Often ranked one of the most challenging ski areas in the country, Taos, New Mexico, is a 1,294-acre ski resort located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. For years, Taos stood among the handful of resorts banning snowboarding, but in 2008 it finally dropped the ban. Taos is now a destination for both skiers and snowboarders looking for challenging terrain and dry powder.
Taos Ski Resort is located 15 miles northwest of the town of Taos. Visitors who want the closest accommodations should look for Taos Ski Valley lodging, which includes properties in the resort village at the base of the ski resort. Those who would prefer to stay in town will find plenty of additional accommodations and can drive or use the free Chile Line shuttle system to get to the ski resort.
Taos Ski Valley Hotels
Taos Ski Valley offers a selection of hotels and lodges that provide ski in/ski out accommodations or lodging within walking distance to the lifts. The Bavarian Lodge and Restaurant is an Alpine-inspired property that is located mid-mountain, at the base of 12,481-foot Kachina Peak, the resort's highest. This ski in/ski out property is a rustic log structure, offering suites and chalets. The Edelweiss Lodge and Spa is a ski in/ski out condominium resort located centrally in the base area near the ski school and children's center.
Despite the persistent images of ski bums and grizzled, rag-tag ski travelers, not many US ski resorts have hostel lodging. But Taos is one of the few that does. The Abominable SnowMansion is a hostel located in Arroyo Seco, a village between the Taos Ski Valley and the town of Taos. It offers budget accommodations for singles, couples and families. This is a good choice for those who enjoy people a good deal and the opportunity to mingle and share ski tales with others. The lodge offers bunks, private dorm-style rooms with baths and semi-private rooms. Common areas include such amenities as a pool table, fireplace and piano. In the warmer months the property offers tipis and cabins.
The town of Taos offers skiers the rare opportunity to come home from the high alpine confines of Taos resort to Southwest-style adobe accommodations. The San Geronimo Lodge, sitting on two acres of land, is one such property. The inn offers bed-and-breakfast-style accommodations with private baths and has an open-air hot tub, chili-pepper-shaped pool (summer only) and in-room DVD players. It is two miles from the heart of Taos and 20 miles from Taos Ski Resort. The Casa Benavides Taos Inn is located in the heart of town. The 39-room property boasts in-room fireplaces in most rooms and two outdoor hot tubs.
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