The most familiar attraction and the highly popular recreational activity here is snow play. Taos is within a one to two hour’s drive from several ski and snowboard areas. From Angel Fire resort to the east to Sipapu to the south, and farther south Santa Fe Ski Area, snowboarding and skiing alike, along with other snow play such as snowmobiling, sledding and snow shoeing are long welcome at these areas. On up north, there is Wolf Creek in Colorado and Red River Ski Area. Stay tuned for what is to become of Ski Rio! Pavel Lukes of this very Dreamcatcher Real Estate brokered its purchase by a group of international investors who promise to breathe new live into the long-inactive alpine ski area.
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Taos Ski Valley
Then certainly there is our beloved Taos Ski Valley, just 20 miles from the historic plaza. Relished by locals and visitors alike, Taos Ski Valley is home to the #1 Ski School in the country and is rated as 51% Expert. This is also what gives recognition to a favorite phrase “TAOS – A four letter word for STEEP”. The doors and the lifts opened to snowboarders for the first time ever just before Easter 2008. And close to the base of the mountain are several hiking trails that are loved by many for pristine show shoeing in the quietude of the surrounding national forest.
The ski experience itself at TSV is rivaled by none. From the base of the area, an observer sees a mere 30% of the overall terrain. Once up-top, what is known as ‘the back side’ boasts trails for all but the most beginning levels of skill, with easy access to a plethora of intermediate trails. Access to the lifts is provided by a season pass, a punch card or day-tickets. Visit www.skitaos.org or www.taosskivalley.com for the weather report, conditions, rates, times and other calendar events.
Angel Fire is located in Moreno Valley in Colfax County, New Mexico, 23 miles east of Taos via US Hwy 64. Visit the Angel Fire website for more information.
Backcountry skiing is also popular. To the west is an area known as The Brazos. Drive out past Tres Piedras (get directions first!) park the car, strap on boards and GO! Read on to hear mention of another astonishing wilderness known as the Valle Vidal.
by Karen Karey