Taos’ New Kachina Lift – It’s a Whole New Experience

New Kachina Peak Chair Lift Taos

Opening Day of the New Lift

If you have skied Taos in the past you know all about the abundance of steep, hike-to, expert terrain.  With the opening of the new Kachina lift – one of the highest lifts in North America – things just got a whole lot better!  You can now do repeated runs down our famous 12,450 foot Kachina Peak and the various chutes near the top without the grueling 45 minute hike.

The recent opening of the high-speed, three-seater Kachina Peak lift gives you a whole new perspective and, to be honest, makes it feel like a whole new mountain.  The short five minute ride on the new lift provides outstanding views of the terrain and a new understanding of exactly why the peak has gained a reputation as a skiers paradise.  Once you reach the top be sure to spend a few minutes  side-stepping up to the famous peak with its multi-colored Tibetan prayer flags and unbelievable views of the Sangre de Christo Mountains.

Trekking up to the peak for a photo op.Christo mountain range in all directions.

After a brief photo shoot (don’t worry if you did not bring a camera Taos Ski Valley has photographers on site to ensure you get professional shots that will be the envy of all of your friends), it is down you go through some of the most outstanding powder in the state.  For the more adventurous, head right at the top of the lift and try some of the narrower shoots with plenty of opportunities to show off your style.

Of course, if you feel the need, the hiking trail is still available.

apres ski at the Blond Bear Tavern Taos Ski valley

Apres ski at the Blond Bear Tavern Taos Ski valley

After repeated runs down you will no doubt feel the need to recap the events of the day.  For the best après ski on the mountain head over to the Blonde Bear Tavern and indulge in a hearty chicken pot pie, a delicious ¼ burger or some lighter fair like the black bean hummus dip with tortilla chips.  Click here to view our menu.

See you on the slopes.

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