About the property
- House2700 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 6 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms +, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
Custom remodeled mountain home in the Village of Taos Ski Valley, short walk to ski trails (450 feet). Hear the calming sounds of the Rio Hondo creek from a large private deck with western views. The ultimate quiet, private retreat with easy access to ski valley amenities. The new Pioneer beginner lift allows access from the base area directly across from the chalet.
Three bedrooms, three bathrooms, 2700 sq. ft. Spacious enclosed loft with private sleeping/reading nook perfect for families and friends. Gourmet kitchen with granite island, fully-equipped for vacation entertaining or simple cooking. Radiant heat with high-efficiency fireplace.
Discover the best-kept ski secret in the west with no lift lines! Stunning western views of dramatic alpine valley in all seasons. Summer access to hiking trails, mountain biking, horseback-riding and Wheeler Peak wilderness and the newest wilderness area in the US, the Columbine/Hondo wilderness.
Loft: Main room is 20'x16', with separate 10'x4' sleeping/reading nook. Beds include bunk bed with double mattresses top and bottom, plus twin bed with trundle-bed that pulls out and up for another twin (together same size as king). Loft is enclosed and private from downstairs. Loft has full bathroom with separated sink and shower/tub/toilet areas, so one guest can have a private shower while access remains open to sink/prep. The cozy reading nook provides a quiet retreat, with a double futon for sleeping. Two full-size lounge chairs and dresser, along with two chairs and a table for small ones complete this perfect play/sleep space for families.
Main floor description
Main Floor: Entry into kitchen/ dining room, with an open floor plan that can seat more than 10 people at dining table and granite island. The dining table has two leaves, seats 8-9, and is perfect for group meals or family games. The kitchen has stainless steel counters with integrated farm sink, and top-end stainless appliances. The counter-depth fridge holds a week's worth of provisions and refreshments. The granite island has garnet accents that glow in the warm lighting, and halogen spotlights make for a bright, functional, modern entertaining space. Microwave, electric teapot, crockpot and blender are included, along with a coffee station (drip, not Keurig). The dining room opens into a great room with vaulted ceiling, including leather couch, love-seat and reclining chair. A high-efficiency fireplace pumps out heat and mountain charm. A game/puzzle table leads to the staircase to loft. Great room opens onto deck with panoramic western views.
Master bedroom (14'x12') with Serta queen pillowtop mattress and bathroom with oversize soaking tub complete the main floor. Custom window with grand western view from bed to private mountain vista. Private entry to deck with shaded portal from master bedroom.
Initial entry into mudroom with lots of hooks and an oak bench (refinished oak pew from a historic church in Denver) for removing boots/gear. Stairs to main floor, and private 3rd bedroom on entry-level with separate keyed entry and private shower/bathroom. Queen-size bed with comfortable Serta pillow-top mattress, and armoire/dresser that will hold your clothes and gear.
Keywords: ski chalet, mountain retreat
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- May 23, 2018
We love the New Mexico outdoors, and skiing is our family activity in the winter.
Why Owner chose Arroyo Seco
The Village of Taos Ski Valley is a friendly mountain community that combines the best of American western wilderness with Austrian ski resort, with incredible access to winter and summer wilderness. This location is close to the center of the Village, with easy access to ski trails, yet in a very quiet and private setting away from ski valley traffic. Being directly across from the charming Rio Hondo creek offers year-round sounds of a mountain stream.
What makes this House unique
Taos Ski Valley is the premier ski destination in the west if you appreciate great snow, varied terrain including incredible steeps, while being immersed in the deep blue sunny skies of New Mexico. For the visitors who love art but not skiing, Taos and the nearby village of Arroyo Seco offer galleries and the historic Taos culture that seem a continent apart from the Austrian alpine setting of the ski valley, yet are only a short drive down the valley.
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I recently rented this property for a ski vacation with my family of four. I have to say, it exceeded all our expectations. The layout is terrific. One bedroom on the ground floor (where there is ample space for boots and ski gear), master bedroom on the main floor, which also has the kitchen and spacious living room, plus a loft that has 4 full-size beds. There are three full baths. It was more than enough for us - we could have had a whole additional family join us!
The living space is really great and we had a lot of fun playing board games and relaxing in the many comfy chairs. It was a great way to blow off steam after a long day of skiing. The kitchen is also quite well appointed, with real knives and pots/pans (so often when you rent you only find crappy kitchen tools). We made great meals. If you haven't been to TSV before, definitely plan your meals ahead of time and purchase food before coming up to the mountain. The round-trip down and back to the closest grocery store is long.
The location is terrific. It is a 3-4 minute walk to the slopes for an adult, but I have small kids so we drove to the top of the Pioneer lift (about a 30 second drive). Very easy. It's less than 10 minutes to the base of Taos mountain and the shops and restaurants there, if you want to go back-and-forth that way.
The positioning of the chalet is also beautiful because it looks right down the Taos Ski Valley to the West and you get really beautiful sunsets (if it isn't snowing, which it mostly was for us).
Definitely follow the directions to bring a 4-wheel drive car in the winter or if there has been lots of rain. The driveway is steep and unpaved, which is no problem at all if you have 4WD, but would be impossible with a standard RWD car.
Overall, I would definitely rent this place again. The photos don't do it full justice. It is great!
Loved everything about this property! Perfect vacation spot to ski. Close to slopes! Fully stocked and super nice! Can't wait to go back :)
Perfect Get Away
The house was perfectly divided for a large family and children. Just the right amount of space!
Marvelous home - DO IT!
I grimaced at the cost when I first committed to renting this home, but we were excited to take our two adult sons and their wives on our first "family vacation" for all six. And it was Christmas at the time. So I did it.
It was money well spent!
This was truly a "home" away from home. Very comfortable and had all the features of home, save for wifi and cable -- but those were two things we were trying to get away from for awhile! We enjoyed the fully equipped kitchen and the personal time we had together as a family -- playing games and listening to each other moan & groan from aches & pains of skiing. There was a large collection of DVDs as well. The beds were comfy and cozy with very nice comforters and mattresses. The loft area, while used by only two of us, was huge and would be perfect for a family with children.
The decor was rustic, yet stylish. The photos, while nice, do not do this home justice. And the views, which we had in combination with a 13" snow during our stay, were incredible. High on our list of things we enjoyed were early morning coffee and staring out the window!
I will say this: five of the six of us are hardly "accomplished" skiers. While the home was, technically, ski-in/ski-out, we opted to drive to the base so we could avoid the more challenging runs that led to the "ski-in" location. But that's on us, not the property!
Lastly, the owners were attentive and accommodating, even to the point of sending me a text to insure we arrived safely and letting it be known how to contact them if needed. There wasn't a need for communication because a binder, full of all anyone would need to know, was left thoughtfully on the coffee table in the living area.
The Taos Chalet was lots of fun!
The Taos Chalet is a beautifully kept vacation home in Taos Ski Valley. We comfortably had a family of 6 adults stay, but more could easily stay as the loft has lots of extra bedding.
The morning views of TSV were gorgeous, and it was lots of fun to view it next to a blazing fire. The fire was easy to start and simple to maintain. It was the centerpiece of the home and kept us all quite warm.
Getting out to the ski runs was simple. Very short walk both to and back from the skiing. Storage for skis, poles and boots was just fine. We decided that the lifties at Taos are some of the friendliest we have met, rivaled only by those from Monarch Mountain and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado.
Finally, the driveway was no big deal. It was touted as steep, narrow and potentially unmanageable. We found that to be gross exaggeration. The driveway is about 75 feet long, and it does climb uphill some, but it was nothing for our two SUVs. It truthfully would have been easy to navigate in my little Saab or any other sedan as well.
Thanks very much to Duncan and Molly for having us as their guests.
Wonderful Stay at the Chalet!
We had a great time at the chalet in the ski valley over the Christmas holiday. The location made for a convenient trek to the ski lift as well as great hiking trails close by. The house was extremely clean, and we had all of the amenities and essentials needed for our 6 night stay. We definitely appreciated the nice welcome gift to kick start our vacation. Molly followed through after we arrived to assure that we didn't have any questions. We would definitely stay at the chalet again!