Jan 07

Taos Ski Valley Lodging

Taos Ski Valley LodgingWelcome to Taos Ski Valley Lodging.

If you’re looking for a friendly place where you feel like part of the family as soon as you arrive, one that’s cozy and welcoming, a spot where you can leave the worries of everyday life behind and relax in a hottub or next to a roaring fire, you’ll find it in Ski Valley.

Taos Ski Valley, a small village and ski resort located in Taos County in the state of New Mexico, is a winter wonderland for snow enthusiasts throughout the country. Originally, the small village was founded in the 1800s by a band of miners however, almost 60 years ago (1955), Ernie Blake and his wife Rhonda turn the area into a ski mountain. Initially, in 1956 the first ski lift was installed and only provided one ski trail, but slowly Taos Ski Valley continued to grow and gain in popularity. Today tourism has become the largest industry for the ski area and it has been a popular destination for winter sports for many years. However, in recent years the area is growing in popularity as a vacation destination during the summer and fall as well.

Taos Ski Valley Lodging

There are several styles of Taos Ski Valley Lodging accommodations with an array of options which can definitely fulfill any vacationer’s requirements. Whether you’re looking for the ideal place for a perfect romantic getaway or possibly a much needed break with friends and family, you can find it here at Taos Ski Valley. Whether you’re looking for a luxury resort, a rustic inn, a cozy and warm bed and breakfast or a private vacation rental on the slopes you will find what you desire at Taos Ski Valley.

The small village provides a number of lodging options including:

  •  Hotels
  • Condos
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Inn’s
  • Resorts
  • Lodges
  • Private Home Rentals

Just to mention a few and Taos can be found a quick thirty minutes away, just down the canyon which offers services year round.

 

Jan 07

Taos New Mexico – Things to Do

Taos New MexicoTaos New Mexico is more than just home to the oldest pueblo community in the country, Taos and the surrounding areas with over 300 days of sunshine each year is also well known for it’s abundance of winter activities. Besides the wonderful skiing or snowboarding that many visit for, you will discover there are numerous other winter activities to enjoy including:

  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ice fishing
  • Tubing
  • Sleigh rides
  • Nordic skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Indoor Skating

Just to name a few. Taos features 4 different ski resorts each with their own flair for outdoor excitement. Travelers can choose to select from Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, Sipapu or Red River, or spend a several days in Taos and visit all four. Plus you can visit the Enchanted Forest a Cross Country Ski Area offering 33km of perfectly groomed trails for those that enjoy freestyle skiing in addition to15km of trails available for the snowshoers.

 Summer and Spring In Taos New Mexico

However, Taos is far more than a winter wonderland for outdoor enthusiasts. Once the winter snows melt away you will discover trout-filled waters, river rafting, miles of trails, beautiful wildflowers and a entire array of summer activities to keep anyone occupied. Some of the family friendly activities that can be enjoyed during the spring and summer in or around Taos include:

  • Trout Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Bicycling
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Mountain Biking
  • Camping
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Off-Road Trails for ATVs or trials bikes
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Rock Climbing
  • Hunting
  • River Rafting
  • Canoeing & Kayaking
  • Paddle boarding and more.

 

But even if you’re not a huge sports enthusiast you can find plenty to do in and around Taos. Spend the day being pampered at one of the local spas or plan a daytrip to a winery. There are events and festivals, galleries, plenty of unique shops to browse through, museums to visit and a wide variety of fine restaurants to satisfy any appetite. In fact, usually around the end of January you can take part in the annual Taos winter wine festival. The wine festival is normally a three day weekend event that features premier wines, fantastic foods and great fun.

 

When it’s time to plan your next weekend getaway or family vacation, regardless of the time of year set your sights on Taos New Mexico. With so much to see and do you’ll wonder why you never visited before, but after one trip you’ll find yourself returning year after year.

May 20

Learn to Ski In Taos New Mexico

Learn to SkiYou want to take a ski trip to Taos New Mexixo but there’s one little problem, you don’t now how to ski. Don’t let that stop you learning to ski may be easier than you think. If your family wants to go skiing on your next vacation, but you don’t know how to ski, go ahead and plan that ski vacation anyway! You can learn to ski, and you will have a great time doing it. You don’t even need to know the first thing about skiing before you arrive at the resort, all of the knowledge you will need is there waiting for you, and you can literally be skiing down a mountain after an hour of instruction.

 

Learning to ski is really quite easy. Most resorts have a ski school on the premises, and lessons are reasonably priced. Group and private lessons are usually available. It is a good idea, however, to schedule an appointment before you arrive at the resort. This will ensure that you can start learning to ski the very first hour of your vacation.

 

Most ski instructors start by showing you how to maneuver around with your equipment. When you are wearing ski boots, you will be inclined slightly forward – there is a reason for this…when you are skiing down a mountain, you will be inclined forward! Walking in ski boots the first time is a bit difficult – but it works just fine if you learn to walk with your knees slightly bent.

 

The first maneuver you will learn is called the plow, or snow plow. This is a technique that is done by literally using your skis as a snow plow. You make the back of the skis slowing move outwards, away from your body by applying pressure – and this stops you. You guide yourself on skies by bending your knees and leaning in one direction or another, depending on which way you want to go. All of these techniques can be learned in one hour, even if you have never been on a pair of skis in your life.

 

The beauty of skiing is that after you have learned how to snow plow, and how to guide yourself on the skis, you are ready to ski! Get on the lift, head up the mountain, and give it a try. Control your speed by snow plowing – go slow at first. When you want to pick up some speed, draw your skis back in to pick up a little speed, then push them back out into the plow position to control that speed.

 

As a beginner, you should stick to the trails that are designed for beginners. At most resorts, these trails are marked with a green emblem. Blue trails are for intermediate skiers, and after one day of skiing the beginner trails, you may be ready for those trails.

The black trails are for experts. These trails can be dangerous for people who don’t have the skill level to handle them! Avoid black trails until you have had a great deal of ski instruction and experience. You will know when you are ready!

Feb 18

Planning Your Taos Ski Valley Vacation

Taos Ski ValleyEvery year tens of thousands of people embark for fun and excitement on the Taos Ski Valley slopes. The appeal of flying down the mountains, or relaxing close to a fire in a lodge, has made the ski valley vacation a very popular spot for winter escapes. A ski valley vacation is usually both invigorating and peaceful, and with the proper planning a ski vacation could be a vacation you won’t ever forget.

 

Before starting with your ski valley vacation make sure to thoroughly examine your gear. Ensure that your ski boots are snug and comfy and that your bindings are solid and operating properly. Make sure to pack additional clothing which can be worn in layers to make sure you stay warm and dry. Nothing can ruin a ski trip faster than malfunctioning gear or incorrect clothing and outerwear.

 

Preparation can also enable you to look for a ski vacation package that will suit both your schedule along with your budget. Making your reservations for a ski vacation early will often provide you with the best discounts available. Be sure to buy your lift tickets earlier so that you have additional time to spend on the slopes, and if you’re staying for a few days make sure to get multiple day tickets to receive the greatest discounts.

 

You also need to remember that there’s more to an excellent ski valley vacation than skiing alone. Several resorts have incredible restaurants and various other activities to experience once you are finished on the slopes. Great dining, swimming, ice skating, hockey, hiking, or just unwinding in the spa; an excellent ski valley vacation is when you are able to enjoy all of the amenities the inn or lodge provides. Take the time prior to your ski vacation to research all of the available things to do so you can be ready to take advantage of all of the entertainment available for you to enjoy.

 

As soon as you arrive at your ski valley vacation spot it’s time to set your plans in action. If you happen to be renting skis and snowboards be sure to pick them up the evening before you begin hitting the slopes. The lines are far shorter during the evening hours and having the equipment ready enables you to be one of the first skiers or boarders to enjoy the slopes! One trip to the mountains at Taos Ski Valley will keep you coming back year after year.

Jan 08

Ski Pants – A Necessary Part of Your Winter Wardrobe

Ski PantsEvery year our family is like thousands of other families around the country that plan a typical summer family vacation. We usually head to a tropical island and spend a week basking in the sun, swimming, reading and relaxing on a beach. However, this year we decided to change things around and elected to take a winter ski vacation. We decided to head to ski valley in sunny Taos New Mexico for a week of wonderful winter activities. So we booked our reservations, swapped out our tee shirts and swim suits for ski jackets and ski pants and headed for Taos.

 

Once we arrived in Taos Ski Valley we headed straight for our new home for a week at the Mountain Top Inn. The inn was fantastic and had everything we were told to expect. Including designer linens, Flat screen TV’s, Bluray players, spacious rooms and a view to die for. The owners were friendly and very helpful and provided a ton of information about the area. The inn had plenty of activities, a spa, pool and fitness center and we would have been content to spend our entire vacation inside of the inn. However, the whole idea behind the winter vacation was to enjoy all the outdoor activities that only winter could offer.

 

Our family soon discovered just how much fun was waiting for us in ski valley and the areas surrounding Taos. Throughout the week we spent a considerable amount of time on the slopes both skiing and snowboarding but, the fun and excitement didn’t stop there. We also enjoyed ice skating, sledding, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and tubing and with the long periods we spent outdoors I was sure glad I decided to update my ski wardrobe.

 

Since we live in an area that is accustom to long cold winters I already owned much of the winter clothing I needed except for a pair of ski pants, and I quickly found out that they are an essential part of a winter wardrobe. For anyone considering a winter vacation where you intend to spend a lot of time outdoors, a good pair of quality ski pants is a must. These are a few tips I discovered for buying the right pair of pants.

  • Ski/snowboard pants help to protect you from injury and adverse weather conditions
  • They need to keep the heat in and the moisture out
  • They have to be windproof and waterproof but be able to breath
  • The pants need to fit well, not too tight or loose
  • Focus on quality not price
  • Extra padding is appreciated for those unexpected falls
  • Select function over fashion

 

I was always the kind of guy that was fine with a ski jacket, hat, gloves and a pair of jeans with some long underwear. However, I don’t think that I would have spent nearly as much time outside without the addition of my new ski pants.

 

At the end of our trip we all sat down and discussed our idea to fore go the summer vacation this year and take a winter one instead. We all agreed that we are not ready to give up on the swimsuits and beaches but, we don’t want to lose out on the great winter fun we had either. So it looks like we will either alternate between a summer vacation one year and a winter vacation the next or just take two separate vacations each year. One thing is for sure, next time we plan a winter vacation it will be in Taos Ski Valley at the Mountain Top Inn. For now, I’m set with both my summer or winter vacation wardrobes whenever we decide to go.