Ski and Snowboard—Without Going Spring Broke

Holiday Modestly in Taos Ski Valley

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 Break is a perfect time to book a stay to play in Taos Ski Valley – you’ll have a mountain experience unlike any other in the United States, where European-style hospitality perfectly suits the spirit of the mountain and those who come to ski or snowboard the legendary Taos Ski Valley Resort. In Europe, it’s common for dedicated skiers to stay in budget hotels or rent rooms – anything to be first in line when the lifts open. Fortunately, there are many diverse options in the Taos Ski Valley area, so you can play in the snow and enjoy an economical vacation.

* Do remember that if you are coming from a lower altitude or sea level, you’ll want an extra day to acclimate to the area altitude. Depending on your specific location, Taos Ski Valley is sited at 9,207 feet (2,806 m); Arroyo Seco’s elevation is 7,634 feet and the Town of Taos lists at 6,969 feet. Even professional athletes will tell you that a day or more to go slowly and simply acclimate can help your body avoid the discomfort of altitude sickness, often described as similar to a hangover. While in the region, hydration is key; drink extra water, rest when tired, and eat healthy snacks in-between meals to stave off any effects of quick acclimation.
Typically, housing is the greatest expense for a vacation. Undoubtedly, Taos Ski Valley has plenty of luxury accommodations; perhaps a lovely, modern suite is just not your style or in your budget. That’s fine, because you have lots of options that will save you money, perhaps to use on gear rentals, ski lessons, or a piece of art to take home.
Lodging in Taos Ski Valley

If the kind of amenities that you are looking for include outdoor hot tub, kitchenettes, dry sauna, free wifi, and ski lockers for guests, Alpine Village Suites may fit like a well-insulated glove. The capacities of all suites, and loft suites (plus Cottam’s Lodge and private vacation homes) are clearly listed, handy for calculating per person/per night costs if you are sharing your stay with a group.

Perhaps you would prefer to stay where you have access to a full kitchen so that you can make some of your own meals. Natural Retreats has many different kinds of properties; whole homes, cabins, and lodges. If you’re rolling in with friends on varied budgets, the ever-eclectic SnowMansion Adventure Lodge in Arroyo Seco offers visitors all kinds of spaces, including hotel-style rooms, group and family rooms, suites, cabins, and dorm beds. A community kitchen and cozy gathering areas ensure a place to meet other guests - adventurers of all ages from all over the world.

Just a three-minute walk from the SnowMansion, enjoy happy hour daily at Sabroso (aptly named, sabroso means “tasty” in Spanish), known for their fresh margaritas and lively entertainment year-round in the charming 150 year-old adobe structure.

Sabroso Restaurant with fireplace

Transportation to the slopes is as easy as taking the FREE RTD shuttle service! Look for the blue bus showing 314 TSV Green, which picks up at many locations in the Town of Taos, Valdez, El Prado, Arroyo Seco, and Taos Ski Valley. If you are driving but don’t want to take your car up the mountain, you can park for free and get on the same 314 TSV Green bus. There is a designated lot adjacent to the KTAO Solar Center at the junction of US-64 and NM-150.

Craving pizza, calzones, or lasagne after a thrilling day? Generous portion sizes at Pizaños in El Prado mean it’s easy to share some of their cheesy garlic bread, pasta, big salads, and “tunnel” sandwiches. Founded by “two guys from Utica, NY” this cozy restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, vibrantly-colored walls, and artwork that jam band aficionados will appreciate. Don’t forget to leave room for a sumptuous desert – or take one back to your hotel with you to enjoy later. Conveniently, Pizaños is a short walk to the KTAO 314 TSV Green stop! Pro tip: Call in your order when you are ready to depart Taos Ski Valley and pick it up as you head back into the town of Taos.

While debating your options, remember that you can send a Taos Ski Valley Trip Inquiry directly to the Taos Ski Valley Chamber! We will happily route your inquiry directly to any properties that can accommodate you or your group.