Somewhere in between its new Kachina Peak lift and considerable lodging and base development projects, Taos Ski Valley is in the midst of a major overhaul. Part of that 10-year master plan involves on-mountain upgrades in lift, glade and snowmaking form to name a few.

Will Taos lose its character and reputation as serious skiers' steep mecca in the process? We think not. OnTheSnow Senior Photographer, Liam Doran captures proof of why and the essence of what's so special about this place. 

PHOTO GALLERY: A TOAST TO TAOS' TASTY TERRAIN