Although no two ski resorts are the same, Taos Ski Valley is more special than most. Located about 20 miles northeast of Taos (a popular town in its own right), the valley is home to a small village and a fantastic ski area. The area (Taos is the name of the largest town, but many people also refer to the ski area simply as Taos) is a strange mix of cultures. This fact is no small part of the appeal. The aesthetics and culture of the Alps were imported and completely adopted by the region, but have since undergone hybridization, taking elements from the more local native and Hispanic cultures that make New Mexico so unique and appealing.
The Taos ski area offers steep terrain, high quality snow and small crowds. There are a number of ski-in ski-out accommodations and many more within walking distance of the ski lifts. At over 9,000 feet above sea level, it presents some challenges for people who live at sea level. But it also brings the area the light, fluffy snow that brings smiles to so many skiers. There is plenty of advanced and intermediate terrain, but the mountain is somewhat lacking in beginner areas. (However, first-time skiers won’t have a problem; there are several lifts for beginners.)
Visitors should also be aware that many properties are inaccessible in winter without a four-wheel drive vehicle.
If you’re staying intrepid and eager to tackle this incredible mountain, here’s a list of nine Vrbo vacation rentals to stay in while you explore Taos. Some are accessible from the mountain, others are a short drive away, and each promises an incredible ski getaway.
Cozy Cabin One Mile From the Mountain
Rent now$650/mo per night
When people picture a ski vacation, the image of a cabin in the woods comes to mind. Most people, however, enjoy their ski trips from condos or hotels. But the quaint cabins are still here, including this cabin rental just a mile from the Taos ski lifts. The Den is a cozy amalgamation of rustic furniture and winter sports paraphernalia with a river stone fireplace. There are two bedrooms with bunk beds while the master suite has a handcrafted queen made from raw wood, just the sort of thing you’d expect to see in a ski house.
Bathrooms : 2
Dreams of Kachina Ridge
Rent now$660/mo per night
There is a great selection to enjoy on a ski trip to Taos. Guests staying at this unique home rental can add their accommodations to the list of Taos Ski Valley Wonders. It’s quite a sight, with half the house on stilts. Highlights include the flying porch and wood-burning fireplace in one of the two living areas. Even better, the house is located in a quiet wood just 5 minutes walk from the Kachina chairlift. The base Kachina area is much quieter than the main one but gives guests the same access to the mountain. Staying here also inevitably means going on skis after The Bavarian, a fabulous German bar and restaurant located at the bottom of the elevator. Ideal for couples or a whole family of skiers, the house has a master bedroom with a king bed and a guest bedroom with three twin beds.
Bathrooms : 3
Lorelai’s Black Diamond Pavilion
Rent now$1,160/avg per night
Perhaps the largest property in the valley, this spectacular lodge is a treat for any large group looking for a great stay in Taos this winter. The cavernous living room is a great place to relax after (and prepare for) a wonderful day on the mountain. For added relief, the property has a massive whirlpool tub and steam shower in the master bathroom. The house has several game rooms with classic arcade games as well as modern consoles. The outdoor area is equipped with several heaters so you can dine alfresco while watching the sunset, even in the dead of winter. With two floors and seven bedrooms, there really is room for everyone, including your pets. Note that the house is about 3 km from the ski area and anyone going there must have a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Bathrooms : 6
Ski Chalet Steps From The Slopes
Rent now$975/avg per night
This independent cabin in the center of the village is the very image of a ski chalet. This is a luxury log cabin with rustic leather sofas and hewn wood and rough stone walls. Each of the four bedrooms offers a warm taste of mountain life and is furnished in the classic-alpine style. There is a children’s bedroom with two bunk beds, a king master and two queen bedrooms. As a bonus, the neighboring property shares the same owners. Guests can take advantage of the Alpine Village’s amenities and services, which include massages, saunas, and more. The main base elevators are a few steps from the front door.
Bathrooms : 3
Rent now$441/mo per night
Spalding Chalet is a two-story mountain vacation home located approximately 2 miles from the Taos Ski Valley lifts. It features an abundance of beautiful wooden light fixtures and comfortable, rustic furnishings. Each of the three double bedrooms has ample space, as does the living room and kitchen. The Hondo Rio River – a tributary of the Rio Grande whose sources are on the slopes of nearby Wheeler Peak – flows through the backyard. It is ideal for fishing in the summer and offers a pleasant atmosphere all year round.
Bathrooms : 2
Cinco Hermanas Large Cabin Ski-In/Ski-Out
Rent now$595/avg per night
If your family is full of fanatical skiers, you’ve no doubt fantasized about skiing home after a long day on the mountain. Cinco Hermanas will allow customers to live this dream during the next winter season. The cabin is a 100 meter walk from the Pioneer beginners area. Even novice skiers can ski home via the long green route that connects the Kachina and resort areas. The house has queen and king bedrooms for the adults and two bedrooms with bunk beds for the kids (or adults who pull the straws short). Located in a clearing surrounded by aspen and pine trees, guests will need reliable four-wheel-drive vehicles to access the property in the winter.
Bathrooms : 2
Kachina Village Cottage
Rent now$638/mo per night
Another option near the Kachina base area, this large Bavarian-style chalet promises comfort, quiet, and easy mountain access—the Kachina lift and Bavarian restaurant are steps away. The house is furnished with a mix of modern and mid-century elements. The kitchen is not only fully equipped and spacious, but also beautiful. Each of the three bathrooms is an immaculate and clean product of our era of modern design – and has a bathtub to relax in after a strenuous day of skiing. There are two king bedrooms with elegant beds and a children’s bedroom with two bunk beds. Located 10,000 feet above sea level, the house, like others off Kachina Road, is only accessible to guests with four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Bathrooms : 3
Taos Mountain House
Rent now$545/mo per night
Spacious, elegantly furnished in Southwestern Alpine style and set in a serene location, Taos Mountain House is another great option for a large group of skiers. Clocking in at 2,000 square feet and about a mile and a half from the slopes, it’s got everything you’d expect of a ski house (that is, yes, there’s a hot tub). Gorgeous leather sofas and beautiful mountain views await you. The ground floor has a kitchenette, two queen bedrooms and a third with two queen beds. Upstairs you will find the main living room, fireplace, kitchen and an attic fitted with another queen.
Bathrooms : 3
Ski-in ski-out condo
Rent now$779/mo per night
Enjoy the convenience of skiing at home in the comfort of this well furnished Taos condo. The location also means that the restaurants and bars in the village can be reached on foot in a few minutes. The kitchen is fully equipped to meet your needs and every square inch of the house matches the local style, a mix of southwestern style and classic alpine look. With three bedrooms (two queens and one bedroom with a single bunk bed and more), it is suitable for a family, a couple or a small group of friends.
Bathrooms : 2
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