Looking for a spring ski getaway that takes you from sandals to ski boots in less than two hours while enjoying a private flight experience at a commercial price? With flights extended through April 12 and so many fun things to do on and off the slopes, there’s no better time to book your spring adventure on Taos Air, the easiest route to the Rocky Mountains from California.
Where Native North American and Hispanic cultures blend with European influences, Taos Ski Valley is located at the most southernmost tip of the Rockies and draws skiers and riders year after year. Visitors also come to experience year-round activities such as the fine art, distinctive cuisine, thriving music scene and of course, the raw, natural beauty of the landscape.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
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Ditch the crowds, at the airport and on the mountain flying Taos Air, a public charter service with a semi-private flight experience at a commercial flight price with non-stop flights between San Diego/Carlsbad (CLD) and Los Angeles/Hawthorne (HHR) to Taos, New Mexico. Round-trip fares on the 30-seat Dornier 328 jet start from $300 (off-peak)* and $410 (peak) per person.
Offering first-class amenities,travelers may arrive up to 30 minutes before their flight to check-in and expect a convenient private terminal, two free bags, complimentary ground shuttle service to the slopes, complimentary ski or snowboard rental, and 100% Carbon Neutral air service. Taos Air also flies to the New Mexico ski town from Dallas and Austin in Texas.
Nestled among the pristine peaks of northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is one of North America’s premier vacation and adventure destinations known for its pristine alpine conditions, thrilling terrain, extensive revitalization efforts, and commitment to environmental and social responsibility. With over 300 inches of average annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine and more than 1,200 skiable acres, Taos Ski Valley offers a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, breathtaking scenery and exhilarating terrain for a spirited mountain experience.
Taos Ski Valley’s newest hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, is at the heart of the resort’s renaissance offering guests bespoke amenities in a prime location. The guestrooms in The Blake are an oasis of comfort in their European appointments of down duvets, bedding and luxurious bathrooms. The 80-room slopside getaway brings together the soul of Taos and cultural heritage of Northern New Mexico. Just steps away from lift 1, the brand new pedestrian gondola and vibrant village offerings, guests can experience the perfect mountain getaway.
Ski and Snowboarding
Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Taos Ski valley features more than 100 pristine trails that accommodate skiers and riders of all levels. Whether it’s your first time on snow or you’re an expert looking to perfect your technique, Taos offers skiing and snowboarding programs for all ages and abilities. It all starts at the Rio Hondo Learning Center and Strawberry Hill, where a recent $8 Million investment has created innovative learning terrain and lifts. Skiers and riders of all ages can choose from private and group lessons. In summer, mountain bike and hiking trails enable guest of all ages to explore the surrounding mountains and wilderness.
With a heated outdoor pool, hot tubs, spa, wellness center, and fitness center with steam rooms at your disposal, après may become your favorite part of the day. The Blake Spa and Wellness Center features restorative and therapeutic massages, facials and signature treatments. Start your morning in the wellness center with yoga sessions and a fully equipped fitness center. Or use it as a tranquil place to stretch and unwind after a day on the slopes. It’s the perfect detox for guests in need rest and relaxation.
Although many travelers choose Taos for the incredible skiing and snowboarding, Taos also has plenty of events and activities for artists, music-lovers, performers, hikers, foodies, and everyone in between. While you’re there, visit the picture perfect Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, gift shops at Taos Plaza and the funky and famous Earthships neighborhood.
A trip to Taos wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Taos Pueblo. It’s home to the indigenous people of Taos Pueblo, the longest continuously inhabited Native American community in the United States and a UNESCO world heritage site. More than a thousand years old, the site contains the ancient ruins of the tribes that first settled in the Taos Valley. Remnants of the Spanish church destroyed during the Pueblo Revolt battle in 1680 are still visible today.