The simple pleasures are always the sweetest. For dog owners, going outside in land-beyond-the-yard with our furry companions is especially delectable. Sharing happy outdoor time with your woofer is as essential for their mental and physical health as it is for yours. Seeing your dog’s whole... Read More
The Rio Grande, the river that snakes through the bottom of the Rio Grande Gorge, offers thrill seekers the chance to ride the watercourse throughout the spring and summer – and if the snow melt is significant, sometimes into the fall.
It’s easy to be fascinated by the Rio... Read More
Upon approaching NM-150, the road to Taos Ski Valley, a large traffic sign reminds us to wear a mask and practice Covid safe protocols. Welcome to skiing in 2020-21. There are no clusters of skiers and snowboarders waiting for the bus at KTAO because there is no public transportation up to the... Read More
When all of the snow is long gone and the warm days stretch gloriously until sundown, Taos Ski Valley transforms into a summer adventure paradise. At 9,321 feet, you’ll find the heart of the Valley at the base area of the mountain - The Resort Plaza.
Hiking Gavilan Trail is a richly rewarding walk in the woods. Lace-up some sturdy shoes, bring an extra layer of clothes, and plenty of water – you're in for 1,000+ foot elevation gains per mile and stunning views. Gavilan translates to Sparrowhawk (aka... Read More
As the aspen leaves emerged and turned bright emerald, Taos Ski Valley businesses were busy implementing Covid-19 safety measures throughout the Village in preparation for reopening. Our lodging, restaurant, and retail members are opening for summer guests... Read More
Look, we love our neighbors who are just an hour’s drive to the north. But anyone who’s driven through New Mexico knows firsthand why it’s known as the Land of Enchantment.
We—Taoseños—believe that we won the lottery when it comes to having it all (i.e., location, history, culture,... Read More
We know what it’s like – you’ve got a bookmark for the webcam at Taos Ski Valley that you longingly visit, watching as people queue up at the base lift, wishing you were among them. Spring... Read More
Each January for over three decades, wine enthusiasts, winemakers, and culinary masters have gathered in Taos Ski Valley for a long weekend in the mountains. Taos Winter Wine Festival is a highly-anticipated event, where everyone has... Read More
If you’ve been in Taos during the holidays you know that it’s a magical, mystical time of year when farolitos flicker, the scent of cedar fires anoints the air, and twinkling lights and other decorations bring smiles to the faces of locals and visitors alike.
It’s Cooler In Taos Ski Valley—Literally & Figuratively
If you live in the south, you might have seen a meme circulating about your state having 12 seasons instead of four. According to that list, most southern states currently are in/on “Hell’s Front Porch” with “Second Summer” on tap right after “False Fall”.
Wine Tips Plus FREE Activities at Taos Ski Valley’s 2019 Summer Wine Festival
Whether you’re a diehard viticulture fan, or simply like tipping back a nice glass of the fermented grape every so often, you probably know what you like in a wine and tend to stick with it.... Read More
When you can’t take the heat, head for the cooler temperatures of the mountains. During the summer months, Taos Ski Valley hosts a variety of fun-filled events; a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers alike. Go for the festivals, stay for the art and recreation.
You’ve signed up for a trail race this summer and you are now in search of a training plan to get you in prime condition to perform your best on race day. However, when you search for a training plan, you become overwhelmed with the multitude of options and don’t know where to... Read More
At this time last year, the Carson National Forest (in which Taos Ski Valley is nestled) was days away from closing due to a lack of precipitation that created extreme fire danger and reduced... Read More
Spring Break is here, and it's one of the most exciting times of the year in Taos Ski Valley! The snowpack is deep and the days are getting brighter and warmer. Skiing and snowboarding in the New Mexico sun this time of year is awesome, there is nothing quite like shredding the soft spring snow... Read More
People keep asking me what brought me all the way from South Australia to Taos to go snowboarding and there are so many reasons it is hard to pick just one! Taos is an incredibly unique mountain with a beautiful blend of incredible snow, rich arts and culture and amazing food! I’ve snowboarded in 6... Read More
If you've ever thought about signing up for a ski or snowboard lesson you've taken the first step towards one of the most exciting, life-changing experiences you'll ever decide to embrace. Once you’ve made that call, you're on course to bringing your shredding skills to a whole new level and... Read More
By Emily Taylor / Visit USA Parks
I was seeking a different winter vacation; a mix of adventure and culture. With a ski resort towering over the desert, I drove to Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. The best part of this trip was that I could ski one day, and explore other winter activities... Read More
32 Years of Making Memories for Taos Ski Valley Visitors
He is the maker of memories—good memories—of time spent on the snow at Taos Ski Valley. Since 1986, Alain Pinto has been serving as the ski resort's commercial ski photographer. Over these years, Alain's company,... Read More
From its towering snow-capped peaks to Bavarian-style lodges, where beer steins are served al fresco, visiting Taos Ski Valley feels as though you’ve been transported to the Alps. But this resort town is distinctly New Mexican. It’s home to Native and Hispanic influences visible in the unique décor... Read More
In a place full of remarkable people who have been here for decades, one of the most notable is Andrea Heckman. Known as the owner of the apparel-and-arts shop Andean Software, a more complete list of her roles includes global trekking guide, filmmaker, author, college professor, fundraiser,... Read More
The majesty of Taos Ski Valley—ringed by soaring, white-peaked Sangre de Cristo Mountains (a range in the Southern Rockies)—is undeniable. Adventure awaits around every corner. What you might not know is that during winter, outdoor sports like... Read More
New Storm Brings Fresh Coat of Powder for Winter Sports Lovers!
One of the allures of skiing or boarding Taos Ski Valley is being surrounded by forests and amazing views in every direction. But it isn't for everyone. There are other wonderful ways to experience the outdoors here. If you wish to find solitude, peace... Read More
Every year, the first day of ski season is one of the most exciting days for a lot of mountain folks. This year was no different, albeit a great deal whiter than Opening Day last year given that we had a solid snow base for first chair at 9am on Thanksgiving Day. Add to that the sheer joy of riding... Read More
Discovering the Melting Pot Culture of Taos Ski Valley
Nestled in the heart of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, Taos is known for its spectacular desert and mountain landscapes, but it also boasts a rich heritage and vibrant culture, making it a fantastic getaway for art... Read More
Taos Ski Valley’s 2018 Up & Over Trail Run Is a Teenager
There’s nothing unfortunate about the 13th annual “Up & Over” 10K Trail Run (Saturday, Aug. 4, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.) at Taos Ski Valley.
In fact, we’re calling it “Lucky 13” as some lucky runners who ... Read More
Despite the recent reopening of Carson National Forest—thanks to the start of Monsoon Season—the need to reduce fire hazards in Taos Ski Valley while simultaneously building up the valley’s water supply remains.
We all know the mountains as a place to go to cool down during the hot summers. The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are a unique range among the Rocky Mountain states, a narrow band of ridges and 13,000' peaks running north-south from Colorado to Santa Fe. To the west of the Sangres is a... Read More
What's better after an invigorating hike in the mountains than refueling with a delicious meal and cold beer or margarita? We've paired some of our favorite hikes and mountain bike rides with an excellent nearby pub that make for a stellar day in the Taos mountains.
When you can’t take the heat, head for the hills. During the summer months, Taos Ski Valley hosts a variety of fun-filled events; a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers alike. Go for the... Read More
Just like every climate on earth, the historically tough nature of Taos Valley and its surrounds generated a particular and special culture. From the 13th and 14th century, Native Americans settled in the... Read More
Simple And Effective Ways To Stay Warm On Your Camping Trip
If you’re up for a new kind of adventure this year, you may want to go camping in the campgrounds just below the Village of Taos Ski Valley. Whether you’re pitching a tent or staying in an RV... Read More
When many of us hit the road for a holiday we just don't want to leave our beloved, four-legged family member behind. There are many inns and hotels in the beautiful Taos area that accept pets so you can bring Fido along. Following is a list of our Taos and Taos Ski Valley hotels that will... Read More
~Taos Ski Valley has its place among some great resorts
Local author and journalist Daniel Gibson has recently released the first-ever comprehensive look at New Mexico’s ski scene. The book, published by the University of New Mexico Press, is titled Skiing New Mexico: A Guide to Snow Sports in the Land of Enchantment. The softbound full color book spans... Read More
So you're coming to Taos Ski Valley and you've asked yourself "What do I need to pack?" Whether you'll be skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling there are the obvious, must have garments you'll be sure to put in your bag, but there a few items you might forget at home. So take notes, it's time to...
I grew up in Texas. My family visited the mountains in summer, but never in winter. The most snow I ever saw was about a quarter inch accumulation until I was living in Santa Fe in my early 20’s. I tried to learn to ski around that time, but I had bad experiences. I never... Read More
"There are no words that can tell the hidden spirit of the wilderness, that can reveal its mystery, its melancholy, and its charm". – U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Jr.
Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t the only U.S. President with a fondness for the slopes; President Gerald Ford spent many a vacation sliding downhill on skis and even owned a chalet in Colorado. This Presidents’ Day Weekend (Feb. 17–19), continue their outdoor legacies by taking in the mystery of the Sangre... Read More
What was it that first sparked your attraction to skiing? For many of us it was the same thing ~ the desire to be outside, in the mountains, surrounded by nature. Breathing the clean, crisp air early in the morning as the lifts start spinning, watching the sun rise above the ridge to the east. We... Read More
In a ski town we often hear the words “epic conditions” in conversations on the chairlift, in the lodges and during aprés as the day winds down. It’s no secret that 2017-18 has been a dry Winter in New Mexico, yet the attitude at Taos has been of gratitude in the great SNOW we do have. When... Read More