Ski Lessons

Snowsports Lessons

Due to the November 13, 2020 NM Public Health Order which requires outdoor recreation facilities to close for 14 days, Taos Ski Valley will no longer start its winter season Nov 26th.  When Public Health Orders are lifted and allow ski resorts to open in Taos County, the resort will coordinate and mobilize its operations as quickly as possible, with a focus on ensuring best COVID-Safe Practices. Taos Ski Valley anticipated irregularities in its operations this season due to COVID-related closures, and has developed plans to be nimble and efficient in the face of uncertainty this year. We look forward to welcoming guests on the mountain soon, and we encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy at home right now. 

 

Due to the uncertainty of the NM Public Health Order, we are currently limiting lessons to existing reservations and request-private lessons. Please call 888.262.8398 or email us at snowsports@skitaos.com to be added to our waitlist. 

PRIVATE LESSONS 

Maximize your skiing and riding experience! Private lessons are individually tailored to meet our skiers’ and riders’ goals—plus the personal attention makes the entire experience more fun and exciting for everyone.  Taking a private lesson as a family is a great way to keep the entire family together and learn as a group.  Our Private Lessons create lifelong snowsports fanatics and a love for Taos for generations to come.

For questions please call 888.262.8398 or email us at snowsports@skitaos.com

  • All guests taking Private lessons must ski or ride at the same level or else the group will be taught at the level of the least experienced skier/rider 
  • 1 to 4 skiers or riders per group 
  • Ages: 3yo.  – Adults. Children must be able to use bathroom facilities on their own
  • All ability levels
  • Lift tickets and rentals not included. A discount is available on both when participating in private lessons
  • 24 hour advanced reservations required
  • Please arrive at the resort at least 1 hour before the lesson begins

Full Day Private Lessons

$750

Meets 9:00am or 10:00am at the Rio Hondo Learning Center or at the red flags outside the adult Snowsports office located in the Snakedance center.  Skiers and riders who need equipment from Taos Sports and aren’t staying at the Blake will meet at RHLC for equipment rental and lessons. Skiers/riders with equipment not rented from Taos Sports will meet at the resort center. 

AM Half Day Private Lessons

$525

Meets 9:00 AM at the Rio Hondo Learning Center or red flags outside the adult Snowsports office located in the Snakedance resort center. Skiers and riders who need equipment from Taos Sports and aren’t staying at the Blake will meet at RHLC for equipment rental and lessons.  Skiers/riders with equipment not rented from Taos Sports will meet at the resort center. Half Day lessons last 3 hours. 

PM Half Day Private Lessons 

$475

Meets 1:00 PM at the Rio Hondo Learning Center or red flags outside the adult Snowsports office located in the Snakedance resort center. Skiers and riders who need equipment from Taos Sports and aren’t staying at the Blake will meet at RHLC for equipment rental and lessons. Skiers/riders with equipment not rented from Taos Sports will meet at the resort center. Half Day lessons last 3 hours. 

private SKI Weeks 

$1,350

Taos Ski Valley’s reputation as one of North America’s best ski school rests on Ernie Blake’s unique ski week vision.  Our Ski Week devotees swear by the annual pilgrimage to tune up their skiing and riding, and renew their spirits and their long-time friendships at Taos Ski Valley.  Although we are not offering a group Ski Week, we will offer the Private Ski Week. 

This program is designed for skiers and riders who are focused on getting the most out of their week.  Absolute beginners to double black diamond skiers. Intensive, exciting, and condensed. Our pros will take you from our lower mountain to the upper mountain and into our world-renowned steeps to shred our secret stashes.

  • Private Ski Weeks are for up to 4 skiers/riders at or near the same skill level who are visiting together. You can choose your instructor, you choose your people, you choose your area of focus.  If you don’t have a particular instructor in mind, we’ll choose the best one for you and your family

  • Ages: 3yo. – Adults. Children must be able to use bathroom facilities on their own

  • All ability levels 

  • Private ski weeks are 2 hours daily, for 6 days: Sunday through Friday

  • Guests can choose to begin the lesson at 9AM, 10AM, or 1PM

  • Rental and lift tickets not included

  • Private Ski Weekers meet at the Rio Hondo Learning Center if rentals are needed from Taos Sports. Guest staying at the Blake or who have equipment meet outside the Snakedance at the red flag on the snow

  • 24 hour advanced reservations required

  • Please arrive at the resort at least 1 hour before the lesson begins

ADAPTIVE LESSONS

please call 888.262.8398 for more information on adaptive lessons, as they have changed due to covid-19. 

Disabled skiers and riders of all ages and varying abilities can benefit from instruction with an adaptive pro from the Ernie Blake Snowsports School. Our trained instructors assess, equip, and teach students with disabilities in a one-on-one setting. This allows each student to be coached according to their specific needs, abilities, and learning styles while optimizing their skiing or riding experiences. We offer adaptive lessons for two, three, and four track skiers, snowboarders, bi-skiers, and beginning to advanced mono-skiers as well as accommodate different cognitive and physical abilities. In addition, if you need the assistance of a blind guide or help getting around the mountain as an independent bi- or mono-skier, our adaptive mountain guides are ready to help you.

Instructors are all qualified professionals in the Snowsports School with specialized training in adaptive instruction. 

  • Three and six hour lessons available
  • Your first visit will meet outside the Adult Snowsports office located in the Snakedance or the RHLC for an initial assessment and to properly fit appropriate adaptive equipment
  • 24 hour advanced reservations required

 

 

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