- Overall Rating 4
- Family Friendly 4
- All-Mtn. Terrain 4
- Terrain Park 2
- Nightlife 2
Pros: Amazing terrain, views and very unique mountain culture
Cons: Very little snow, a season here and you'll need new knees
Recommended For: Singles, Family Friendly, Empty Nesters
Date Visited: Feb 1, 2012
Taos (ski area) is an amazing ski area, if they get snow. Ticket prices are a bit high and they seem to be reporting their total seasonal snow as their snow base. I checked opensnow and what they're saying is the base is approximately what they've received to date. I don't think this is appropriate but then again NM ski resorts are dying out. The shift of snow over the past few years has put New Mexico skiing at risk of closing many mountain resorts, including one I grew up skiing (Rio Costilla) which has been closed for the better part of about 10 years. The snow's not there and neither are the people.
As far as Taos the town, it's a cool place. Very unique buildings and the people are very friendly, I think mainly due to the amount of sandwiches that are consumed there. Watch out for packs of wild dogs though. I got chased back to the car while trying to use an outside ATM. Taos seems to be divided up very heavily - a lot of poverty and a medium size population of very wealthy folks which makes it feel a lot more like a really small city on the cultural front.
Overall it was a nice trip there and if they ever get some good snow I'll be back.