With the crystal worshippers, pottery shysters, and Baptist caravans constituting much of the New Mexican population, it's hard to believe that a contingent of rippers remains loyal to the Sangre de Cristos. But spend a day carving the chutes at Taos and you'll know why. Follow the locals on the march up Kachina, freefall down twisted forest drops off the West Ridge, and torch your quads on the endless bumps runs.
Top elevation: 11,819 feet
Vertical Drop: 2,612 feet
Snowfall: 267 inches (11,200')
Skiable Acres: 1,294
Hit Tresckow and Twin Trees Chute, two 40-degree lines that can hold waist-deep pockets for days.
Although it averages 267 inches, Taos, like the rest of the southern Rockies, can be hit or miss. If the rumors of El Niño are true, expect this year to be a hit.
Pop into Tim's Stray Dog Cantina for smokin' bowls of green chile stew chased with frosty bottles of Tecaté.