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Hyatt Pools Skiing

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Austin, Texas
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Hyatt Pools Skiing

We would like to visit the hyatt in March. Will it be too cold to enjoy the pools? Where is the closest/cheapest place to teach kids to snow ski? How many days should we stay? Thanks.

Albuquerque, New...
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1. Re: Hyatt Pools Skiing

Rather strangely for a resort, the Tamaya Hyatt does not have an indoor pool. Their outdoor pools are heated, but it will still be pretty cool in March, unless it is 10F. above normal when you arrive. FYI: The Radisson Hotel in Albuquerque has an indoor water park, but I'm not sure if it is open to "non-guests."

The Sandia Ski Area (on the eastern slope of Albuquerque's Sandia Mountains) should still be open in March..It's slopes can be reached via NM-14, and the Sandia Crest Scenic Highway on the backside; or by riding the Sandia Tramway to the top of the mountain. .The next closest skiing would be Santa Fe.

I would say you might want to stay three days/three nights depending upon how many travel days you have available. Three or four days to explore Santa Fe, and Taos/Taos Pueblo would also be recommended.

Edited: 10:32 am, December 27, 2010
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2. Re: Hyatt Pools Skiing

I've been to Hyatt on days I thought it was too cold to swim and saw several guests in the heated pools. Hyatt Tamaya is very nice. The pools are nice and I think they are serious about heating them so they can be used. Sandia would be closest for children ski school and may have a good year afterall. Santa Fe is next closest and is often where I go for easy, reliable access from ABQ. Takes about as much time to get up the mountain from plaza in Santa Fe as to drive to Santa Fe. Good children's ski school. I take children to apres-ski meal in Santa Fe afterward to break up drive. Traditionally for us, it has been Zia Diner. A stop at the Range Cafe in Bernalillo near Tamaya also would work. If children haven't skied much before, I think you better count on at least a couple of days before they get the hang of it and have fun. Sipapu is the cheapest place to teach kids to ski, but is quite a drive for a day trip. I've done it, but it's a long one. On some occasions at Sipapu, our apres-ski meal was at the Rancho in Chimayo.

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3. Re: Hyatt Pools Skiing

I like Hyatt Tamaya so much, I thought I'd pay your post another visit and say more about what I know about the pools. The round Kiva pool is the one touted for heated waters protected from the elements. The Plaza pool is more open to the elements but has a big fun slide and is adjacent to a whirlpool. I know we have visited (for lunch) during offseason (the outdoor grill was closed and the river & spray pool was closed), but there were a handful of hearty souls enjoying the Plaza pool. Overall, I think it's very kid/family friendly. Horseback riding and bicycles available for trails in bosque. A really nice spa. We enjoy the restaurants, and the lounge/bar area is very open for casual dining. Chess tables in lounge that the kids love! Fireplaces, views, great service. A small market-like store for grabbing quick bites, too. Golf, of course. This is one they did so right. It's on your way to Santa Fe, so may shave a little time for Santa Fe ski resort.

I estimate from Hyatt Tamaya it's about 1 3/4 hours to Santa Fe Ski Basin; 2 1/2 hours to Sipapu (via part of High Road); 1 hour to Sandia ski lodge via Tijeras Canyon; 1/2 hour to Sandia ski tram. The tram would be great way to go, but the cost can add up and you'd have to ski down to the lodge. There's maybe a quicker route through Placitas, but don't know if I'd recommend the roads that time of year. Sipapu is worth you looking up and seeing if that's something you might like. Rates are good; travel is tougher; it's small and a bit more rustic. Sandia is least likely to have plentiful snow.

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4. Re: Hyatt Pools Skiing

Thanks for the advise. The more the better. I really would like to visit this resort but am torn as to when. I want nice weather to enjoy the pools etc. but I also want offseason to get a good rate and less crowds. A visit to some place with snow would be nice since my kids have never seen snow but not the main reason for the trip.

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5. Re: Hyatt Pools Skiing

I can understand that. It would be a shame if the pools are a high priority and it's just not the balmy weather you want for that activity. (I can only report I've seen people using the pools in cooler months...and maybe even stuck my toe in...and I'm sure my boys would brave it no matter what...but otherwise I can't vouch for it...maybe others can.) I check the rates there from time to time and haven't seen many great deals offered from the usual rates...the kind you might see at other grand hotels that want to stay full during their offseason. (I just figured there's not much of an offseason there.) You might want to check into the suggestion above for the indoor water park in ABQ. (I still haven't checked that out.) The Nativo has a nice, small indoor pool. If you only want a taste of snow, the tram is a nice way to go. There's also a sledding area on the east side of the mountains, and we sometimes go to another area further up that's used for sledding but not really earmarked for that. Many folks from your area of Texas (I'm assuming around San Antone) go to Ruidoso in the southern part of NM for snow. There's a recent post thread concerning it and the Inn of the Mountain Gods. Other options available in that area. If you decide that Hyatt Tamaya is not for you this time, many other options are available in ABQ, as well as Santa Fe and Taos. For a true ski vacation (that is, having enough days for the kids to learn and have fun), Ruidoso or Santa Fe/Taos might be good choices. A Ruidoso trip might include a stop at the Carlsbad Caverns and a trip to Lincoln. Ski Apache is the ski mountain there.

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6. Re: Hyatt Pools Skiing

Yes, Tamaya is quite nice. I believe they have outdoor hot tubs near their spa. Not quite a swimming pool, but at least outdoors and water.

If you are interested in travel while there, drive up to Jemez Springs to Giggling Springs hot springs, or. further, to Ojo Caliente, where the hot springs pools are large enough for swimming.

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7. Re: Hyatt Pools Skiing

Outdoor swimming season in Albuquerque usually is from late May to September! March is still wintertime. If you want warm and pools in March, maybe Tucson or Phoenix AZ, even though our relatives in Phoenix think March is way too cold for swimming, lol!

For skiing in March, Sandia is close, but they may not be open that late in the season. Ski Santa Fe also is nice and has a great ski school. Both are owned by the same family and really have a great family feel to them.

Have fun where ever you end up. We love the Hyatt Tamaya Resort, beautiful rooms, views and some decent dining! Plus a casino nearby.

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