Taos Ski Valley, Taos, NM

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Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Taos Ski Valley is located in Taos County, New Mexico. It was founded in 1954 and is the vision of Ernie Blake. December 2013 saw a changing of the guard at Taos Ski […]

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Taos Ski Valley in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Taos Ski Valley is located in Taos County, New Mexico. It was founded in 1954 and is the vision of Ernie Blake. December 2013 saw a changing of the guard at Taos Ski Valley as the family-owned and operated ski resort was sold to other interests with a desire to further develop this great mountain resort. Once a skier only resort, it opened the slopes for the first time to snowboarding on March 19, 2008.

On the scenic drive from town of Taos, which is about 30 minutes away, you will travel through several small communities as you head into the Valley and approach the end of the road you will see Taos Ski Valley. As an option you can take the Chile Line shuttle between the Town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley, bus fare is $1 each way, or $2 round trip.* Weekly and Monthly passes are available at Town Hall in the town of Taos, or from the Season Pass office in Taos Ski Valley.

From humble beginnings, Taos Ski Valley is now a world-class mountain facility; with few lift lines and one of the top-rated ski schools in North America.

The terrain at ski area is tailored toward the Advanced/Expert skier but does boast a nice balance of Beginner/Intermediate terrain, as well. From Lift 2, Preforma and Butz the terrain at Taos will present a challenge to even the most seasoned skier or snowboarder. If you are inclined toward an even greater challenge, take off your skis or snowboard, hike up to Kachina Peak and make your way down Main Street. From Highland Ridge, try runs like Corner Chute or Juarex where you will find all that is steep. Taos Ski Valley is also a family friendly resort with great terrain off of Lift 4 and Lift 8 that will certainly add you smile to your day.

At the end of your day make your way to the bottom and enjoy the German inspired lodges, Swiss-style chalets and a cozy French-owned hotel that reflect the extensive European influence on Taos Ski Valley.

While Taos Ski Valley may be somewhat remote, it rather easy to get to and in Escape2ski’s opinion it is worth effort. One word comes to mind when we reflect on our time at Taos –amazing!

* Bus fares are subject to change, please check their website for the most current fares.

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Mountain Information

Current Status: Open

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
2612 ft / 796 m

Base Elevation:
9207 ft / 2806 m

Summit Elevation:
11819 ft / 3602 m

Skiable Area:
1294 acres

Average Snowfall:
305 in / 775 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 113

Beginner: 27 (24%)

Intermediate: 28 (25%)

Advanced: 26 (23%)

Expert: 32 (28%)

Terrain Parks: 2

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half / Mini Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes

Services

Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Family Friendly: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: Yes

Adaptive Ski Programs: Yes

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Albuquerque NM , 154mi / 248km

Nearest Major City:
Taos NM, 19mi / 31km

Nearest Town/City:
Taos NM, 19mi / 31km

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-776-1111

Direct Phone: 575-776-2291

Snow Phone: 1-866-968-7386

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 23 to Apr 1

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Days Operating: Everyday

Operating Hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm: See website for any updates.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices

Webcams

Lift Information

Total Lifts: 13

Trams: 0

Gondolas: 1

Chondolas: 0

=Chairlifts=

Express Six: 0

Express Quads: 0

Express Triples: 0

Quads: 4

Triples: 3

Doubles: 2

Surface Lifts: 3

Lodging

Mountainside: Yes

Within 30mi / 48km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

Airport Convenience Ranking™

Albuquerque Intl Sunport  (ABQ)
Distance: 154 mi / 248 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Santa Fe Municipal Airport  (SAF)
Distance: 98 mi / 158 km
Ranking: Limited Flights per Day

Helpful Links

Ski Resort Website

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service

Local Transit Map

Airport Transportation