Winter Operations Plan

We are excited to share with you our plans for the 2020-21 winter season. We wanted to carefully craft a plan that gives you a world-class experience while maintaining aggressive COVID-Safe Practices. We’re pleased to announce our opening day is planned for November 26, and we have a thoughtful, socially responsible approach that gives you crowd-free access to our legendary terrain, while still ensuring your health and well-being is our top priority.

Taos Ski Valley will look a bit different this winter due to COVID-Safe Practices. Our B Corporation ethos has been a beacon for us as we navigated the pandemic, and throughout this lengthy planning process, we kept the well-being of our staff, visitors, and community at the forefront. We worked with our peers in the industry and with the state of New Mexico's tourism and health regulators to develop best practices for how to operate this season. We thoughtfully and carefully considered every aspect of our business so that COVID-Safe Practices are integrated into everything we do, from our ski patrollers to our restaurants, to lift lines, and rentals. We did this out of respect for you, our staff, and our community.

modified operations

This season, we will limit ourselves to 25% uphill capacity of skiers and riders. This will allow you to physically distance while still enjoying an adventurous day on the mountain. We are encouraging skiing and riding on weekdays, which are typically less crowded than the weekends. We’ll continuously monitor all guidelines and the effect of the coronavirus on the community, and may adjust any aspect of our business operations at any time in response. 


This winter, it's imperative you plan ahead for your trip to Taos Ski Valley. Tickets and rental gear must be purchased online in advance. Both are expected to be available for purchase after October 27th. If you're not skiing, we recommend renting a room at a local lodge or staying home as indoor capacity will be limited. 


We're looking forward to our guests continuing cooperation with all COVID-Safe Practices. This includes wearing masks for any person over the age of 3, maintaining a six-foot distance, and avoiding gatherings of more than ten people.


what to expect


Tickets will go on sale October 27th. They must be purchased online, in advance of arrival at the resort.


To reflect the unique times we’re in, we created a whole new set of season pass options


Ski and snowboard rentals will be available October 27th, and must be reserved online, at least 24 hours in advance. Guests are encouraged to pick up their rentals from 5pm to 7pm the night before use to reduce crowds. 

cashless resort

The resort will be cashless, meaning payment for all dining, rentals, ticketing, and retail will be via credit, debit, or prepaid card only. A cashless approach will reduce contact during the payment process. Guests should be prepared to pay with their smartphones or with credit, debit, or prepaid cards.


The Blake at Taos Ski Valley will operate at 65% capacity. For added peace of mind, cleaning, disinfecting, and HVAC protocols have been significantly heightened, and all guests will be required to go through COVID screening upon arrival.

ERNIE blake snowsports school

Private ski and ride lessons will be offered through our Ernie Blake Snowsports School. Private lessons can include up to five guests visiting together. Group lessons and childcare will not be offered this season. 


On-mountain restaurants will be open and operating with COVID-Safe Practices including: physically distanced seating that maximizes open-air dining whenever possible, new ordering procedures including contactless payment processing, and to-go-for-here service. 

daily basket check

Daily basket check will be available on the lower plaza, located next to Twining Provisions. The baskets will be operated like a valet, with no public access, to reduce contact.  


Guests are discouraged from après activities at Taos Ski Valley this season. 


We will not be hosting events during the 2020-21 season.


No guest parking lot shuttles will be offered this year. Guests should use the new drop-off on Thunderbird Road for passengers and equipment, before the driver parks the car. 


The Spa at The Blake will operate with a limited capacity for guests of The Blake to begin the season. Visit the spa website for available treatments. 


Staff will sign a conduct pledge, pass a daily symptoms check, and abide by New Mexico CSPs at all times. 

taos sports RETAIL

Our Taos Sports retail outlet will be open following all COVID-safe protocols. Please use hand sanitizer before entering, wear a mask, and follow capacity limits. 


We have asked all guests purchasing a season pass or a day ticket to sign our Taos Guest Pledge. See it here.

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