ALTA is allowing snowboarders via snowcat trips.http://www.alta.com/pages/snowcat.php
I think the transition should go well. jerks will be jerks, of course.
i would like to see some ski/boarder patrol phased in prior to the change perhaps. just to begin a small presence on the mountain.
this below is taken from ridetaos.org:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 2007
For a long time the discussion has been more focused on when we would open, and we feel like now is the right time. Taos has a long-standing tradition of being family oriented, and now with so many young people snowboarding, we are turning away more and more families, particularly families that traditionally come to Taos. Opening to snowboarding allows us to refocus on being a family oriented mountain.
Additionally, as Taos Ski Valley, Inc. began to consider expansion and it's base area redevelopment plan, it was clear that the "snowboarding question" would have to be given real consideration. It was determined by the Blake family and administrative staff that snowboarding would become an integral part of Taos Ski Valley's future. We look forward to sharing our storied resort with this brand new audience.