Taos' management argues that to add a second traffic "pattern" to the mix as it were (i.e., a snowboarder aligned perpendicular to their path of travel and with a blind spot to one side, as opposed to a skier whose body is facing their direction of travel with the blind spot behind them) would significantly jeapordize safety on this cat track.
When will the Carson National Forest Service wake up to it's obligations to complete it's mission statement, and I quote from their website:
"Our Mission: Caring for the Land and Serving People. This involves taking care of the land while making the forest resources available to *ALL* our share holders. Resources include high quality water, wilderness and outdoor recreation;" Further: "The National Forests are America's Great outdoors, here to serve the American people at work and play!" and "The Carson National Forest offers unlimited recreational opportunities in any season."
Anonymous wrote: As soon as they determine that they can make more money by including snowboarders vs. having a niche market for skiiers, they'll open it up.
Tony Crocker wrote: From 1991-92 through 1994-95 Taos was the only ski area in North America with above average snowfall all 4 years. Recent history has been opposite. 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2001-02 were all stinkers, and the last 2 seasons, while overall close to average, didn't see any big dumps until February. So if you're going to compare 1994-95 to 2001-02 I think it's the snow.
Tony Crocker wrote:I do think 15% is a realistic estimate of long term snowboard participation at Taos, assuming the overall 1/3 national and 1/4 Rockies numbers are stable.
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