Taos Ski Valley-USA


Taos Ski Valley: Discover the Snow


The history of Taos Ski Valley is as interesting as the region itself. It began with a vision that a certain immigrant from Germany by the name of Ernie Blake had back in 1954. He is the one who is credited for materializing a passionate vision of ingenuity and heart.

The Taos Valley as a whole is located right in the Sangre De Cristo which is further located in the northern section of New Mexico. When it comes to the composition of the region you can find numerous affiliations to a Europeanized ski destinations. Furthermore, the region is also rich in a unique combination of Native American and Spanish cultures. You can find evidences of that in their food, mannerisms of local folks and traditions.

The Taos Ski Valley is nothing less than a paradise for a snow lover. Powder particularly that is found here carries a light dry composition and the trails & runs around in this area have steep chutes, big bums, cornices, tree glades and indictable lift lines. With over 1,300 acres of skiable terrain and 300 inches of average snowfall each year your ski trip or vacation cannot get any better than this. Also the snow-sports school in operation at Taos Ski Valley carries the highest ratings in the entire country.

Taos Ski Valley is in-fact most popular for its intermediate and advanced mountain runs. If you are looking for virgin powder turns then the ideal place to being would be the Kachina Peak. The mountain itself is about 12,500 feet in height and its terrains is regarded to be among the finest in the country.

About the Mountain


Taos Ski Valley Statistics


Base Elevation: 9207 feet

Summit Elevation: 12481 feet

Vertical Drop: 3274 feet



The heart and soul of a ski and snowboarding destination resides in and on the very mountain where it is located.

You will find here about 15 lifts, 110 runs which have been listed below, a beautiful terrain ski park and almost 1300 acres of skiable terrain. If you hold any familiarity with ski resorts then you sure can estimate the grand scale and volume which Taos Ski Valley represents.

Following are the runs that are located on the lower front side of the mountain:

  • BAMBI GLADE
  • RUEGGLI BEGINNER’S HILL
  • HIGH FIVE
  • PIONEER BEGINNER’S AREA
  • STRAWBERRY HILL
  • WHITEFEATHER BOWL
  • WHITEFEATHER
  • DON’T TELL
  • FIRLEFANZ
  • LOWER STAUFFENBERG
  • MUCHO GUSTO
  • PORCUPINE
  • POWDERHORN
  • POWDERHORN BOWL
  • POWDERHORN GULLY
  • WHITEFEATHER GULLY
  • WILLY TELL
  • AL’S RUN
  • EDELWEISS
  • EDELWEISS GLADE
  • EDELWEISS GULLY
  • INFERNO
  • LOWER INFERNO
  • PSYCHO PATH
  • RASPBERRY HILL
  • RHODA’S
  • SHOWDOWN
  • SNAKEDANCE
  • SPENCER’S BOWL
  • TELL GLADE
  • TELL TREES
  • WAYNE ABBEY
  • ERNIE’S RUN
  • JEAN’S GLADE
  • NORTH AMERICAN

Similarly, if you move towards the upper front side of the mountain then you can access the following runs:



  • BONANZA
  • JESS’S RUN
  • BAMBI
  • LOWER BLITZ
  • UPPER POWDERHORN
  • BLITZ
  • LOWER REFORMA
  • POCO GUSTO
  • REFORMA
  • UPPER CASTOR
  • ZAGAVA
  • WEST BASIN
  • BLITZ TREES
  • LORELEI TREES
  • CASTOR
  • LONGHORN
  • PIERRE’S RUN
  • PIPELINE
  • POLLUX
  • SIR ARNOLD LUNN
  • WERNER CHUTE
  • WINSTON

Finally, the mentioned below runs can be accessed if you head towards the back side of the mountain:

  • EASY TRIP
  • HONEYSUCKLE
  • JAPANESE FLAG
  • LOWER PATTON
  • LOWER TOTEMOFF
  • MIDDLE PATTON
  • RUBEZAHL
  • WINKELREID
  • BABY BEAR
  • LONE STAR
  • MAXIE’S TERRAIN PARK
  • SHALAKO
  • UPPER PATTON
  • UPPER TOTEMOFF
  • TOP-A-PAPA
  • BOB’S RUN
  • EL FUNKO
  • HIGH NOON
  • HUNZIKER BOWL
  • MOE’S
  • PAPA BEAR
  • RUBEZAHL GULLY
  • STAUB
  • STREET CAR
  • WALKYRIES
  • WALKYRIES BOWL
  • ASH POND
  • WALKYRIES CHUTE

Likewise, mentioned below are the highline ridges:

  • BILLY SOL
  • CABIN CHUTE
  • CORNER CHUTE
  • HILDAGO
  • HUNZIKER MAIN
  • JUAREZ
  • KACHINA #1
  • KACHINA #2
  • KACHINA #3
  • LIFT SHACK CHUTE
  • MAIN STREET
  • NIÑOS HEROS
  • TRESKOW
  • TWIN TREES CHUTE
  • TWO BUCKS

And, lastly, the ridges in the west area are mentioned below:

  • FABIAN
  • FIFTH CHUTE – ZDARSKI
  • HIGH SOMEWHERE
  • OSTER
  • SPITFIRE
  • ST. BERNARD
  • STAUFFENBERG
  • THUNDERBIRD
  • WEST BLITZ TREES
  • WILD WEST GLADE
  • WONDER BOWL

The Terrain Park


The terrain park at Taos Ski Valley goes by the name of – Maxie’s Terrain Park. Terrain parks are usually elaborate and perfect spaces where you can recalibrate your skiing techniques and styles before you head to the slopes. They are also useful for your children and basically to begin your skiing or snowboarding journeys. Maxie’s Terrain Park is everything mentioned above and much more. It is a freestyle terrain park and thus is enjoyable to individuals of varied skill sets. Now, due to this liberal environment, people tend to go overboard however, it must be kept in mind that safety is the primary concern. No matter where you are in the resort area taking precautionary measures and more importantly being aware of your own environment has to be on the priority list. For this purpose, the National Ski Area Association’s Smart Style safety tips must be followed.

More about the Lifts



There are 15 lifts in total at Taos Ski Valley and their ticketing prices are as follows:

Adults (Between the ages of 18 and 64): These guys will have to pay in terms of the following configuration:

o    Regular (For 1 day): $98

o    Regular (For 2 or more days): $94 (Charges applicable on a daily basis)

o    Novice Lift Tickets: $43 (You will only be given access to beginners lifts only)

o    Value Season: $75

Teens (Between the ages of 13 and 17):These guys will have to pay in terms of the following configuration:

o    Regular (For 1 day): $81

o    Regular (For 2 or more days): $78 (Charges applicable on a daily basis)

o    Novice Lift Tickets: $43 (You will only be given access to beginners lifts only)

o    Value Season: $59

Child (Between the ages of 7 and 12):These guys will have to pay in terms of the following configuration:

o    Regular (For 1 day): $61

o    Regular (For 2 or more days): $58 (Charges applicable on a daily basis)

o    Novice Lift Tickets: $43 (You will only be given access to beginners lifts only)

o    Value Season: $54

Seniors (Between the ages of 65 and 75): These guys will have to pay in terms of the following configuration:

o    Regular (For 1 day): $81

o    Regular (For 2 or more days): $78 (Charges applicable on a daily basis)

o    Novice Lift Tickets: $43 (You will only be given access to beginners lifts only)

o    Value Season: $59

Super seniors (Over the ages of 80): For you strong hearted daredevils skiing is absolutely for free at Taos Ski Valley.

Others: Now, the military personnel quality for a $350 worth of season pass. Also, personnel who are on either on active duty or belong to the reserve and retired military – for them lift tickets are pegged at $75.Thirdly, children who are below the heights of 6 feet, these guys can also ski for free but only along their parents

Snow School and Snowy lessons



There are numerous opportunities for people of all skill levels to improve upon their traits and techniques. Now, you can read the description below to understand the various offerings at the ski area.

Private Lessons: These are some of the most unique plans that you will find at the Ernie Blake snow-sports school in Taos Ski Valley. It is important that you make early reservations because the number of instructors enrolled is limited. For these private, personal, customizable and indeed affordable lessons you will have to pay the following rates:

o    Full day: $700

o    Half day: $450

o    PM half day: $300

o    8 AM first track: $110

Snow-sports week: The classic ski week is usually observed between the 11th of December and 2nd April. As per these programs the school hosts 6 consecutive lessons of 2 hours each. These lessons begin on Sundays and conclude on the Friday. The charges that you will have to pay are as follows:

o    Classic Snow-sports week: $185

o    Private request snow-sports week: $1050

o    Holiday snow-sports weeks: $250

o    Super Snow-sports Week: $450

o    Race Week: $300

o    Teen Week: $185

o    Holiday Teen Week: $250

o    Women’s Snow-sports Week: $185

o    Tele Week: $185

o    1st Experience: $625


Indeed one of the prerequisites to these programs is that you make early reservations because of the seats being in limited number for each of them. Secondly and more importantly the Ernie Blake Snow-sports school at Taos Ski Valley is a great opportunity to leave aside all those preconceived restrictions that you have tied yourselves in and finally, letting yourselves free. It is bound to be an exhilarating experience unlike any other. The whole idea behind the Snow-sports week is just the same. Visitors who come and join in for the first time they leave with not only brilliant experiences but also with a skill well learned. The snow-sports school also provides you with top notch teachers who are well qualified and are acclimatized in the very new nuanced teaching methodology that is followed here.



Adults lessons: People between the age groups of 18 and 64 can follow the following rates –

o    The First Experience: $140 (You will be taken on the beginner’s hills along with lifts and also be provided with the AM and PM lessons while at the same time getting discounted rental rates. Now to access this service you will have to pay $140.

o    Two Day: For a two day deal including everything as above will cost you about $210.

o    Half day: It will cost you $110.

o    Novice Package: It will cost you $140 and it will provide you access to Easy Greens Lift, one AM or one PM lesson along with rentals.

o    Class Lessons: It will cost you $70 and you will have access to the Mtn. Green Level and the area above it as well and AM or PM access.

o    3 Class Package: It will cost you $175.

o    Guide Season: It will cost you $70 while giving you access to Mogul and various hikes to terrain and AM or PM.

Lessons for Children: The charges for children are as follows –

o    Full day: $175

o    Half day: $130

o    Full day multi day: $160

o    Half day multi day: $130

o    Full day (kids snow-sorts week): $960

o    Half day (kids snow-sorts week): $675

o    Rentals only: $25 for skis and $35 for snowboard

o    Full day (lessons): $130

o    Half day (lessons): $95

Adaptive program: The charges for the adaptive program are as follows –

o    2 hours: For the regular season it will cost you $95 whereas the charges during the holiday season are $150.

o    Half day: For the regular season it will cost you $140 whereas the charges during the holiday season are $225.

o    Full day: For the regular season it will cost you $225 whereas the charges during the holiday season are $450.

Snow-sports camp: The charges are as follows –

o    Snowboard: $160

o    Steeps or Bumps: $160

o    Tele: $160

All the Exploration

Who says that there is nothing remaining in the world which is exploration worthy?They sure have no idea because they clearly must not have come to Taos Ski Valley. Moreover, the snow itself and the sheer warmth joyous feelings that are created in the form of experiences and memories during the season of winter is unique and more so special more than anything else.

Here at Taos Ski Valley area there are mountains, there are the cold yet comforting wind and pure white snow. Furthermore, the gracious hospitality of Taos constituting a familial environment acts as a familiar and comforting space. Take for instance the West Basin Ridge. It is here that you will some of the steepest chutes, chokes and wait for the cherry on top – the rock bands. All it takes is a short enough hike beginning from the top of Lift number 2 and you will have access to numerous runs. Truly enough you will have a multitude of options to choose from, take for example – Stauffenberg and Zdarsky along with the wildest of the Wild West Glades. There is something for everyone.

Then there is also the Highline Ridge which is indeed steep and deep, and made to skyrocket your adrenalin levels. Beginning from the bumpy steeps of Juarez your journey continues through the long chutes of the Twin Trees or you could also go skiing through Trescow. Highline is definitely the place to be. This entire route is also accessible if you take up a moderate hike which again begins right at the top of the Lift number 2 and number 7 A. The Highline Ridge is indeed the place to be and apart from the adrenaline pumping terrain you towards the end sure feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of snow, it is nearly endless as compared to anything else. During certain days your day also becomes perfect if you site a Taos Bluebird.

Kachina Peak – it has often been described as the crowning jewel of the Taos Ski Valley. Well, truly indeed, this peak is at an elevation of 12,481 feet making it quite tall yes, but also taller than Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range itself. The summit of Kachina Peak is definitely a matter of legends. Being here is more than being a mere delight – the panoramic view that you witness is not something that you can get from another point in the region. Additionally, there are inbound skiing facilities and historically also the area holds considerable relevance. Back in the day, this hike used to take up nearly 45 minutes but it is today covered in just 5 minutes because of the KachinaPeak Lift. However, if you are enthusiastic enough you can very well take up the hike. Furthermore, will on the terrain you might also be interested in the Dahl-Bredines – it is a rocky face littered with billy-goat lines and big drops. Here you will also find the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep – they can be quite shy and aggressive as well. They are magnificent creatures so if you spot one of them make sure that you click photographs.

Safety measures

Considering the various threats and dangers which one can face at the skiing area, Taos Ski Valley has come up with the following points which you are required to maintain:

Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.

Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.

Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Also, the slopes here are prone to avalanches so be cautious and wary of alarms.

Miscellaneous information

Apart from the other popular means of travelling to the ski area taking a flight seems to be the most common medium. Next, comes the problem of travelling from the airport to Taos Ski Valley, how does one do that? Well, Taos Transportation is here to your rescue. They offer multiple trips going to and fro on a daily basis. It is not only extremely convenient but also is safe and definitely the easiest of them all. Further, this trip usually lasts for 2 hours so you are also required to make your reservations accordingly, allowing enough time for the Airport Shuttle to accommodate you. You can have a look below to get to know the timings of these shuttles:

7:30am & 11:30am – Depart Taos Ski valley

8:00am & 12:00pm – Depart Town of Taos

12:30pm & 3:30pm – Depart ABQ Sunport Airport

1:45pm & 4:45pm – Depart Santa Fe Airport

Furthermore, the following are the rates at which these shuttles operate:

One way (per individual): For the service between Taos, the Taos Ski Valley and Albuquerque Sunport Airport you will have to pay $67. Whereas, for the service between Taos, Taos Ski Valley and Santa Fe Municipal Airport you will have to pay $50.

Round trip (per individual): For the service between Taos, the Taos Ski Valley and Albuquerque Sunport Airport you will have to pay $125. Whereas, for the service between Taos, Taos Ski Valley and Santa Fe Municipal Airport you will have to pay $100.

You are also offered private charter services which are available for hire throughout the region of Taos County and the nearby area which includes all the airports. They also charge reasonable rates for this purpose and provide comfortable vehicles. Finally, necessary reservations have to be made and you can do that either by dropping an email or giving them a call at (575) 776-2291 X2384

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