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Skied at Taos for last 10 years as it can be done as a weekend trip from El Paso. The new owner is trying to sell it as family resort but the place totally lacks beginners runs. The main green run down to the only lift at the base is a narrow access road. It is shared by absolute beginners and expert skiers leading to lots of collision and near misses. The only fast lift is running very slow at times as lots of "family vacation crowd" does not even know how to load and unload. The good thing is that beginners do not last long and by 10:30 there is hardly anybody in line as the lines in cafeterias and beer garden are getting long. Recently I have been seeing more and more beginners having terrible time at the top of lift One, creating another crowded and dangerous area. Other lifts are outrageously OLD, like 50 to 60 years old and slow. The only good blue cruiser is Staufenberg and Bambi (maybe). Other blue ones do not go from top to bottom of the lift and are cut by black stretches or greens. Snow in early season is reliably absent and I really feel sorry for people spending bunch of money to visit Taos for Christmas. To add more to the injury, the day ticket prices are astronomical - $180 during spring break or Christmas. There is lots of places with more varied terrain at a better price.
Enough complaining. If you are an advanced or strong intermediate skier, there is many things to love about Taos. Plenty of challenging runs. Lower front side has an excellent snow preservation due to shading trees. If you like steep moguls and trees, there is few better places. Surprisingly there is very few venturing on these runs and one can be there virtually alone even during peak season. Since they put the faster lift #1, I have been mostly doing lower front steeps as sitting on the other slow lifts became intolerable in comparison.
Again, Taos is a good choice if you can drive to it under 6 hours, already know how to ski and come later in the season (February, March). If you fly in, go to UT, WY or CO. I cannot overstress it - not for beginners. If some says anything different - they took money to say it.... Full Review
Taos belongs in the upper echelon of north American ski resorts alongside the likes of Snowbird, Alta, Big Sky, etc.
Fantastic expert terrain, especially when it comes to hiking the west ridge or Kachina. Amazing mountain culture, with great food at the Bavarian Lodge and excellent New Mexican food both at the main lodge and in the town.... Full Review
Don’t stay at the base. There are only 3 restaurants and they all can close for special events, leaving you with no dining options. Recommend staying in town and skipping on resort lodging. Terrible apres scene. All closed for special events.... Full Review
Best Mountain for Expert skiers that has plenty of challenges especially hiking along the ridge. Can it hype this resort enough, will definitely be back! Hidden Gem for sure... Full Review
Totally overrated for the price .save your money for modern resorts ! I will never return ... Full Review
I rented and bought a lift ticket for two days hoping to get some powder on the second day which was supposed to be a very heavy snow day and it was. However the skiis I rented were not made for the heavy snow. Also they closed every lift except for the bunny slope and a short green I spent 400 dollars for the 2 days and I got maybe 200 dollars worth of skiing their excuse was that it was too windy in between the top and the bottom of the mountain. It was very disappointing we tried to hike up a few hundred yards and try and get into some of the powder and the ski patrol skiid down to tell us we couldn’t hike up at all. After i’d already been screwed for my moneys worth. It was more an absolute scam for what I paid for.... Full Review
Taos Ski Valley is the best most challenging mountain for serious skiers period. There is so much steep double black terrain all compact and easy to access, and being in the southern Rockies, the climate can't be beat. The snow is always that high altitude dry powder. The proximity to high dessert keeps the powder dryer longer than any place I've skied. The Kachina peak lift at nearly 12,500 ft gives lift service to another one third of the mountain more double black terrain within the park. At every level of the mountain you will find black and double black skiing, and tree runs are numerous all over the mountain. When the storms track through TSV you cannot find a better mountain for the skier looking for challenge and pure fun. Also the beauty of TSV and the whole of northern NM is unreal, but that is a whole other topic.... Full Review
I came to Taos for 2 months during Covid, and have been somewhat disappointed. First of all, the quality of lifts is really bad for a "world class" resort. For this relatively big mountain, there's only one high speed quad and no gondola type lifts going up the mountain. If you aren't going to invest in lifts like the big boys, then you can't charge the same lift ticket prices as the big boys! I don't want to spend half my time on lifts losing my warmth. 7a and 7b are especially terrible old lifts, quite rickety and very high off the slopes with no bar. Next, because the mountain is so far south, it had to be designed to face north to retain any snow, leading to a lot of skiing in some harsh shadows where it's hard to see what you're skiing on. Next, I thought skiing in the desert would be great for some soft dry powder. But that was my mistake - being so far south means a ton of melting and refreezing. Powder turn to crusty crap right away. The top lift has been closed all season. I havent done any of the chutes up top ridge which may be awesome but the rest of the mountain is so-so. Next, terrain park isn't in order this Covid year. What does terrain park have to do with covid? If you aren't going to have the bells and whistles, don't charge full price. Anyways, if investing a lot of money in a family trip, I def recommend Utah or Colorado or one of the other legit mountains instead. Taos is a tier below.... Full Review
I know there hasn't been a lot of snow this year. I know covid is hard to deal with. That does not mean that every single employee I interacted with while at TSV was incredibly rude. Ski patrol was rude and very unprofessional when my sister needed assistance down the mountain after dislocating her hip. Most of the reason we chose to take a family trip to Taos instead of staying in Colorado was to ride some park, everything I saw on your website said the park was open and groomed. There's no jumps, no rails, no features at all. Would've been great to know that before my family spent $2k on a weekend trip here. Asking people to wear a mask under their own face mask is unscientific. Why did I have to pull down my own face mask while one of TSV employees got within 4 feet of me to lecture me on how I needed a cloth mask under my mask? The cloth mask I was given by a TSV employee to wear was wrinkled up, dirty, and in a zip lock bag. I don't think that complies with CDC guidelines, but what do I know. I approached the ticket office to ask if I could get vouchers for our unused lift tickets, after being told no, I had the little window slammed while I was mid conversation. I never have been treated this badly at a ski resort. I'm very disappointed in Taos Ski Valley. ... Full Review
Skied Taos before there were the restaurants on the mountain and had to come down off the mountain to eats or use restrooms but it was magical. To reach the West basin you had to take a little narrow trail across Reforma and Blitz to get there and then had to ski to the bottom. Coming into the village seemed like in another country and everybody was great. When my daughter was 6 put her in school with a great 18-19 year old girl ( Carmen) from Germany as her teacher and Alison was flying down intermediate runs with no abandon. Everybody needs to find and buy "Ski Pioneers" book to get the true sense of the Taos Mystic.
I have ruined both of my 72 year old knees from having a great times with bad results and have not skied since getting knee replacements but will try to get back this year and try to stay off blacks and just cruise.
Many thanks to the Ernie Blake and all family members for creating this extra special ski haven and making great memories for me.
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