Taos Ski Valley

In the early 1950's Ernie and Rhoda Blake were living with their children in Santa Fe where Ernie was managing the brand new Santa Fe Ski Basin. As part of his job Ernie would fly his Cessna 170 into Southern Colorado to work at Santa Fe's sister ski area, Glenwood Springs. His dream was to have a ski resort of his own, so as he flew he searched for a place where he could begin building his vision. Eventually, he found an ideal spot, "the big snow basin north of Wheeler Peak in La Cal Basin. There was a tremendous snow basin...I thought it was an optical illusion." (-Ernie Blake, Ski Pioneers)

After finding the perfect spot, Ernie moved his family to Taos Ski Valley in 1955. From a camper in the base area where they lived, the Blakes began to build what is now a world-class ski resort. The following are a few facts and stories about how TSV grew and about the people and experiences which give Taos Ski Valley its individual character.

 

TAOS SKI VALLEY STATS AND FACTS

Mountain Stats

Some ski resorts are manufactured for the masses. This is not one of them. Taos Ski Valley is a rugged, authentic mountain, pioneered by people who put skiing first and all else second. Kachina Peak stands high above the Sangre de Cristo mountain range at 12,481 feet. From here, skiers and boarders survey some of the finest terrain in North America- bone dry powder shots, steep chutes, big bumps, cornices, and glades- it is all here. If heart-stopping terrain is not your thing, you will find miles of well-manicured slopes and gradual groomers to carve up all season long. This mecca of snow sports shows every level of skier and boarder a great time. Thanks to Mother Nature’s genius and some coveted stashes, there’s always more to explore than your legs will allow.

SEASON DATES

November 28, 2013 -December 20th- Open Thursday-Sunday Only
December 21, 2013-April 06, 2014- Open Daily

AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL
305 inches

AVERAGE DAYS OF SUNSHINE
300+ days

TOTAL ACREAGE
1,294 acres

NUMBER OF TRAILS
113 total: 24% beginner, 25% intermediate, 51% expert

NUMBER OF LIFTS
14 total: 4 quad chair lifts; 2 triple chairs lift; 5 double chair lifts; 3 surface lifts

BASE ELEVATION
9,207 feet / 2805 meters

TOP OF HIGHEST LIFT SERVED
11,819 feet / 3602 meters

KACHINA PEAK ELEVATION
12,481 feet / 3804 meters

VERTICAL DROP
2,612 feet / 796.13 meters (lift served) 3,274 feet / 998.22 meters (with Kachina Peak hike)

HOURS OF LIFT OPERATION
9:00AM to 4:00PM

UPHILL CAPACITY
More than 15,000 skiers per hour  

SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES
100% of beginner and intermediate slopes

MAXIE'S TERRAIN PARK
Terrain park located on Maxie's run under lift #7. The park is groomed nightly

Address

Post Office Box 90
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525

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Phone

(575) 776-2291

Visit Online

Main Website

Restaurant Details

Price: $$$ - High End
Alcohol: Beer & Wine
Good For: Lunch & Dinner
Takes Reservations: Yes
Delivery: No
Take-Out: No