Taos Ski Valley
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 36° 35.868 W 105° 27.359
13S E 459215 N 4050353
Quick Description: Taos is one of the world's most unique and picturesque ski resorts. It is a place where one can escape into the ancient cultures of the Southwest or explore the side of a vast mountain that has been opened up for skiing but not tamed.
Location: New Mexico, United States
Date Posted: 12/20/2006 3:16:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM121M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
Views: 71

Long Description:
Taos combines the warm ambiance of a small European-style village nestled at the base of a great mountain, a superb ski school and an ambiance founded on the classic pleasures of alpine skiing.

Located in the southern Rocky Mountains of New Mexico, at the same latitude as northern Africa, Taos blends its high elevation and arid desert climate to provide skiers with the perfect conditions; light dry snow and bright sunshine.

Taos Ski Valley offers variety of lodging, entertainment, & activities for the entire family, year-round!

It has been called a skier's mountain, and rightly so. From the famed steeps to gentle bowls, Taos' terrain appeals to the super-expert and the beginner alike. With a peak elevation of 11,819 feet, a base of 9,207 feet and 1,294 acres of ski trails, Taos offers varied and challenging terrain to delight skiers of all abilities.

One of Taos' most enduring ski traditions is the steep skiing off The Ridge. This requires a hike of anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour to get to these "extreme, double-diamond" runs. The reward is the best "steep and deep" skiing in America and a chance to experience off piste skiing in a relatively safe environment.

If you really want your child to learn to ski, Taos is the place to make it happen. The Children's Program instructors specialize in turning kids into confident skiers who develop a lifelong love for the sport.

While many resorts have traded in their personality for large-scale development, Taos has preserved its soul. Ernie's son, Mickey, and the rest of the Blake family are committed to maintaining the character of Taos.

Whistlestop Cafe : N36 35.030 W105 27.371
Lift 1 top : N36 35.133 W105 27.142
Lift 2 bottom : N36 35.099 W105 27.434
Lift 2 top : N36 34.597 W105 27.286
Lift 6 bottom : N36 34.687 W105 26.642
Lift 6 top : N36 34.469 W105 27.181

OPENING DATES
November 23, 2006 – April 8, 2007

AVERAGE ANNUAL SNOWFALL
305 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
12 total: 4 quad chair lifts; 1 triple chair lift; 5 double chair lifts; 2 surface lifts

BASE ELEVATION
9,207 feet / 2805 meters

TOP OF HIGHEST LIFT SERVED
11,819 feet / 3602 meters

KACHINA PEAK ELEVATION
12,481 feet / 3804 meters

VERTICAL DROP
2,612 feet / 796.13 meters (lift served)
3,274 feet / 998.22 meters (with Kachina Peak hike)

HOURS OF LIFT OPERATION
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

UPHILL CAPACITY
More than 15,000 skiers per hour

SNOWMAKING CAPABILITIES
100% of beginner and intermediate slopes

OUT-TO-LAUNCH TERRAIN PARK
Terrain park located on Maxie's run under lift #7 offers two huge airs, a hip, a quarter pipe, and rails. The park is groomed nightly.

NO SNOWBOARDING PERMITTED
Skiing: yes

Snowboarding: no

Snowmobiling: no

Cross-Country Skiing: no

Cost of lift ticket: 44.00 (listed in local currency)

by - ROAD: yes

by - TRAIN: no

by - PLANE: no

TYPE of FACILITIES: a VILLAGE

Dates of Operation: From: 11/23/2006 To: 4/8/2007

Website -URL: [Web Link]

WEB-CAM URL: Not listed

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