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WHY: Because you like big terrain with little attitude, bro (yes, people in New Mexico will call you “bro”).
WHAT: The steeps of Kachina Peak should be on the résumé of any skier who’s got the chiles for it. This year, a new lift makes the hike shorter, which might attract gapers but also means you can rack up more laps.
WHERE: Get out of the Ski Valley and rage in the town of Taos proper. The Alley Cantina serves up real New Mexican food, stiff margs, live bands…and a resident ghost.