Taos, New Mexico

Nov 1, 2008
Outside Magazine
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Extreme skiing in Taos, New Mexico

Extreme skiing in Taos

Snowfall: 309 inches
Area: 1,294 acres
Vertical Drop: 2,612 feet
Web: skitaos.org

Every year that Taos didn't allow snowboarding, they fell deeper into a Rip Van Winkle sleep. Sure, locals and aging Texans still made the trip, but despite Kachina Peak's 12,481-foot summit, Taos was off the national radar. No more. When Taos opened up to snowboarding last spring, it opened the resort to out-of-state families again. This is a good thing. You shouldn't let one of the last great mom-and-pop resorts fade away. The winters can be feast or famine, but the green-chile breakfast burritos are always a feast, and once the storm track sets up in December, you'll know whether the snow will follow suit. Hit it right and you'll be choking on the lightest and driest snow that falls in North America. Just don't expect to be pampered; the base village still has a mining-camp vibe, like Deadwood in winter. But we call that character.

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