A Long Winter Weekend in Taos Ski Valley

Stretch Your Snowtime

Relish snowsports in powder and relax in New Mexico’s favorite high altitude village. Maximize your precious vacation days and 'know before you go' about this gem of the Southern Rockies!

Winding up NM-150 to Taos Ski Valley, roll down the window to smell and feel the crisp, clean, mountain air while surrounded by awe-inspiring, high-alpine beauty. Recreation and relaxation seamlessly blend in this hideaway tucked in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

Active outdoor recreation for all ages and fitness levels is woven with shopping, dining, and rejuvenating spa treatments. The resort mountain’s legendary lift-serviced and hikable terrain will make a good skier or snowboarder great, and those new to snowsports can learn technique and have fun doing it with famed instruction from the experts at Ernie Blake Adult Snowsports School, named after the Valley’s 1950s founder. Kids will love the state-of-the-art Rio Hondo Children’s Learning Center series of programs with its special pint-sized lifts and practice terrain. Snowshoe or backcountry ski to Williams Lake and many other trails in Taos Ski Valley (along NM-150) or in the Carson National Forest.

FRIDAY

8:00am 

Shelves of chips and snacks at Cid's Market in Taos SKi Valley

Roll into your morning with a breakfast burrito. Grab one at Cid’s Mountain Market and head straight to the Upper Resort Plaza at the base of Chair 1 and chow down by its toasty fire pit as the colorful Taos Ski Valley lifties and ski patrol gear up for the day. Al’s Run is the towering hill above you, but as our iconic sign reminds you - “DON’T PANIC! We have many easy runs too!”.

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Hydration is key, so pack a water bottle or camelback to control the altitude before it controls you! A great way to get your water and loads of body-craving nutrients is in the rainbow of fresh cold-pressed juices from the cooler at Squeezed Juice Bar.  Sitting at a base elevation of 9,200 feet, altitude sickness can come on quickly, especially when you’re exerting yourself on the slopes. Drink more than you think you need. 

Colorful bottles of fresh juice sit on a table in the sunshine in front of a Christmas Tree.

9:00am
Pre-purchasing lift tickets is the way to go. Just show your confirmation email with a barcode/QR at one of the new Ticket Pick Up Box machines, with convenient locations throughout the Village, or get one on one support at the ticket office  in the Lakefork Building. Walk down to the Gondolita area to pick up your rental gear at Alpine Extreme, a small shop with a big selection and friendly, knowledgeable locals on staff.
Exterior of a ski shop buiding with bare trees in the snow outside on a sunny winter day

10:00am
Time to hit the slopes! As you head up the mountain over Al’s Run, you’ll see why they say Taos is a four letter word for steep!
1:00pm
A group of kid skiers smile and laugh for the camera sitting in yellow Zia Adiroindacks

Stop off for a break at the Whistlestop Cafe, located at the junction of Powderhorn and White Feather on the way to Chair 2 to get snacks, drinks, and swap stories with other powderhounds.
4:00pm
Once the lifts stop spinning, it’s time to check out the Village. Select some stunning locally-made Native American jewelry, handcrafted sculpture, luxury clothing or pottery to take home from the many shops like Mesa’s Edge, The Confluence and Andean Software.
Alpaca bears, balinese carved masks and turquoise jewlery
5:00pm
After shopping and the sun has gone down, it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy the Après ski scene. Head to where the locals hang, the Hondo Restaurant at the Snakedance Condos and warm up with their legendary Green Chile Stew or Enchiladas. The bar has several TVs to catch a game – or just strike up an entertaining conversation with folks at the table next to you. Most of the regulars have called the valley home for years!

A bowl of green chile pork stew and patron at a bar laughing
7:30pm
Before heading back to your room, stop off and relax by the Plaza fire pit – don’t forget to look up! On a clear night, the stargazing is stunning - You may even see the Milky Way!

SATURDAY

8:00am
It’s GO day! Get the fastest lift in Taos Ski Valley at Black Diamond Espresso, where a coffee, specialty mocha, chai tea latte, or spicy Mayan hot chocolate catapults you onto the slopes. Pack an energy bar in your pocket for a pick me up as your round the lift circuit – or better yet, hike to the Highline Ridge or West Basin for some seriously expert terrain including one-of-a-kind chutes and tree skiing alike.

A line of skiers look over the edge of a chute run
1:30pm
After a morning on the slopes, revitalize with a helping of flavor and protein in the Ski Bum Bowl or Beet Salad with plenty of grains from delicious Der Garten Bistro, specializing in organic and made-from-scratch cooking.  Their location, tucked into the front garden of the Brownell Chalet on Thunderbird Road is sure to make you feel welcome. 
4:00pm

Book a massage to detox from last night’s Après and loosen your limbs from today's adventures! The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa has you covered, from sports massage to hot stone treatments.

5:45pm 
Mosey into the Blonde Bear Tavern at the Edelweiss and grab a seat by the fire with a craft cocktail and savory appetizer like their cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip with blue corn chips while you pick tomorrow’s runs. Stay for dinner, and enjoy hearty and comfort food classics like Beef Stroganoff or a scrumptious vegan stuffed squash.

A charcuterie board and two glasses of red wine in front of a fireplace

SUNDAY

9:00am
Get back up the mountain for a half day of skiing, revisiting your favorite runs from the weekend, or finding some sweet powder stashes in the trees.
A snowboarder emerges from the trees on a powder day

11:00am
On the back side of the mountain you can ski-in to The Bavarian at the base of Lift 4 for classic German nibbles like soft pretzels with beer cheese and a freshly tapped dopplebock from their impressive list of imported draft beers. Sit back and bask in the warm New Mexican winter sun and enjoy the views of Kachina Peak and other skiers heading through on their way back to the Base Area. But before you head back down say yes to that homemade apple strudel - it can’t be passed up!

A soft pretzel, sausage and beer at a Bavarian style restaurant
1:00pm

After an easy, but fun slide through the trees on Reubezahl, AKA “The Return Trail”, check out the gear you want as your own at Le Ski Mastery. Local and international ski racing legend, owner Alain Veth, works alongside his wife and daughter to get you into a pair of perfectly tuned skis.

Hoddies and ski gloves on display at ski shop in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

4:00pm
After an action packed vacation in winter wonderland, it’s time to head home, but before you go, stop by Bumps Market to grab some snacks and provisions for the ride home.

LOTSA LODGING

Looking for family fun? Located next to the Gondolita and the sledding hill, Edelweiss Lodge & Spa is great for active kids and parents who need some pampering.
Getting Away on a Friends Trip? Rent a swank vacation home like the Lift Haus from M Vacation Properties.
Couple’s Retreat? A suite at The Blake can provide the sanctuary that you are both craving.
Taking a Solo Run? Book yourself a stay at Powderhorn Condominiums or snag a stocked condo close to the slopes at Twining Condos 6A.