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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok folks,
Just booked one of the last rooms in the village for Jan 1-6 08. I have never been to Taos, but am looking forward to it based on this forums posters...
I would appreciate input on places to go, and places to ski..I will probably put my 9 yr old in school for a day or too, and opinions on their school?

What would be some good runs for me going solo (level6-7), My wife, and I will have a couple of days together (level4-5), And then when my daughter gets out of the school we all be together...What areas would you recommend for Me, or Us together...Is there a good place on the mountain to go where it might not be so crowded? Any places to eat? I need to rent gear for my daughter..Places?..Any places to hang out afterward..

Any input is appreciated, and I will make an itinerary as I go....

Thanks all

post #2 of 15
I am probably the wrong person to reply because I have only skied 2 days at Taos. From what I saw Taos is an experts mountain with not a lot of intermediate or novice terrain. It seemed like the easier runs were just connectors to the steeps. Also, If I were booking a trip to Taos I would stay down in the town of Taos and not up at the mountain. (I'm taking what you said, "village", to mean you're staying at the mountain. If I'm wrong then good. In fact, if I'm off base about the skiing there someone who knows please chime in. If I'm right - you may want to reconsider.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
We are staying on the mountain, my daughter will be at the school learning, I would say my wife is intermediate, and I would be at the upper end of intermediate.. We are thinking about taking a couple of classes too, maybe just to learn a bit more. We will find somewhere to go for sure..If we need to ride into Taos for something we can...We are locked in so no need to reconsider..Thanks for the input

post #4 of 15
I cannot speak for green runs. There are some very good fun intermediate runs with side shoots of advanced that reconnect, to give you a short shot at a real workout. It’s a good Mountain.

Excellent Mexican food at ?Rosies, (small place near the junction-turn north of Taos proper, where you split off to go to the ski area; east side of road), and two great places in town, one at the north end b4 the turn, and one farther south, past the main business portion; both on the west side. I liked the Chinese place also.
post #5 of 15
All lifts should be open that week in January, so you have your pick of the mountain.

For intermediates, I'd recommend heading over to lift #8, and check out Lower Stauffie and Firlefanz. There's a couple small black runs to test your mettle. Tell Trees is a fun glade too, if it's not too tracked up.

Then head over to lift #4. Nice wide blue groomer under the lift, and a few short black runs (Ruby Gully, Showoff) that connect right back up to the blues. Head over to Hunziker bowl while you're in the area, but be prepared for some bumps in there.

You can rent equipment from any of a half-dozen places right on the hill. Cottam's, Boot Doctors, Taos Ski & Boot, plus the TSV rentals and a couple others.

There are a few restaurants on site as well. Tim's Stray Dog Cantina has decent food, and we almost always stop at Rhoda's for our end-of-the-day lunch and mandatory glass of wine. I've heard good things about the Bavarian at the bottom of lift #4 as well. Can't tell you about anything specific in town, but you have lots more places for dinner options.
post #6 of 15
Thread Starter 


Thanks for the info..Keep it coming if you can..Writing as I am going..

Has anyone used their schools?

What are some of the easier blacks to get started on..

post #7 of 15
Welcome to Taos! You'll love it!!

The runs: For you, I agree with the above opinions of starting on lift 8 (that's on the spectators' right side of the mountain), then, I'd start heading over to the back side (so-called "Katchia" side) via the easy blacks on lift 7 - push yourself by exploring Walkyries Glade. By the end of your first day, cool off at Katchia. If you still have some legs, you can hit-up Hunziker Bowl (you'll need to keep you speed up right off the lift to make the traverse to get there). Also, when you're ready to get back to the front-side, you'll need to keep your speed up for the 2+ mile-long Rubezahl Rd. By the end of your trip, you MUST MUST MUST ski Al's Run and Longhorn (perhaps my favorite run at any ski area. Watch out for the first steep pitch! . I would also highly recommend a bump lesson. That's a really good ski-school (that's good news for your daughter!)

As for eats, if you're staying on the mountain, you'll find good, expensive fare at the St. Bernard. My favorite restaurant (also mid-to-high-priced) is inside the Taos Inn near the plaza. It's called Doc Martins and their green chili stew is perfect! For cheaper fair, you can try Michael's Kitchen, although sometimes the wait for food is on the long side. Michael's makes great pasteries and doughnuts! This list is not exhaustive - talk to the locals on the lifts and see where they're going. Tell them you love green chili and you're in.

I'll be there on the 24th and likely again before the new year. I'll try to remember to give you a snow and run report. Have a great time!!!
post #8 of 15
Taos has a great ski school; I would highly recomend taking lessons. My brother is a converted snowboarder and took five half day lessons at Taos. He was skiing black his first trip on skis; which is something he never could do on a snowboard. I have skied at Taos for 10 or 11 days and have had lessons for at least 8 of those days. I will probably never ski Taos again without a lesson in the morning. The instruction took me from being tenative on groomer blacks, to looking for blacks with some pretty serious bumps in about three lessons.

The Kachina lift is the least crowded and has what I would call the best variety of runs in close proximity to each other. I will second the vote for Hunziker's Bowl and to be prepared for some bumps. The view in the bowl is quite spectacular. Tell Trees is also a good run. The blues and greens are very manageable on that part of the mountain. Rubezahl is the road that will take you back to the front of the mountain. It gets pretty flat and crowded in spots, especially in the afternoon and right before lunch.

The German restaurant at the base of the Kachina lift has excellent food, if you find yourself over there at lunch and like German food. I can't remember the name off the top of my head though. The St. Bernard usually grills hamburgers and other food on its deck. If the sun is out that is a really nice place to eat lunch as you have a decent view of the mountain. Their prices aren't totally off base either (at least for a ski area).
post #9 of 15
Taos ski school is world famous. They have an ex WC French guy, Alane, that rips.
post #10 of 15
The restaurant at the bottom of the Kachina lift is the Bavarian. Great soups and Strudel to die for. wonderful atmosphere too. a must.

If you are up for AL's and Longhorn, you should be hiking the ridge. Juarez is the easiest run off the ridge and you can see it above you on the traverse from font side to kachina and lift 7. Actually, the easiest run down is all the way to Kachina peak, but the hike 'll kill you. it's a 30 - 45 minute hike, but the views are totally amazing. the ski down from Kachina seems impressive, but not nearly as steep or junky as the various chutes and easier IMO than Longhorn and you'll feel like a hero.

In town eating: expensive five star is Joseph's Table in the historic La Fonda Hotel on the Plaza. very cool, authentic old hotel. very New Mexico. Upscale, slightly over the top (ok totally over the top) oh so hip bar and great food is El Monte Sagrado. Cheap but good Mexican is the Guadalajara Grill. superb shrimp mole.

Michael's kitchen is basically a diner. OK for breakfast, but you wouldn't want to go into town for breakfast i don't think.

Alane is at Le Ski Mastery. You can rent equipment from them or, as said above, any of many good shops on the hill.

The ski school is reputed to be one of the best in the country. splurge for lessons for everyone.
post #11 of 15
Oh, i almost forgot. One of our favorite things to do in Taos is to go to the bar at the Sagebrush Inn when they have a good band. It attracts some of the best dancers from all over northern New Mexico and the western swing dancing is something to behold. Also, the bar itself is something out of a western movie set. They will allow kids in there if you eat. (typical bar fare-burgers and the like.) It really is a lot of fun and the dancers are GOOD> some are professional dancers. But call ahead and make sure it's a good band that will draw the good dancing.
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thanks a ton everyone, I have a good idea of which direction I will travel..Looks like My wife, and myself will go to school the same day as my daughter, if we like it, Maybe 2 . If not we will put little one in school, and then ride to the top to see what all the fuss is about...I will take a map, and divy up my routes depending on which side we are on, but more than likely it will be lookers left, and right, just to stay out of the middle. I asssume rubezahl, and white feather are downhill right? Or is their some skating through these area's...If anyone might be up there at these times let me know, and we can see if we can get a few runs in..

Thanks for the help

post #13 of 15
Originally Posted by Mom View Post
Actually, the easiest run down is all the way to Kachina peak, but the hike 'll kill you. it's a 30 - 45 minute hike...
: It took me over an hour when I hiked Kachina for the first time last season. Of course, we took a few photo breaks. Yeah, that's it, photo breaks...

Originally Posted by bwxmas View Post
I asssume rubezahl, and white feather are downhill right? Or is their some skating through these area's...If anyone might be up there at these times let me know, and we can see if we can get a few runs in..
There's only a couple sections of Rubezahl that require skating. Whitefeather is all downhill. We try to avoid taking Rubezahl back to base, and instead head over to lift 7A, ride that up, then take Bambi back down.

We (husband and I) will probably be at Taos on Jan 1, and/or on the 5th or 6th. Be happy to take a few runs with you!
post #14 of 15


IIRC there is a bus that runs from downtown to TSV - anyone know of the schedule it runs on and the locations of the bus stops? We're going early Jan (before the snowboarders hit) - btw Michaels is a really good restaurant, if it is the one I think - heading out of town on the left, across from a Russian museum of some sort?

post #15 of 15
Originally Posted by dwoof2 View Post
... Michaels is a really good restaurant ...
For breakfast and lunch. You can do better for dinner.
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