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Taos is an amazing place as far as terrain and scenery. While some think the tickets are overpriced, you get a lot of skiing in since there are essentially no lift lines (5 minutes would be a long line). The staff and patrol are the best, making it a very friendly place to ski. The double diamond runs are unparalleled when the cover is good--like this year. ... Full Review
Taos is trying to turn itself into an Aspen of New Mexico. The lift tickets are nearly twice the cost of surrounding areas. Taos does have some excellent expert terrain. But as they upgrade amenities and add flights to the airport, this will become an exclusive destination for the wealthy. Goodbye, old Taos.... Full Review
I have been skiing here since 1989 and I am not very impressed with the conditions since the corporate buyout. For example, I skied 1 run before the resort closed for the day around 11:15 AM. I was told I could not get a refund or even a credit since I had my ticked “scanned.” The next day, the main lift didn’t open until 11 AM and there were the longest lines I have ever seen. Lift #2 opened around 1:30 PM. Thanks, Corporate America ... Full Review
The change in pricing the past few years has been a major turn off for locals that don't invest in a season pass. No alliance with Epic and limited days with Ikon requires you to buy a season pass or day tickets. Day tickets are close to $200 unless you buy them way ahead of time. Good news is they have upgraded some lifts and base facilities over the past few years. Bad news is I will likely not be skiing there more than a day or two each season unless the pricing structure changes. The steeps are great if you hike up. I pretty much assume that Kachina Lift will not be running the days I am there. ... Full Review
Many helpful staff around, no wait time I ski lift lines, ski lifts extremely well kept and safe, also a huge variety of beautiful skiing and snowboarding trails, and an overall good vibe with many great people around!... Full Review
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
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