One Town, 3 Mountains - Stay in Taos for endless winter options

Beyond Taos Snow StickerWinter vacationers seeking a destination with something for everyone and less than an hour from three major ski and snowboard resorts and plenty of options for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing should make Taos their home base.

Taos is a major arts community with a deeply rooted history, plenty of delicious spots to dine, a craft beer scene and a landscape (including the dramatic Rio Grande Gorge) that truly thrills. The town is less than an hour’s drive to Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire Resort, Red River Ski Area and the Enchanted Forest XC Ski and Snowshoe Area, meaning your family or friends can stay in one great Taos ski resort and experience three mountains and endless cross-country options!

Taos Ski Valley 110 trails

Taos Ski Valley

The storied slopes of Taos Ski Valley are just a 30-minute (19-mile) drive from the heart of Taos. The road through the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains is a perfect preamble to a day enjoying some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions in the world.

The Taos ski area comprises 110 trails over nearly 1,300 acres and with a 3,274-foot vertical drop. Its newly-opened Kachina Peak Lift, topping out at 12,481 feet, is one of the highest chairlifts in North America. The lift brings skiers and riders to a range of pristine yet rugged terrain including advanced trails, tree chutes and open bowls.
Though the ski area’s advanced terrain has a reputation for being steep and fun for advanced skiers, the resort features a number of trails perfect for beginners and more leisurely skiers and riders. It also features the top-rated ski school in North America. For those who prefer walking to gliding, the ski area has a number of snowshoeing routes.

Taos Ski Valley sees an average of 300 inches of snowfall a year with more than 300 days of sunshine.

For guests who’d prefer to ride – not drive – to Taos Ski Valley, a Taos Ski Valley Bus service connects the city of Taos with Taos Ski Valley. The shuttle bus that runs twice in the morning and twice in the afternoon daily between December and March. It features multiple stops in Taos as well as stops in the communities of El Prado, Arroyo Seco and Valdez before reaching the Warming Hut in Taos Ski Valley.

Plan your Taos vacation on the slopes including lift tickets and rentals, a trail map and ski school information here.

See the Taos Ski Valley Bus schedule and stops here.
Angel Fire Resort A Northern New Mexico Favorite

Angel Fire Resort

The uncrowded slopes surrounded by beautiful mountain views that make Angel Fire Resort a favorite are just 40 minutes (25 miles) from Taos. The drive from Taos to the resort – known as the Enchanted Circle – is consistently named one of the most beautiful drives in the country due to its spectacular vistas.

The resort’s more than 80 runs trend toward intermediate skiers and riders but also offer beginner and advanced terrain including terrain parks and more than 30 acres of glade trails. The mountain features a 2,077-foot vertical drop and sees an annual average of 210 inches of snowfall. It offers New Mexico’s only night skiing.

If downhill skiing or snowboarding isn’t your thing, you can enjoy a variety of other activities at Angel Fire such as tubing and sledding, and its Nordic Center features more than 12 miles of groomed trails for snowshoeing along with classic and skate cross-country skiing cross-country skiing.

Plan you trip to Angel Fire including lift ticket, equipment rental and ski lesson information here.

Red River Ski Area Family-Friendly Resort

Red River Ski Area

Red River Ski Area, which boasts of a family feel, is a 49-minute (37-mile) drive from Taos along the Enchanted Circle.

This mountain offers a balanced mix of beginner, intermediate and expert terrain across its 57 trails, along with a 1,600-foot vertical drop. Its three terrain parks are designed for beginning, intermediate and expert skills, as well, and Red River truly offers something for everyone. And, for guests who don’t ski or snowboard, tubing is available.

Red River seen an average annual snowfall of 214 inches and 300 days of sunshine, making it another great place to spend those bluebird winter days.

Plan your trip to Red River include lift ticket, equipment and ski lesson information here.
Cross-Country Skiing Miles of trails through spectacular forests

Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area & Guided Snowshoe Tours

If you’re looking for meandering forested cross-country ski and snowshoe trails with spectacular mountain views, then look no farther than the Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area.

A 55-minute (40-mile) drive from Taos, Enchanted Forest boasts more than 20 miles of groomed trails perfect for classic and freestyle cross-country skiing, 9 miles of trails just devoted to snowshoeing and 3 miles of dog-friendly skiing trails. The area’s trails can also be used to access countless miles of backcountry trails.

Plan your trip to the Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area including pricing, equipment rental and lesson information here
Beautiful Amole Canyon Meadow Perfect for snowshoeing

Guided Snowshoe Tours with Heritage Inspirations

This winter Heritage Inspirations is launching new snowshoe tours through the beautiful Amole Canyon in the Carson National Forest. These tours, led by local expert and Heritage Inspirations owner Angelisa Espinoza, include snowshoe and pole rentals and a gourmet lunch.

Turn your spectacular winter tour into a perfect winter retreat with a stay in the cozy warmth of Palacio de Marquesa.

Book your stay in one of our custom rooms or suites and include a guided Heritage Inspirations snowshoe tour or a guided Heritage Inspirations snowshoe tour and hot yoga session at a special discounted price. All tours include equipment rentals, transportation to the trail head and a gourmet lunch.
Book your stay online here and call Heritage Inspirations at 575.779.5516 for more details including tour availability and booking and get ready for an unmatched winter experience!

Tours run Thursday through Sunday and leave from our sister property El Monte Sagrado at 10 a.m. and last two hours.