Our Story: Humble Beginnings
The ski area exists because of the imagination and hard work of a remarkable Swiss-German named Ernie Blake, his wife Rhoda and friends. A passionate skier, Blake dreamed for years of building a ski area, and launched Taos Ski Valley in 1955 on a shoestring budget. The European atmosphere and architecture of Taos Ski Valley is due to the ski area’s pioneers—a mix of German, French, Austrian and Swiss residents and employees—combined with the local Native American and Spanish cultures. The Village is surrounded by the Carson National Forest and offers activities, special events, accommodations and fine dining in summer, fall, winter and spring.
With new ownership in 2014 Taos has embarked on an exciting phase of development. This includes building a chair lift up Kachina Peak that tops out at 12,450 feet, the opening of the slope side Blake Hotel in February 2017, plus new runs, glades, restaurants and shops. It's a great time to come and check out the reinvigorated TSV!
Euro-New Mexican Hospitality
Old World ambiance seasoned with Native American and Spanish spice gives our valley its unique flavor. We resemble a European ski village but our core is pure New Mexican—all smiles and sunshine. Be prepared to be welcomed warmly and treated royally. From unique dining and shopping experiences, to novel adventures and uncommon culture, absorb the connection to place and join our family.
Revel in an alpine sunrise. Soak up the big mountain views. Stargaze from your room balcony. Get first tracks. Carve the perfect turn. Hike through flower-carpeted meadows. Learn to speak French. Take your snowboarding to the next level. Enjoy a pot of cheese fondue. Hoist a stein of Bavaria's best suds. Watch your kids grow into epic skiers and boarders. Make new friends, renew old acquaintances. Feel like family in this wonderful village of outdoor enthusiasts.