2014 marks the first season of lift access terrain at Taos Ski Valley and the grand opening of the trail "Berminator." As you might have guessed, this trail is characterized by massive, steep berms and is an absolute blast for gravity riders. The trail starts at the top of Taos Ski Valley, at an elevation of 12,500 feet. Prepare for thin air and stunning views of New Mexico's highest peaks. The trail takes you down the mountain, one giant berm at a time, traversing through aspens and across open ski runs.
Berminator is the perfect trail for strong intermediate and advanced riders and anyone who likes berms and huge table-top jumps. While it would also be a great "introduction to gravity" trail for strong cross-country riders, it's definitely not a beginner trail.
Beginner riders should stick to Pioneer Park, Taos Ski Valley's bike skills park which boasts multiple lines and is a perfect intro to gravity riding with mini berms and small, pint-sized jumps. The resort sells a separate Pioneer's Park Only Pass, for $10. Parents can send their kids to play in the park while they enjoy a beer (or two) at the bar on the ski valley deck.
While Berminator is currently the only lift-accessed MTB trail at Taos Ski Valley, the resort has plans in the works for a full-fledged gravity park. Next year will probably see the addition of a "green" beginner trail and a "black" downhill run. For the moment, the ski valley's proximity to prime XC trails, means that riders who get bored of Berminator can trade in their downhill bike for a lighter steed and head over to Northside at Taos Ski Valley for a few hours of pedaling fun.
For those who work up an appetite in the park, Taos Cow, the area's best ice cream and coffee shop, is just down the road in Arroyo Seco. Order a waffle cone full of chocolate peanut-butter ice cream and call it a day.