If you’re looking for a ski vacation steeped in history, art and culture—a place where ancestry comes alive, then Taos New Mexico should be top-of-mind. As a cultural center comprised of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo tradition, a ski trip to Taos is like going to a faraway land. When driving into Taos, you’ll notice adobe buildings, art galleries and a Native American Pueblo. The magical mountain that is host to Taos skiing, rises out of a desert landscape alive with spirit and soul. In fact, Taos is among some of the best small-town art destinations in North America. The resort matches what the town’s culture has to offer with every kind of terrain imaginable at Taos Ski Valley, from steep bumps and ridgeline chutes to open bowls and long groomers.
Taos resides in the famed Sangre de Cristo mountain range at an altitude of 8,000-plus feet. The high elevation, combined with New Mexico’s arid climate yields bone-dry champagne powder. Every type of skier will enjoy a Taos ski vacation, thanks to its four resorts: Angel Fire, Red River, Sipapu and Taos.
New as of the 2014/15 ski season: Taos' 12,481-foot Kachina Peak is now lift accessible. A new lift has been installed to the formerly hike-to peak. Kachina Peak area is a playground for experts looking for face shots, moguls, chutes, cornices, and steep glades. And if challenging skiing isn't your thing, that’s OK, Taos has miles of groomed slopes. Beginners will be delighted to discover that they can experience all the iconic views of Taos, since the green runs aren't relegated to the bottom of the mountain. First timers also have ample facilities and “learn to ski” zones located at the base of the mountain, ensuring they can learn in a comfortable manner.