Where to Sleep: Choose from the town of Taos about 30 minutes from the ski area, the hamlet of Arroyo Seco about 15 minutes from the ski area, or Taos Ski Valley. The upside to staying at the ski area is you avoid the drive from Taos, which, on a powder day, can take up to an hour. The downside is that there isn't much of a night life and the only pace to get groceries is Bumps, a little market below Lift One. But when part owner and events coordinator Alejandro Blake throws a party at the Martini Tree, it's worth staying in the Ski Valley. Save cash: Try the Abominable Snowmansion Hostel in Arroyo Seco, located between the town of Taos and Taos Ski Valley, where bunks start at $22 per night. [snowmansion.com] Splurge: Edelweiss Lodge and Spa, located just down the hill from Lift One, is comfortable and classy, but not over the top luxury. Most units have kitchens, so it's great for larger groups. A two bedroom, two bath condo is $675 per night [edelweisslodgeandspa.com].