The Best Downhill
of "New Mexico's Best"
facts about Taos remain unchanged," declared Snow Country magazine
in a review of Taos Ski Valley. "The terrain is varied
and often challenging, the sunny weather is a kick, and there
probably isn't a better place in the country to learn to ski.:
it's harder to get to than many other Rocky Mountain venues, Taos
Ski Valley is consistently rated the best downhill ski resort
in New mexico, and one of the best in the entire United States.
The slopes receive an average of 320 inches of white stuff each
winter (plus artificial snow), and there is something for skiers
of every ability.
has quie a few begginer, intermediate and, particularly, expert
runs, plus it's blessed with great snow," says SFAOL contributor
Dan Gibson, who has skied in new Mexico since he was 6 and
writes about the state's skiing for Powder, Ski World, The
New Mexican and other publications. "The ultimate powder skiing
in New Mexico is found off either Highline Ridge or West Basin
Ridge at Taos.
bar and best restaurant are at the Hotel St. Bernard,"
adds Gibson. "It's also my favorite place to stay."
You Go: Lodging, restaurants, childcare and rental equipment
are provided in a comfortable complex at the base of 12,481-foot
Kachina Peak. Taos Ski Valley is surrounded by the Carson National
Forest, 15 miles northeast of the town of Taos via NM 150 (also
called Ski Valley Road). Skiing information: 800-776-1111 or
505-776-2233. For Hotel St. Bernard information:
Mahler is author of "New Mexico's Best" and several other
books. A journalist and photographer as well, he specializes in
travel writing. A longtime resident of New Mexico, he resides
in Santa Fe.
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