Think nothing goes on in the base village at Taos Ski Valley after the lifts close? Think again. Located in Northern New Mexico, Taos has a wide variety of culinary options, from standard New Mexican favorites to Austrian- and German-inspired cuisine, all located in the ski area’s base village. We found three ways to dine in Taos Ski Valley, for a range of tastes and budgets.
In Your Ski Boots
Stray Dog Cantina, 105 Sutton Place, 575-776-2894
The Stray Dog Cantina is the first restaurant you see when the parking lot shuttle brings you to the base of Chair 1. The restaurant has been feeding hungry Taos skiers for over 20 years, and has a distinct locals feel to it. The menu for the day is written in chalk above the bar and guests can often be found enjoying chile-smothered breakfast burritos in the morning and other northern New Mexican dishes for lunch or dinner. The bar at the Stray Dog has a great selection of local craft beer, as well as mouthwatering, but strong margaritas. The relaxed atmosphere and comfort food, in a location near the parking lots is what makes the Stray Dog Cantina such a draw.
In Your Jeans and a T-shirt
The Bavarian, (575) 776-8020
Located at the base of Chair 4 on the backside of the mountain, The Bavarian is a top spot for locals and visitors alike. The restaurant is a authentic, German-style chalet that serves up cuisine from the old country. While guests love the authenticity from Bavaria—Bratwurst, 32-ounce mugs of Spaten and waiters decked out in lederhosen—the outside patio is the real draw of the restaurant. Guests can enjoy the sunshine, sit back and watch skiers battle the bumps under the lift.
Once-in-a-Ski Trip Dining Experience
St. Bernard, 112 Sutton Place, 575-776-2251
The St. Bernard, located near the base of Chair 1 in the Village, offers a true family-style dining experience. In the morning, guests congregate in the heart of the Hotel St. Bernard where they enjoy breakfast and a introduction to Taos Ski Valley. After a few hours of skiing, they can return to the St. Bernard for a hearty, healthy lunch in the dining room. At the end of the day, guests can come back for après ski with ski instructors, and a huge dinner prepared by the St. Bernard’s world-famous chefs. Cuisine ranges from International selections to local New Mexican favorites like the Green Chile Burger. The Hotel St. Bernard is open to all, but dinner is available to a limited number of outside guests, so a reservation is recommended.