Visitor reviews for Taos Ski Resort
May 01, 2012
seth brown from United States
Taos, where skiing is still a sport, not a service. Bring your testosterone. There is no better advanced skiing on the planet, period. The intermediate stuff is pretty darn good too. Small by mega area standards, the variety is matched no where...every run has a different feel. This isn't a place to hang, see, or be seen...Mtn men and women only need apply. For you easterners, think Mad River Glenn/Stowe with real snow..For you Euros, think St Anton in the trees. The bonus is the ambience of northern NM. 1 hr north of Sante Fe...it makes for a great vacation. If you're a decent intermediate, you'll have a great time too. This is the antithesis of Vail and Aspen (attitude).
My memories here run deep...if you're a skier, don't miss this place.
Overall: 3.4. Based on 3 votes and 8 reviews. Vote
(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Taos.
Public Transport: 1.5
(1) There are no buses or taxis to Taos, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(1) No places to stay in/near Taos, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.
Cheap Rooms: 3.0
(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.
Luxury Hotels: 3.5
(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Taos.
Ski in/Ski out: 5.0
(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.
(1) There are no child care facilities at Taos, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.
(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Taos is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.
(1) Taos relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.
Snow Grooming: 3.5
(1) There are no snow groomers at Taos, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Taos are groomed daily.
(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Taos is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.
Nearby options: 2.0
(1) If snow conditions are poor at Taos, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.
Regional rating: 5.0
(1) Taos usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.
Lift Staff: 4.0
(1) The staff at Taos are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Taos are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.
(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.
Ski Schools: 4.5
(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.
Hire and Repairs: 4.0
(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.
Variety of pistes: 5.0
(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Taos has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.
(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Taos, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.
Snow Park: 1.5
(1) Not even a kicker at Taos, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.
(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.
(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Taos, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.
(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Taos has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.
Mountain Dining: 2.0
(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.
(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.
(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.
Other Sports: 1.0
(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.
(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.
Winter Walks: 1.0
(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.
Ski Pass Value: 4.5
(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.
Value (National): 4.5
(1) Overall, Taos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.
Value (Global): 4.5
(1) Overall, Taos is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.
January 15, 2010
Chris F from United States
Taos is a fantastic mountain for intermediate to expert skiers. Double blacks will want to hike the ridge when it's open.
They do have a good ski school, but in my experience it isn't really a beginners mountain. The green trails are normally narrow traverses that tend to rattle beginners because there is little room to maneuvre & the more advanced skiers are typically flying by all around them.
The town of Taos is small & quiet. The food is great but not Mexican per se. Be ready for New Mexican food, covered in red or green chile sauce. Get a red chile breakfast burrito somewhere before you head out, there's no better breakfast for a day of skiing!
January 07, 2010
jonathan from United States
They DO allow snowboarders at Taos.
November 23, 2008
mark from United Kingdom
A perfect time capsule offering a glimpse of European architectural charm and culture and yet without the appalling hillside manners so often experienced in Euro resorts. The skiing is second to none and the queues non existent compared to other resorts claiming comparable skiing quality. Snowboarders just got their first full season but the long term plan appears to be to give them their own mountain in the longer term as the needs and demands of both sets are different. I've skied here on and off since 1983...and it is still one of my favourites.
March 18, 2008
John from United States
Taos has gone the way of most ski resorts and now allows SNOWBOARDING. They have realized (like all but 3 resorts now) that the majority of future spenders are snowboarders. I enjoyed skiing Taos many years ago and can't wait to snowboard there as well !!
December 27, 2007
Ryan from United Kingdom
Skiers only.. sounds great fun.
No snowboarders and that's why everyone went to whistler.
Ma bro is a skier and even he hates there being no snowboarders.....
STAY AWAY FROM TAOS unless you're a poacher hehehe
December 20, 2006
bryan spiegel from United Kingdom
Best ski resort around. If you like sunshine dry snow high altitude, steep and deep. THIS IS IT. Than the food..real Mexican fare at its best! Im not talking texmex. Best of all...they do NOT ALLOW SNOWBOARDERS AT TAOS AND NEVER WILL. So if you skier this is as good as it gets. Low speed lifts are a blessing here. You would be crippled to crank in 30,000 vertical here. For more info check out my site www.shot2focus.com I recommend TAOS to real skiers who want to leave the fashion show at home along with your platinum card. Whistler is the exact opposite and in my opinion can't touch this place. Enough said just go there.
February 03, 2006
Marla from United States
Best skiing in New Mexico! No waiting for lifts, fantastic ski school and people are friendly. Can't wait for the mega snowfall in February! Hope to be there!