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The Future of Taos Ski Valley

In 1954, a young German immigrant named Ernie Blake founded Taos Ski Valley, pouring his passion and ingenuity into the heart of northern New Mexico.

In 2014, under new ownership, the resort embarked on a plan to create new lodging, amenities and opportunities to continue Ernie’s vision of a world-class destination.

Ernie Blake, Founder of Taos Ski Valley

TRUE TO ERNIE’S DREAM

Taos Ski Valley’s revival is a testament to the dedication to keeping Ernie's dream alive. His love for the mountains, independent spirit, family values, and the European tradition of hospitality are central to the project, and the preservation of the resort's unique spirit, colorful community, and renowned notoriety is unwavering.

THREE GOALS GUIDE THE PROJECT VISION

CREATE A SUSTAINABLE FOUR-SEASON RESORT

Develop an all-season destination that preserves the unique spirit of Taos and realizes that bigger isn’t always better.

IMPROVE ON-MOUNTAIN SKIING & RIDING

Add new lifts, new terrain, increased snowmaking and efficient resort operations to improve the experience for skiers and snowboarders.

ENHANCE THE YEAR-ROUND GUEST EXPERIENCE

Focus on improving in-resort options for lodging, dining, retail, adventure and entertainment.

DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

NEW LODGING OPTIONS

Construction of a new hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, represents the first step towards upgrading the quantity and diversity of lodging options at the resort. Its architecture and design takes its cue from the area’s rich cultural heritage and surrounding mountain landscape. Distinct details are woven throughout the nooks and crannies, and public spaces allow guests to absorb the views and energy of Taos Ski Valley.

Learn more about The Blake

Opening late fall of 2016, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley
Stay in a slope-side condominium blending old world Alpine tradition with modern convenience
New Riverwalk and Plaza area of The Blake at Taos Ski Valley
New Riverwalk and Plaza area of The Blake at Taos Ski Valley

BASE VILLAGE REDEVELOPMENT

A new village at the foot of the resort is the core of Taos Ski Valley's development project, complementing its one-of-a-kind surroundings. A reenergized pedestrian village and plaza will include a riverwalk experience, new retail shops and will provide a year-round gathering point for visitors, events and programs. The relocation of the Skier’s Drop-Off has also improved pedestrian access to and from the resort center.

lanned base area core includes new Plaza and portal into the Resort Center
Planned base area core includes new Plaza and portal into the Resort Center
Proposed new developments and entry way to Resort Center
Proposed new developments and entry way to Resort Center

ON-MOUNTAIN IMPROVEMENTS

The 2014 construction of the Kachina Peak Chairlift was the first of numerous on-hill improvements to enhance the skiing and riding opportunities. Additional chairlift upgrades, snowmaking efficiencies and tree glading work are also underway to expand terrain accessibility. Better infrastructure and stronger partnerships with utility companies will help improve wireless signals and telecommunication networks for guests throughout the Ski Valley.

ON-MOUNTAIN IMPROVEMENTS
Escape the heat and do something fun with your family

YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITIES

Northern New Mexico’s diverse climate makes Taos Ski Valley a perfect destination for year-round recreation. A proposed mountain bike park and new hiking trails will enable visitors to explore more of the surrounding mountains and wilderness. Additional off-hill programming will play a key role in promoting ongoing cultural events, music festivals and community development. Door-to-door transportation services will increase to make it easier to explore the town of Taos.

YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITIES
Taos Ski Valley is well known for its many hiking trails

FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS

Courtesy of Edelweiss Lodge Camera


December 21, 2016

5 REASONS WE LOVE HOSTING WOMEN’S WEEKEND

The weekend of December 16 – 18 was the 3rd Annual Women’s Weekend at Taos Ski Valley.  This year we hosted approximately 50 ladies from around the country.  This amazing event continues to grow in popularity and is a testament to the dedicated female skiers and snowboarders that we have here at Taos.  Here’s why we love hosting it:

 

1. Because Lady Shredders are Badass

A few years back K2 Skis started International Women’s Ski Day to encourage more women to hit the slopes and challenge that ski-town stereotype, you know the one, where there are always a ton of dudes on the mountain and only a few women?  Here at Taos we know that women can shred just as hard as men, and for the past three years, Women’s Weekend has proven that point.

2. Because of Rhoda 

Rhoda Blake was the original lady shredder at Taos Ski Valley.  She and her husband Ernie are known as the ‘ski pioneers’ who founded TSV in 1955.  She was tough and independent and even cut many of the ski trails.  People say she was the real reason the mountain stayed afloat in the early years, and as long as women are up at Taos enjoying the snow, her legacy will live on.  Also, we love the story of why Rhoda gave Whitefeather its name.  If you know the story, you know what we’re talking about!

3. Because of the Clinics and Events

It was a busy three days!  Friday night kicked the weekend off with a wine and wax clinic, so participants could get their gear ready for the weekend.  Saturday was filled with events ranging from yoga sessions to beacon safety lessons to a whiskey tasting and an ice cream social.  Saturday and Sunday both were packed with a variety of on-mountain clinics for snowboarders, skiers and telemarkers, including a carving clinic, a lesson on mastering bumps, and big mountain instruction.

Big Mountain Clinic

4. Because Confidence is Contagious   

All of the clinics are aimed to help women gain more confidence on the mountain.  One of the popular clinics this weekend was the Freeride Clinic, led by Andrea Krejci, head coach of the Taos Winter Sports Team.  The goal of her clinic was to help women push their boundaries and feel more comfortable on steeper terrain and in deeper snow.  “Instead of holding back, try to let it go!” Krejci told the group.  “The more comfortable you get, the more you can do.”

5. Because of the Women Who Participate

So many amazing women came to TSV for Women’s Weekend.  They made this event successful.  A group of women skiing and snowboarding together is a positive thing; there is so much comradery.  As one enthusiastic participant put it, “There is something awesome about coming together with other women who love the sport, and learning from each other.”

Thank you to everyone who participated, and to all our lovely sponsors.  We’ll see you next year for the 4th Annual Women’s Weekend!


July 25, 2016

The Building of The Blake at Taos Ski Valley

Watching the construction of The Blake at Taos Ski Valley has been an incredible process.  This short time-lapse gives you a brief look into all the hard work and progress that has been made with this project over the course of the last 14 months.  We are seeing more and more unveiled every day and are looking forward to the opening of The Blake for the 2016-17 ski and snowboard season.


April 26, 2016

INTERNAL RENDERINGS OF THE BLAKE AT TAOS SKI VALLEY

Arrival Lobby
Inglenook
View of bar
Spa Reception
Spa Quiet Room
Elevator Lobby
Guest Room - Corridors
Guest Room - Wood Headboard
Guest Room - Double Queen
Guest  Bathroom
Southeast Suite