Fantastic terrain, Overall relaxed vibe, Sushine
Slow lifts, Diificult access to best terrain, Minimal grooming on Black runs
Just back from a spring break ski week at Taos. We have been to numerous resorts, including Whistler and other big mountains in BC. My kids are in their early teens and are advanced skiiers. If you stay in the town , you do not quite get used to the elevation at the mountain in one week as the base is 2000 feet up from the town. On the other hand you have quick access to great restaurants and the weather was fantastic in town ( low 20'sC, high 60s- low 70s F). The townof Taos is a scenic half hour drive to the mountain. Really a perfect spring ski vacation as due to the elevation the conditions were good on the mountain . Despite the crowds (mostly Texans on their spring break ) and slow lifts there were minimal lift lines. The worst was a less than ten minute wait at lift 1 first run of the day. Otherwise it was usually a couple minutes tops.
Terrain for advanced skiiers is great. Without too much effort you can ski a rugged rocky bowl on Hunzikers. With a lot of effort you can hike the Highline Ridge to Kachina peak. My son and I did the hike which was difficult due to the altitude (we live at 300 feet altitude). The views were spectacular and snow on the Mainstreet run from the top was great.
There is terrain for beginners but this is a place where advanced skiers can try a variety of steep and challenging terrain. I would like to see them groom a few black runs as they are are all mogulled ( I did leave a better mogul skiier than when I arrived). It would also be nice if there were lifts servicing the peak. I can see the downside of it gettiing skiied out and losing the earn your turns experience but I have mild asthma. The hike at 12,000 plus feet was a struggle. It is a bit of a shame that there is so much good terrain that is only hikeable ( I believe a plan for a lift to Kachina may have been submitted - the resort is located in Carson National Forest).
There is a generally friendly relaxed vibe and a sense of humour among the staff that gives this place a special feel. I intend to go back for a winter ski week , for zero crowds and when they have a better snow year and their famous light winter powder . Overall this is a place for the life list.