Taos Ski Valley

Ernie Blake, a Swiss ski pioneer, spotted the mountain’s impressive verticality and snowy aspect over 60 years ago from his Cessna 175. The Blake family dedicated their lives and their lives to creating a destination their way. The Blakes created a mountain environment that incorporated traditional European hospitality and local culture. This gave rise to a warm, welcoming spirit that is rooted in the natural environment. Taos Ski Valley’s future vision is to continue the Blakes dream and inject new energy, capital and capital into the resort.

Ernie and Rhoda were living in Santa Fe with their children, where Ernie managed the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Ernie flew his Cessna 170 to Southern Colorado as part of his job. Glenwood Springs was his sister ski area. He had a dream to build a ski resort. He finally found the perfect spot: the large snow basin north-east of Wheeler Peak in La Cal Basin.

Ernie and his family moved to Taos Ski Valley in 1955 after finding the perfect spot. The Blakes started building what is now a top-rated ski resort from a tent in the area they lived.

Taos Ski Valley is incomplete without a visit to the historic Town of Taos. Visitors come to New Mexico’s Soul of the Southwest because of the clean air and the mythical light. They are drawn to the rich spiritual traditions, unique cuisine and the natural beauty of the landscape.

Taos is the home of a World Heritage Site (Taos Pueblo), a famous and photographed church (St. Francisco de Asis) and a magnificent landscape that encompasses the Rocky Mountains as well as the Rio Grande Gorge.

Taos Ski valley opened its doors to snowboarding on March 19, 2008. This policy change was made possible by a core group of riders. Today Taos celebrates downhill sliding for everyone.

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New Mexico


Average, Expensive, VIP

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Fishing, Fitness and Wellness, Hiking, Hot Air Ballon Ride, Kids Camp, Restaurants, Shoping


Biking, Golf, Rafting, Ski, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling


Advanced, Beginner, Intermediate