Spend a few hours museum-hopping downtown. Peruse the work at the Taos Art Museum ($8), where the original members of the Taos Art Colony and their early-twentieth-century works are showcased, then hit the Harwood Museum of Art ($10), where an exhibition of portraits, focusing on some of Taos’s oddball characters, begins February 9. Stop in at the E.L. Blumenschein Home ($8) to see a collection of prominent local artists’ work in the eighteenth-century home of the town’s arts-scene pioneer before checking out what contemporary artists are creating at 203 Fine Art, one of the area’ s 100-plus art galleries.
Head up to the Taos Ski Valley ($75 for a full-day ticket) and shred 2,600 feet of vertical drop on 113 trails. The most adventuresome skiers and snowboarders can attempt the extensive, off-trail West Basin, which requires a hike or a traverse to access. The mountain has a reputation for being challenging, given that more than half of its trails are for experts, but those who aren’t ready to take on difficult terrain can ride the 1,400-foot Pioneer lift (new this season) to ski just-opened beginner trails.
Get a glimpse of history and the town’s literary origins at the Taos Pueblo, a still-inhabited Native American community of multistory adobe buildings. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the pueblo has served as inspiration for dozens of novels, including Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, influenced by the author’s time spent here. Afterward, stop by the Moby Dickens Bookshop, which showcases Taos writers and southwestern books and hosts regular readings by local authors.