With many changes being made around Taos Ski Valley, it can be hard to keep up and know exactly what to expect from your favorite vacation spot. Here are some changes that have already happened and some to look out for in the near future.
The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant
On September 3, 2014, a press release confirmed that Taos Ski Valley, Inc. will purchase the Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant. Thomas Schulze built the Bavarian, which is located on the backside of the mountain, and it opened in 1996. Thomas and his wife Jamie have owned and operated the Bavarian since its opening, and they have stated that they will continue to run operations at the hotel and restaurant after the ownership has been transferred. Both parties involved are excited about the deal, and Taos Ski Valley, Inc. has assured the Schulze family that they will maintain the European charm and the unique personality that is found in the Bavarian. Both parties are committed to keeping the Bavarian a cherished and enjoyable destination for years to come as it continues to serve visitors from all over the world.
New Lift to Kachina Peak
Possibly the most exciting change that visitors will enjoy at Taos Ski Valley this year is the chairlift up to Kachina Peak. The 12,481-foot peak boasts some of the best skiing in the entire TSV and, before this year, it was only accessible via a 45-minute hike up the side of the mountain. The breathtaking view at the top of Kachina Peak includes the Spanish Peaks, the Taos Plateau, and Wheeler Mountain, the highest mountain in New Mexico. Skiiers and snowboarders willing to make the trek by foot were rewarded with the incredible scenery, an amazing slope, and very few other people.
The Kachina Peak chairlift installation is a big step for the new owner, Louis Bacon, as he plans to improve upon and grow the Taos Ski Valley in a big way. Several construction plans are being put into place to help the TSV realize its full potential, and to help conserve and make the most of its natural environment. In addition to the Kachina Peak chairlift installation, Bacon has set in motion a new base area, and new hike-to terrain area, and a large improvement in snowmaking, all set to begin affecting change this year.
The majority of Highline Ridge and West Basin Ridge will be accessible only by foot as in years past. However, a new hike-to terrain area is being added this year. It is called The Wild West Glades, and it is 35 acres of tree skiing and is accessible from the West Basin Ridge.
While the complete base area renovation will not be completed for a few years, a few small changes are taking place now to prepare for the end result. The drop-off area will now be at the west end of Thunderbird Road, and for the next two years, skiers will still have a staircase standing between them and the lifts.
As climate changes are making snowy winters more unpredictable, Taos Ski Valley is a step ahead in establishing itself as a leader among ski resorts in the US. While the amount of snow and water used will not change, the process of getting it on the mountains will be shorter, which will lead to snow being on the mountains sooner than in previous years. As TSV looks forward to its opening day in November, all its visitors will surely enjoy and appreciate all the changes being made for the betterment of Taos Ski Valley.
Of course, some things will remain the same like the comfort and convenience of the ski in /ski out vacation condos at the Edelweiss Lodge and the home–style food of the Blonde Bear Tavern. See you at Après-ski.