As I drive the all too familiar route to the Taos Ski Valley, I find myself lost in the fond memories of the season past and in the anticipation of the season to come. The river runs high with the abundant melt of the snows and the peaks still shine snowy white. Although my skis have been stored, I mused about the idea of one final run off the ridge. I am not the only one. A small group of diehards are already on their way up on this fine blue sky day.
The final season of enjoying our quaint little village has come and gone. The base area no longer resembles the relics of an old European resort. Nor does it resemble the likes of Aspen or Vail – yet. The plans are drawn, the vision is laid out and the process is underway. The deconstruction of the old buildings is complete and the beginning of the new “plaza” is stepping into reality. The underground parking area is mostly dug and the periphery of the Snakedance has been shored due to erosion concerns. The largest boulders (some in excess of 10 tons) have been preserved to line the banks of the West Fork and help create an artificial but aesthetically pleasing “riverwalk”. The park like setting will be a draw to visitors both near and far; Spring, Summer Winter and Fall.
This summer will be slow. Many of the Taos Ski Valley lodgers are closed while the construction is underway. The notorious Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina has graciously remained open both for the crews, the curious and the locals. Autumn will draw few with its bright yellows Aspens and deep blue skies.
The coming winter however, will be bursting with activity. Gone are the days when you can book a ski in/ ski out with little notice. With travelers from around the world being enticed to SKI TAOS rooms are already running in short supply during high season. Menus are being discussed and bars will be stocked to attract the ski après crowds. It is to be a grand re-opening. I hope to see you there…