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Taos Ski Valley

In the winter, skiing and snowboarding is only 18 miles away from the town of Taos with day and evening shuttles that connect the town to the mountain. Many people opt to stay in the high-desert town, not only to save money but also to enjoy all the diversity it has to offer. However, for those that want to be based at a mountain resort, Taos Ski Valley is a continental freestyle ski resort that offers all the services needed for a complete ski vacation.

European Feel in the Southwest

Taos Ski Valley is situated in a huge basin and looks a bit like the Alps, because it is blanketed by an average of 325 inches of snowfall per year. The ski area was founded in 1955 by Ernie Blake, a Swiss native, along with his wife Rhoda and friend Pete Totemoff. They operated the area for six decades until it was bought by an investor, and the owner strives to maintain the resort's European heritage and family feel. Although known for it’s challenging terrain like the impressive Al’s Run, to the famed 12,480-foot Kachina Peak, Taos offers a gentler side with plenty of skiing and riding for all levels and abilities. The peak is accessible from a new triple-seater fixed grip chair that summits in five minutes flat, and opens up the chutes and bowls of the San de Cristo mountains.  The ski area also offers attractive stay and ski packages, as well as one of the best ski schools in the land. Even expert skiers who wouldn’t dare take classes elsewhere return year after year to the Ernie Blake Ski School. Learn more about the area with Ski Experience and Snowboarding Zone.

Off the Slopes

The historic town of Taos and the surrounding area is known as an artistic and culinary region that will delight your entire family. Taos is a multicultural mix of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo. These cultures have combined to create a unique Southwestern style that has inspired writers, builders, and artist for generations. This colorful town sits on a high desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and is filled with shops, galleries, lodging options, restaurants, and activities that combine to offer year-round vacation options.

Getting Here

There are connecting flights from all over the United States into Albuquerque New Mexico International Airport. In addition, there are municipal airports in Taos and Santa Fe.  You can rent a car from the airports, catch a bus or van shuttle service. Driving distance from Albuquerque is approximately 132 miles averaging about three hours, and from Denver the drive is about a five hour, 280-mile drive.The city of Taos is only 20 minute drive and the city provides shuttle service to and from the ski area.

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