If there is one thing we can predict, it’s that Mother Nature is unpredictable. Especially when it comes to opening a ski resort, weather is the ultimate factor, and all we can do is hope for the best but plan for every other possible scenario. These past few weeks have brought us warmer than average temperatures and although it’s made for some amazing bike riding and late season hiking, it’s given our snowmaking team quite the challenge.
We have been planning on November 23rd for Opening Day, but with the lack of natural snow, everyone has been wondering if this is still the case. Here’s what’s up: Our mountain operations team is 100% behind getting the season started as soon as conditions allow. But as it stands right now, we need more snow on the ground. The good news is that the meteorologists are expecting a cooling trend to Northern New Mexico this upcoming weekend, so on Monday, November 20th we will announce when we will open for the season.
When Mother Nature decides she is ready to give us some love, we’ll be ready. But whether we open next Thursday or not, here are a few things that you can definitely count on happening:
Pray for Snow Party at The Martini Tree
The Tree is opening for the season on Friday, November 24 (with a Thursday to Sunday schedule) and is kicking it off with a “Pray for Snow Party” from 5pm to 8pm. We are dedicating the night to Ullr, the Norse ski god and hoping that he brings good snow karma. Come raise a snow-filled winter season and hear live music from local artist Ry Taylor and bluegrass jam band, The Nosseeums.
Speaking of the Martini Tree, the coolest new club in town is the Mug Club! For a $25 initiation fee, you will receive your very own locally crafted clay mug, and get access to $2 draft beers for the entire season at the Tree. Featured beers include Guinness, Modelo, Shiner Bock, Alaskan Amber, Oscar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pill, and of course, PBR. Join the club by signing up at the Martini Tree starting November 24th.
Even if our snow dances don’t pay off, there will be plenty of other fun activities to take part in on Thanksgiving. Hiking up to William’s Lake and Bull of the Woods is still a possibility, and so is biking in this weather. The Taos Pueblo is hosting a Thanksgiving Pow-Wow, and Twirl is putting on their 10th annual Twirl Aglow Party for kids.
Then, if you love eating Thanksgiving dinner but hate cooking it, check out 192’s Turkey plate. Chef Patrick Gharrity is serving up red chile glazed oven roasted turkey, blue corn sage stuffing, green chile buttermilk whipped potatoes and handcrafted pie. Only available on November 23 from noon to 8pm, and make sure to make a reservation at OpenTable.com.
The Blake is welcoming guests to get away for a long weekend with the New Mexico Getaway package valid between November 22 and 27. Book online at Skitaos.com and use promo code REDORGREEN or call Taos Central Reservations at 800.776.1111.
Keep an eye out next Monday for announcements about Opening Day, and in the meantime, think snow!