The Bavarian Lodge
What We Love
- Mid-mountain location at the foot of the Kachina lift
- Shuttle to the lower ski village available for those who don’t want to ski down
- Nearby Taos (15 miles southwest), with its galleries, funky shops and Indian pueblo architecture
- Year-round outdoor activities
What To Know
- Ski Taos from early December to mid-April and hike during late May to early October
- The Bavarian and the restaurant close from April to Memorial Day and again from mid-October to Thanksgiving.
- The Kachina lift is approximately $70 a day during ski season
- Bavarian polka music in the restaurant might not appeal to everyone
- No handicap access; all accommodations are up a steep flight of stairs
- The altitude (10,000 feet) is not for the faint of heart
It seems like an anomaly at first: an authentic Bavarian ski alm in the heart of the mountainous American Southwest. But guests who settle into this unexpected hideaway will find themselves thoroughly impressed by the inn’s unique blend of Western hospitality and German Gemütlichkeit.
Situated at an altitude of 10,200 feet, this is the only mid-mountain lodging available at the legendary Taos Ski Valley, where skiers of all levels revel in the dry powder and bright sunshine of the high desert and expert hikers trek to the tallest peak in the state at the Kit Carson National Forest. The 15-year-old Bavarian lodge features log construction, which gives it a rustic air, while the spacious rooms offer a more opulent take on the notion of “roughing it.” European antiques, marble bathrooms and killer views of Kachina Peak let you luxuriate in comfort after a day on the slopes or the trails.
Amenities include ski-in/ski-out access, a sunny heated deck that’s packed with the outdoorsy types at midday and a warmly welcoming restaurant that serves up Bavarian delicacies along with more standard American fare. Guests can wash down a sauerbraten with a specially imported brew, then settle back to enjoy the gentle heat from the kachelofe, a traditional Bavarian tile stove.
The Thomas Suite brings a more contemporary vibe to The Bavarian, with vaulted ceilings, a loft bedroom and large living room. Adjacent to the lodge are the new Chalets, a complex of three-bedroom, three-bath condos. The high-end modern decor offers a contrast to the antiques-filled lodge while sharing all the same amenities.
Once the snow melts, guests can go hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and whitewater rafting, or enjoy some of the unexpected cultural offerings at the property like chamber music concerts and art classes. And don’t forget about autumn — you know that any place named The Bavarian is sure to cook up a great Oktoberfest.
How to Get There
We took a free shuttle up from Taos Ski Valley to the Bavarian Lodge. The meal was fantastic with great atmosphere and excellent service. This truly was the best meal of our trip. We were traveling with a 4 and 5 year old and they loved it too. The interior had great decorations and was cozy but well spaced and private. It was located at the base of a ski slope and has a huge deck for watching sunsets.
Taos and the Bavarian are always amazing - but on a sunny day - and regardless the temperature (if the wind is low) - sitting out on the Bavarian deck eating huge warm pretzels and drinking wine or beer looking up at the amazing Kachina Peak - well, it doesn't get better than this folks. Great music (lots of Marley) and everyone is your friend. Special shout out to Alicia - her smile and welcome will warm you up on the coldest of days! Don't go near Taos without hitting the Bavarian. I've skied all over the world, and this is the best!
Located two miles beyond the Taos Ski Valley Resort, the Bavaria Inn is definitely a destination place ... but worth the effort. Authentic German in every way: atmosphere, dress, menu, beer and hospitality. I had jagerschnitzel with mashed potatoes smother in thick mushroom gravy with red cabbage. Terrific! And the beer, all German, was outstanding. I would have liked to spend several hours there soaking up the atmosphere in the restaurant, but driving back down the mountain put a damper on that.