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This sign is posted at the base area to comfort cowering beginners who stare two black diamonds in the face as they load the chair. It's incredibly cliche, but every time I see it I chuckle.

Taos Ski Valley - Opening Day 2009-2010 Season

Taos Ski Valley kicked off its 2009-2010 season on Thanksgiving with one of their biggest openings ever. It's game on for the best terrain the Southwest has to offer. Enjoy a few shots captured from the day.

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7 Resorts You Need to Ski

Let these tips, gleaned from our editors and their vast network of informants, illuminate your next adventure.

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Taos Extreme Freeride Championship

Taos reported 36 inches of snow just in time for the Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships, a big-mountain competition taking place this weekend. Friday's comp was held on West Basin, a zone full of steep rocky chutes and huge airs. Only one dilemma: Sit in the sun, soak up the vibe, and watch back flip after front flip or go shred the 36 inches of fresh? Difficult decisions down here in Taos.

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Trip Ideas: Taos, New Mexico

The steeps of Kachina Peak should be on the résumé of any skier who’s got the chiles for it.

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An Ode to Taos

How an iconic ski town’s steeps and chimichangas entice skiers.

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Taos Ski Valley

1,294 acres of fall-away chutes, spacious glades, and pillowy moguls, with extra rewards if you’re willing to hike Kachina Peak

Skier Emanuel Hedvall boosting next to a snowboarder retaining wall. Read the full article here.

Snowboarding Taos (Gallery)

Photos from the day Taos opened to snowboarders.

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Ten Things You Need to Know About Skiing Powder

How to get up in deep snow, avoiding "tree wells", and other powder-related tips.