"Taos is one of those places where you step back into an era when skiing was simple,” says ski.com mountain vacation expert Bryan Donnelly. The town and resort are secluded, rising above the Northern New Mexico desert—part of the area’s charm. Taos is nestled in the famed Sangre de Cristo mountain range at an altitude of more than 8,000'. The high elevation, combined with New Mexico’s arid climate yields bone-dry champagne powder. As a cultural center comprising Native American, Spanish, and Anglo tradition, a ski trip to Taos is like going to a faraway land. On your way to the resort you’ll notice adobe buildings, art galleries, and a Native American Pueblo. The resort matches what the town’s culture has to offer with every kind of terrain imaginable at Taos Ski Valley, "from wide-open bowls and long groomers, to crazy cliffs, chutes, and some of the steepest terrain this side of Wyoming,” says Donnelly.