Taos, New Mexico is a beautiful place with a wonderful energy. While many may picture arid yet picturesque western deserts full of buttes and rock formations when they think of New Mexico, Taos is also a wonderful destination for skiing during the winter. Taos New Mexico skiing has something to offer skiers of all ability levels at several ski areas and the 300+ sunny days a year don’t hurt! Taos is near Wheeler Peak, the highest summit in the state, so it’s a prime area for skiing. And with a Select Registry property in town, Taos is a perfect choice for travelers who want to hit the slopes and then retreat into luxury. Read on to find out what you can expect when you head out for some Taos New Mexico skiing.
Taos Ski Valley
Taos Ski Valley is described as a “rugged, authentic, mountain, pioneered by people who put skiing first and all else second.” So, it’s not a typical on-size-fits all ski resort. Taos Ski Valley’s peak is Kachina Peak above the Sangre de Cristo mountain range and is 12,450 high. The ski area has trail features that seasoned skiers will enjoy such as powder shots, steep chutes, big bumps, cornices and glades (tree trails). However, beginners shouldn’t be put off. There are 110 trails and 24% are suitable for beginner, 25% intermediate, and 51% expert.
Red River Ski Area
Red River Ski Area has a base elevation of 8,750 feet with a vertical drop of 1,600 feet. There are 57 named trails of beginner, intermediate, and expert difficultly as one glade. Seven lifts take skiers to the trail heads.
Angel Fire Resort
Angel Fire Resort is a large ski area with spacious and uncrowded trails for everyone to enjoy. There are 79 ski runs, three terrain parks, 30 acres of glades, a tubing area at Angel Fire. Most of the trails are intermediate and the terrain parks are also tailored for riders of various skill sets.
Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort
Sipapu is home to the longest ski season in New Mexico that has natural mountain terrain perfect for skiers of all ability levels. This is ideal for those traveling with a group of skiers with varying levels of experience. This laid back, smaller resort has 41 named trails, the majority of which are intermediate level. The resort also has 3 terrain parks for trying out and perfecting tricks.
Hacienda del Sol, the Select Registry property in Taos, is the perfect place to call your home away from home during your Taos New Mexico skiing vacation. This historic bed and breakfast inn is a 200 year old adobe structure that belonged to art patroness Mabel Dodge Luhan who played host to great artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, and D.H. Lawrence. Situated on 1.2 acres, the Inn has beautiful gardens and the picturesque backdrop includes scenic vistas and views of the impressive Toas Mountain. Hacienda del Sol incorporates history, intimate privacy, luxury, and the relaxing and healing energy of Taos into your getaway.
The property’s 11 rooms each have their own distinct character and are furnished with original art, antique hand-crafted furniture, retablos, hand-woven baskets and rugs and more. The luxurious bedding includes southwest quilts handcrafted by local artisans, down comforters and luxury linens. Many rooms have beautiful mountain views, eight have kiva fireplaces, four have private Jacuzzi tubs, and three have steam rooms. Each morning a full sit-down breakfast is served in the dining room. And afternoon tea and refreshments are also offered. The property also has a fitness center onsite. And you can be sure that the gracious service of the innkeepers and staff will make your stay extra-special.