Not up to Taos Standards
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Pros: SEE 2016 NOTE BELOW!
Alpine setting. Some Big Air shots.
Good use of limited land currently made available.
Tim's Stray Dog Cantina is a great '19th Hole'.
Cons: SEE NOTES BELOW.
-Some very steep drops and climbs.
-Losing discs in heavy undergrowth.
-Baskets can be hard for casuals to get to.
-Hikes don't always reward the effort.
-#5 throws blind!?! into the main hiking trail.
-Short summer season.
-Rough temporary tees. No signs. Hard to follow.
Other Thoughts: UPDATE 2016: THERE IS NOW A NEW VERSION OF THE 2014 COURSE. Since it is temporary and will be replaced or moved, let's keep this short. Since the main issue is no signage, I'll try to get you around the course:
Bring water and wear hiking shoes or boots.
Play starts with a shorty at the base of chair 5, above left from the main base area. Climb up to 2 and throw 300' right across the grade to above the St. Bernard deck. After climbing up the main trail: #3 continues across the grade in the same direction, offering 2 entrances into the woods. The basket is 100' up the lower entry.
Climb steeply straight up the grade to #4, it is on the road up there and plays down that road to a basket by the chairlift pole. #5 is nearby and throws down into the entrance of the main hiking trail: WATCH FOR HIKERS!.
#6 throws down to near the base, with the tall white poles right being OB. Also, the white rocks long are OB. #7 tee is just a few feet away and goes steeply up into the nearby Aspen grove.
#8 and 9 both play up the main hiking trail, 'The Return Trail' from Williams Lake/ Wheeler Peak.
From 9, continue up and forward into the woods about 150'. #10 is straight up the grade. Go left to 11, which is only a 170 footer across the grade, but the basket is hard to find...you might want to walk this short hole to see it first.
After 11, walk up and across the little creek. 12 play straight down to just short of the road. Go right on the road to 13, which plays only about 250 back down the road. The hidden basket is up off the road on the first shoulder on the left.
#14 plays over 300', straight down the road with the basket near the equipment on the right.
#15 is much shorter than it looks: it is JUST over the crossroad, with basket in the shade. The farther basket you will see is actually 16.
16 to 18 all have the tee on RIGHT side of the main Pioneer Ski run. They all have the basket in the woods on the LEFT side of the run. Only the 18 basket is hard to see...it is up in the woods just short of the 1st of 2 BMX paths.
HOPE THIS HELPS. To be continued, perhaps with a permanent site as soon as next year.
Having skied here for 12 years and played over 150 courses: I gotta say this is a challenging place to build a good course. But I hope that TSV gets together with a course architect and some the top disc management that has made New Mexico such a hopping scene and gets at least an adequate permanent course installed somewhere on this legendary mountain.
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Taos Ski Valley DGC
Pros: Nice location in Taos Ski Valley - very dramatic scenery, good use of topography, nearby shelter/amenities, maps and directions provided at Taos Ski & Boot.
Cons: Tight intersecting holes at times, no long holes, unneccessary hole closures.
Other Thoughts: A pleasant course if you are in the Taos area. Ski Valley is about 40 minutes from Taos plaza. Check out Taos Cow in Arroyo Seco for food and ice cream on your way down.
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