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taosskivalleyTaos Ski Valley in New MexicoTaos Ski Valley in Northern New Mexico boasts over 300 sunny days and 300 inches of snow per year. Advertised as 'the un-resort resort', Taos Ski Valley offers almost 1300 acres of terrain in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The highest lift services a vertical drop of over 2600 feet. If that's not exciting enough, hike to Kachina Peak and add on almost 700 feet of vertical drop.

Until 2008, Taos Ski Valley was open to skiers only. Since then, they have invited boarders to experience the mountain. Not that it is just for experts, but the majority of terrain is expert to extreme. The breakdown is as such:

  • 110 Trails
  • 24% Beginner
  • 25% Intermediate
  • 51% Expert

There are 13 lifts to transport skiers/boarders around the mountain. However, you can skip the lift lines and hike to some of the most intense backcountry in the United States. Hike to the West Basin Ridge and experience steep chutes and amazing lines. Highline Ridge offers spectacular views with steep runs, tree mazes, and deep powder.

At 12,481 feet, Kachina Peak is about a 45 minute hike off one of the lifts. Known as the jewel of Taos Ski Valley, Kachina Peak has something for everybody. Wide open space, gradual descent, rocky face, chutes, big drops -- all can take you to the Bavarian Lodge for an apres ski libation.

Ranging from ski-in/ski-out to in-town, there are 23 properties in Taos Ski Valley to accommodate. Fine dining to cafeteria eateries, Taos Ski Valley's food choices satisfy every palate. Other activities to engage in on and off the mountain are:

  • Tubing
  • Oso Negro Snowshoe Tours
  • Big Al's Snowmobiling Tours
  • Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa

Even if you're not that skilled of a skier/boarder, Taos Ski Valley offers several programs to get you better and able to explore their terrain. Choose from:

  • Snowsports Lessons
  • Snowsports Weeks
  • Snowsports Camps

Taos Ski Valley has plenty to offer but it prides itself on what any mountain resort should be known for: the mountain.

-Colleen Flynn

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