- Incredible beauty. Taos Ski Valley feels really remote and unspoiled, situated approximately 15 miles up a mountain valley that is almost completely uninhabited. When you arrive, you just know there won’t be any crowds.
- No lift lines! Taos is a good distance from any major city or airport and there aren’t that many locals in the area. Even during the Christmas Holidays, the longest lift line anybody can remember was only a 4 minute wait.
- Something for everybody. When arriving in the base village, the first thing you notice about the ski mountain is that it looks very steep. Actually, what you are seeing is only 15% of the ski-able terrain. There are lots of easier runs and every lift accesses at least one blue run. So don’t freak out. Even beginner and intermediate skiers have a great time in Taos.
- Breakfast burritos. OK, I probably wouldn’t eat a breakfast burrito every day of my life but they sure are tasty. Check out Abe’s Cantina y Cocina in Arroyo Seco (just down the road from the Taos Ski Valley) for an awesome burrito.
- Après Ski. The coolest place to put a cap on the ski day is the Bavarian Lodge at the base of lift 4. Their deck is a great spot to have one of their German beers while looking up at Kachina Peak. Don’t overdo it on the beers because you still have to ski down the Rubezahl trail, back to the base area.
- History. Take time to visit the 1,000 year old Taos Pueblo. Just outside of the town of Taos, the Pueblo is thought to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.
- Natural food. Check out Aceq in Arroyo Seco. They offer a wide variety of farm-to-table dishes made from fresh local produce. The lamb ribs were the best I have ever had. A great place to have dinner but make sure you reserve ahead of time.
- Small base area. One of the best things about the Taos Ski Valley is that the base village is small enough that, no matter where you stay, you are only short distance from a ski lift. If you are staying in the village, you won’t need a shuttle or car to get around.
The easiest way to get to Taos is to fly to Santa Fe or Albuquerque, then drive. Santa Fe to Taos takes about one hour; Albuquerque to Taos takes about 2 hours. You will be rewarded with some beautiful scenery, excellent skiing, friendly locals, tasty margaritas and absolutely no lift lines. Just remember to go easy on the breakfast burritos!
Destination Expert, Ray Polglaze