Taos combines the lore of the European Alps with the charm and beauty of the Southwest, creating a world class ski/ride experience. World renowned terrain, amazing food, friendly people, beautiful weather, breathtaking scenery and some of the lightest powder you will ever experience has kept guests coming back for over 50 years. Taos is a family-owned and operated mountain that offers a little something for everyone – 1,200 acres of skiable terrain for all ability levels; smaller crowds and nonexistent lift lines make it easy to explore the entire mountain at any pace. In 2008 Outside Magazine ranked Taos the 3rd best mountain in terms of terrain and one of the top 15 resorts in North America. Taos also has long boasted one of the best ski/ride schools in North America featuring their world famous $90 ski/ride weeks throughout January!
On March 19, 2008 (“The Day Hell Froze Over”) Taos officially dropped its long time ban on snowboarding. The transition, true to Taos form, was an immediate friendship between boarders and skiers with everyone embracing the laid back Taos vibe and hospitality. This monumental change has allowed the return of many families and groups that called Taos their home away from home in the 80’s and 90’s.
In addition to allowing snowboarding Taos has added new terrain for skiers and boarders of all levels. The Burrows is a brand new beginner’s slope located at the base of the mountain featuring 400ft of the flattest terrain Taos has to offer. North American is a new Double Diamond Glade that parallels between Al’s Run and Longhorn. The Out-to-Launch Terrain Park has been doubled in size with new rail features, jumps ranging from 10 feet to 60 feet, a wall ride and a devoted lift for continuous laps!
|Taos Ski Valley Mountain Statistics – Trail Map|
|Total Acreage||1,294 Acres|
|Trail Difficulty||24% Beginner
51% Advanced / Expert
|12 Total Lifts||4 quads
2 Surface Lifts
|Vertical Drop||2,612 feet (lift served)|
|Elevation||Minimum: 9,207 feet
Maximum: 11,819 feet
|Freestyle Parks||The Out-to-Launch Terrain park (under lift 7)|
|Average Annual Snowfall||305 inches|
|Snowmaking Capabilities||100% of the Beginner and Intermediate Trails|
Taos Ski Valley Activities
Recent area improvements include their “Out-to-Launch” Terrain Park, Teen Center, and regularly scheduled evening activities.
The Ernie Blake Ski School is consistently voted the best in the country and will have your children and young adults enjoying the mountain right from the start.
The tubing hill is open every Wednesday through Saturday evening from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. They supply the tubes, you supply the laughs. The $7 fee allows unlimited rides each night.
The Teen Center provides video games, couches, a TV, and vending machines with snacks and drinks. This is truly a place the kids can call their own to play games or just hang out. The Teen Center is open from 11:00am to 8:00pm seven days a week.
NASTARÂ® race course is where you can all show off your skills. Located underneath Lift #7, TSV offers coin-op racing on NASTARÂ® dual racecourses from 10:00am to 3:00pm Wednesday through Sunday, weather permitting. Race information and registration is available at the Ski School desk.
Town of Taos
Taos is a great destination for wholesome vacation fun with your family, friends, or group. Taos is full of interesting, educational, life-enhancing and exciting activities: whether you are skiing/snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, snowmobiling, hot air ballooning, or exploring new cultures, this vacation will be an experience you won’t soon forget.
The scenic Town of Taos, located just 15 miles down the road, is a vacation destination in its own right. The town is built around an 800 year old Native American Pueblo and features a Spanish Plaza in the towns historic center. In town you will find a vast array of shopping, art, food and music; for the kids and family the town offers everything from ice skating to movie theaters.
For over 1,000 years Taos Pueblo has been welcoming visitors. It presents a view into the past and the vast traditions of the Tiwa Indians. For more information, check out their website: www.taospueblo.com.
|ALBUQUERQUE||135 miles||2hrs 15min|
|AMARILLO||302 miles||4hrs 30min|
|COLORADO SPRINGS||230 miles||3hrs 45min|
|DALLAS||682 miles||10hrs 30min|
|DENVER||300 miles||4hrs 30min|
|DURANGO||208 miles||3hrs 15min|
|EL PASO||400 miles||6hrs|
|OKLAHOMA CITY||558 miles||8hrs 15min|
|SANTA FE||72 miles||1hr 15min|
|TUCSON||569 miles||8hrs 30min|