Taos Ski Valley

Post Office Box 90, Taos Ski Valley , NM (Driving Directions to Taos Ski Valley)
Last Updated: 10/26/2016 2:11 AM

Taos Ski Valley Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 14 Beginner
  • 17 Intermediate
  • 34 Advanced
  • 22 Expert
Taos Ski Valley blends Swiss/French/Austrian founders' roots with the traditions and customs of the local Hispanic and Pueblo Indian cultures and comes up with something unique and almost magical. Home of extreme skiing in the U.S., Taos' terrain was first tamed by founder Ernie Blake. But, it is not just a resort for experts, having loads of beginner and intermediate ... runs, and one of the nation's best ski schools. It also has an excellent children's day care and ski facility, some superb lodges, and beautiful scenery. Its hike-to terrain is world-famous, but don't come to party all night - most people are too tired after a day on the slopes to rock 'n' roll after sunset, though the venerable charms of the Hotel St. Bernard's bar always await.

Taos used to be skiers' only, but no more. Snowboarders are welcome.
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Taos Ski Valley Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Taos Ski Valley Operations


Plan to Open 11/24

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 15

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 110

Weekend Hours


Taos Ski Valley Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

9,200 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

3,250 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

12,450 ft

Taos Ski Valley Ski Pictures and Photos

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Taos Ski Valley Trail Map

Taos Ski Valley Reviews & Tips (30)

To experience the essence of Taos, the best way to go is the Ski Week at the St Bernard. The Ski Week includes Lifts, Lodging, Meals and 6 morning lessons. The owner is a living legend appreciated by Freeride Comp 20-somethings and we slightly older parents. Snow in the Southern Rockies is variable so watch the long-range forecasts and fine tune your plans. Check with the locals and ask the Ski Patrol/Teachers where to start your day and how to progress to catch the sun and changing snow conditions. In a good snow year you will experience some of the best Tree, Bump, Extreme and Powder skiing you can find. I have skied Taos and elsewhere for 42 years and there are few (if any) Mtns any tougher on average. There is plenty for the good intermediate and their ski school has been top-rated for kids since forever! There are more economical ways to do Taos than the ski week with many economical options in Town. Le Ski Mastery is the best for performance/Demo rentals and the folks at Boot Doctors are the best at advanced fit and footbeds. Tim's Stray Dog Cantina good spot for moderate food prices and good regional fare. It should be on your Ski Bucket List.
Taos Ski Valley review written Apr 05 2016 - 08:17 PM
LDykes Advanced Skier
If you're looking to ski the Peak, check wind conditions before you go, they close the Kachina Peak chair quickly...
Taos Ski Valley review written Apr 01 2016 - 10:55 AM
Johnnytaos Advanced Skier
We had a fantastic 3 days of spring skiing 3/2 - 3/4/2016. My fiancé is an intermediate skier and had plenty to keep busy with, while the steep chutes, trees and bumps appeal to the Mad River skier in me. Whoever complained about the dust in these comments, all I can say is: WELCOME TO THE DESERT! Also, if you are truly an advanced skier you'll know that not all obstacles are marked. This is my 3rd time skiing at TSV and I wish I could transport there tomorrow. While TAOS truly is a 4-letter word for STEEP, there is no shortage of long green & blue runs. Awesome food in the area too: Stray Dog Cantina, Guadalajara Grill, Orlando's New Mexican Cafe and 5-Star Burger are all superb and affordable.
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 10 2016 - 01:13 PM
Brian Aust (Midstation Singlechair) Advanced Skier
You can bypass the main lodge hustle and bustle by accessing slopes through the Childrens Center. They have lockers, restrooms, and lift 20 yards away. It wasn't busy so felt not bad accessing slope through kiddy land. Skiing was awesome. Very challenging.
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 03 2016 - 06:40 AM
CMcDermott Intermediate Skier
I've been to just about every major ski resort in the Rockies. First trip to New Mexico. Will definitely be the last. The accommodations were great. The air quality was disappointing. Very dry and dusty. The skiing was good. The best runs were closed and there were a lot of dangerous obstacles protruding through the snow that weren't marked on all run levels. Wouldn't recommend taking a new or novice skier there. Saw a disturbing number of skiers taken off the mountain by the ski patrol medics. Over looking all this I guess it was a learning lesson. Liftopia did an excellent job with reservations, tickets, and equipment rentals for the people in my party that needed rentals.
Taos Ski Valley review written Feb 27 2016 - 04:51 PM
James Advanced Skier
The new Chair to the Kachina Peak summit is a great addition. It sevices black/double black terrain, and really improves the overall experience @ Taos. Kudos to the new management... Taos is a great Mountain and is improving further!
Taos Ski Valley review written Feb 15 2016 - 10:17 AM
ELurie Advanced Skier
WONDERFUL place to ski. Perfect family trip with hubby and I loving all the great Blue runs and our teenagers preferring those super long Greens. It is so great they have a shuttle taking everyone from entrance to their car lot. Perfect snow week between Christmas and New Years. The lines are minimal to none. Chairlifts #2, #7 and #8 offer so much variety of skiing. Enough to challenge anyone. Food was good and well priced at the lodges. Only 30 minute drive into town of Taos with great restaurants and plenty of options for hotels. Bought lift tickets online to save 10% and same with ski rentals for our teens (Cottams was a fantastic rental place). This Taos town and Ski Vally are places to visit again and again.
Taos Ski Valley review written Dec 31 2015 - 03:21 PM
CMiller-Gray Intermediate Skier
Get your first runs on the backside for a warm up. Take chair 1 to chair 2 and then off the back to chair 7. Got this tip from a semi-local and we got first chair on lift 7. The greens and blues are perfect warm ups. I was there last week and they had 22 inches of new right before I got there. We screamed up and down the groomers for a couple of hours with ZERO wait at the lift. Awesome place to ski!
Taos Ski Valley review written Dec 21 2015 - 07:27 AM
TJarvis Intermediate Skier
Afrojive are you kidding me? Really? I can name 10 bad things to say about this place: 1) They don't have women skiing in bikini's serving complimentary champagne all over the mountain 2) They're not open in August 3) Lift tickets are not free 4) There is more than likely a mountain yet to be discovered somewhere in the universe that has better tree skiing 5) Tiny leprechauns aren't throwing gold coins at you whilst you ski 6) There is not a chairlift from my front door in Arizona to the top of Kachina Peak 7) It's impossible to see anything on the mountain if you're skiing at 1am 8) They don't have any quadruple black diamond runs 9) Al's run is short and doesn't have any moguls 10) I'm not there right now Folks he's right, this mountain is one of the best mountains around (and sorry for flagging your review Afrojive, I thought it was a "like" button at first). I've skied nearly every major mountain in the western US and many small ones as well and this is my favorite after Jackson Hole. Pound for pound it's the the steepest/most technical mountain out there with amazing tree skiing. I always love a return to Taos. In all seriousness my only complaint would be that there are no high speed chairs - I have to travel to ski so when I'm there I want to get my money's worth so I hate waiting in chairs. But the lift ticket prices are cheap considering what you're getting - I would think it still would have one of the best $/vertical feet you can ski in a day if there was such a metric. I've always described Taos as a "cliff" because of it's steeps and so the only other thing I can say that would be construed as negative is that it's really a mountain that needs a ton of snow so you can ski it comfortably without worrying about hitting rocks - but this is not really a negative as this is true with any steep mountain. I LOVE TAOS!
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 25 2015 - 10:19 AM
Philbar Advanced Skier
Say one bad thing about this place. I dare you.
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 22 2013 - 03:52 PM
Afrojive Advanced Snowboarder
Be sure to get away from the main lift and try the upper mountain runs. No crowds and great runs. There is something to excite a wide variety of interests and skills on this mountain. Be sure to visit the Bavarian Restaurant for a great meal and a brew.
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 07 2013 - 07:21 PM
Kevin Intermediate Snowboarder
No lines, friendliest ski station ever. A challenging thrilling 4 days, next time we'll go with a pro to hit those scary ridges and chutes.
Taos Ski Valley review written Feb 23 2012 - 03:15 PM
Boccara Intermediate Skier
I went last year and am stoked for an upcoming trip in only 11 days!! Last time there, I experienced three great things! First - the atmosphere was fun and lively Second - very little to NO wait in lift lines (but three lifts were down) and Third - my goPro had fallen off and I was bummed until this cool old dude came by and said "You looking for this?". Turns out, he is a carpenter that built all of the benches at the Bavarian. I took him for a reward beer and he introduced me to some really cool people which made my apres ski fantastic! The terrain park was fun and good for riders/skiers of interm to advanced. Two knuckles on the booters were >20 feet. FUN! See ya in two weeks! Party at the Sierra Del Sol!
Taos Ski Valley review written Jan 24 2012 - 12:37 AM
JCostello Intermediate Snowboarder
The snow was great, Monday was a bit windy but Tuesday was amazing. George one of my instructors helped me make quite a few breakthroughs that will keep me on my board. All staff is super friendly and willing to help.. No lines at all
Taos Ski Valley review written Jan 19 2012 - 04:19 AM
Michele Beginner Snowboarder
One of the toughest mountains to ski, but definitely one of the better skiing atmospheres I've been around. The snow was decent, staff was great and no issues with lifts. Never had to stand in any lines, just ski and ride. We are returning customers, and will return as soon as possible.
Taos Ski Valley review written Jan 14 2012 - 08:24 PM
Luna Intermediate Skier
Just returned the snow is great - NO LINES at all even over Christmas week - Friendly staff - Cheap prices for drinks and food - Lodging in Taos is very reasonable - What more can you ask - Great Skiing and prices that make skiing affordable for a family - You can keep Colorado ( Except Wolf Creek ) and thier RIDICULOUS PRICES and resorts that GOUGE you every chance they get - MY MONEY will stay in NEW MEXICO
Taos Ski Valley review written Jan 01 2012 - 08:30 AM
Mark Intermediate Skier
Me and my wife have just returned from Taos Ski Valley right after Christmas and we hit it perfect. Taos Ski Valley has currently the most snow of all the resorts in the USA. Take advantage of it if you can and go!
Taos Ski Valley review written Dec 28 2011 - 02:08 PM
Patrick Kruegel Advanced Skier
Skied Taos opening day and the snow was already great. Best opening day experience I've had. Since then I see they received over two feet of new snow. Can't wait to go back at Christmas. All the staff is top notch. No wonder their ski school is rated so high. Some of these people have been instructors for over 25 years. Great variety of runs.
Taos Ski Valley review written Dec 19 2011 - 02:13 PM
GParn Intermediate Skier
Incredible snow this season (Skied Dec 18, 2011) with lots coming tonight. Big base and everything is open. As an expert skier this place is fantastic, the variety and steeps are awesome. As for beginers, skiing with my 7 and 9 years olds there is fantastic too, we went all over. Had lunch on the deck of the bavarian - don't miss this. Skiing there is truly a great european skiing experience. No lines, friendly lift ops. Drove back to denver in 4 hours. This is the best kept secret in skiing.
Taos Ski Valley review written Dec 19 2011 - 02:11 PM
Blake Johnson Advanced Skier
Had a great trip last weekend (March 17-20, 2011). Very much a spring skiing experience, so needed the sunscreen. If you are in good shape and a reasonable skier and it's a nice day, hike Kachina Peak (~45 min). The ride down is not as difficult as the hike up. Then head to the Bavarian at the bottom of Lift 4 and order a liter of Spaten Optimator. You are worth it!
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 26 2011 - 08:19 AM
skibattical Advanced Skier
Wish there had been more snow, but you can't have a bad time at TSV. I wish I was on the deck @ the St. Bernard eating a burger right now. Caught a great sale on boots at the BootDoctor (they really work with you to get a great fit). Also, was our 1st time to use Liftopia--worked like a charm.
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 22 2011 - 11:53 AM
SBanks Intermediate Skier
Spring time slush at the bottom but it's 50 F that's expected 3rd time to the mountain great fun. Lift tickets were waiting thanks Liftopia
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 21 2011 - 04:16 PM
DBlakely Intermediate Skier
I had only skied at Taos when there was just man-made snow on 2 runs in early December. What a wonderful mountain. Because this is a la nina year there is not a ton of snow, but the bump runs are still wonderful (and challenging) and the intermediate runs do ski like other areas' expert runs. In an el nino year, with lots of snow, this place would be awesome. And since I've just moved from Chicago to Albuquerque I'll get to find out.
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 02 2011 - 05:54 PM
POostenbrug Advanced Skier
Great time with 11 guys from college...great snow, great mountain, great times at the Bavarian. The steeps are awesome!
Taos Ski Valley review written Feb 28 2011 - 12:34 PM
GGieseler Advanced Skier
It was great!! Very challenging. Enjoyed the many variety of runs.
Taos Ski Valley review written Feb 27 2011 - 02:59 PM
Diana Webb Intermediate Skier
I only ski once a year or so, and I hadn't in over 2 years, so I chose Taos this time, where I first learned to ski way back in the 80's. Taos is great for solid intermediate skiers because their blues are more like most other places' blacks, making them more fun and challenging. Town is great also. Recommend the Chow Cart for breakfast. Also try 5 Star Burgers for dinner. For a real treat, try Graham's Grill. Pricey but worth it.
Taos Ski Valley review written Feb 21 2011 - 08:22 AM
Gabe Michaels Intermediate Skier
The skiing was amazing as we lucked out with 20" over the week. Truly a skiiers mountain. St. Bernard and Rhodas have good food and reasonable prices for lunch/apres. No line ups when we went first week of Feb. Big mountain with small line ups and incredible charm
Taos Ski Valley review written Feb 15 2011 - 09:18 AM
Mostrowski Advanced Skier
Taos is an awesome mountain. NO flat spots! (unless snow is super slow)The employees are helpful and fun. They always made sure my high back on my snowboard binding was folded down to avoid being crushed by the chairlift. This mountain is well groomed where runs should be groomed. No snow is 10 days and still great snow! I WILL BE BACK
Taos Ski Valley review written Jan 25 2011 - 03:53 PM
JAtkins Advanced Snowboarder
Had a wonderful trip to Taos Ski Valley. Can't say enough about the children's ski school. We put our 6 year old in the full-day program for 2 days and she was skiing the bunny slope, as well as getting off the lift by herself at the end of day 2. She LOVED it!!! I would absolutely go back to Taos Ski Valley. The runs are a little harder but still a ton of fun... The mountain employees were all wonderful! Taos Ski Valley is a beautiful town
Taos Ski Valley review written Jan 25 2011 - 08:00 AM
MBurns Intermediate Skier
Great runs, both the harder challenging & easier for the young and/or learning. It's worth the trip in from ABQ, the nearest major airport (2-1/2 hour drive). Lots of great places to stay in Taos, and not too bad of a drive and about 20-30 min drive into the resort, depending on which side of the town you stay on. South side (the side you enter from Albuquerque) being the further away from the resort/mountain entrance. If you don't know, there's fantasic galleries (artwork) around town, and lots of great food to also warm you up (try Michael's Kitchen for breakfast!).
Taos Ski Valley review written Mar 11 2009 - 02:32 PM
DDavis Advanced Skier

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