One of the best skier's mountains preserving the sport's adventurous spirit rather than just providing a posh winter ... More
Taos Ski Valley
One of the best skier's mountains preserving the sport's adventurous spirit rather than just providing a posh winter getaway. Taos comes through with a ski experience unlike any other. Consistently ranked the #1 ski school in north america.
Outstanding atmosphere. Vail before commercialism. No snowboarding which lends to a more mature crowd, but if you have little ones it is the best. The ski school is great, you can get a full day lesson and, best of all, the parents don't attend. It had been a long time since I could enjoy an afternoon in such a great place "child free". The hotels in the village have minimum stay requirements, and when your talking about $400 a night it adds up quick.
But regardless of the cost, we'll return again and again.
Our first New Mexico vacation and we're going back! The skiing was great, levels for everyone in the family. Needs more restaurants and night life but after a day of great skiing, it was all right. Only one small C-Store with pretty bare shelves. The shopping for local art was fantastic. Great jewelry around there.
taos ski valley is not for the timid . no snowboarders are allowed and the terrain is mostly black and double black diamond
it has a european flavor that many younger skiers do not get
its the next best thing to the alps
i go every year
By far,one of the greatest ski experiences on the face of the earth. Great people. Outstanding food in the village. It would be hard to make a bad decision staying at any of the ski valley lodges. I've been to Taos ski valley several times. No snowboarders are allowed on the mountain. As a skier, it's heaven. If you haven't been you got to go. Specially in the spring.
Taos Ski Valley has some of the best skiing in the world. The village has a special European kind of flair. It has one of the longest black trails with moguls that ingulf the best skiers. Once on the mountain - you feel the wilderness calling out it's spirit at you. Don't pass this ski resort up!
Though our trip to Taos began (on the second run) with my daughter ripping up her knee, the great spring skiing salvaged the trip. The runs are varied and challenging for all levels and the snow was great even on warmer days, though getting off the mountain can be a challenge at the end of the day, as you generally must traverse some tight catwalks, which can get slushy, icy and crowded.
The best thing about Taos is NO SNOWBOARDS! I didn't realize how much I hate those things until I skied without them.
The other best thing about Taos is the fine Mountain Rescue staff. When my daughter, then thirteen years old, fell, the top-notch staff quickly got her down to the bottom of the mountain and in the hands of some very qualified surgeons (one of whom was called in off the slopes) who operated that day. I was very impressed with the care and competence shown by all, both on and off the mountain!
I have been going to Taos for 32 years for winter skiing. Aside from the new construction, of which there is only a minimal amount, nothing has changed. Tha mountain has gained some new slopes during that time along with several lifts but the "feel" of the place has not changed. There are no lift lines to speak of, the St Bernard still is a great place to stay and the skiing is always great. Morning lessons with the Taos ski school are still the way to go-and over the years have generated several good friends. If you are interested in glitz and night life Taos is not for you! But, if you want great skiing, great food, great country western feel and some of the most fantastic scenery available in the USA then this may be a place you could call your second home.
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