Resort Guide 2018: TAOS SKI VALLEY

Some resorts are manufactured for the masses. Taos is not one of them. Taos Ski Valley is an authentic, year-round mountain destination. Here, boarders survey some of the nest terrain in North America – bone dry powder shots, steep chutes, big bumps, cornices, and glades- Taos has it all. And if heart-stopping terrain is not your thing, you will find miles of groomers to carve up all season long. Check this winter mecca o your list.

Location: TAOS, NM
Vertical Drop: 3,281'
Annual Snowfall: 300"+
Most popular run: Show off your skills under Lift 1 as you try to navigate your way down the famous Al's Run
Ride-able Acres: 1,294
Number of Lifts: 13
Number of Trails: 110
Ticket Prices: $105
Nearest Airport: Santa Fe – 1.5hr drive or Albuquerque – 3hr drive
Aprés: The Martini Tree, 192, The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant
Hotels/Lodging: The Historic Taos Inn or The Blake at Taos Ski Valley
Most popular event(s): Taos Freeride Championships, 10th Anniversary of Snowboarding, Shred the Love
Special season pass offers or discounted lift tickets: Buy early and save with the Value Pass or Zia Pass (ages 18 to 29). Pick up a Taos Card if you're only riding a handful of days.

Lap Lift 7 all day long with easy access to Maxie's Terrain Park. Find a great selection of boxes, rails, jump-lines, spines and more. We've got features for everyone. The crew takes great pride in the ow of the park!

Introducing The Blake, brand-new slopeside digs featuring 80 guest rooms, pool and hot tubs, and ski valet with boot warmers. Hedging our bets and in support of Mother Nature, Taos continues to invest in snowmaking for better early season coverage. Expanded inbounds glading making for increased iconic hike-to-terrain. For those with aspiring groms, there's a completely renovated the beginner area including a new chair lift, pulse gondola and introduction of Terrain Based Learning.

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This feature originally appeared in the October Issue of TransWorld SNOWboarding; subscribe here.