The Summer of 2018
Updates You'll Want to Know
With the 2017/18 season behind us, we move onto our next activity: Preparing for the next season to begin. And while every season is special, we are particularly excited for what lies ahead because of renovations and updates that are happening around the mountain this off-season.
For the first time ever, Taos is getting a high-speed, detachable chairlift. The new lift will replace lifts 1 and 5 up Al’s Run, and reduce the ride time to under 5 minutes. The old lift 1, installed in 1989, Lift 5 (1973) and Lift 6 (1976), will be removed from the mountain. The new Lift 1 will be ready and spinning on Opening Day.
In addition to the installation of the new lift, The Resort Center, the Taos Tent, The Phoenix, and The Bavarian will all undergo renovations.
Due to the construction, Taos Ski Valley will not be operating scenic chairlift rides this summer and the Bavarian will remain closed until the 2018/19 winter season. This does not affect hiking in the area. All trails will remain open.
We’ve compiled a list of FAQs about all the changes that are taking place this off-season. If you have a question that you don’t see answered below, please email us with your questions.
1. Will Taos have scenic chairlift rides this summer?
We will not be operating scenic chairlift rides this summer due to construction happening in the Kachina Basin area.
2. What is the construction happening in the Kachina Basin area?
Summer construction in the Kachina Basin area includes the Phoenix remodel, parking lot upgrades, renovations in the kitchen of the Bavarian, beautification efforts, and the construction of a municipal water tank developed by the Village of Taos Ski Valley. The William’s Lake hiking trail will be slightly re-routed during construction so that hiking to William’s Lake and Wheeler Peak can continue.
3. Why isn’t the Bavarian open this summer?
The Bavarian is closed this summer due to renovations in the kitchen. The Bavarian will reopen for the 2018/19 winter season.
4. What is going on at The Phoenix?
The Phoenix is undergoing a major renovation, including kitchen updates and a remodel to incorporate banquet spaces for weddings, conferences and parties.
5. Does construction affect hiking?
The construction in the Kachina Basin area will not affect hiking. All trails will remain open and hikers should use the Village of Taos Ski Valley Hiker’s Parking Lot as usual. Please note that the Forest Service controls the maintenance of the hiking trails and could choose to limit hiking access depending on the potential of fire danger this summer.
6. Is there mountain biking?
We have plans to construct lift-accessed mountain biking trails off of Lift 4. Trail construction will commence upon final approval from the U.S. Forest Service. Currently, Northside at Taos Ski Valley offers great single-track biking and offers New Mexico’s highest elevation MTB trails.
7. What is going on at the Resort Center?
The Resort Center is being renovated to update facilities. The ground level is being renovated with state-of-the-art seasonal lockers located so that skiers will be conveniently closer to the slopes. The public lockers will also be updated, and the bathrooms will be refurbished. It will reopen for the 2018/19 winter season.
8. What is going on at the Taos Tent?
The season-pass office is moving to the Taos Tent next winter season for greater convenience for all guests, and seasonal lockers are moving to the Resort Center. The Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce will move across the street next to the Box Canyon Post Office.
9. What is happening on Ernie Blake Road?
Upon final approval from the Village of Taos Ski Valley, Ernie Blake road is being re-graded to include two-way traffic.
10. What is the schedule for the Blake this spring and summer?
The Blake is closed for spring and will reopen for guests on June 13. 192 and The Spa will also reopen on June 13. The Central Reservations office will remain open this spring, operating from 8 AM – 4:30 PM daily.
11. What hours will Taos Sports operate this summer?
Taos Sports will reopen on May 23, the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend. Hours of operations are 9 AM – 5 PM daily.
12. What else is new for next winter?
• A new high speed detachable quad chairlift will replace Lift 1, reducing ride time to under 5 minutes. The top will be where the old Lift 5 unloaded.
• The base area around Lift 1 will be completely regraded.
• The old Lifts 1, 5, and 6 will be removed, and the terminal areas will be graded.
• Strawberry Hill will undergo beautification efforts.
• Snowmaking upgrades include 30 new tower guns and 50 new hydrants, upgrades to pumps and piping mountain wide for better capacity and productivity.
• On-going glading of Wild West.
• An adventure and challenge course is planned for the Pioneer area.