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Ski Destination Offers Summertime Family Fun in Taos

Visiting ski destinations during off peak times can offer families the perfect destination for a summer vacation. It's a great way to beat the heat at 9,300 feet and enjoy a ski lift ride with breathtaking mountain scenery.
by Carla Meadows Modified: July 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm •  Published: July 28, 2014

After clocking in nine days on our epic 3,500 mile summer family road trip, arriving to Taos, N.M. was like finding an oasis in the desert after tirelessly navigating through steep mountain passes and hairpin turns.

We visited this place four years ago, and I just fell in love with the city, the rich Native American culture, art galleries and total bohemian vibe.

Although known as a great ski destination, you’ll find plenty of Oklahomans and Texans visiting Taos to beat the heat at an altitude of 9,300 feet in the summertime. Summer in Taos is a breath of fresh air and an organic food lovers’ paradise with a wide variety of great family outdoor activities, entertainment, cultural attractions and lodging options.

Instead of staying at one of the local hotels, we rented a lovely casita, which is part of the Inger Jirby Guest houses. Inger runs the gallery next to the property and the decor features a rustic artistic Southwestern charm that is welcoming and homey. I couldn't have asked for a more family-friendly and convenient place to stay, which was also walking distance to the Plaza with its marvelous shops, eateries and art galleries.

This particularly Saturday, the Plaza opened up to the Farmer's Market where locals bring their wares. It was fantastic to see all of the booths featuring skilled artisans and organic farmers with locally grown produce and delicious homemade specialties. My daughters especially loved the chokecherry jam, lemon raspberry scones and white spun honey. Hubby's favorites were the vegetarian burritos, hibiscus flower tea with fresh lemonade and watermelon-ade.

After a stroll through the galleries, we headed off to Taos Ski Valley, which was about a 30-minute drive to ride the ski lift through the mountains. The ski lifts are Taos Ski Valley’s easiest and most relaxing way to escape the heat and enjoy the mountain scenery. You and your family can take in the spectacular views, blue skies and clear mountain air while riding the chairlift.

At the top, you experience unobstructed views of Wheeler Park, West Basin Ridge and abundant wildflowers. While there are no facilities at the top of the lift, you can find a great spot to picnic or enjoy a sack lunch.

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by Carla Meadows
NewsOK Contributor
Carla Meadows is a Oklahoma City native, wife and mother of two tweens and a loveable Golden Retriever who blogs about building intentional family moments through the wonders of travel at home and across the U.S.
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