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Elevation

  • 12481ft
    Summit
  • 3281ft
    Vertical Drop
  • 9200ft
    Base

Lifts

  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • 1
  • 3
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • 14
    Total

Terrain

  • Beginner Runs

    15%

  • Intermediate Runs

    18%

  • Advanced Runs

    30%

  • Expert Runs

    36%

  • Runs

    110

  • Terrain Parks

    2

  • Longest Run

    5 mi

  • Skiable Terrain

    1294 ac

  • Snow Making

    647 ac

  • mi Snow Making

    13 mi

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Overview

Taos Ski Valley offers over 300 inches of average annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine and more than 1,200 skiable acres. Located 20 miles north of Taos, 72 miles north of Santa Fe and 150 miles north of Albuquerque, this northern New Mexico ski area offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, breathtaking views and exhilarating terrain for every ability level.

The Village of Taos Ski Valley sits at a base elevation of 9,200 feet and offers year-round activities including summer mountain biking, hiking and scenic lift rides for those in search of a view. During the ski season, visitors can access the ski areas 3,281 feet of vertical via 15 lifts and 110 trails.

The resort's slopeside Blake Hotel at Taos Ski Valley includes an exquisite art collection and decor, sophisticated rooms, inspired spa and attentive customer service.

Important Dates

  • Projected OpeningProjected Closing11/28/201904/14/2020
  • Days Open Last Year
    137
  • Projected Days Open
    136
  • Years Open
    64
  • Average Snowfall
    300"

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Terrain

Taos Ski Valley is a strong intermediate and advanced mountain with over half of marked runs being advanced or expert. For those looking to make some untouched powder turns, head to the top of Kachina Peak. The mountain towers over the resort at 12,481 feet and offers some of the finest advanced to expert terrain in North America. 

Taos typically receives more snow than other New Mexico resorts, receiving over 300 inches on average annually. The snow quality is light and dry, and makes for excellent powder days. Check out Taos’ longest run Honeysuckle, and make sure to stop at the Bavarian Lodge deck for some German beer and hot goulash.

Getting to Taos can be a little difficult, but well worth the trek. Visitors can book private flights into Taos Regional Airport or take commercial flights into surrounding cities like Santa Fe or Albuquerque.

Taos Ski Valley exists in large part to the efforts of Erine and Rhoda Blake. The two found the area and lived out of a camper at the base in order to build the ski area. The first lift was constructed in 1956 by Ernie, 16 men from Taos Pueblo and a mule named Lightening.

Breakfast

  • While 192 at The Blake is a great place to eat at any time of the day, their breakfast buffet is amazing. Inspired by seasonal and locally sourced ingredients the menu offers fresh New Mexican cuisine. Located on the second floor of The Blake Lodge at the Base Area of Taos Ski Valley, visitors can ski in/out or get room service. Base Area, 116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
  • The Black Diamond Espresso has two locations at Taos Ski Valley, one on the mountain and one at the base. It’s a great place for a quick cup of joe or tasty nibble. Resort Center Upper Deck, 122 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525

Lunch

  • Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina is a perfect representation of Northern New Mexican cuisine. Serving the Taos area for over 30 years, they are known for their green and red chili. Having won multiple awards, this local treasure is a must stop. 105 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525

Dinner

  • This German inspired eatery offers a gourmet menu with hearty dishes like Sauerbraten Wienerschnitzel, and Käsespätzle. Located at the base of Lift 4, the Bavarian Restaurant is the perfect place to grab a specialty beer or glass of wine after a long day on the mountain. 100 Kachina Road. Village of Taos Ski Valley, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525

Apres/Nightlife

  • The Blonde Bear Tavern is a popular ski-in, ski-out destination for apres-ski. Order a drink, and sit by the fireplace. 106 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525

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Taos Ski Valley Reviews

12th December 20195
steep, deep powder at times if you are lucky, varied runs, need to use your edges when hard packed, cold at times,...Full review
John Whitmore
30th November 20193
It Taos defense--I was there in the spring with no new show, hard pack and icy in spots. Only one chair that...Full review
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