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Taos, NM Lodging

Michelle55

Certified Ski Diva
I am going to do a solo trip to Taos for ski week lessons, likely the 2nd week of February. Any recommendations on affordable lodging? Looks like the cheaper lodging is about 40 minutes away in Taos. I am curious about mountain conditions driving into Taos for skiing e.g., plowed roads, do you need chains etc. I have a Subaru Crosstrek Sport which I got in March, and the tires are still in great condition. Thanks!
 

RJ*

Angel Diva
Your car will probably be fine, road is not bad and plowed often. You might want to have chains available just in case. Are you going to be in the town of Taos? It’s a drive but you’ll have more options for food and other stuff to do. You could also try to find something in El Prado or Arroyo Seco as it’s much closer to the mountain.

There is a little bed and breakfast in Arroyo Seco called Taos Mountain Retreat Center that is cute and very affordable. It’s not luxurious but it’s comfortable. You’d have to share bathrooms and the kitchen with other guests though. I stayed there a few times before we got our place and I really enjoyed it, and met some cool people.
 
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Michelle55

Certified Ski Diva
Your car will probably be fine, road is not bad and plowed often. You might want to have chains available just in case. Are you going to be in the town of Taos? It’s a drive but you’ll have more options for food and other stuff to do. You could also try to find something in El Prado or Arroyo Seco as it’s much closer to the mountain.

There is a little bed and breakfast in Arroyo Seco called Taos Mountain Retreat Center that is cute and very affordable. It’s not luxurious but it’s comfortable. You’d have to share bathrooms and the kitchen with other guests though. I stayed there a few times before we got our place and I really enjoyed it, and met some cool people.
Thanks for the recommendations. I do have cables for my car, so I will be sure to bring them. Sounds nice to be able to meet folks at the Retreat Center. I am so so glad my friend told me about Ski Divas - such a wealth of information!
 

nopoleskier

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
We've been staying at Alpine Suites- walk to the lift- studios w/kitchenettes. There are other condos/vrbo airbnb's too- Arroyo Seco has some good restaurants too! The El Pueblo lodge gets good review from friends that stayed there. very hearty breakfast.. Your subaru should be fine, they do plow the road alot- the last 13miles is a winding road up to the mt takes about 35-40 min because of the turns. Taos ski week is blast I'll be back for my 4th a bit later in Feb. have fun!
 

Michelle55

Certified Ski Diva
We've been staying at Alpine Suites- walk to the lift- studios w/kitchenettes. There are other condos/vrbo airbnb's too- Arroyo Seco has some good restaurants too! The El Pueblo lodge gets good review from friends that stayed there. very hearty breakfast.. Your subaru should be fine, they do plow the road alot- the last 13miles is a winding road up to the mt takes about 35-40 min because of the turns. Taos ski week is blast I'll be back for my 4th a bit later in Feb. have fun!
Thanks for the suggestions!
 

mustski

Angel Diva
I have also stayed at Sierra del Sol. It's by the river and just a 2 minute walk to the lifts. I like it but the Apline Suites are also great.
 

santacruz skier

Angel Diva
I've also stayed at the Snakedance which is literally next to the mountain. Like everything else, price has gone way up.
 

badger

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
On my first visit to Taos we stayed at the Sagebrush Inn when arriving late in the day. Next day we were lodging on the mountain for a week.
I have to say, the Sagebrush was terrific. A fifteen or twenty minute drive to Ski Valley. Sagebrush had a wonderful restaurant on site for dinner and the BEST breakfast in their breakfast dining area. It's a separate room from the restaurant. I could have stayed there the entire week!!!
 

TNtoTaos

Angel Diva
My 2015 Subaru Outback w/AWD has done very well in Taos. There is seldom any snow on the roads in Taos proper, and the road up the mountain is maintained by TSV, so it gets plowed and sanded very quickly when necessary. I've never yet had to use chains; any vehicle w/AWD-4WD should be fine.

As for lodging, the suggestions mentioned above are all good; I'm partial to the Alpine Village Suites, on the mountain, but there are also a number of less expensive options available in Taos. The sooner you reserve, the better the prices, of course. There are also some single-rm AirBnB choices available, which are popular with solo women skiers. If you're not averse to sharing a room, you could post in the MOTH thread and find a roommate and/or travel buddy to share expenses with -- it sounds like there will be a decent number of Divas heading to TSV this season, esp in February.
 

Michelle55

Certified Ski Diva
My 2015 Subaru Outback w/AWD has done very well in Taos. There is seldom any snow on the roads in Taos proper, and the road up the mountain is maintained by TSV, so it gets plowed and sanded very quickly when necessary. I've never yet had to use chains; any vehicle w/AWD-4WD should be fine.

As for lodging, the suggestions mentioned above are all good; I'm partial to the Alpine Village Suites, on the mountain, but there are also a number of less expensive options available in Taos. The sooner you reserve, the better the prices, of course. There are also some single-rm AirBnB choices available, which are popular with solo women skiers. If you're not averse to sharing a room, you could post in the MOTH thread and find a roommate and/or travel buddy to share expenses with -- it sounds like there will be a decent number of Divas heading to TSV this season, esp in February.
Thanks! I booked a cheaper spot in Taos as I am planning on driving around and skiing for about 5 weeks or longer :smile:
 

TNtoTaos

Angel Diva
Thanks! I booked a cheaper spot in Taos as I am planning on driving around and skiing for about 5 weeks or longer :smile:
There are several smaller ski areas within range of TSV that are worth checking out, including Wolf Creek Ski Area (S. CO, about 2.5 hrs away), and then in NM there are Sipapu, Ski Santa Fe, Pajarito Mtn, and Red River. I don't recommend Angel Fire.
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
Thanks! I’m heading to Denver afterwards where I have a friend and then spending a few weeks in CO.
May be worth a stop for a couple days to check out Wolf Creek on your way to Denver. Senior tickets are a bargain. There is terrain for all levels, and no lift lines to worry about even on weekends. There are a few motels in South Fork and the LOGE that are pretty reasonable.

Even early season Wolf Creek can be great fun. It's become my crew's annual destination in December before Christmas week.

 

Rainbow Jenny

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
Your car will probably be fine, road is not bad and plowed often. You might want to have chains available just in case. Are you going to be in the town of Taos? It’s a drive but you’ll have more options for food and other stuff to do. You could also try to find something in El Prado or Arroyo Seco as it’s much closer to the mountain.

There is a little bed and breakfast in Arroyo Seco called Taos Mountain Retreat Center that is cute and very affordable. It’s not luxurious but it’s comfortable. You’d have to share bathrooms and the kitchen with other guests though. I stayed there a few times before we got our place and I really enjoyed it, and met some cool people.
I called Taos Mountain Retreat Center this morning about a January stay, was informed they're not doing airbnb now.
 

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