Ski & Snowboard

Ski or Ride Taos’ Famed Mountain Resort

Taos Ski Valley offers plenty of terrain for all ability levels with 49% of its vast terrain designated beginner and intermediate runs. Expert skiers and snowboarders will love the legendary Taos steeps. Take the Kachina Chair Lift to a dazzling 12,450 feet (the nation’s 4th highest lift-served summit), hike to powder stashes, or bang the moguls—it’s all here and waiting!

Beginner & Intermediate Terrain
Taos Ski Valley, has all kinds of activities for families and teens. Mountain vacations have always been a family affair here, so TSV makes it easy to introduce your children to snowsports while ensuring you have a great time too.

A series of unique children’s programs, led by specially trained instructors and housed in a state-of-the-art facility gets your kids safely on the snow and building confidence that they will take with them for life. Your kids will find their “home base” in the Rio Hondo Learning Center very comfortable, fun and filled with new friends to make. Children even have their own miniatured-sized slope area that offers kids a learning space with pint-sized lifts, special terrain and equipment shop. Fantastic confidence building for the little ones.

Snow Conditions
While most days are full of sunshine in Taos Ski Valley, we do have days with wind and or snow. Check the Taos Snow Report.

Fast Facts
Town of Taos – 6,967 feet Taos Ski Valley (base) – 9,207 feet Wheeler Peak (highest point in New Mexico) – 13,161 feet

Skiers have access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain. A great mix of terrain provides trails for all ability types. Taos Ski Valley is located in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico, home to a distinctive European atmosphere combined with local Native American and Spanish cultures.

The snow quality is light and dry and makes for excellent powder days. The resort does not receive too much skier traffic and powder stashes can go hours without being touched.

Lifts & Terrain
Skiers have access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain. We have 110 trails and 15 lifts. Check the most up to date Lift Status and Trail Openings Taos Ski Valley is a powder lover’s paradise and is known for having light, dry powder, undetectable lift lines, steep chutes, big bumps, cornices and tree glades. For those looking to make some untouched powder turns, hike or ride 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.

With 110 ski and board trails, you are certain to find your bliss. Half of Taos Ski Valley’s runs are rated for beginner/intermediate skiers. There is a trail here for every level. Download the Trail map here.

Hike to Terrain
West Basin is home to some of Taos’ steepest chutes, chokes and rock bands. A short hike from the top of Lift #2 will offer access to a multitude of different runs featuring countless lines to choose from. From local’s favorites Stauffenberg and Zdarsky, all the way to Wild West Glades, you are certain to find terrain to get your adrenaline pumping and challenge even the best skiers and riders. If hiking is not your thing, you can access a good portion of the West Basin via the High Traverse at the top of Reforma.

 

 

The crown jewel of Taos Ski Valley, 12,481′ Kachina Peak stands tall above the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The Kachina Peak summit is legendary and offers some of the most spectacular views and inbounds skiing and riding in North America. Historically demanding a 45 minute hike, the Kachina Peak Lift now delivers skiers and riders to the peak in just 5 minutes. Enthusiasts looking to really push themselves should check out Dahl-Bredines’, a rocky face littered with billy-goat lines and big drops. Be sure to keep your eyes out for the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep that call Kachina Peak home.

Terrain Park
Maxie’s Terrain Park is looking better than it ever has. Featuring a new layout with exciting new lines. Skier’s right is home to some smaller jumps, rollers, and features for those just beginning to explore the freestyle terrain park. Skier’s left features a larger line, including several big airs, and our brand new manual pad. Scattered boxes and rails catering to all ability levels help to fill out the park and allow skiers and boarders to link silky smooth lines. Maxie’s Terrain Park is open daily from 10am-3pm, weather permitting.

 

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Snowsports School & Lessons
Taos Ski Valley has one of the top-rated ski and board schools in the country, for beginners to experts, so you can sharpen your skills to unparalleled form. Check out the Rio Hondo Learning Center with its fun activities and special tots’ Snowsports School. The Snowsports School at Taos offers a variety of adult lessons, both group and private. And be sure to check out the very popular, bargain ski week. There’s sure to be a ski week or a lesson that will get you to the next level. With some of the world’s lightest powder, lots of sunshine, and short to non-existent lift lines, you get the best that any alpine region can deliver at Taos Ski Valley.

Sledding
Taos Ski Valley has a sledding hill (no lift) next to the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa and Gondolita. There is no charge or specific hours and you need to bring your own sled or tube or buy a sled at several of the shops in the village.

Lockers
Daily Lockers are available and located at the lower level of the plaza and next to the restrooms. Pricing starts at $12/day and can be purchased at the lockers or at Taos Sports. Masks are required in all indoor spaces.

Rented skis and snowboards from Taos Sports and Cottam’s can be returned for overnight storage.

Location

Mountain Skills Guided Backcountry Tours

Mountain Skills Guided Backcountry Tours

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Rio Hondo Learning Center

Rio Hondo Learning Center

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Taos Ski Valley, Inc.

Taos Ski Valley, Inc.

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