Not really close to other resort, it will take you some time to get there. 5h from Crested Butte, 5.5h from Denver, and probably about 13h from Salt Lake City. This mountain offers something for everybody, although 51% is designed for experts.
If you like hiking, this is the place to be. Without hiking, you still get a lot of steep runs and some great tree skiing (rather tight trees). The real good stuff can be accessed by hiking 5 to 90min, but don’t worry. Usually you are fine with up to 25min. The only problem is the altitude. At almost 4000m above sea level, the thin air makes every move much harder.
During our 2nd day at Taos, we decided to go for the real challenge: from chair #2 all the way along the ridge to the top of Kachina Peak, about 4000m above sea level. For fast hikers, it will take under one hour, and for us it was 75 minutes. It’s moderate hiking with a few very short steep sections, but it was really not too bad overall. The view from the top is breathtaking and worth staying there for a while. The access to this part of the mountain closes at lunch time.
During the afternoon, we stopped for a drink at the base, where is a nice view of the black and double black runs where people try to ski runs they shouldn’t even think of. Every few minutes there’s a spectacular scene, almost better than a movie.
We spent two days at Taos in midweek and never had to wait at all. Until April 2008, Taos was a skier-only mountain, but now snowboarders are allowed.
“Better value” in Taos and rather expensive on the mountain. A few miles before you get to the base, there is a motel that makes the morning travel a bit shorter, but I can’t recall the name.