- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 3
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 3
Pros: Steep terrain, Bumps, Easy bowl/chute access, no crowds or lines.
Cons: Shorter runs, Bumps, steep, limited selection of terrain.
Recommended For: Singles, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Mar 1, 2011
Taos is a true gem in that it feels untouched for a resort of its stature, while many other resorts appear over commercialized. Lift lines are short, and the mountain is much less crowded compared to larger Colorado resorts during the big weekends and breaks.
The real reason to come to Taos is for the steeps. That said, an intermediate skier or someone continuing to develop their skills will still enjoy the mountain.
The terrain is, on average, more challenging then the majority of resorts. Runs tend to be steeper, and narrow. Moguls and bumps are commonly found on Blue runs, while dominating all Black runs. There are no groomed black runs. The blue runs are great for learning how to properly navigate smaller moguls. While the many chutes and peaks have excellent access, the mountain leaves a little to be desired when it comes to diversity. Taos dose not seem to have long (entertaining) cruisers, tree runs or burns.
Although I don't recall intentionally running green runs, greens often felt more like narrow cat walks than someplace I would have enjoyed learning to ski on. Taos is not about the terrain park, but if you need a break from the steeps, it's a nice change up and entertaining enough for a few runs. -If you are all about the park, your time will be better spent elsewhere.
The night life on the mountain is very... Very limited... But, the city of Taos is a quick drive away with a few restaurants, bars, and shops to visit. The city has a wonderful untouched, artsy south-west charm about it. It is on the small side, but will keep you entertained enough for a few nights out.
-In short, Taos is a place where you come just for the skiing. There is not a better place to ski in New Mexico, and the atmosphere is a welcome departure from the major resorts commonly found in Colorado.