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About Taos, New Mexico

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 traditions, a ski trip to Taos is like going to a faraway land. When driving into Taos, you’ll notice adobe buildings, art galleries and an authentic Native American Pueblo. 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.


... in the newly revamped Taos Ski Valley base area


... the wild terrain off Kachina Peak


... here by flying into the Albuquerque International Airport


... Taos' genuine, unassuming atmosphere


... the hike-to steeps off Taos' Highline Ridge


... authentic German cuisine at the Bavarian Restaurant


... yourself to a spa day at nearby Oja Caliente


... the best skiing New Mexico has to offer

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Ski Taos

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.

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Taos Ski Packages

If Taos Ski Valley sounds like the winter destination you've been dreaming of, start the booking process today. We're here to help you make the process easy as possible. You can book your entire Taos ski package with the help of one of our Mountain Travel Experts.



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What the experts are saying

Bryan Donnelly
Bryan Donnelly
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Definitely a place to check off your list


Not fully open, but still completely fun!

When you pick your vacation spot in September you have no idea what the snow is going to be like. This season hasn't been stellar for the southern Rockies. But Taos did a great job with what they had and we did get lucky to wake up to 3" of fresh snow the first day we were on the slopes. The views were great and there were no lift lines. My two complaints would be that we were there in February (mid-season) and they didn't have the terrain park open. The had a small one with three features, but not their main park. My son wasn't too happy. The other one is the slow lifts. I am surprised at least lift #1 hasn't been converted to a high speed. We still had a blast. I would love to go when we could go down the hike & high peak terrain. If Taos had a couple high speed lifts I would give this place a 6 Star Review! We're spoiled because our local Pittsburgh resort has two high speed lifts and our hill is 1/4 the size.

Low key but expert mountain

Reminded me of alpine meadows or winter park. Great terrain. Very welcoming and down-to-earth. Older advanced skiers abound. Not so many boarders. Lifts could be faster and need to extend to the summit. Swiss alpine vibe. Surprising and enchanting. The drive is breathtaking.


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Definitely a place to check off your list

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Taos is one of those places where you step back into an era where skiing was simple. Arriving in Taos after a seven-hour drive from Basalt, Colorado, we felt like we were in the middle of nowhere -which is part of the charm. Basically, it is a mountain that juts out of the desert in Northern New Mexico. There is a town of significance in the flats called Taos, and then the ski resort is located another 30 minutes up a winding road. At the base area, Taos looks like a sleepy old Vermont ski area with a tiny hill and a few hotels that line the access road. However, the whole mountain cannot be seen from the bottom. To get a better look and check out the real stuff, get on the old four-person chairlift at the bottom of the ski resort. As you get to the top of the second lift you ride, on your right you can see some crazy cliffs, chutes and some the steepest terrain this side of Wyoming. Then on your right off the lift is a path saying double black this way. After seeing that, we went left because we're big chickens....that is for sure. We ended up hiking the second time through and man does that place open up. You can see all the way to the top of Kachina Peak after the first seven-minute grueler of a hike to the opening in the trees. Then there's a ridge line that goes on forever and you can drop in at any point along the way. We found open, untracked lines all day long. I stayed at the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa and I thought it to be the best place we could ask for. Ski to the back door and a nice, comfy condo with a fireplace and a bar/restaurant downstairs was waiting for us. Ski shop next door. Everything we needed right at our fingertips. There are some other hotels around, like the Snakedance and the Kandahar, that seem almost as good for probably less money. Since I can't reveal all the best spots on the mountain in a public place like this, give me a call and I'll tell you about all the ins and outs and powder stashes. All in all, Taos is worth the trip and more and I hope to get back there again soon myself.