Skiing & Winter Activities
Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort - 20 miles South of Taos on 518, often NM's first to open and last to close ski area, Sipapu is also known for affordable lift tickets and related services. Both riders and skiers will enjoy this smaller family oriented area. Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza partners with Sipapu to offer visitors FREE (and almost free) lodging with the purchase of your lift ticket at the hotel. Summers Sipapu offers great hiking, fishing, relaxing, and frisbee golf.
Taos Ski Valley - 19 miles, is NM's best known ski area and the primary reason why people look to Taos for skiing. Taos offers excellent terrain for experts, world famous instruction for those intent upon improving, and offers awesome vistas and hiking during the summer season. Access to NM's highest peak, Wheeler Peak, 13,160 feet is most commonly done via Taos Ski Valley.
Angel Fire Resort - 25 miles East of Taos in the Moreno Valley you'll find New Mexico's ONLY high speed quad chairlifts. Angel Fire offers skiers and boarders the opportunity to really grow their skiability with a number of really long trails so the intermediate can really practice to their hearts content making dozens maybe hundreds of turns per run. The Viet Nam Veterans Memorial State Park is nearby and always worth a stop any season. Summers, Angel Fires golf course is at about 8,000 feet so golfers will appreciate their extended drives.
Red River Ski Area - 40 miles North of Taos on the Enchanted Circle, Red River is sort of NM's cowboy ski town.
Enchanted Forest Cross Country - 45 miles, a little East of Red River on the Enchanted Circle you'll find improved cross country trails, horseshoeing, and full moon night adventures.
Pajarito Mountain - Los Alamos is about 80 miles for the Taos visitor but worth adding to your list if you seek variety. Pajarito used to be known for being LA's secret in that visitors who asked in town about Pajarito might find it denied. They are a club owned resort and are now inviting and welcoming outsiders so as to be better able to compete and build improvements.
Adventure Ski Shops - located at Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza with a full service shop a couple miles down Paseo del Pueblo Sur. You can find rentals of both board and ski equipment with a knowledgable staff to help you thru the rental and purchase process. Let them know you're staying at Indian Hills Inn, Taos Plaza for the best rental rates available.
Best Ski Goggles. Period! - Sport Optical This is best researched prior to your arrival. If you wear glasses, Sport Optical can build you a set of goggles with the prescription embedded in the face plate of the google. I've skied in their googles for at least 15 years and have even had my googles fedexed to me at the ski area when I had a brain freeze one trip!