- 22 Resorts
- Consistent Snow
- Diverse destinations
- Resorts open before those of many other states
- Home to Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain
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Taos Ski Valley is located in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico and is home to a distinctive European atmosphere combined with local Native American and Spanish cultures. Taos is a powder lover’s paradise and is known for having light dry powder, undetectable lift lines, steep chutes, big bumps, cornices and tree glades.
The resort grants access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain and receives an average 300 inches of snowfall annually. The ski area has a great mix of terrain providing trails for all ability types and is home to one of the country’s highest rated ski schools.
Fly into Taos Municipal Airport (WLF) from Albuquerque, Denver, and Colorado Springs, courtesy of America West, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Great Lakes, Mesa Air, Northwest Reno Air, Southwest (Albuquerque only), United, US Air, Western Pacific (Colorado Springs only). Taos Ski Valley is just 20 miles away. The airport in Albuquerque, N.M. (ABQ) is 135 miles from Taos.
From Albuquerque (135 miles): I-25 to Santa Fe; exit on 599 north to by-pass Santa Fe; Highway 285 to Highway 68 to Taos
From Santa Fe (72 miles): Highway 285 to Highway 522
From Denver (300 miles): I-25 to Colorado Springs to Walsenburg; Highway 160 to Fort Garland; Highway 159 and Highway 522 to Taos
From Vail (276 miles): I-70 to Copper Mountain; Highway 91 to Leadville; Highway 24 and Highway 17 to Alamosa; Highway 285 to Tres Piedras; Highway 64 to Taos.
Faust's Transportation (575-758-3410; email@example.com) and Twin Hearts Express (575-751-1201) provide the final connection from ABQ and WLF to Taos.
The Chile Line (505-751-4459; www.taosgov.com) is the public transportation system from the Town of Taos to Taos Ski Valley. The shuttle runs several times per day.
Hertz (800-654-3131; www.hertz.com), Dollar Rent-A-Car (800-800-4000; www.dollar.com) and Enterprise (575-758-5553; www.enterprise.com) all offer car rentals for those who want to be on their own program.