Discover a Skiing Gem in New Mexico’s Taos Region
Situated in the northern part of the State of New Mexico, the town of Taos anchors a region which attracts ski enthusiasts from around the world. While Taos may not be a name as recognizable as some famous ski towns, there are ample gifts from nature in the area and an abundance of opportunity rewarding both expert and novice skiers and snow boarders who elect to explore the area, including incredible views and uncrowded, well-groomed slopes.
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Taos vacation rentals and ski packages throughout the North Central Region of New Mexico are considered to be some of the most affordable when considering ski resort accommodations that do not deprive visitors of pampering and luxury. The Taos area has several distinct ski areas – Taos Ski Valley, Red River ski area, and Angel Fire ski area. Other winter sports include snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling. Wheeler Peak at 13,161 feet dominates the area, and is the highest mountain elevation in New Mexico. Ski Magazine rates it the fourth most challenging mountain in North America.
According to New Mexico Magazine, the Taos Ski Valley area has a one to one ratio of expert to beginner/intermediate terrain, and is home to the highest rated ski school in North America. The variety of terrain at Taos Ski Valley attracts ski enthusiasts of all ability levels. The ski area includes a Children’s Center for those new to skiing or working on their skills. The legendary steeps of Taos Ski Valley offer an expert ski experience unmatched at any other New Mexico ski resort. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are also available throughout the surrounding Carson National Forest. Guided snowmobile tours are conducted nearby on private land.
When the snow falls, Red River Ski Area becomes a winter wonderland with excellent skiing and snowboarding as well as an extensive list of related activities. The fun is affordable and accessible. Red River Ski Area offers top notch youth and adult programs for all abilities and budgets. Even expert skiers will find challenging ski trails to hone their skills at one of three terrain parks. For those who don’t want to stop when the lifts close, the ski area offers snow tubing and snowmobile tours.
Angel Fire Resort offers a terrific Rocky Mountain ski and winter activity experience for families, outdoor enthusiasts and groups. Situated at a 8,600-foot elevation that keeps snowfall fresh and dry, Angel Fire features stunning views of the New Mexico countryside. Visitors can choose between skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tubing, Nordic skiing, sleigh rides, snow blades, ice fishing and more. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the resort hosts torchlight parades to celebrate the holidays.
In the town of Taos, there are many excellent restaurants that offer incredible Southwest cuisine, along with charming shops, museums, and more. Taos can be reached by car or by air through Albuquerque, which is served by multiple airlines from Houston. A vacation to the Taos area will delight skiers of all skill levels, and is sure to earn a place on your don’t miss list.