The thought of skiing New Mexico doesn’t conjure up visions of powder runs, but it should! Taos Ski Valley is one the best kept secrets in the US. The mountain offers a great variety of terrain for all levels of skiing as well as an impressive cultural and artistic history that few other ski areas can offer. It’s a unique blend that permeates both the ski area and the charming, characterful town. The snow here tends to be that light, fluffy stuff that we love and if Mother Nature isn’t making it happen, they have plenty of snowmaking on hand! Experts, intermediates, and beginners will all find what they are looking for here- good skiing without the crowds. Taos is still a skiing only mountain, so if you are an avid snowboarder, you need to go elsewhere or take a break from the board to be on this mountain.
The hospitality and friendliness of the area permeates. The people who live and work in Taos want you to love it as much as they do. And that’s easy to do! It’s a great destination: unique, challenging, classy, and fun.
Why Go There?
Why Go Elsewhere?
Something completely different from other ski resorts
Small and intimate
One of the best ski schools around
Smallish ski area
20 minutes drive from town to ski area
No snowboarding allowed
You can stay out at the resort in one of a small selection of hotels or you can stay in the town (18 miles away), surrounded by great shops, art galleries, restaurants, and museums. Taos is unequalled in its combination of culture with the sport of skiing making it a unique destination with all the class and sophistication of an Aspen or Sun Valley. We recommend staying in the town of Taos and having a car-hire so you can explore everything that is available to you. For example, the interesting town of Sante Fe is close by, as are several other smaller resorts that offer great beginner and intermediate terrain. Taos is also a great two-centre option with the resorts in southern Colorado.
The Inn on Lo Loma Plaza: An historic Taos landmark, the Inn provides an intimate and luxurious setting two blocks from the downtown Taos Plaza. The completely walled hacienda sits on a small hill with expansive grounds, towering trees and commanding mountain views. The spacious guest areas feature high ceilings, hardwood and tiled floors, fireplaces, fountains, lots of green plants and quiet corners. Most rooms have private patios or decks and sitting areas in front of the fireplace. The Inn is 18 miles from Taos Ski Valley so car-hire is recommended.
Various B&Bs: One of the best reasons to go to Taos, besides the skiing, is the unique culture of the Southwest. The majority of the B&Bs in Taos and near the resort capitalise on this very well and are fairly consistent across the board. There isn’t a ton of accommodation at the mountain, so staying in town in one of these charmers is a guarantee of getting the best of both worlds. Car-hire is recommended in Taos.
Day Trip Options:
Angel Fire, Ski Sante Fe, Red River
Two Centre Options:
Durango, Crested Butte, Telluride