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Seriously, There is Something for Everyone:

The Taos Winter Chill



1. The Blake Hotel—an 80-room alpine retreat and the new benchmark for sophistication and relaxation at Ski Taos—recently opened its doors to great celebration, aided by the Taos Pueblo Dancers. 2. One of the Southwest’s most frequently photographed and painted buildings, the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church on the Ranchos de Taos plaza, attracts visitors from around the world. 3. Taos Ski Valley offers epic views, incredible snow, and if you’re brave enough, a lift ride to Kachina Peak and a long double-black-diamond run down to civilization, cheering crowds, and a great après-ski scene. 4. Beginning in early December, farolitos and luminarias fill the streets of Taos, cedar and piñon aromas hang heavily in the air, and residents and visitors alike walk the streets singing carols, sipping hot chocolate, and planning the next day’s adventure.


BLENDING ART, HISTORY, and adrenaline is nothing new in Taos. Visitors have been doing it for more than a century. There are breweries and boutiques, sick downhill slopes and gentle plaza walks, world-class art and tongue-tingling cuisine. While Taos is a year-round sort of place, the cooler months make this mountain town a one-of-a- kind destination.

YULETIDE HAPPENINGS: Tradition and innovation come together during this time of year with caroling and the tree-lighting on the plaza, the Taos Pueblo Christmas Eve procession, the Lighting Ledoux block party, and, of course, several events at local galleries, restaurants, and breweries.

TAOS SKI VALLEY ADVENTURES: If hurtling downhill into one of the prettiest snow basins in the West sounds like fun, then whether you ski, snowboard, or prefer the cozy embrace of an inner tube, Taos has you covered. Visitors can also check out the more low-key activities on the slopes, such as snowshoe tours and moonlight hikes.

OUT AND ABOUT:  Wander a little beyond town, and your options for recreation multiply. Nearby Carson National Forest offers snowmobiling and camping. If a leisurely drive sounds inviting, you can visit four of Northern New Mexico’s iconic churches. And Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa gives visitors an excuse to soak those screaming ski muscles into submission.
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