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When you arrive in the colorful, arid town of Taos it can sometimes be hard to believe that you're close to so many popular ski resorts. However, in the winter months the lush green mountains are covered with thick powdery snow, making them perfect for skiers and snowboarders, and people flock to this unassuming New Mexico town to enjoy friendly hospitality and socialize with other enthusiasts. It's a great alternative to overpriced and pretentious ski resorts, and even in the summer months there's plenty to explore in this unique landscape.

Things to see

Taos Ski Valley is a friendly ski resort suitable for beginners, as well as those who are serious about their hobby, and from December to April you can enjoy several runs down white powdered slopes before taking a dip in the steamy springs. Red River Ski Area is also a popular spot for ski enthusiasts, and when the snow melts in the summer months it gives way to lush green mountainsides for hiking and exploring. Back in town visit the Taos Plaza for a taste of historic New Mexico. Here you'll find charming boutique shops and art galleries housed in sandy colored buildings, and there are often buskers and bands playing in amongst the tree-lined streets. A day at the modern Angel Fire Country Club is great for golf enthusiasts, with a challenging and well-maintained course, as well as tennis courts, and a mountain area with ziplines, biking trails, and chairlift rides.

Hotels in Taos

Many Taos hotels have a typical desert style with rustic stone walls and wildflowers decorating the gardens. Most of the hotels in Taos offer 2 to 4 star accommodation, and at the higher end you'll find hotels that are popular with skiers and have facilities such as spas, indoor pools, ski storage, fitness centers, bars, and lounges. After a hard day on the slopes you can retire to your room and relax with amenities such as fire places, balconies, pillowtop mattresses and luxury bedding, flat-screen televisions, and WiFi. If you're traveling with family then some resorts have babysitting services, as well as rollaway beds available on request.

Where to stay

Taos Ski Valley is a popular destination in the winter months, with cozy ski resorts nestled in the mountains, and impressive views of the snow covered peaks. Nature lovers also visit the area when the snow has melted and enjoy miles of lush, unspoiled woodland, with clear blue lakes sitting alongside the hiking trails. In the shadow of the Taos mountains lies the charming village of Arroyo Seco which is strongly influenced by Native American culture. Here you can buy crafts and artwork from small boutiques lined along the road, and can enjoy the peaceful, small town vibe. Sipapu is a smaller ski resort to the south of Taos which manages to squeeze in trails for all abilities. Visit during the summer months and you can climb the sandy rocks and hike through this breathtaking area.

How to get to Taos

Albuquerque International Sunport is just over 2 hours away from Taos, and the airport hosts regular domestic arrivals; mostly from Texas, Arizona, and California. You can pick up a rental car at the airport, and there's a year round shuttle bus for the ski resorts which can be booked online in advance. You can also take a bus from the airport to the New Mexico Rail Runner which will take you from Albuquerque to Santa Fe, and then take local buses to Taos. Be sure to check the times online as they vary from season to season according to demand.

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