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
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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.
The Bavarian Lodge
100 Kachina Road
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico 87525
How to Get There
Flights are available to the Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. The property does not provide airport transfers. Shuttles are available from Albuquerque International Sunport for approximately $150 per person, each way and can be arranged through Taos Shuttle by calling 575-779-5641.