Having added Ruidoso to our list of places to visit this visit fall as a possible relocation spot in the desert southwest, I've been told that "Ruidoso is more seasonal and sometimes the passes get really bad in the winter." Hmmm . . . does this mean the town is snow-locked at times? Or just that one needs to be careful about how far from Ruidoso proper (i.e. how far up into the mountains) the house you buy is? From our research, Ruidoso's pluses are beautiful natural setting, reasonable cost of housing, low crime rate; minuses are isolation (miles to closest big city/airport, very small year-round population), lack of large hospital facility and (maybe) winter weather.