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Kachina

Mountain and Services

Iconic and Independent

Some ski resorts are manufactured for the masses. This is not one of them. Taos Ski Valley is a rugged, authentic mountain, pioneered by people who put skiing first and all else second.

Kachina Peak stands high above the Sangre de Cristo mountain range at 12,481 feet. From here, skiers and boarders survey some of the finest terrain in North America - bone dry powder shots, steep chutes, big bumps, cornices, and glades- it is all here. If heart-stopping terrain is not your thing, you will find miles of well-manicured slopes and gradual groomers to carve up all season long. This mecca of snow sports shows every level of skier and boarder a great time.

Thanks to Mother Nature’s genius and some coveted stashes, there’s always more to explore than your legs will allow.

Some ski resorts are manufactured for the masses. This is not one of them.

Over 60 years ago, Swiss German ski pioneer Ernie Blake spotted this awe-inspiring mountain's towering vertical and snowy aspect from his Cessna 170. From that day forward, the Blake family dedicated their lives to building a destination, their way. 

They created a pure mountain experience, where local culture and traditional European hospitality formed a welcoming spirit rooted in the natural environment. 

The vision for the future of Taos Ski Valley is to honor the Blake's dream while infusing new energy and capital into the resort.

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Taos Ski Valley Statistics

  • Average annual snowfall - 300 inches
  • Average Days Of Sunshine - 300+ days
  • Total Acreage - 1,294 acres
  • Number of Trails - 110 total: 24% beginner, 25% intermediate, 51% expert
  • Number of Lifts - 14 Total Lifts / 1 gondola, 1 double chair, 4 quads, 1 high-speed quad, 3 triples, 4 surface lifts
  • Base Elevation - 9,200 feet / 2,805 meters
  • Summit Elevation - 12,481 feet / 3,804 meters
  • Vertical Drop - 3,281 feet / 997 meters
  • Hours of Lift Operation - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Uphill Capacity - More than 15,000 skiers per hour (19,000 inc. carpets)  
  • Snowmaking Capabilities - 100% of beginner and intermediate slopes

Winter sports at Taos Ski Valley are made possible through a unique public-private partnership with the United States Forest Service which manages portions of the federal land utilized for these activities.

(Avalanches may occur at anytime and anyplace)

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Skier Services

Hours of operation, phone numbers, storage and lost & found. 

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Health & Safety

For information and details on all ski and ride policies.

Our Partners
  • US Forest Service
  • Protect Our Winters
  • Leitner Poma
  • Sandia Automotive
Sponsors
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