Winter Operations Plan

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. 

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. 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 five people.


what to expect


At the moment you can still buy tickets on-line for any time this season the period beginning December 16th. Any tickets purchased for a date on which we are closed due to a New Mexico state closure will be fully refunded per our refund policy. 


To reflect the unique times we’re in, we created a whole new set of season pass options. As stated in our refund policy: if the resort closes for 14 or more days for COVID-19 reasons, passholders will receive a prorated refund, less $20 for each day skied, at the end of the season. 2020-21 season passes are fully refundable until opening day. Please send a written request to However, we plan to open this winter, and stay open, so we hope you still come and enjoy the outdoors since they are not going anywhere. 


Due to the uncertainty of the NM Public Health Order, we are limiting rentals to existing reservations only. As stated in our refund policy: if the resort closes for COVID-19 reasons, all rental equipment purchases will receive a full refund.

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.


Please hold your lift/pass out away from your body as far as possible so our ambassadors can scan it. Remember to ride the lift with only people in your visiting party. 


The Blake will no longer open Nov 23rd. Based on the current NM Public Health Order, the occupancy of the hotel will be reduced to 25% and we only rent units with kitchens or kitchenettes. The Blake will open when the mountain opens, with a focus on ensuring best COVID-Safe Practices. 

ERNIE blake snowsports school

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


We will start our season with limited food and beverage. An outdoor kiosk at Rhoda’s will serve burritos and beverages for breakfast and lunch. We aim to expand our operations through the winter contingent upon COVID improvements in our state and county. 

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. 


Due to our limited operations we had to simplify aspects of our resort, and dedicate our efforts to the core of skiing. We are also trying to mitigate high-injury-areas and reduce potential close contact for our patrollers to injured folks.


The public is not allowed in Ski Patrol Headquarters at the top of Lift 2 and Lift 7A. If you need assistance, please knock and someone will come outside to assist you.


There will be no courtesy snowmobile rides this winter. To align ourselves with Covid-Safe Practices, we will offer courtesy toboggan rides. 


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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