Best Spring Skiing

Taos, New Mexico

Nov 7, 2011
Outside Magazine
Taos inversion

Taos inversion    Photo: Christian Aslund

Typically dry during a La Niña year, Taos always skis well in March. This summer, to make the most of whatever winter brings, the family-owned resort thinned trees on the north-facing glades between Longhorn and Al’s Run—1,400 vertical feet of sustained steeps. The 45-minute trek to the top of ­Kachina Peak, which often holds cold powder late into the spring, is always worth the ­effort. Stay at the Bavarian Lodge for an old-world vibe (doubles from $335; or in town at El Monte Sagrado if high-concept bathrooms and après massages are your thing (doubles from $279; Smart Idea: ­Schedule your trip to coincide with the March 24 Spring Beer Fest. Local and international brewers offer their libations in the resort center. Chaos ensues.