Amazing ski heaven, in a cultural oasis

by: alanmoroney - Mar 9, 2013

  • Overall Rating 5
  • Family Friendly 5
  • All-Mtn. Terrain 5
  • Terrain Park 0
  • Nightlife 5

    Pros: Long Runs, views, steep

    Cons: Too many lifts without safety bars & footrests

    Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters

    Date Visited: Jan 1, 2012

Full review

With Taos town, Taos Pueblo, Ojo Caliente, D H Lawrence Ranch all down the road, this is in the middle of a cultural, relaxation and sightseeing heaven
This is a big resort. It’s green runs are actually quite steep, the blues very challenging, rating black in most places. I personally would not ski most of their blacks, for someone else it would be heaven. And they have lots of double diamond blacks which are really steep.
The snow was amazing, though I preferred the runs under Lift 8, as they were more shaded and a little icier and grippy, though not ice in the negative sense. I also skied a couple of the black runs in this part which were no steeper than the blues really, but were glades and unpisted which is fantastic when you have lots of natural snow. They even have blue mogul runs.
Did not get time to ski the whole mountain. One comment, which was also made by the hosts at our Guest House in Taos (who ski their everyday) and our host in Santa Fe, that there is no way the Green run back down to the base is Green, rather a steep and tricky blue.
The steepness is somewhat offset by the quality of the snow. Snow was fantastic. And even at 3600 meters (11,820 feet) high, it is tree lined.

One complaint -please can Taos get safety bars and footrests (which I see as part of the safety aspect) on all lifts - the lack f this on some lifts is the only negative about skiing in the West