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Taos Ski Valley Is a Great Family Ski Destination
The New Mexico ski town of Taos Ski Valley is famous for its extreme terrain that gives big mountain lovers a “nature spankin’,” as locals like to say. But, it’s also a top-rated family ski destination that provides everyone with a mountain experience they will remember. With its gorgeous scenery and pristine snow, Taos is one of the top ski resorts in North America.
If you’re a skier or snowboarder with ambitions of becoming a pro, this is the place for you. Taos is home to world-class instructors, a ski school for all ages and abilities, as well as a variety of lessons. This includes everything from private lessons for seasoned pros to kids’ day camps and teen snowsports weeks.
Located in the high desert of Northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley sits on an isolated ridgeline overlooking a stunning valley that is surrounded by peaks – some more than 13,000 feet tall. Founded in 1955 by Ernie Blake, the ski area has become internationally renowned for its steep runs and awe-inspiring mountain surroundings.
In 2013, hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon bought the legendary ski resort, and poured in substantial resources to make changes. A chairlift up Kachina Peak became operational the following year, followed by a redesigned base area and the construction of The Blake hotel. In addition, the resort became a B Corporation in 2014. B Corps are socially responsible businesses that meet rigorous standards in areas such as environmental performance and community impact. This is a huge step for any ski resort.
With 3,281ft of vertical, Taos Ski Valley has an impressive array of trails. From easy groomers to more difficult expert terrain, the resort has something for every level of skier. The resort is a favorite for locals because of its incredible powder and secluded feel.
The ski area’s backside offers the highest alpine ski terrain in the United States. A short hike from Chair 2 takes you to expert double black runs such as Shalako, Lone Star, Walkyries and El Funko. And, the resort’s West Basin Ridge is home to even more hike-to double blacks that are a must for extreme skiers.
For beginners and intermediates, the resort’s Lower Front Side has great beginner terrain such as Powderhorn and Jean’s glades. For more advanced skiers, hit the bumps at Al’s Run or cruise the powder in Zagava, Poco Gusto, Whitefeather and Tell Trees. For those who prefer a little adventure, the resort’s double black terrain opens in a staggered fashion so that you can find fresh tracks long after other skiers have gone home.
The resort has a full selection of lodging, restaurants and other amenities in the town of Taos at the base. It’s an easy drive from the airport or downtown. Ski-in/ski-out hotels and restaurants are available, as well as spas and shopping.