Taos Ski Valley is a village and alpine ski resort in Taos County, New Mexico, United States. The village was originally settled by a group of miners in the 1800s, but in 1955 Ernie and Rhoda Blake founded the area as a ski mountain. The village was incorporated in 1996. It has a one to one ratio of expert to beginner/intermediate terrain, and has the highest rated ski school in North America.
Taos Ski Valley is the highest municipality in the US, sited at an elevation of 9,207 feet and the highest residential dwelling is at 10,350 feet. Kachina Village, at over 10,350 feet, houses Bavarian Restaurant and two condo complexes and accommodates six permanent residents and visitors in 30 condo units; 70–80 home sites are planned for development. Wheeler Peak, the tallest mountain in New Mexico at 13,161 feet, overlooks the village.
Tourism is the village’s main industry. The community is a popular summer and fall vacation destination. Lodging options include hotels, private home rentals, condominiums and alpine styled bed and breakfasts. The town of Taos, located 30 minutes drive down the canyon, provides year round services.