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Taos Ski Valley Overview

Season Start/End: 9/12 - 2/4
2806m - 3804m
24%| 25%| 25%| 26%
Lift Tickets
from US$54.00 to US$98.00
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Taos Ski Valley is located in the Sangre De Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico and is home to a distinctive European atmosphere combined with local Native American and Spanish cultures. Taos 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.

The resort grants access to 1,294 acres of skiable terrain and receives an average 300 inches of snowfall annually. The ski area has a great mix of terrain providing trails for all ability types and is home to one of the country’s highest rated ski schools.

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Taos Ski Valley is a strong intermediate and advanced mountain with over half of marked runs being advanced or expert. For those looking to make some untouched powder turns, head 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. 

Taos typically receives more snow than its New Mexican neighbors receiving over 300 inches on average annually. 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. Check out Taos’ longest run Honeysuckle and make sure to stop at the Bavarian Lodge deck for some German beer and hot goulash.

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Taos Ski Valley exists in large part to the efforts of Erine and Rhoda Blake. The two found the area and lived out of a camper at the base in order to build the ski area. The first lift was constructed in 1956 by Ernie, 16 men from Taos Pueblo and a mule named Lightening.


  • 3804m
  • 997m
    Vertical Drop
  • 2806m


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  • Beginner Runs


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  • Advanced Runs


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  • Runs


  • Terrain Parks


  • Longest Run

    8 km

  • Skiable Terrain

    524 ha

  • Snow Making

    262 ha

  • KM Snow Making

    21 km

Important Dates

  • Projected Opening Ski Season: 09/12/2016
  • Days Open Last Year: 137
  • Projected Closing Ski Season: 02/04/2017
  • Projected Days Open: 131
  • Years Open: 62
  • Average Snowfall: 762cm

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Taos Ski Valley Reviews

  • Clinton Kelley

    • 5
    17th January 2017

    Full review

      Anyone who reviews Taos negatively likely can't handle what it has to offer. If you are a true expert skier, you will...
  • Jason S

    • 1
    16th December 2016

    Full review

      Locals are always raving about this place, but there are much better options right now in Colorado or New Mexico nearby. I...

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