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History of Northside@Taos Ski Valley

Singletrack, alpine meadows, views of some of the highest peaks in NM including Kachina Peak, Fraser Mountain and Wheeler Peak.

 Historically the land was used for timber and mined for gold and copper by Fraser Mining Company in the early 1900s.  When the mines didn't produce much, they were abandoned, and the land changed ownership over the years, finally being transitioned and currently managed as a land trust.  Today, the 1200-acre property is privately managed by Northside@TSV trails as a high alpine recreational system, the trails are on the northside of famed Taos Ski Valley (opposite the ski area).  The air is thin, as the trails start at roughly 10,000 ft elevation and peak at the top of Frazer Mountain at 12,163 feet.  They are part of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range, the southern section of the Rocky Mountains that run through Colorado.

As you run on Steam Engine Trail, Gold Camp trail, Sawmill trail, your thoughts may drift to the prospecting days of yesteryear.  Breathe deep, take in the views, and enjoy your time in the's

miles and miles of trail running bliss!

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Taos Ski Valley Resort


In the early 1950's, Ernie and Rhoda Blake were living with their children in Santa Fe where Ernie was managing the brand new Santa Fe Ski Basin. His dream was to have a ski resort of his own, so he searched for a place where he could begin building his vision. Eventually, he found an ideal spot, the big snow basin north of Wheeler Peak in La Cal Basin. "There was a tremendous snow basin...I thought it was an optical illusion." (-Ernie Blake, Ski Pioneers)

After finding the perfect spot, Ernie moved his family to Taos Ski Valley in 1955.  The Blakes began to build what is now a world-class ski resort. They lived in an eleven foot camper at the base, as there were no buildings in the area except an almost-completed Hondo Lodge (now the Inn at Snakedance). Even after they moved into the lodge, they lived without power until 1963.  

This mountain is built on ruggedness and authenticity, and you will feel it as you navigate thru the land.

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