THE BEST HOTELS in Taos for a ski trip all have two things in common: easy access to the slopes and southwestern charm. Taos Ski Valley and Red River are the state’s best ski resorts, and by staying in or nearby either one, you’re at the center of the action. These are the best hotels in Taos, New Mexico for your next winter trip, whether you prefer to stay slopeside or would rather be closer to town.
- The Blake at Taos Ski Valley
- Alpine Village Suites
- WorldMark Red River
- Taos Valley Lodge
- Hotel La Fonda de Taos
1. The Blake at Taos Ski Valley
Picture yourself in Austria, nestled fireside with a hot cocoa after a long day on the slopes. In a few minutes, a meal arrives — a hearty pasta dish loaded with parmesan and a homestyle sauce so good it reminds you of your favorite childhood dinners. The snow falls heavily outside, but that’s no problem for you since you’ll saunter upstairs to a high-end room after a glass of wine, ready to doze off and dream of the powder turns awaiting you the following morning. Such is the routine at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, the area’s high-end slopeside hotel. This place has it all – luxury, après-ski revelry, and plenty of room for peace and quiet, all set in a picturesque mountain village. It’s one of the best hotels in Taos whether you’re traveling with family or on a romantic vacation for two.
Price: From $325 per night
2. Alpine Village Suites
Of all the ski hotels in Taos, Alpine Village Suites is the most representative of what most mountain hotels look like around the world. Guests have access to a hot tub and large lounge space, of course, and the rooms are warm, cozy, and clean. The entire vibe of the place will inspire you to get after it on the hill; it feels like a classic ski resort hotel of yesteryear. In addition to ski storage, it has several types of condos and suites that can fit 10 people, so it’s a great pick if traveling in a large family or group.
Price: From $288 per night
3. WorldMark Red River
If you plan to ski both Taos Ski Valley and Red River, you can save a few bucks and enjoy a calmer stay by staying at Red River. The WorldMark Red River is literally at the base of the lift, making it possible to take a few laps at Red River before heading up to Taos Ski Valley for the afternoon if hitting it extra hard is your plan. Back at the lodge, take advantage of the hot tub and BBQ pits before walking to one of the town’s old-timey saloons or locally owned restaurants for dinner. Suites with kitchens and dining areas are available as well if you’d rather take it easy in the evenings.
Price: From $184 per night
4. Taos Valley Lodge
Iconically New Mexico, the Taos Valley Lodge is in the town of Taos, but the experience is worth the half-hour drive from the ski hill. The hotel offers a year-round heated pool and hot tub and is near hotspots in Taos like Doc Martin’s Restaurant and the famed Taos Art Museum. It’s an ideal property for travelers for those looking to blend a cultural experience with their ski trip. There’s an on-site Peet’s Coffee, and the hotel is both both pet-friendly and fairly affordable (as far as ski resort lodgings go, at least).
Price: From $97 per night
5. Hotel La Fonda de Taos
What makes the town of Taos a unique destination for a ski trip is the southwestern ambiance, something you won’t find in towns like Vail or Aspen. And nowhere embodies that like the Hotel La Fonda de Taos, in Taos’town center and just 30 minutes from the lifts. This Spanish-inspired property is itself an art gallery and has large rooms and an on-site spa in case you need a post-ski massage. While you don’t have slopeside access, you do have walkable access to Taos’ best dining and nightlife, as well as plenty of shops to peruse for the ideal southwest gift to take home.
Price: From $114 per night