Rochester, NY, USA

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Rochester, NY, USA

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A famed New Mexico ski resort

Taos Ski Valley sits at the southern end of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by green forests and snowy peaks. Here, you can enjoy the dry Rockies powder without the crowds, and some 1,294 acres of the best ski runs and steep, white-knuckle terrain in the country. With fantastic skiing and snowboarding in the winter season, and thrilling mountain bike trails and whitewater rafting in the summer months, Taos Ski Valley is the outdoor enthusiast’s nirvana. Book a Taos Ski Valley vacation rental to enjoy the best of the mountains.

Earn your après-ski in Taos Ski Valley

The sheer variety of groomers, glades, chutes, moguls and bowls, combined with the exceptional snow quality, make Taos Ski Valley a must-ski destination. Added to that, it boasts one of the most highly regarded ski schools in the country. Even in this small resort, the après-ski has an eclectic feel, with the German beerhouse, French fine dining, and Swiss fondue owing much to the resort’s pioneering Swiss-German founder. At night, relax on the deck – or, if you’re lucky, in the hot tub – of your Taos Valley vacation rental, and count the stars in the endless midnight sky.

Summer hikes and a cool cultural mix

In summer, you can hike these same peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains under the same bluest of blue mountain skies, a carpet of wildflowers at your feet. During these hot, sunny months, the pristine canyon and pounding waters of the Rio Grande Gorge deliver one of the best full-day rafting experiences in the USA: the Taos Box. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo and the city of Taos is around 30 minutes away from Taos Ski Valley, presenting a compelling combination of Hispanic and Pueblo cultures, adobe architecture, galleries, boutiques, and a bohemian vibe.

Powder fresh snow, summer sun

Taos Ski Valley averages around 300 inches of snowfall annually and is known for having light, dry powdery skiing conditions. Winter season runs from early December through to late March/early April, depending on snowfall. The sun twinkles off the mountains year-round, but begins to heat up by May, when temperatures start to soar. Summer season proper runs June through October, and these are the best months to make the most of the peaceful mountain hikes and horseback riding, and the thrilling rafting, biking, and off-roading.

Nature at its best

These mountains are home to deer, elk, bear, and bighorn sheep, and dominated by the highest peak in New Mexico, Wheeler Peak. Snowshoe or hike the trail to Williams Lake, to see Wheeler Peak’s snowy heights dancing in its rippling waters. In summer, the Northside mountain biking trails will take you the top of nearby Frazer Mountain. With views like these, it’s easy to see how this region inspired writers and artists like Aldous Huxley and Georgia O’Keeffe. Add in the friendly vibe and, whatever time of year you stay at your Taos Ski Valley vacation rental, there’s little doubt you’ll fall in love with the Tao of Taos.