Hiking to Terrain - Taos

Some people say there are no secrets left in skiing and snowboarding. They say there is nothing left to be discovered, that all the stashes are gone, the mysteries revealed. They say that Powder Days have been reduced to a mere hour, and the only way to chase first tracks is to fight the crowds.

Well, they don't know Taos. Do you?



West Basin is home to some of Taos’ steepest chutes, chokes, and rock bands. A short hike from the top of Chair #2 will offer access to a multitude of different runs featuring countless lines to choose from. From local’s favourites Stauffenberg and Zdarsky, all the way to Wonder Bowl, you are certain to find terrain to get your adrenaline pumping and challenge even the best skiers and riders. If hiking is not your thing, you can access a good portion of the West Basin via the High Traverse at the top of Reforma.

you are certain to find terrain to get your adrenaline pumping


Highline Ridge

Steep and deep! Highline has something to offer every type of advanced skier or rider. From the steep bumps of Juarez, long chutes of Twin Trees, or great tree skiing of Trescow, Highline Ridge is the place to be. Accessible via a moderate hike from the top of Chair #2 and #7A, Highline Ridge is home to near endless powder stashes and the most spectacular views on those legendary Taos bluebird days.

near endless powder stashes


Kachina Peak

The crown jewel of Taos Ski Valley, 12,481' Kachina Peak stands tall above the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range. The hike from the top of Lift #2 along the Highline Ridge is long, about 45 minutes, but the breathtaking views and incredible terrain make it well worth the work. On Kachina Peak, you will find some of the biggest and best lines Taos has to offer. For those looking for a spectacular view and a long run to the Bavarian Lodge for a beer, Kachina's Main Street is a perfect combination of gradual pitch and open space. Enthusiasts looking to really push themselves should check out Dahl-Bredines', a rocky face littered with billy-goat lines and big drops.

Be sure to keep your eyes out for the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep that call Kachina Peak home.

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