“Taos is different because of our people, our varied terrain and our values.
Which compel us to think first and foremost about our community and our environment” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley.
“This winter, our visitors will enjoy the benefits of Taos Ski Valley’s renaissance while still having the pure mountain experience that has defined our resort for almost seventy years. Our goal is to deliver a world-class adventure on an intimate scale.”
Taos Ski Valley has announced new features and experiences available to visitors this winter in a recent press release. As part of its $300 million mountain renaissance, the resort has also raised staff wages and acquired more AVI (avalanche rescue) dogs. Opening day for the ski season at Taos Ski Valley is Thursday, Nov. 25 and the season will run through Sunday, April 3, 2022.
Visitors to Taos Ski Valley can look forward to enjoying these new features and experiences:
Introducing the new Eis Haus ice-skating rink
Central to the renovated plaza, Eis Haus adds a new winter experience to the Taos mix. Skaters of all abilities and ages will enjoy ice-skating in the afternoons and evenings all season long. Large built-in fireplaces with seating adjacent to the ice offer a terrific place for family and friend to watch and socialize after a day on the mountain. Skate rentals are included and skating starts at just $20 for the afternoons and $25 for the evenings.
On Friday and Saturday nights, family and friends can relax in a sleigh ride to the award-winning Bavarian restaurant where they can enjoy a three course prix-fixe dinner, complete with wine. Thick cozy blankets keep the chill at bay while guests receive an exhilarating and memorable roundtrip ride under the stars.
A new plaza and mountain entry area
In-ground radiant heat, new fire pits for small gatherings, and a new skier services building with a variety of independently owned retail the new lower plaza area gives skiers and riders a smoother and more efficient entry to the main mountain area. The plaza area also includes a ticket kiosk for expedited self-service.
Pioneer Glade renamed “Free Tacos” glade
Pioneer Glade is now Free Tacos in honor of George Medina, the legendary Taos instructor who helped end the resort’s ban on snowboarding in 2008. “Free Taos” – the mantra of the snowboarding movement – became “Free Tacos” when a sticker company ran spellcheck on the group’s order.
Improved snow conditions Using a new state-of-the-art snowcat, 13 new high efficiency snow guns and enhanced snowmaking pipes, Taos will have improved snow conditions all season long on its most popular runs throughout the mountain.Parking ease Taos will return its popular “cattle car” free parking shuttle this year, as well as the skier drop-off area, which debuted last season.
Taos’ famous ski weeks resume Starting with the resort’s founding in 1955 and the only full-week program in North America, ski weeks provide a full week of instruction to inspire visitors’ skiing, renew their spirits, and create long-time friendships. Ski weeks at Taos Ski Valley include Children’s Weeks, Private Ski Weeks and one-time sessions that include Race Week and Women’s Week. Ski weeks run throughout the season from Sunday through Friday, starting Dec. 19.
Top skiing and riding events and guest celebrations Taos plans to once again host the prestigious Freeride World Tour. Additionally, Taos plans live music, holiday festivities, and engaging fundraising events throughout the season, including its popular Boarding for Breast Cancer and Femme De Freeride events.
Flights to resume Taos Air will resume round trip winter flights from Dallas, Austin, Carlsbad, California, and Hawthorne, California beginning in December and flying through April 4, 2022.
New pro-guided mountain experiences For intermediate-to-expert skiers and riders looking for an adrenaline-pumping adventure that includes hiking, finding secret stashes, and expert advice for TSV’s double-black diamond runs, TSV now offers personal, professional ski and ride guides for a full-day or a half-day. This tailored experience helps skiers and riders make the most of the days on the mountain while offering them insight into the local history, terrain and region. Ski Strong™️ Gold Medalist.
Experience Exclusive to Taos, Olympic Gold Medalist Deb Armstrong will host four, three-day Ski Strong sessions that offer skiers a transformative and thrilling experience. With sessions available for all levels of skiing, this once-in-a-lifetime package includes a welcome reception on the first evening and three days of personal ski coaching directly by Armstrong, along with daily lift tickets and equipment rentals. Reservations for Ski Strong sessions will be available in early fall and spots are limited.
Flights to resume
Taos Air will resume round trip winter flights from Dallas, Austin, Carlsbad, California, and Hawthorne, California beginning in December and flying through April 4, 2022.
According to the press release, The Spa and Wellness Center at The Blake provides the “perfect relaxation destination for a luxurious escape or a post-skiing recovery, featuring: a heated saltwater pool, multiple outdoor hot tubs with stunning views of the mountain, an oxygen bar, treatment rooms for individuals or couples, a fitness center, a yoga room, a private locker room and steam room for spa guests, a separate locker room and steam room for fitness center guests, and more.”
“This winter, visitors to TSV will return to a true skiing experience – one that is welcoming, relaxing, adventurous, and open to all,” said Norden.
Historic tradition continues
More than six decades ago, Swiss ski enthusiast Ernie Blake looked out his window and saw the snowy mountain peaks beckoning to him from his Cessna 170. From then on, he and his family dedicated their lives to creating a dream destination where local culture converged with traditional European hospitality.