Taos Ski Resort, located in northern New Mexico near the Colorado border, is a rare mountain that was created for skiers and not for business. It was founded in 1955 by Ernie and Rhoda Blake with the intention of creating a challenging ski resort that preserves the natural beauty of the mountain putting skiing as its top priority. While the intentions are good, this led to dated lifts and amenities which limited tourists and risked the survival of the resort. To address this problem and help the mountain survey Taos Ski Resort was sold by the founding family to billionaire conservationist Louis Bacon in 2013. The reason the family chose Bacon was because of his commitment to maintaining the original intentions of the mountain while investing into upgrading the mountain with more modern lifts and amenities. Taos Ski Resort will definitely be a mountain to keep an eye on in the next few years.
Taos Ski Resort has 1,294 acres of skiable terrain with 110 trails on a 3,250 foot vertical drop and offers some spectacular views. Kachina Peak stands high above the Sangre de Cristo mountain range at 12,481 feet. The ski area has a great mix of terrain for skiers of all ability and it has one of the country’s highest rated ski schools. Taos Ski Resort is known for some of the most challenging trails in the country. With 51% of the runs being advanced, you get an amazing array of steeps, bumps, trees, chutes, alpine bowls and hike-to terrain making it an ideal place for hard-core skiers. Taos Ski Resort is also a powder lover’s paradise and is known for having light dry powder.
Even though there are a number of nice restaurants and bars, Taos Ski Resort is not a resort you go to for night life, shopping, or restaurants. Some of that will slightly change with new ownership. Taos Ski Resort is about a three-hour drive from the Albuquerque airport and is a little out of the way. But, sometimes that is a good thing for those wanting to truly get away from the crowds and have short to no lift lines. You will find the area to be friendly and laid back.
Taos Ski Resort Notable Trails:
- Al`s Run
- Kachina Peak
- Corner Chute
Taos Ski Resort Tip:
- If you can, try the famous TSV Ski Week