taos ski valley
Taos Ski Valley exists because of the imagination and hard work of a remarkable Swiss-German named Ernie Blake, his wife Rhoda and friends. A passionate skier, Blake dreamed for years of building a ski area, and launched Taos Ski Valley in 1955 on a shoestring budget. The European atmosphere and architecture of Taos Ski Valley is due to the ski area’s pioneers—a mix of German, French, Austrian and Swiss residents and employees—combined with the local Native American and Spanish cultures. The Village is surrounded by the Carson National Forest and offers activities, special events, accommodations and fine dining in summer, fall, winter and spring.
With new ownership, Taos has embarked on an exciting phase of development. This includes building a chair lift up Kachina Peak that tops out at 12,450 feet, the opening of the slope side Blake Hotel in 2017, plus new runs, glades, renovation of the Children’s Center and gondola soon to be realized. It’s a great time to come and check out the reinvigorated Ski Valley.
Euro-New Mexican Hospitality
Old World ambiance seasoned with Native American and Spanish spice gives our valley its unique flavor. We resemble a European ski village but our core is pure New Mexican—all smiles and sunshine. Be prepared to be welcomed warmly and treated royally. From unique dining and shopping experiences, to novel adventures and uncommon culture, absorb the connection to place and join our family.
Revel in an alpine sunrise. Soak up the big mountain views. Stargaze from your room balcony. Get first tracks. Carve the perfect turn. Hike through flower-carpeted meadows. Learn to speak German. Take your snowboarding to the next level. Enjoy a pot of cheese fondue. Hoist a stein of Bavaria’s best suds. Watch your kids grow into epic skiers and boarders. Make new friends, renew old acquaintances. Feel like family in this wonderful village of outdoor enthusiasts.
Year round fun!
|Taos Ski Valley hosts a variety of events year round including the Winter Wine Festival, Fireworks, Live Music, Oktoberfest and a challenging trail run. With cooler temperatures in the summer and bluebird skies in the winter plan your trip now to Taos Ski Valley.||View events calendar here|
It’s Cooler Up Here
|Beat the heat at 9,300 feet with summer in Taos Ski Valley; it’s a breath of fresh air…literally. The valley and village are alive with music performances, educational programs and outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing and fishing.||View Summer Activities here|
Snow Crazy Mountain Village
|Taos Ski Valley, renowned for its expert terrain, also includes a tremendous number of beginner and intermediate runs. Off the ski slopes, enjoy tubing on Strawberry Hill; take a guided full moon snowshoe hike; race up a snowmobile trail; or kick back in a hot tub. Kids have a blast at the Children’s Center.||View Winter Activities here|
Stay in Taos Ski Valley
|Taos Ski Valley is a place where you can check your worries at the door, warm your bones in an outdoor hot tub, relax by a crackling fire and enjoy the amazing beauty of high alpine New Mexico. From quaint cabins and chalets to slopeside condos or comfy bed and breakfasts.||View Lodging choices here|
Grab a Bite
|Taos Ski Valley has many dining options from casual pizza, to full service aprés-ski meals, fondue nights at The Bavarian, or relaxed family restaurants. Grab a green chile cheeseburger, refuel on local, grass-fed steaks or spice things up with the famous New Mexico green and red chile enchiladas.||View Dining options here|
Function to Fashion
|The Village of Taos Ski Valley boasts five specialty ski shops with highly-trained ski technicians to help you buy or rent equipment. One-of-a-kind gifts, local jewelry, fine art, and warm woolen apparel can all be found in our base area. Stock your condo with groceries and margarita fixings from our local market.||View Shopping here|
Directions from Taos to Taos Ski Valley
Just 19 miles from the Town of Taos
|Travel north on US 64/Paseo Del Pueblo Norte until you reach the stoplight intersection of US 64/NM 522/NM 150. Turn right onto NM 150. Passing through the tiny town of Arroyo Seco, stay on NM 150, which takes you to the ski area parking lots.||Click image to enlarge or click here for detailed driving directions|