Overall Rating

Taos

Taos4/56
Taos4 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
  • Recommend
    83%
  • Would Revisit
    83%

Taos - Reviews

Taos - Reviews

Ski Nazi outlook by management

Blake Bachman29/11/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    December

Ski Nazi outlook by management

Blake Bachman29/11/2016
Their communication is horrible when it comes to early season or delayed openings. They do not update the snow report and have blamed early season conditions for not opening in the past when conditions were ready. They don't have the operational efficiencies to open when they get snow. Other resorts celebrate their snow and rush to open terrain as soon as possible. TSV tries to hide their snow and leave people in the dark. They may open Saturday, but won't announce it until Thursday. They have no consideration for those that travel to ski or passholders. Makes a season pass undesirable.

My local mountain: a love story

Wes Thome02/11/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

My local mountain: a love story

Wes Thome02/11/2016
As a skier/snowboarder stranded in Texas, my options are fairly limited, but Ive yet to find a comparable mountain anywhere in the US. While small compared to some CO super resorts, Taos seems absolutely huge, partly due to the perceived lack of people. With so much off piste (and normal, groomed) terrain it never feels like there's more than 10 people there. In 3 years of pass holding I can count on one hand the amount of times I've waited in a lift line for more than 30 seconds, when you factor in the low cost of tickets and lodging (not in the valley but in the city of Taos), you've got a great mountain, value wise. On to the actual riding, the groomed runs are standard, good in the morning, ehh in the afternoon. The terrain park is a very nice touch, as it blows any other NM mountain's park out of the water. Moguls are extremely prevalent and well maintained. Most importantly however, the tree runs, chutes, and off piste terrain is all STUNNING. Runs along the Highline Ridge feature a mellow gradient (for a double black), the perfect concentration of trees and drops, and some decent chutes. Runs along the west basin however, turn the intensity up another notch. Multiple pro skiers and snowboarders come to ride west basin. The chutes and steeps in the west basin are insane, some of the hardest terrain I've ever ridden. When there is snow west basin is among some of the best terrain in the rockies, but therein lies the problem "when theres snow". For all the amazing terrain, cheap costs, great atmosphere and natural beauty the snow is inconsistent. While easily surpassing other NM mountains for base, Taos doesn't quite match up to the likes of Wolf Creek or Jackson Hole. Most years the cover is consistently good from about the New Year on, but sometimes the mountain goes a long time without fresh snow. Without the regular dumps seen in CO, most of the terrain gets icy and tracked out. The snow is definitely not bad, but its the only thing dragging Taos down.

Amazing Ski Week

John Smith01/02/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    January

Amazing Ski Week

John Smith01/02/2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SOzwjaxqGfQ
Video of our amazing ski week experience

Taos

CWK12/11/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Taos

CWK12/11/2013
Taos is so special. Expert terrain that is second to none on a good snow year. Light, fluffy powder and landscape that rivals that of the Swiss Alps.

Nicest employees I've ever encountered and the perfect ski town vibe. It's 100% family owned and always has been, which is a huge plus (nothing corporate).

The only negative I can think of is the lack of snow they sometimes have at the beginning of the season, but they usually always catch up in Feb. Amazing spring skiing.

Hike the ridge if you haven't, amazing views and even better terrain. Kachina is WELL WORTH the 1-2 hour hike, true in-bounds big-mountain skiing. Be weary of West Basin though unless you're a top level expert, scary scary (but rewarding) lines over there.

The stats and trail map lists approx. 110 trails, but there's a LOT more that aren't marked on a map, that you have to find. You could ski at Taos for an entire season and not ski everything.

For those with kids, the ski-school is unparalleled with super helpful and friendly instructors that you can tell just love their job.

Last thing, no lift lines....EVER! Hidden gem in the truest sense.

POW POW POW

Patrick Barry24/09/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

POW POW POW

Patrick Barry24/09/2013
Decided to go to Taos becuase of the cheap airfare to Albuquerque. The mountain turned out to be one of the best places I have ever skied. The terrain is challenging and steep. It snowed most of the week and by the 5th day it was up to my chest on the hike terrain.

There are no crowds and the people are very friendly. The girls are super friendly. The lift tickets were a little pricey but the terrain and snow quality are worth it. I recommend hiking to get used to the elevation. As the week goes on you will find yourself doing laps on the hike terrain. You will never want to leave it is that good!

Taos - Deep, Steep & Unique

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Taos - Deep, Steep & Unique

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/07/2010
Taos Ski Valley is a fabulous ski resort although half the appeal of a Taos skiing experience is the town and the surrounding area. The multiple cultural influences definitely add to the attraction of Taos and shoppers and art-lovers will enjoy the diversity of goods on offer.

The amount of snowfall per season at Taos Ski Valley swings remarkably. When it dumps it’s usually light dry powder and you won’t have to share the powder with too many other powderhounds.

Other pros: lots of steep challenging terrain (so long as you don’t mind hiking to it); long steep fall line groomers; plenty of ski-in ski-out accommodations on-mountain; an incredibly reputable ski school; and a high quality of service.

Cons: Whilst TSV is OK for complete novices, the ski area isn’t well suited to other beginners and lower end intermediates. The ski resort also requires a significant base before many of the tree runs and challenging areas are opened, and all of lifts are of the slow variety.