Storm Gallery: Taos, New Mexico

Bert Flores at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran

Bert Flores at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran

Bert Flores at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran
With an average of 300+ inches a year, Taos skiers and boarders get plenty of powder days. Skier Bert Flores enjoys his. Photo by Liam Doran

With an average of 300+ inches a year, Taos skiers and boarders get plenty of powder days. Skier Bert Flores enjoys his. Photo by Liam Doran

With an average of 300+ inches a year, Taos skiers and boarders get plenty of powder days. Skier Bert Flores enjoys his. Photo by Liam Doran
Skier Bert Flores enjoys a powder day at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Liam Doran

Skier Bert Flores enjoys a powder day at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Liam Doran

Skier Bert Flores enjoys a powder day at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Liam Doran
Bluebird powder day at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran

Bluebird powder day at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran

Bluebird powder day at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran
Skier Bert Flores arcing yet another powder turn 24 hours after the snow machine turned off.  Even with a modest 1,294 acres of skiing there are plenty of nook and crannies to explore that hold snow for days. Photo by Liam Doran

Skier Bert Flores arcing yet another powder turn 24 hours after the snow machine turned off. Even with a modest 1,294 acres of skiing there are plenty of nook and crannies to explore that hold snow for days. Photo by Liam Doran

Skier Bert Flores arcing yet another powder turn 24 hours after the snow machine turned off.  Even with a modest 1,294 acres of skiing there are plenty of nook and crannies to explore that hold snow for days. Photo by Liam Doran
Taos boasts 3,274 vertical feet of prime terrain...lift served skiing has a respectable 2,612 vertical drop. Phto by Liam Doran

Taos boasts 3,274 vertical feet of prime terrain...lift served skiing has a respectable 2,612 vertical drop. Phto by Liam Doran

Taos boasts 3,274 vertical feet of prime terrain...lift served skiing has a respectable 2,612 vertical drop. Phto by Liam Doran
Bert Flores enjoys Taos's deep powder. Photo by Liam Doran

Bert Flores enjoys Taos's deep powder. Photo by Liam Doran

Bert Flores enjoys Taos's deep powder. Photo by Liam Doran
Taos bills itself as the “un resort” and most people will find this rings refreshingly true. Shuttling skiers and boarders from the free parking lot to the slopes is not a multi-million dollar gondola, but an old pickup and a trailer. Photo by Liam Doran

Taos bills itself as the “un resort” and most people will find this rings refreshingly true. Shuttling skiers and boarders from the free parking lot to the slopes is not a multi-million dollar gondola, but an old pickup and a trailer. Photo by Liam Doran

Taos bills itself as the “un resort” and most people will find this rings refreshingly true. Shuttling skiers and boarders from the free parking lot to the slopes is not a multi-million dollar gondola, but an old pickup and a trailer. Photo by Liam Doran
Rolling into the Taos valley is a bit like stepping back in time to the old west.  Ranches, cattle, old barns and adobe houses populate the valley floor. Just down the road, is the Taos Pueblo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been continually inhabited for over 1000 years.  Definitely wor

Rolling into the Taos valley is a bit like stepping back in time to the old west. Ranches, cattle, old barns and adobe houses populate the valley floor. Just down the road, is the Taos Pueblo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been continually inhabited for over 1000 years. Definitely wor

Rolling into the Taos valley is a bit like stepping back in time to the old west.  Ranches, cattle, old barns and adobe houses populate the valley floor. Just down the road, is the Taos Pueblo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and has been continually inhabited for over 1000 years.  Definitely wor
The hotel sits slope side to Taos for skiing convenience and the après ski is just about perfect with its European styling, friendly staff and great bar.  Photo by Liam Doran

The hotel sits slope side to Taos for skiing convenience and the après ski is just about perfect with its European styling, friendly staff and great bar. Photo by Liam Doran

The hotel sits slope side to Taos for skiing convenience and the après ski is just about perfect with its European styling, friendly staff and great bar.  Photo by Liam Doran
“A day of leftovers at Taos is nothing to scoff at”, says our bartender, and we are inclined to agree. The short hike to the ridge keeps people from skiing lap after lap and can preserve soft skiing  conditions for days after a storm. Photo by Liam Doran

“A day of leftovers at Taos is nothing to scoff at”, says our bartender, and we are inclined to agree. The short hike to the ridge keeps people from skiing lap after lap and can preserve soft skiing conditions for days after a storm. Photo by Liam Doran

“A day of leftovers at Taos is nothing to scoff at”, says our bartender, and we are inclined to agree. The short hike to the ridge keeps people from skiing lap after lap and can preserve soft skiing  conditions for days after a storm. Photo by Liam Doran
Much of the expert skiing at Taos is accessed via a short hike that leads to the “Ridge”.  Once on the ridge skiers have the choice of open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, rocky spine lines and cliff drops to keep them entertained. Photo by Liam Doran

Much of the expert skiing at Taos is accessed via a short hike that leads to the “Ridge”. Once on the ridge skiers have the choice of open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, rocky spine lines and cliff drops to keep them entertained. Photo by Liam Doran

Much of the expert skiing at Taos is accessed via a short hike that leads to the “Ridge”.  Once on the ridge skiers have the choice of open bowls, perfectly spaced trees, rocky spine lines and cliff drops to keep them entertained. Photo by Liam Doran
Patrol tracks on Kachina Peak. This terrain does not open often, but when it does skiers and boarders are treated to some of the best bowl skiing in the Southern Rockies. Photo by Liam Doran - ©Liam Doran

Patrol tracks on Kachina Peak. This terrain does not open often, but when it does skiers and boarders are treated to some of the best bowl skiing in the Southern Rockies. Photo by Liam Doran
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Patrol tracks on Kachina Peak. This terrain does not open often, but when it does skiers and boarders are treated to some of the best bowl skiing in the Southern Rockies. Photo by Liam Doran - ©Liam Doran
With 22 inches in two days and a base approaching 70, there was ample snow for soft landings.  Skier Kevin “Bert” Flores launches one of innumerable rocks at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran

With 22 inches in two days and a base approaching 70, there was ample snow for soft landings. Skier Kevin “Bert” Flores launches one of innumerable rocks at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran

With 22 inches in two days and a base approaching 70, there was ample snow for soft landings.  Skier Kevin “Bert” Flores launches one of innumerable rocks at Taos. Photo by Liam Doran
On our first day there was little visibility in the bowls, but once we got into the trees the conditions were excellent. Photo by Liam Doran.

On our first day there was little visibility in the bowls, but once we got into the trees the conditions were excellent. Photo by Liam Doran.

On our first day there was little visibility in the bowls, but once we got into the trees the conditions were excellent. Photo by Liam Doran.
For the first time visitor the view from the base can be intimidating to say the least.  While Taos Ski Valley has unreal terrain for advanced and expert skiers, there are plenty of well groomed green and blue runs for intermediate and beginner skiers. Photo by Liam Doran.

For the first time visitor the view from the base can be intimidating to say the least. While Taos Ski Valley has unreal terrain for advanced and expert skiers, there are plenty of well groomed green and blue runs for intermediate and beginner skiers. Photo by Liam Doran.

For the first time visitor the view from the base can be intimidating to say the least.  While Taos Ski Valley has unreal terrain for advanced and expert skiers, there are plenty of well groomed green and blue runs for intermediate and beginner skiers. Photo by Liam Doran.