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Taos Ski Valley
A Ski Pioneer’s dream
Taos Ski Valley is here today due to the imagination and hard work of a remarkable Swiss-German man named Ernie Blake. A passionate skier, Blake always dreamed of building a ski area for his family.
The European atmosphere and architecture of Taos Ski Valley is due to the ski area’s pioneers, an amalgamation of German, French, Austrian and Swiss residents and employees combined with the local Native American and Spanish cultures.
This family-owned ski area rarely has lift lines and boasts the top-rated ski school in North America. With 110 trails, 305 average annual snowfall and 300+ days of sunshine, Taos Ski Valley is a true skier’s and snowboarder’s paradise.
Looking for additional adventures? Embrace the chill on Taos Ski Valley’s family-friendly tubing hill or roar through acres of forested wilderness on an exhilarating snowmobile ride, Snowshoe 2 miles to William’s Lake or Après ski at one of the many restaurants and bars in the village.
Warm your bones in an outdoor hot tub, relax by a crackling fire, or treat yourself to a therapeutic massage. German lodges, Swiss-style chalets and a cozy French-owned hotel all reflect the extensive European influence on Taos Ski Valley.
Summertime in Taos Ski Valley mixes the cool of the forest with the warmth of the New Mexican sun. Numerous hiking trails wind through the surrounding Ponderosa and Aspen forests, many following frigid mountain streams. Hike to the highest point in New Mexico, ride the ski lift or mountain bike on this challenging terrain.
For the adventurous soul, there’s high-alpine horseback riding, fly-fishing and rock climbing. For the sports enthusiast, there’s a scenic disc golf course and volleyball court at the base area. Interpretive stargazing events and live music every weekend.
Taos Ski Valley is a truly unique place to visit. Come and stay awhile.

The Village of Taos Ski Valley is situated in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, 15 miles northeast of Taos via US Highway 150. Originally settled by a group of hearty and adventurous miners in the 1800’s, the community is now inhabited by hearty and adventurous skiers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Home of world famous Taos Ski Valley Resort, the Village of Taos Ski Valley contains four miles of roads and is bordered completely by Carson National Forest. The village was incorporated in 1996 and at an elevation of 9200 feet, however the Village limits reach elevations of 12,581 feet with the highest residential dwelling being at 10,350 feet, making Taos Ski valley the highest municipality in the US.


  • Town of Taos - 6,950 feet
  • Taos Ski Valley - 9,207 feet
  • Wheeler Peak (highest point in New Mexico) - 13,161 feet

VTSV Climate

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, gets 21 inches of rain per year. The US average rainfall is 37 inches. Snowfall is 146 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. The number of days with any measurable precipitation is 103 days.

On average, there are 290 sunny days per year in Taos Ski Valley. The July high is around 76 degrees. The January low is 4 degrees. Our comfort index, which is based on humidity during the hot months, is a 70 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.


Average Annual Snowfall

  • Town of Taos - 35 inches
  • Taos Ski Valley - 321 inches
  • Angel Fire - 140 inches
Climate Taos Ski Valley, NM United States
Rainfall (in.) 20.5 36.5
Snowfall (in.) 146.3 25
Precipitation Days 103 100
Sunny Days 290 205
Avg. July High 76 86.5
Avg. Jan. Low 4.2 20.5
Comfort Index (higher=better) 70 44
UV Index 5.9 4.3
Elevation ft. 10,388 1,060



Tourism is the main industry in the Village of Taos Ski Valley. The ski area and surrounding village have long been a popular winter destination. The community is quickly becoming a popular summer and fall vacation destination as well. In 2005, there were 55 active businesses in Taos Ski Valley. The Village has many Lodging options from Hotels, private home rentals, Condominiums to Alpine styled Bed and Breakfasts.The town of Taos, conveniently located 30 minutes down the canyon, provides year round services. High speed wireless internet access is available throughout the village and serves the needs of tele-commuters and home based businesses.


Taos Ski Valley App

The official Taos Ski Valley app for your next ski and snowboard experience.
Features a GPS enabled, highly visual trail map. Find your location and see where your friends are. Check the live weather conditions, daily resort video reports, live webcams, and lift reports. Stay up to date on all the resort conditions. Check in’s, live social interaction, and friend finder can keep your snow experience fun and exciting. Easily access all of the mountains deals and be the first to find out about upcoming events.