The sun is shining, the sky is brilliant, cerulean blue – it’s t-shirt weather up here in the High Desert but there’s still plenty of snow on the Mountain.
Spring Break in the Rockies means sunshine and snow, hiking, skiing (or Boarding) some of the finest (and allegedly most challenging), runs anywhere. Black Diamonds aplenty but don’t be intimidated, there are lots of intermediate and easy runs as well.
Taos Ski Valley’s had a facelift and has a brand new addition in the newly opened, Blake Hotel (which has a fab restaurant I’m told), along with all the old favourites.
After a day on the slopes and a relaxing massage or soak in a jacuzzi (or both), you can unwind and enjoy lazy evenings sipping Margaritas while enjoying the warmth of a fragrant cedar and pinon fire.
The t-shirts may work for daytime but we are at 7200 ft (higher on the Mountain) and at night, the temperatures drop considerably.
There’s plenty to do after dark as well if a low-key Apres Ski scene isn’t your thing. Both on the mountain and in town there is live music at a variety of places every night (including the Taos Inn, Eskies and Taos Mesa Brewing), making Taos a Spring Break Dream Location.
Not to mention the local Brew Pubs – Eskies, the Taos Mesa Brewing Company’s in-town Tap Room, and others, where locals and visitors gather inside and out at this time of year.
Morning Yoga is always a good idea and after a class at any of our stellar studios, including Hot Yoga in Arroyo Seco or in town, at taoStyle Sponsor, Shree. After which you could sit outside the World Cup Cafe, espresso in hand and treat yourself to the best people watching spot in town before heading back up the Mountain!
A day in town shopping before you leave, will ensure you take home a memento of your stay here in the Land of enchantment. Check out my Shop category for insider tips. Gallery hopping is a given in Taos where there are more artists per capita than anywhere in the West, and you can find my favourites under Art. Starting with the Michael McCormick Gallery and working your way from there.
If your skin and hair are feeling a little worse for wear (we are ravaged by the elements up here), an afternoon at Salon X might be in the cards. Speaking of cards, a tarot reading is a must in a place like Taos, and Optimysm is the place to go for the magical and mystical aqui en Taos.
If you have any time or energy left, the hot springs in the Rio Grande will leave you feeling completely transformed and rejuvenated.
Be sure to check Live Taos and Taos.org for events scheduled and restaurant and bar listings in town and Taos Ski Valley’s jam packed event calendar on their site as well. All sites linked below this post!
Featured photograph (and shot of Derek getting cafe) c/o Derek Hart
Skiier and TSV village shot c/o TSV
Girls on the lift (my daughters Genevieve (L) and Angelica (R) with their friend Brie Sierra, lifted from Gen’s Facebook page.