 PM   #22
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Been riding for 11 years. Last few years i have been taking night classes and working so havent been able to go much. I always like going but my snowboard friend is moving to spain for a year and wont be able to hit up the slopes. I may get a season pass.
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Old 10-29-2009, 09:18 PM   #23
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I tried snowboarding once... didn't like it.

Seriously, skiing is my sport. Bought my season pass, and I'm heading up in about a month for opening day. I'll have to stop and get the ski rack at dad's sometime soon.
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:28 AM   #24
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**** yah, I actually already have my lodging paid for. We are going to Colorado in December for two weeks and then in February for another week. My girlfriend got me into snowboarding and now I think I like it more than she does

Here's my board.



I actually am putting all my Miata and part stickers on it . Powered by Weisco...
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Old 10-30-2009, 12:44 AM   #25
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A Dominican that knows how to ski? Wow, I'm impressed.

I'm Bi... Ski and snowboard

I have 3yrs of 100+ days, another 3 years of 50+ days, and the last 4 years have been ~15 days a year. Responsibility sucks!

Our local resorts should be opening this weekend (up here in BB).
You'd be surprised! And I'm 56!

Started to do it about 20 years ago and to my ever ending surprise it turned into the best family vacation ever! It was the first time I could share a physical activity with my 3 sons and my wife and even get some skiing in group. I loved it.

It was so good that we kept on doing it for quite some time. Stopped doing it because going to ski in Vail became a local fashion statement and I'm not into that.

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Hey Rafa, I actually moved here from Houston, and have made the drive several times after moving. I can tell you that it will be about a 14 hour drive. Although if you want to go skiing NM will be the closest place.

Taos Ski Valley($69 per lift ticket per adult) is the best resort in NM, period. And weather you want to go there depends entirely on your skill level. However within a 50 mile radius of where I live, there are several other ski resorts. Angel Fire Ski resort($59 per lift ticket) has less steep and extreme terrain and is much better for beginners.

There are also several other "small" ski resorts including Sipapu(at $39, and my favorite small resort to ride), and Red River to name a few.

Note that any of the prices I quoted are for once the season is in full swing. Discount Season is usually 11/26/09-12/18/09 & 3/29/10-4/4/1, and the prices are quite a bit lower during those times.

Hope I helped you out with my local ski knowledge. Just so you know in NM there are other ski resorts, most of which at quite a bit lower altitude, and not quite as good snow. If you are making the trip to Albuquerque or Santa Fe to ski I would recommend you make the extra trip up to the Taos/Angelfire area where we are at 7,000 ft +.

Let me know if you ever come up here!
Fireindc; many, many thanks for all the great info you posted.

About my skiing skills; nothing to right home about (started to ski when I was around 38) but I ski down blue and black runs without too much hassle. I hate bumps with a passion though!

7,000 ft + is not that much of a problem. In fact, I would think it would make for perfect snow! Vail is over 11,000 ft and I did face issues there a couple of times. You get there and can't ski for the first 24 hours! Not fun

BTW, wouldn't you say that it would be a shorter trip to NM from Dallas than from Houston? I mean, isn't NM in a straight line with Dallas? My US geography sucks!
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Dallas to ABQ, Santa Fe, or Taos would be a shorter drive than Houston by about 3 hours. Dallas is a bit farther south that ABQ. Amarillo is about even in lattitude with ABQ.

If it's a really good snow season Pajarito is a nice, kinda hidden local spot. It's basically in Los Alamos right near the labs. If the natural snow sucks, skip it. I tend to go towards Durango and Wolf Mountian in Pagosa Springs. Sandia hasn't had worthwhile snow in years, though it's starting to snow early this season.

Taos is a great mountain and city. Fireindc is a lucky man.

Rafa if you pass through ABQ let me know.
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Dallas to ABQ, Santa Fe, or Taos would be a shorter drive than Houston by about 3 hours. Dallas is a bit farther south that ABQ. Amarillo is about even in lattitude with ABQ.

If it's a really good snow season Pajarito is a nice, kinda hidden local spot. It's basically in Los Alamos right near the labs. If the natural snow sucks, skip it. I tend to go towards Durango and Wolf Mountian in Pagosa Springs. Sandia hasn't had worthwhile snow in years, though it's starting to snow early this season.

Taos is a great mountain and city. Fireindc is a lucky man.

Rafa if you pass through ABQ let me know.
I appreciate that info Ben. Many thanks

I will surely contact you if I get to go.
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Old 10-31-2009, 07:51 AM   #28
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Dallas to ABQ, Santa Fe, or Taos would be a shorter drive than Houston by about 3 hours. Dallas is a bit farther south that ABQ. Amarillo is about even in lattitude with ABQ.

If it's a really good snow season Pajarito is a nice, kinda hidden local spot. It's basically in Los Alamos right near the labs. If the natural snow sucks, skip it. I tend to go towards Durango and Wolf Mountian in Pagosa Springs. Sandia hasn't had worthwhile snow in years, though it's starting to snow early this season.

Taos is a great mountain and city. Fireindc is a lucky man.

Rafa if you pass through ABQ let me know.
Good call, I've heard about that spot from a couple I met up at the ski valley. They both has season passes to Taos as well, but said it was a nice little mountain with good snow.

Taos is a tiny town, but I do indeed love it here. I do occasionally miss the city life, but alas im here for at least another year or two before getting back to that. Ive got to finish my house, garage, etc up here first
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Well, I usedtocould. Ski, that is.

I used to ski an average of 20 days every season - for 20 years - when I lived in AK. I would buy a deeply discounted midweek season pass at Alyeska, and skip the crowded weekend scene.
I also kept all my ski gear right by the front door, like a fireman. I would run over to Alpenglow for night skiing in the evenings, too.
There was plenty of cross country skiing, too. Usually 7 to 10 mile runs late at night. Does wonders for conditioning.

I would also go on ski vacations in the lower 48. Did some wild country skiing, and cat skiing, too. An entire day in the wildest mountains on a couple of snowmachines would mean amazing skiing for the price of a couple gallons of gas.

Now that I moved to Istanbul, I have only managed 4 days in the past five years. Sucks.
Skiing is considered a rich bastard's pastime here. Resorts are chock full of pretentious ******** who would rather show off their expensive **** than ski.

Skiing requires discipline, but is the most fun I have ever had without having to unzip my pants.
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