About Taos Ski Valley

Soak in the Sun at Taos

Join us this summer at Taos Ski Valley, a world-renowned year-round resort, high up in the Sangre de Cristo mountains, just 17 miles northeast of the Town of Taos. Enjoy the very scenic drive up Hwy 150 along side the crystal clear Rio Hondo River.

In the early 1950's Ernie and Rhoda Blake were living with their children in Santa Fe where Ernie was managing the brand new Santa Fe Ski Basin. As part of his job Ernie would fly his Cessna 170 into Southern Colorado to work at Santa Fe's sister ski area, Glenwood Springs. His dream was to have a ski resort of his own, so as he flew he searched for a place where he could begin building his vision. Eventually, he found an ideal spot, the big snow basin north of Wheeler Peak in La Cal Basin. "There was a tremendous snow basin... I thought it was an optical illusion." (-Ernie Blake, Ski Pioneers)

After finding the perfect spot, Ernie moved his family to Taos Ski Valley in 1955. From a camper in the base area where they lived, the Blake's began to build what is now a world-class ski resort. 

Taos is adding more fun this  summer with activities for the entire family such as the Scenic Chair Rides to the top of Chair 4 at the base of Kachina Peak. Either take a leisurely stroll back down the the base of the lift, or jump back on and enjoy the ride down. This will be the perfect activity to view and take pictures of all the wonderful scenery and local wildlife.

There will be a disc golf course and sand volley ball at the base of the lift. Mountain biking and horseback rides will be available from our neighbors at the Northside at Taos Ski Valley. Plus plenty of hiking options all around the area. Don’t forget to stop by Taos Ski & Boot for all your Taos clothing and other nicknacks.