Northern New Mexico--Any Good Skiing spots ?

Reply Tue 25 Oct, 2005 02:35 pm
Trying to do some research on NM ski Resorts/towns. Can any one suggest a good spot or two? Taos is obvious, but I am trying to keep the cost down--I have a sneaky suspicion it is expensive.

We are looking for a change from our regular New England experience, you know, something where the temps and precipitation are more consistent. Last year's Killington trip we experienced dry cold, rain and 48 F degree temps, and temps in the low 20's with 10 inches of fresh dry snow all in the space of a week. This doesn't even take account of the damn ice patches which are always located at critical spots where a turn must be made...oh well. If any has had experience here I'd appreciate your advice.

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Reply Tue 25 Oct, 2005 03:18 pm
You might try Purgatory or Wolf Creek pass in Southern Colorado, though I hate the drive to Wolf Creek pass. Purgtory might have changed names. Maybe Dys can help with that.

In NM itself, you might check into Angle Fire and Sandia Peak.

I don't ski, but I could spring for lunch.
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Reply Tue 25 Oct, 2005 03:29 pm
being a native I don't ski either. there are several ski areas in New Mexico from Ruidoso up to Taos (5 or 6 I guess)
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Reply Tue 25 Oct, 2005 07:59 pm
Roger and Dys,

Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the hospitality.

Actually, you guys may be of further help. I intend to retire in about 7 years or so and am searching for a good area somewhat removed and different than the Northeast U.S.( This is one reason I would like to personally check this area out) I just got some info from the town of Angel Fire and it seems to have the climate, terrain, altitude, and activities that I enjoy but how is the cost of living, generally in NM? Santa Fe seems a good area to base myself. What about shopping for food or lumber any big discount stores in Northern NM like Lowes or Home Depot (Home Improvement), BJ's or Sam's Club (Discount food, appliances, and sundreys)...discount outfitters like Cabela's or even an L.L. Bean? How about real estate prices?

I know specifics vary according to areas but any info would be helpful. Any web sites or even books that might help me that you can suggest? Last time I was in Santa Fe was in the late 50's. I was barely a teenager and it was not much more than a one horse town!


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Reply Tue 25 Oct, 2005 09:36 pm
No LL Bean, which means we can order without the New Mexico Gross Receipts. Heck, even Farmington has both Lowes and Home Depot, and a Sam's club. I think our real estate in Farmington is outrageous, due to the enduring oil boom, I suppose. Santa Fe is supposed to be much worse.

For specifics, I really have to refer you to Realtor.com to get a good idea of what you can get for your money.
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Reply Tue 25 Oct, 2005 11:14 pm
James Morrison
James Morrison, you might want to check out this real estate site to get an idea of housing costs.

real estate

I retired in Albuquerque in 2002 after living all my life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The cost of housing is amazingly low in ABQ. The cost of living is much lower. The people are wonderful. The weather is great at ABQ's 5,000 feet above sea level. Santa Fe is an hour's drive from ABQ.

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