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“Great in the summer too”
Review of Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley
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Owner description: Located at the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains in Northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is a world famous destination for riders and skiers of all ability levels. Taos is primarily know for its steeps but offers beginner & intermediate trails off the top of every single chair lift. For the advanced to expert skier/rider Taos offers some of the most challenging and varied terrain in the country, especially off its hike to ridges. The family vibe is also embodied in the quaint village of Taos Ski Valley. Not overdeveloped the resort offers a simple night life, lots of dining options, with everything in close proximity. If you are looking for more than skiing/riding check out the historic town of Taos just 18 miles down the road for a true vacation destination.
Reviewed 19 August 2014

A lot of camping in the area. Great summer visit! Beware mon - fri there is massive construction ongoing. But the people and the scenery were amazing. We will be coming back.

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Reviewed 29 July 2014

As the guidebook says, you're only looking at one thirtieth of the ski area.
This is probably my second favorite ski area in the U.S. (Sun Valley is No. 1).
The downsides are you'll pretty much have to stay in nearby Taos, but it' a very cool town. At the end of the drive from Taos is TSV (Taos Ski Valley), started in the early 1950's. Look to the right and park where indicated...in a very large lot (that can be icy or snowbound at the end of the day) A shuttle will soon take you to a very closeby base area. Climb the steps, but a lift ticket and bear left to the aforementioned Al's run. There are all levels of skiing at TSV, but my ski club was often fond of joking that a green anywhere else was a blue here, and a blue was a black, etc. It's not entirely a joke.

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Reviewed 26 July 2014

I spent two weeks in the Taos Ski Valley for a professional conference - not for skiing. For the summer visitor: the Black Diamond Coffee counter is open and was the only source of good coffee I was able to find. The ski lift runs most days (weather permitting) and is quite the thrill if you've never ridden one back down the hill. Big Al's horse-rides is an affordable and enjoyable diversion. And that's it. There's two shops open where you might buy clothes or postcards, and a tiny 'convenience' store that sells wine and a few almost-outdated canned goods. There's a couple of restaurants open during the summer (I tried one and found it good, but overpriced) and if you want groceries of any kind it's a long drive down a narrow, winding road to tiny Arroyo Seco where they have a single (expensive) grocery store (with a very limited selection), or a longer drive still into Taos. I enjoyed my stay and found it was the perfect spot for a 2-week workshop because there was so little to do, tourist-wise, that everyone got a lot of work done. If you're attending or hosting a multi-day seminar, this is the perfect location to keep a captive audience. If you're a summer tourist with a family to keep entertained, staying down in Taos is probably a better idea (especially given the higher elevation in the valley - stay in Taos, and then drive up to try the ski lift or horseback rides). I did enjoy the place, but I would only recommend a day or afternoon's visit to the summer, fun-seeking tourist.

Thank K_P_Hornsby
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Nothing beats the charm of New Mexico and Taos Ski Valley is no exception. The mountain is superb and the powder snow is absolutely heavenly. The skiing is world class with over 100 trails for varying degrees of experience. I really enjoy that a good amount of the trails are several miles long, which makes for a great run. The real hidden gem here is the Staff! We have been coming to Taos for 8 years in a row and the friendly, welcoming staff always makes it a first class operation. It's not "commercial" like Aspen or Lake Tahoe and that's what makes it so nice. You can't beat the charm and the friendliness of Taos! Just beware of the altitude, it's "high & dry" there at well over 10,000 feet. Stay hydrated and well fed. Carry water and snacks along the way, you'll have plenty of time to fuel up on the 15 minute trip up the main quad lift. Many great deals to be had here, look on their website. Stay on the mountain if you have the opportunity, you won't be disappointed and the price is right too.

Thank SauceBoss
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Reviewed 29 June 2014

We found our way to Taos Ski Valley from Taos. I say that becaue when I called the number to find out what we could do there in the summer, they were kinda clueless. There seemed to be a lot of construction going on in the valley. The lift was not in service that day. We did get hold of one person who said to go up the mountain to the Bavarian restaurant and try the hike to the lake. Well that proved to be wonderful advice - it is a great moderate hike and well worth the hour up and hour back. But do it all before about 2pm when rain clouds roll in. So it's a great place, but just get your info to visitor clearer.

Thank Karen B
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