Taos is a great mountain for expert and advanced riders. There's a small park with rails, jumps and jibs, but for me the real shit is offered up on the "The Ridge". The Ridge is a free riding mecca, with no end of gnarly steep chutes, drops, and trees. To give you an idea of the terrain, the first week of March, Taos is hosting the Salomon Extreme Freeride championships, which is a world qualifier event. The same terrain that the pro's ride is available to anyone with the balls to drop in.. Check out this you tube ditty on the event YouTube - Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships in Taos
this should give you an idea of some of the crazier terrain at Taos!
The Ridge is accessed via a short hike from the top of lift #2 or #6, and then you can choose which side of the ridge you want to ride, West Ridge or The Highline Ridge. The Highline Ridge passes innumerable chutes and leads up to Kachina Peak, the highest point on the area. The West Ridge offers some of the steepest chutes on the mountain.
In addition to the Ridge, Taos is known for it’s moguls, lots of moguls... The first thing that greets you in Taos is Al's Run, an intimidating bump run you can scope out on the first lift up the mountain. There are also a handful of blue and green runs, but not many. The official line on runs is; Expert 51%, Intermediate 25%, Beginner 24%. I'd swear that all the beginner runs are nothing but cat tracks for experts to move around the mountain!
Like any mountain, conditions depend upon how much snow drops on the area while you're there. After 4-5 days without snow, the steep stuff at Taos gets pretty crappy and you’re forced to hunt for good soft snow. The hunt itself can lead you into some pretty crazy areas, part of the fun for sure!
So read-up on the trail map, pray for snow, and watch where you drop in. Keep in mind that you can always head over to Angel Fire for a little more mellow riding. Check out Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina at the base for a little après, I just left there about an hour ago… Have fun.