Fresh Powder, Green Chile & Arroyo Seco Magic

Ski and Stay Cheap

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 different countries and nowhere compares to the secret magic of Taos Ski Valley.

I spent my time staying at The Snowmansion Adventure Lodge; a budget and soulful hostel in the adorable country of Arroyo Seco. (Book it!) With welcoming staff, art covered walls and a well equipped kitchen, it was hard to leave the hostel some mornings. I wanted to stay drinking the in-house coffee and wander the grounds, hanging out with the resident donkeys!

Artists studios dot the main street of Arroyo Seco, nestled a short drive from the ski valley. I spent time exploring the eclectic Arroyo Seco Mercantile stocking up on gifts to bring home for loved ones. Trust me you're going to want to collect as many beautiful trinkets to remember this place.

On mountain you’ll find even more treats! I couldn't stop returning to Bumps Burrito Bar for their breakfast burrito, laced with the famous green chile of the region. The Chile Rellenos at Stray Dog Cantina are a perfect snack in the afternoon and the Blood Orange Margaritas at The Edelweiss Lodge, better known as the Blonde Bear Tavern, to welcome in a beautiful evening! For rentals, the crew at Cottam's Ski Shop will deck you out, they sell a huge selection of rad snow wear and are so helpful with your rental gear.

And as for the snow, you might luck out like I did and find quiet midweek runs and fresh powder! I was lucky enough to be in Taos for two storms (check the Snow Report) and hiked up the infamous Kachina Peak and Highline Ridge to slide through knee deep snow into the open valleys below. From cheeky tree runs, challenging bumps and long winding green runs, there is something for every snow enthusiast at Taos.

You might have come for the skiing, but you’ll return again and again once you immerse yourself in the soulful magic of Taos.

Guest blog by Alaska Young