What To Expect
Personal responsibility and respect for your fellow Taos Ski Valley guests, our staff, and our community are the key to the success of re-opening the resort. All guests will be required to read and acknowledge the Taos Ski Valley COVID-19 policies and procedures.
Summer 2020 at Taos Ski Valley – What to Expect
Taos Ski Valley is in its first stage of reopening for summer operations and we are looking forward to sharing the cool, fresh air, and wide-open spaces. For your health and safety, and that our of staff and local community, we are implementing all state health order guidelines and taking a cautious and phased approach to our summer activities. As a result, the guest experience at Taos Ski Valley will be different than previous summers.
As the COVID-19 situation develops and new recommendations and health orders are implemented, our processes and procedures are also changing in response. We are working hard to make sure your stay here is restful, relaxing, and safe, and that you are able to enjoy the energy and rejuvenation of nature while still recognizing the importance of remaining vigilant in the face of the coronavirus. Please be patient with us as we adjust to the new way of doing things.
Here is what you can expect upon your arrival:
Guest Safety Guidelines and Practices
Following the governor's executive order, all Taos Ski Valley staff and guests will be required to wear a face covering in all public places. Exceptions are when guests are exercising, seated at a table for eating or drinking, or for guests who have a medical condition that precludes them from mask wearing.
We also request guests follow appropriate physical distancing practices, maintaining a six-foot distance from other guests and staff. Gatherings of more than 5 people are prohibited. If your family is made up of more than 5 people, you can stay in a group with your family.
Taos Ski Valley staff are also following distancing requirements, wearing face coverings and gloves as mandated, practicing appropriate personal hygiene, and passing a daily temperature and symptom assessment to ensure they remain home if sick. Our buildings and facilities will have new operations protocols in place, designed to maintain the highest levels of sanitation.
Re-Opening Plan and Dates*
June 17 OPENINGS
- Taos Sports for retail
- No food/hospitality service available
July 1 OPENINGS:
- The Bavarian for limited outdoor dining service
- Scenic chairlift rides on Lift 4
- Taos Sports Kachina Basin
- The Blake at Taos Ski Valley at limited capacity with new hygiene protocols, traffic patterns, and other CSPs
- Lift-service mountain biking on the Green Chile Flow Trail will be available later this summer. We will announce a date when it is available.
- We are currently under construction on the Via Ferrata rock climbing experience and plan to open later this summer. We will announce a date when it is available.
This summer Taos Ski Valley will not host any events or live music. Certain areas that do not promote distancing will remain closed, including the volleyball courts and the kids bouldering area.
We recognize the phased and cautious approach will mean summer at Taos Ski Valley is a little different than in years past. However, we are committed to giving visitors the best experience possible amid these difficult circumstances. We strongly believe the beauty and rejuvenating effects of nature will help all of us stay energized and healthy this summer, and we look forward to seeing you back soon.
*We want to enjoy success at each phase before moving on. Opening dates may change based on results and recommendations from the state and local authorities.
Expand the tabs below for detailed information regarding how we have changed our operations to keep our guests, employees, and community safe.
When is Taos Ski Valley re-opening?
Taos Ski Valley is in the middle of our reopening. Our phased plans maximize the health and safety of our guests, staff, and community, while offering visitors a way to rejuvenate in the mountains and nature. We have deliberately phased our activities and services, including dining, so we can ensure our new cleaning and physical distancing operations are seamless.
Will visitors and employees be required to wear Coverings? When and where?
Yes. Following the governor's executive order, all Taos Ski Valley staff and guests will be required to wear face masks in all public settings. Exceptions are when guests are exercising, seated at a table for eating or drinking, or for guests who have a medical condition that precludes them from mask wearing.
Will Taos Ski Valley enforce New Mexico's quarantine?
Answer: Yes. Taos Ski Valley, and The Blake, will be following the state's Executive Order requiring anyone entering the state to quarantine for 14 days.
What new safety steps are you taking around the resort?
- Our staff has always taken pride in the cleanliness of our pristine mountain sanctuary and, now more than ever, that commitment is being stepped up. When you visit the resort, you can expect to see staff wiping down/sanitizing all high-volume, high-touchpoint areas throughout the day.
- All staff will be wearing masks and gloves.
- Guests will see a considerable amount of new signage indicating directional flow within restaurants and retail outlets, and physical distancing markings indicating 6-foot spacing throughout the resort.
- Guests are required to wear masks in all public areas unless they are seated at a dining table.
- Guests must use a hand sanitation station before entering restaurants.
- Plexiglass barriers will be used to separate staff and guests at multiple touchpoints throughout the resort.
- The chairlift will load family units/groups that are together, or with only one or two people if they are not in a group together. Guests will be guided to stand at distanced space intervals as they wait for their ride.
When the resort begins reopening on June 17, will visitors be able to purchase food or beverages?
During the first phase, we will not be selling food or beverages in any of our resort properties. (We cannot speak to the plans of other privately-owned businesses in the ski valley.) We encourage guests to bring up their own food and drink when visiting in these early weeks.
The Bavarian will be open 11am-4pm, 7 days per week, beginning July 1.
When will The Blake open?
The Blake at Taos Ski Valley is open for guests at 50% capacity with new hygiene protocols. We will require every guest to respond to the same questions that our employees do prior to their arrival and will perform a temperature check when they arrive. All of this information will also be shared with guests at the time of booking. Please watch the video at the bottom of the page for a detailed look at our procedures.
What changes have been made to housekeeping procedures?
Every guest room will be fogged after a departure, then cleaned by trained room attendants with special attention to disinfecting, then inspected and re-fogged by a supervisor.
Public-area attendants will clean every area and public bathroom every hour versus every two hours. Elevators and landing areas will be cleaned throughout the day.
Will 192 open this summer?
192 will open July 1 with in-room service for guests of The Blake only. Stay tuned for more details on when the restaurant will open to the general public.
Will the pool, spa, and gym be open this summer?
All of these spaces will open following state direction with very detailed procedures to ensure maximum capacities and cleanliness are followed.
At this time, the spa will allow two guests at a time. The fitness center will allow two guests at a time in the weight room and one guest at a time in the yoga room.
We are still determining whether we will be able to open the pool and hot tubs to guests. If we are able to open the pool, we will decrease the number of chairs and lounge areas surrounding the pool and clean them after every use.
What is the summer cancellation policy?
Our cancellation policy will stay the same unless a reservation is cancelled due to COVID-19 related reasons in which case a full refund will be processed.
Will valet parking be offered?
No, as it is not permitted per State regulations.
ARE THE TRAILS OPEN TO HIKING?
We do not manage the trails to Williams Lake, Wheeler Peak, or along the drive up to the ski valley. As far as we know they are open to the public. Please check the Forest Service website for all updates.
What else is open in the Village of Taos Ski Valley?
For information on what other businesses are open, please visit the Taos Ski Valley Chamber website.