Every year, as the temperatures drop in northern New Mexico, the town of Taos turns into a verifiable winter wonderland complete with inches upon inches of snow and countless outdoorsy adventures to enjoy. Snowtubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and snowmobiling are some of the go-to activities for wintertime fun in Taos—all of which can be perfectly complemented with a dip in the hot springs.

But what really draws wintertime visitors to this quaint town are the surrounding mountains and what they offer for skiers and snowboarders. For those who book a stay at Gem Hacienda, a massive luxury vacation rental in the Drip Castle Estate Collection, these opportunities for fun in the snow are never too far away.

Ski Resorts in Taos

Gem Hacienda’s central location puts guests within a short driving distance from four ski resorts with slopes for both beginners and experts alike. With over 300 inches of snow per year, Taos Ski Valley is only 25 minutes away and provides 110 trails, two terrain parks and numerous slopes that are rarely crowded. Families looking for kid-friendly activities can head to Angel Fire Ski Resort only 35 minutes away, with its 80 trails and three terrain parks, as well as snow tubing, sledding, and night skiing. Also about 30 minutes away is Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. This family-friendly option offers over 40 trails, five lifts, and three terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. With a 45-minute drive, skiers can reach Red River Ski Area & Summer Area, a resort situated along the scenic Enchanted Circle Drive.

Whether you go near or far, our dedicated concierge will take care of reserving your lift tickets.

Upscale Accommodations For Après Ski Relaxation

Accommodations can make or break any trip, but especially when it comes to a luxury ski vacation. After a busy day on the slopes, Gem Hacienda creates a perfectly cozy atmosphere perfect for unwinding. This massive estate has 8,000 square feet of living space with nine bedrooms large enough to include ensuite bathrooms, sitting rooms, and fireplaces. Traditional adobe architecture gives Gem Hacienda the quintessential New Mexican charm, while also offering the modern amenities every discerning traveler needs: a professional-grade kitchen, an intimate bar, smart TV’s with streaming services, and commercial WiFi. Skiers will also find a convenient ski rack, and for the ultimate après ski relaxation, Gem Hacienda also has an outdoor hot tub.