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Taos Ski Valley Resort

Taos Ski Valley, NM, USA
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About Taos Ski Valley Resort
Located at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains in Northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is a world famous destination for riders and skiers of all ability levels. Taos is primarily known for its steeps but offers beginner & intermediate trails off the top of every single chair lift. For the advanced to expert skier/rider Taos offers some of the most challenging and varied terrain in the country, especially off its hike to ridges. The family vibe is also embodied in the quaint village of Taos Ski Valley. There's several dining options, with everything in close proximity. If you are looking for more than skiing/riding check out the historic town of Taos just 18 miles down the road for a true vacation destination.
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Gran7 wrote a review Apr 2022
Crossett1464 contributions566 helpful votes
This would have to be a fabulous ski stop in winter. The area is full of great activities and restaurants. The ski slopes are pristine. We had a great time exploring in the summer
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Mark B wrote a review Mar 2022
Denver, Colorado233 contributions89 helpful votes
The best steep and deep ski resort in the US. I am a very good skier and was challenged by the double blacks. Only 7 lifts and 1 is high speed. But no lines and great service.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Serve Explore Travel wrote a review Mar 2022
Naha, Japan23 contributions4 helpful votes
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It was my first time snow boarding on a real board. The rentals were affordable and the staff at Cottoms Ski shop were helpful. The site was beautiful that we snowboarded at. We also booked a trip will Big Al’s Snowmobile adventures. The experience on the snowmobiles were awesome as well. The only thing I would say that didn’t make the trip to the Ski Valley excellent is; there was a female ski/snow board trainer that insisted on taking lessons. Mind you, these lessons were $200hr which was wild and she even got mad when we’d ask for simple tips to stay up on the board. Other than that it was great.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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samtastik wrote a review Mar 2022
Boston, Massachusetts11 contributions4 helpful votes
We were lucky to have some marvelous powder days at Taos Ski Valley and loved the mountain. There is a great variety of terrain. One heads up for those who may typically ski in the northeast US is that Taos is steeper than most northeast mountains and what is considered a "green" slope at Taos would probably be a "blue" slope in VT/NH/ME. If you opt to ski with a guide ask for Christine! She knows the mountain backwards and forwards, enjoys sharing it's history (which is fascinating), and can either snowboard or ski depending on the group. She snowboarded with us (we had a mixed group of skiers & a snowboarder) and she gave all of us some great pointers, skiers and snowboarder alike!
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Date of experience: February 2022
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rockystuff wrote a review Feb 2022
Indianapolis, IN126 contributions71 helpful votes
I am a veteran of probably 25 ski weeks (with daily ski school) in Taos, spanning 28 years. We keep coming back because the skiing is fantastic and so are the ski instructors. I ski less than 10 days per year, and 6 of them are at Taos. Yes, Taos has steep terrain, but there are also green runs. I skied them all when I first started skiing here. Because of the expert instruction, I grew comfortable skiing nearly all the terrain on this mountain. You won't find long lift lines here, not like what is frequently encountered in big resorts in Colorado or Utah. There aren't as many high speed lifts in Taos, but you'll still get to the top faster than at those other places. The altitude is high here (9000 ft), so be prepared to have trouble breathing the first few days. I skipped coming to Taos in 2021, and in 2022, it is a new place, thanks to COVID-19. While here, NM had an indoor mask mandate which was mostly enforced by all the establishments. Same with the vaccination requirements. (It's a small town; the residents don't want to get sick. When they can't work, they can't open their shops or restaurants and everyone suffers.) Many businesses that were here in the past are gone, but the existing ones are trying to live in this new world. They have huge staffing shortages, like every service industry does across the country at this time. Restaurants are not open every day, so you have to figure out which ones are open on any particular day. Hopefully, as the omicron wave calms down, more places will open up for indoor dining and longer hours. I have been disappointed in what food choices are available at the dining venues. You can eat a hamburger everywhere, a pizza in many places, but you need reservations to dine at a place with more variety, and you'll be paying 80% of what you'd pay at Aspen or Vail. If the dining choices are a problem for you, I'd recommend staying in a condo and purchasing easy to make meals in the town of Taos (30 minutes from Taos Ski Valley), or else driving down the mountain to Arroyo Seco or Taos for dinner. Much of TSV is owned by the same corporation: several restaurants, the luxury hotel and condominiums, and the ski company. They are proud to be an environmentally conscious company--the only ski resort that is a B Corporation. They have totally upgraded the town in the past 5 years, and their plans will continue for years to come. My biggest recommendation for skiing at Taos is TAKE SKI LESSONS. Get in a class for several days. You won't regret it. You'll figure out what terrain you are capable of skiing and your skiing will improve.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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