Taos Ski Valley

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Taos Ski Valley
New Mexico
United States
Phone: 505 776-2291

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About the Ski Resort

Taos Ski Valley is located two and one half hours from Albuquerque airport and 20 miles from the Taos Airport. Just 18 miles outside historic Taos, N.M., a village composed of traditional adobe buildings provides the only break in hundreds of square miles of arid mesa land.

Taos is one of the world's most unique and picturesque ski resorts. It is a place where one can escape into the ancient cultures of the Southwest or explore the side of a vast mountain that has been opened up for skiing but not tamed.

Taos combines the warm ambiance of a small European-style village nestled at the base of a great mountain, a superb ski school and an ambiance founded on the classic pleasures of alpine skiing.

Located in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, at the same latitude as northern Africa, Taos blends its high elevation and arid desert climate to provide skiers with the perfect conditions; light dry snow and bright sunshine.

Taos Ski Valley offers variety of lodging, entertainment, & activities for the entire family, year-round!

It has been called a skier's mountain, and rightly so. From the famed steeps to gentle bowls, Taos' terrain appeals to the super-expert and the beginner alike. With a peak elevation of 11,819 feet, a base of 9,207 feet and 1,294 acres of ski trails, Taos offers varied and challenging terrain to delight skiers of all abilities.

One of Taos' most enduring ski traditions is the steep skiing off The Ridge. This requires a hike of anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour to get to these "extreme, double-diamond" runs. The reward is the best "steep and deep" skiing in America and a chance to experience off piste skiing in a relatively safe environment.

If you really want your child to learn to ski, Taos is the place to make it happen. The Children's Program instructors specialize in turning kids into confident skiers who develop a lifelong love for the sport.

While many resorts have traded in their personality for large-scale development, Taos has preserved its soul. Ernie's son, Mickey, and the rest of the Blake family are committed to maintaining the character of Taos.

Ski resort area details

Alpine Skiing: Yes
Night Skiing: No
Heli-Skiing: No
Snowcat Skiing: No
Snowboarding: No
Snowshoe trails: No
Snow tubing: Yes

 Easiest:  24 %

 More Difficult:  25 %

 Most Difficult:  51 %

 Experts only:  --

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Pace of Play: Pace of play: 0
Money Value: Money value: 0
Tees: Tees: 0
Service: Service: 0

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Mountain Statistics

Base elevation:  9,207 ft
Summit elevation:  11,819 ft
Vertical drop:  2,612 ft
Skiable area:  1,294 acres
Annual snowfall:  305 in
Snowmaking:  100 %
Number of trails:  110
Number of lifts:  12
Types of lifts:  2 Surface Lift,
 5 Double Chairs,
 1 Triple Chair,
 4 Quad Chairs

Ski Resort Services

Childcare  Yes
Adaptive skier:  Yes
Nearby lodging:  Yes
Ski lessons:  Yes
Snowboard lessons:  No
Ski rentals:  Yes
Snowboard rentals:  No

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Taos Ski Valley map

Ski Resort directions

Taos is located 150 miles north of Albuquerque via I-25 north to Santa Fe, then Route 68 north through Espanola to the town of Taos. The resort itself (Taos Ski Valley) is 20 miles north of Taos via Route 522 to Route 150 to the resort.