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116 Sutton Pl.
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
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Overview by Mitch Kaplan

Taos, of course, is the stuff of legends. In skier lore, it ranks with Aspen, Sun Valley, and Squaw Valley among North America's must-ski places. So, when I'm standing at the bottom of Al's Run, the legendary trail at the legendary resort, and reading the sign that starts out by saying "Don't panic!" and goes on to explain that what you see before you is only a fraction of what the place has to offer, I can't help wondering if even I, a damned good skier, have bitten off more than I can chew.

Indeed, Taos offers as much as any skier could care to chew. Picking our way across the High Traverse ledge, the runs drop so steeply to our right that vertigo sets in. You'd best know how to set an edge up here. The hike-to shots under Kachina Peak offer 3,274 vertical feet of steep, bone-dry powder shots. But that too is just a fraction of what's to be found here. You can hike up from the top of Kachina Lift (some say it's a 20-minute hike, but we flatlanders would lean toward 45) and take on the awe-inspiring bowl off Kachina Peak, or drop in en route to a series of chutes and glades that depart the Highline Ridge at regular intervals, each a bit more memorable than the last.

These, then, are the downhill routes that made the Taos legend. That and Ernie Blake's somewhat absurd notion of putting a Bavarian-style alpine resort in the middle of the American southwest. Whether Bavarian style makes sense is a matter of aesthetics. But the need for a more intermediate-friendly ski hill eventually became obvious. And Taos has responded to the challenge. Both sides of the mountain offer surprisingly pleasant intermediate cruising, especially off the Kachina Lift, but

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Price
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Average Snowfall
305 Inches
Skiable Acreage
1294
Vertical Drop
2612 feet
Terrain:
24% beginner, 25% intermediate, 51% expert
Number of Runs
113
Number of Lifts
14
Season
Late November to April
Related Resources
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Weather for Taos

Current Conditions:
Fair, 45 F
Forecast:
Wed - Partly Cloudy. High: 65 Low: 30
Thu - Mostly Sunny. High: 65 Low: 34
Fri - Partly Cloudy. High: 69 Low: 39
Sat - Partly Cloudy/Wind. High: 66 Low: 32
Sun - Partly Cloudy/Wind. High: 46 Low: 32


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Last Updated: April 07 2014 02:31 PM

Traveler Reviews of Taos


Kristen rates Taos
I had a season pass to Taos for 2 years and went there nearly every weekend of the ski season. The hike-to runs up on kachina, highline ridge, and the west basin ridge are the steepest, most challenging runs I`ve ever done and I absolutely love them! My favorite part about Taos is that it can dump on a Monday or Tuesday and you can still get freshies on the weekend.(If you like the challenging stuff I recommend Stauffenberg/Zdardsky, North American, and Twin Trees) There are indeed a lot of moguls on the mountain, but there are also plenty of nice smooth rolling groomers for those who don`t like the bumps.I have been frequenting the summit county mega resorts this year, and Taos is still my number 1.You can`t beat the terrain, nice people, and SHORT lift lines! Pros: Short lines.
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