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SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY
AT TAOS SKI VALLEY


Taos Ski Valley Ski & Resort has always placed an emphasis on safety, on and off the mountain. Over the course of this year we are focusing on safety programs that will educate our staff to be aware, responsible and safe while maintaining a fun & secure environment for fellow guests and employees.

Most guest will never notice our behind-the-scenes efforts, but you will see our employees who spend their time around the resort acting as a resource for your safety needs. Taos Ski Valley's Ski Patrol members can be found on nearly every trail of the resort’s mountain during operational hours. When you need assistance around the base areas the employees wearing blue Taos uniforms will be more than happy to assist you.

Contact Taos Ski Patrol via:

On-Mountain Emergency Phones – dial 2211

Call 575.776.2291 x2211

Have someone ski or ride to the base of the nearest lift and ask a lift operator to contact Taos Ski Patrol.

Call 911 and explain you are skiing/riding at Taos Ski Valley and your location on the hill.

 

What Ski Patrol will want to know:

- Where you are – be as exact as possible.

- How many are hurt/involved

- What is the complaint? Why does the person need help?

- What type of injury?

- How old is the person?

- A description of the person.

- If the person is unconscious, not breathing or has a neck/spine injury, please notify ski patrol of this immediately. DO NOT MOVE THE INJURED PERSON YOURSELF.

 

Collisions

- You have duties under New Mexico Law (NM Ski Safety Act § 24-15-10) which are posted at the Ticket Windows.

- Duties when involved in a collision:

* Stop at the scene and render reasonable assistance – notify Taos Ski Patrol immediately of any injury that takes place.

* Send another skier/rider to notify a member of Taos Ski Patrol, or contact them by calling 575-776-2291 x2211 on your cell phone.

* Remain at the scene until a member of Taos Ski Patrol arrives.

* Provide a name and current address to Taos Ski Patrol before leaving the scene.

 

Note:

- Reporting a collision or completing a collision report is not an admission of liability.

- Collisions must be reported to Taos Ski Patrol by law before you leave – if they are not reported at the time of collision, it is extremely hard for Taos Ski Patrol to track down the information.

- Taos Ski Patrol can help facilitate the exchange of information following a collision.

 

Mogul Medical Urgent Care

Mogul Medical Urgent Care provides Taos Ski Valley with ski and family medicine.

9am-4pm when the ski area is open.

Sutton Place – between the Snakedance/The Blake and the beginner hill.

Under New Mexico Law the primary responsibility for your safety while skiing rests with you, the skier. (NM Ski Safety Act §§ 24-15-2, 24-15-9, 24-15-10, 24-15-12, 24-15-13) Please READ the law posted at the Ticket Windows.

 

Know the Code

- Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.

- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.

- You must never stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.

- Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.

- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.

* Slow zones are intended for the safety of skiers/riders, please respect them. Disregard of areas marked on the trail map and of posted slow signs will result in loss of lift privileges.

* Respect Ski Area Boundaries – Taos Ski Valley does not allow skiing outside of the ski area boundary. Do not cross any rope or go on any trail marked with a rope or a closed sign. Areas outside the ski area boundary are not patrolled and avalanche mitigation is not conducted. Violators will lose lift privileges and may receive a federal citation and fine.

* Skiing/riding in a closed area will result in the loss of skiing/riding privileges. Skiing/riding in closed avalanche prone terrain presents a serious risk to you as well as other skiers/riders and will result in a loss of skiing privileges and possible federal citation.

- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

- Please be courteous and respectful to fellow skiers and riders.

- Respect and listen to all staff members’ instructions.

 

Know how to self arrest from Slim Slidell

- Get your feet downhill

- Dig in with hands and feet

- Stop yourself before “you can’t”

- Include “Story of Slim Slidell” video & eventually a demo video from patrol

- Slider conditions

 

Understand your abilities

    

Green Circle: Easiest

Blue Square : More Difficult

Black Diamond : Most Difficult (experts only)

Double-Black Diamond : Most Difficult, use extra caution – extreme experts only

Orange Oval : Terrain Park 

 

Trail sign color codes indicate the relative skiing difficulty of Taos Ski Valley terrain and may bear no relationship to the difficulty of terrain at other ski areas. If you are unfamiliar with Taos Ski Valley, start with an “easiest” trail to determine relative difficulty. Don’t start down a trail until you know its degree of difficulty and never enter a CLOSED trail.

While Taos has some expert terrain, we have plenty of beginner and intermediate terrain to grow your skills. We recommend beginner skiers and riders use lift 3 and the Pioneer prior to riding lift 1, 4 or 5.

Wanting to learn how to ski/ride or looking to hone your skills? Taos SnowSports School has you covered, schedule your lesson today and improve your on snow abilities! ( Book a lesson )

 

Helmet usage

We think a helmet looks good on you!

When operated in accordance with the rules and regulations of Taos Ski Valley, the following ski equipment is allowed:

Taos Ski Valley, Inc. allows conventional ski equipment such as alpine skis, tele-mark skis, snowboards, snow blades, carving boards, alpine touring equipment and specialized equipment that has been designed and manufactured primarily for use by skiers with a disability (sit skis, mono skis, bi skis, outriggers) are the only types of snow sliding devices permitted to use the passenger ropeways and ski slopes/trails within the boundaries of Taos Ski Valley.

Adaptive Programs Information

Aerial Chairlift Evacuation Devices: To permit evacuation from the aerial chairlift in the event of a breakdown, sit-skis, mono-skis, bi-skis are to have an evacuation system, readily available and designed specifically for the device that can be securely attached to the evacuation rope. Ski bikes are to have an adequate device to securely attach the equipment to the evacuation rope. It is the responsibility of the skier with a disability or the assistant to attach the device to the evacuation rope and move off the chair as instructed.

Taos Ski Valley, Inc. considers use of other equipment when needed for access by persons with disabilities on a case by case basis, based on an objective evaluation of whether use of equipment is needed for access, and whether allowing use of the equipment poses safety concerns or would require fundamental alteration of Taos Ski Valley’s operations.

Wheelchairs and other manually powered mobility aids that meet the legal definition as “a manually-operated or power-driven device designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability for the main purpose of indoor and outdoor locomotion are allowed to be used anywhere foot travel is allowed in accordance with 28 CFR sections 36.311 and 36 CFR 212.1.

Taos Ski Valley, Inc. supports the use of trained service animals during winter operating season. All service animals that meet current ADA guidelines to include, but not be limited to: remaining under the direct control of the user at all times; be house broken; and be trained and utilized for a specific disability approved by ADA regulations. No animals are allowed on ski terrain or ski lifts, which restricts the use animals to only dogs specifically trained, or in the process of being trained for avalanche search and rescue work under direct control of TSV resort staff.

Patrol Shacks are located at the top of Lift 2, Lift 4 and Lift 12. Feel free to stop by, say hello, ask questions and get your Taos Ski Patrol apparel (top of Lift 2 shack only).

Although Taos Ski Patrol is here to provide guest service and they are happy to answer any questions, the immediate responsibility of a Ski Patroller is to provide care to injured skiers at any time. If a Ski Patroller isn’t able to immediately answer your question, it’s likely because someone needs their immediate attention.

Taos Ski Patrol is proud to have several avalanche rescue dogs as members of the team. They are highly trained in winter search and rescue scenarios involving one or more avalanche burials. With their ability to rapidly scent, find and dig out a human being, the chances of survival significantly increase. ( learn more )

Although cute and friendly, the dogs are working dogs, so we ask that you please respect that and understand they may not always be able to say hello. Please get permission from a ski patroller prior to approaching any of the avalanche rescue dogs. If you see an avalanche rescue dog on the slope, please do not ski/ride near the dog as this poses a risk to their safety.

Dr. Quigley Peterson and Mogul Medical Urgent Care have provided Taos Ski Valley with ski and family medicine since 1988.

- Services Ski Injury Specialists

- Urgent Care & Family Practice

- Travel Medicine & vaccinations

- X-Rays

- Pharmaceuticals on hand

- Altitude Sickness & Acclimation ( learn more )

 

Hours & Location:

9am-4pm when the ski area is open

Sutton Place – between the Snakedance / The Blake and the beginner hill.

Privacy Policy ( read now )

 

Drone Policy

Out of safety concerns for guests, employees, and resort property, as well as concerns for individual privacy, Taos Ski Valley, Inc. (“TSV”) prohibits the operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public – including recreational users and hobbyists – without the prior written authorization from the TSV.  

This prohibition includes drones used for filming or videotaping, as well as any drone use by media or journalists operating above or within TSV boundaries.  This prohibition on drone operations or use extends to any drones launched or operated from TSV property, as well as drones launched from private property or U.S. Forest Service property outside of TSV boundaries.  

Please contact TSV representative John Barnard in the main office of TSV if you have any questions or if you seek prior authorization to operate any aerial drones.  Any authorized operation of aerial drones may be governed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules and regulations, Taos County or Village of Taos Ski Valley ordinance, local law enforcement, and / or U.S. Forest Service rules, as well as those policies separately established by TSV, which may include certification, training, insurance coverage, indemnification requirements, and waivers or releases of liability.  

Any violation of this policy may involve suspension of your skiing or snowboarding privileges, or the revocation of your season pass, as well as confiscation of any drone equipment, and may subject violators to any damages, including, but not limited to, damages for violations of privacy and/or physical or personal injuries or property damage, as well as regulatory fines and legal fees.

 

Uphill Policy

Uphill skiing/riding is only allowed beginning three days after the announced last day of winter ski area operations and ending on May 15th, when the Summer Operations Plan takes into effect. During this time the New Mexico Ski Safety Act duties of ski area operators will not apply to the skiing area or any persons skiing/riding on the terrain. All such skiers/riders will legally assume all risks of injury or death while participating, including avalanche risk and all inherent risks such as, but not limited to, snow conditions, terrain, trees, natural and man-made objects, variations in terrain and the operation of ski area vehicles such as, but not limited to snowcats, snowmobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. Private motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles are prohibited from access. Markings, warnings, signage ski patrol or other rescue assistance, and all other ski area operator duties und NMSSA are not provided by the ski area except during winter ski area operations.

All winter sports activities, such as (but not limited to) skiing, snowboarding, tubing and sledding are prohibited before and after operating hours due to safety concerns and pre and post season due to safety concerns.