i'm thinking of heading to angelfire this friday night through sunday. anyone have any good beta on free camping? something close to the hill and semi-private so we don't tick anyone off with noise would be best.
also, how are the dh/fr runs? how many dh runs go top-to-bottom? any other info is welcome. i've searched for and read other threads here already.
I don't know much about free camping. For the race there in 2000, we showed up about 10:00 on the Friday evening before the race and happened upon some yet-to-be-developed homesights up above and to the left of the base area. We set up our tents in one of the sites that was kinda out of the way and didn't have any problems. We had everything broken down and were off the site by 8:00 the next morning so maybe no one noticed us. I'm not sure if those spots have homes yet or not, but they might be worth trying.
Other than that, there are some great national forest campgrounds on the hwy to Taos about 15 minutes away from Angelfire. I think they were only about $10 a spot last year. If you do camp there, bring some ear plugs because it is rather close to the hwy.
The main DH run is epic--tied with the Deer Valley NCS course as my favorite DH run anywhere. There is another option for DH that used to be the sport course but I haven't done it since racing sport years ago. The XC course downhill is quite steep but not very technical. Still it's a lot of fun for being labeled as an XC course. There is another black on the front side of the mountain that I've never done and there is a black going down the backside of the mountain that is their 2nd DH course but it wasn't open earlier this summer. I'm not sure if they have opened it yet. There is also a biker-X course at the bottom of the mountain that should not be missed. I don't recall it being labeled on the trail map.