Taos Ski Valley is situated outside the Town of Taos in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which are the southern Rockies. Considered by most to be the second toughest mountain in the United States it is both intimate and challenging at the same time. Known for its steep trails with trees, the double diamond trails are not for the timid. But the mountain keeps good skiers coming back as the setting and the weather can’t be beat.
Also famous is the ridge. An area that must be hiked to and isn’t reachable by lift. Only open when conditions allow, it has hard core written all over it.
While Taos Mountain draws skiers from around the world, it does provide terrain for all levels. Twenty five percent of the trails are for beginners, another 25% is for intermediates and the remainder is for those that consider themselves experts.
If you follow the ski magazine polls each year you will find Taos getting kudos for its ski school. Here, all ages can be accommodated and they even take the little ones. There are both group and individual lesson available and the prices are modest compared to the ski areas in the rest of the southwest.
Starting in March of 2008, Taos Ski Valley opened to snow boarders. This season both skiers and boarders will be welcome and there is plenty of room for all. There was a buzz about this change last year and a big 2009 ski season is expected.
On Christmas Eve and New Years Eve don’t miss the fireworks displays on the mountain. The setting can’t be beat and the white background provides an incredible canvas on which to display the magnificent colors. There is a torch light parade that will grab your attention and have you coming back to see again. And again.
There are homes on the mountain and land where others can be built. The real estate isn’t nearly as expensive as in other southwest ski towns, as you will find if you do any research. You can buy a lot more property here for a heck of a lot less than Aspen or Vail, Snow Mass or Telluride.
There are now ski in and ski out condos as the market seems ready for growth. Amenities are being offered that are new to this area but they are being well received. Want a day spa we have it now. Interested in a project that has its own restaurant? We have that, too.
Even in summer the mountain beckons. While the Indians have insisted it be allowed to rest, a compromise was reached to limit access. So you can go up on a lift, just not every day. (If you didn’t know it, the Tiwas believe that all objects, animate and inanimate have a soul.)
There are limits to the number of skiers allowed on the mountain on any one day. That insures that you will never be overwhelmed and can truly enjoy the peace and tranquility that can be found on a crisp, cold winter day on a trail in paradise.
Then, when you are totally smitten, call us at harvey & associates realty and we will help you find your piece of Taos real estate in this paradise.
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