Arizona/New Mexico The Taos Mini-Gathering 2020 Wasn't So "Mini"

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@Philpug and I have been wanting to do this but it falls right in the middle of OR/SIA. (or maybe OR/SIA falls in the middle of Taos Ski Week)
Maybe we need to scratch out some time to just visit the Grumps and follow them around Taos.
 

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Dave -- thanks, great report! And mucho thanks to you and King Grump for organizing and honcho-ing this awesome event. Ski Week is unique and, for me, very helpful. It was great to see again many Pugskiers who I first met last year and to meet more Pugskiers this year. See y'all in JH!
 

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I counted 40 attendees in your list (including you)!
Quite a difference from the first time we considered Gathering in Taos:
This is the vote in Aspen between Whistler, Taos, Summit County, and Teluride:
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I counted 40 attendees in your list (including you)!
Quite a difference from the first time we considered Gathering in Taos:
This is the vote in Aspen between Whistler, Taos, Summit County, and Teluride:
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You’ll never get the masses to vote for Taos. The only reason Utah doesn’t win sll the time is it’s off the list. Though passes have changed the dynamics for sure.
Good job on the grass roots gathering!
Eventually the particles coalesce and form a mass.
 
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What was the feeling for intermediates? Did they have enough terrain to be interesting?
Yes? This was my third year there, and I'm an intermediate. (Of course, I ski in the Mid-A, and I went in the low snow year and enjoyed it, so I think I'm easily amused. Other intermediates MMV.)
 

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@Philpug and I have been wanting to do this but it falls right in the middle of OR/SIA. (or maybe OR/SIA falls in the middle of Taos Ski Week)
Maybe we need to scratch out some time to just visit the Grumps and follow them around Taos.
If the timing lands the same way next season, you could do what I did and ski Sat
What was the feeling for intermediates? Did they have enough terrain to be interesting?
To put some perspective around the perception of Taos, I think Taos has more options for intermediates and groomer zooming than Loveland and it's at least equal to A-Basin (if not better).
 
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...I think Taos has more options for intermediates and groomer zooming than Loveland...
On the groomer side of things (and I guess, overall), I'd agree. But Loveland has nice intermediate bowls and some intermediate chutes and trees that are beyond what Taos has - though they tend to be short.
 

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To put some perspective around the perception of Taos, I think Taos has more options for intermediates and groomer zooming than Loveland and it's at least equal to A-Basin (if not better)
Ok, but Loveland isn’t exactly a destination resort.
 

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What was the feeling for intermediates? Did they have enough terrain to be interesting?
It definitely did have enough for me. I didn't go up to the peak at all, but was able to ski some of the shorter, black bump runs in the lower mountain and it's bigger than it looks on a map. Even on day 6, our instructor was still introducing us to new terrain on the lower mountain.

My local bump is really small but I do ski Mammoth a good number of times each winter. Mammoth is bigger, but Taos has a more varied terrain.
 

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@Philpug and I have been wanting to do this but it falls right in the middle of OR/SIA. (or maybe OR/SIA falls in the middle of Taos Ski Week)
Maybe we need to scratch out some time to just visit the Grumps and follow them around Taos.
The mice do like to play.
 

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To put some perspective around the perception of Taos, I think Taos has more options for intermediates and groomer zooming than Loveland and it's at least equal to A-Basin (if not better).
Yeah. The blue groomers aren't huge in number but they are very good.
 
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