The Rocky Mountains begin in New Mexico—and Taos Ski Valley boasts some of the range’s best skiing, with more than 300 inches of snow each year (and the same number of bluebird days).

A new lift installed in 2014 opened up what was previously only hike-to terrain on 12,450-foot Kachina Peak, one of the highest chairlifts on the continent. The other 14 lifts access the mountain’s 1,300 skiable acres and 3,200 vertical feet. Half of the mountain is expert-only skiing, with steep couloirs, open bowls and gladed tree skiing. But there’s something for everyone in the family, since beginner runs cover a quarter of the mountain.

Recharge after a long day on the slopes at one of the ski-in-ski-out Bavarian Chalets at the foot of Kachina Peak and Lift 4 (from $500; sleeps 6–8; taospropertyrentals.com). When you’re ready to trade alpine vistas for the high desert, head into the town of Taos for a glass of wine and small plates at Parcht on the plaza, or enjoy live music and expansive views of the mountains at Taos Mesa Brewing.

Lift tickets: $98