welcome to a new snow frontier - taos

by: papi6022 - Apr 20, 2010

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 4
  • All Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 2
  • Nightlife 5

    Pros: no crowds, lots of terrain, totally unique atmosphere, town of Taos

    Cons: slow lifts, no real base village (stay in Taos town)

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Mar 1, 2010


Full review

You drive through the town of Taos to get to the ski area - stop there and stay there. This is a totally unique (ski) town and one of the oldest frontier towns in the US, full of beautiful adobe buildings, native american culture, arts culture and great restaurants, bars, shops and townfolk. It's only 20 minutes from the mountain so you should use it as your base and forgo the little base village, because you won't experience anything like it at other resorts and this is BEFORE you even ski/board! Now that you've settled in the town at the very cool Taos Inn or the luxe El Monte Sagrado drive yourself up to the incredible offerings of Taos Ski Valley and be ready for some of the best uncrowded runs of your life! The first view of the mountain may send you into reverse because of it's staight downhill fall line, but keep going and take the front lift up and it'll drop you off into a nice, big intermediate area with some great groomers that you can't see from the parking lot. In fact, you can't see 2/3 of the mountain from down below so just get up that first chair, if you're good you'll find fabulous tree and glades skiing/boarding under this lift all to yourself, a blast! Find your way over to the Kachina Peak side for another nice intermediate bowl and fabulous steep tree runs, and the legendary hike up to the top of the Kachina bowl for a run you'll never forget. You can basically ski/board anywhere off the ridge lines here if you don't mind a little hike, really endless possibilities. The only drawback is for first timers or timid intermediates because you're only offered a few runs, so take some lessons from the excellent snow school and use this place to take it up a notch! After you retire for the day you have a real treat of a drive back to Taos town - a magnificient little journey through some extraordinarily beautiful southwestern landscape with a view to the end of the world - or to a handcrafted margarita and mellow apres scene at the Toas Inn or best mocha java at the World Cup. Check out one of the super unique restaurants, crash and start all over again. Yeah - I liked it:)

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