9,321 ft (2,841 m).
Taos Ski Valley is a village and alpine ski resort in Taos County, New Mexico, United States.The population was 69 at the 2010 census. Until March 19, 2008, it was one of four ski resorts in America to prohibit snowboarding; officials announced the change several months in advance.
The village was originally settled by a group of hearty and adventurous miners in the 1800s, but in 1955 Ernie and Rhoda Blake founded the area as a ski mountain. The village was incorporated in 1996.The ski area, Taos Ski Valley, Inc., is still managed by the founding family. It has a one to one ratio of expert to beginner/intermediate terrain, and has the highest rated ski school in North America.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all of it land.
Taos Ski Valley is the highest municipality in the US. This village itself sits at an elevation of 9,207 feet (2,806 m) however the village limits reach 12,581 feet (3,835 m) with the highest residential dwelling being at 10,350 feet (3,150 m). Kachina Village, at over 10,350 feet, housing the Bavarian Restaurant and two condo complexes, is home to six permanent residents and can accommodate visitors in 30 condo units.
Tourism is the main industry in the Village of Taos Ski Valley. The ski area and surrounding village have long been a popular winter destination. As of the 2011-2012 season Taos Ski Valley Corporation employed approximately 700 people during the winter months. In an average year $47 million are spent in the local economy of Taos Ski Valley.
About $12 million is from ski operations alone. The community is quickly becoming a popular summer and fall vacation destination as well. In 2005, there were 55 active businesses in Taos Ski Valley. The Village has many lodging options from hotels, private home rentals, condominiums to alpine styled bed and breakfasts. The town of Taos, located 30 minutes down the canyon, provides year round services.