Ski Towns: The WOW Guide To Taos Ski Valley

WOW Factor: Taos Ski Valley is the first major ski resort to become a Certified B Corporation

What You Need To Know: Taos Ski Valley

  • How To Get There: Taos Air
  • Where To Stay: The Blake Hotel, The St. Bernard, Snake Dance Condominiums
  • Where To Eat/Apres: The Bavarian, The St. Bernard, 192 At The Blake

Taos Ski Resort, Certified B Corp

The first major ski resort to become a certified B Corp., Taos Ski Valley is committed to protecting the local environment by adopting environmentally friendly measures throughout the resort. The B Corp certification ensures that the resort upholds the highest standards of social and environmental stewardship, transparency, and sustainability.

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Taos Valley Ski Resort

Certified B Corp.

Sustainable Skiing At Its Finest

Sustainable Skiing in Taos

Taos Ski valley’s commitment to sustainability is apparent as soon you enter the mountain resort. Named after co-founder of Taos Ski Valley, Ernie Blake, the Blake Hotel is the Taos Ski Valley’s newest addition and is an entirely green building. Designed to use 12-14% less energy then baseline construction methods, the Blake utilizes ground source heat pumps, LED lighting, and thermostats tied to occupancy sensors to achieve optimal energy efficiency.

Bring Your Own Bottle

The hotel has also discontinued the sale of disposable plastic bottles at all resort-owned facilities. In lieu of single –use plastic, they offer reusable bottles for $4. This initiative is expected to remove around 10,000 plastic bottles from the resort’s waste stream each year. These efforts, combined with enhanced forest management, a commitment to locally sourced food, and enhanced water and waste management, Taos Ski Valley is setting a new standard of sustainability for ski resorts in North America.

How To Get To There: Taos Air

Taos Air is by far the fastest and most convenient way to get to Taos Ski Valley. It’s also essentially a private flight experience and the service is outstanding. Each guest receives:

  • two free checked bags;
  • free shuttle service from Taos Airport to the ski valley, and;
  • free (yes we said free) ski and board rentals once you arrive at the resort.

Taos Air: Quickest Route To The Rockies

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Taos Air flys non-stop between:

  • Taos, NM and Austin and Dallas TX;
  • Taos, NM and Carlsbad-San Diego and;
  • Taos, NM and Hawthorne-Los Angeles, CA.

Our favorite part?  Taos Air is a 100% Carbon Offset Air Service. You can learn more about Tao’s Air, here.

Where to Stay: Taos Ski Valley

The Blake Hotel

The newly constructed Blake Hotel is by far the pinnacle of the resort. It’s also the most plush (and eco-friendly) place to stay on the mountain.  An LEED Silver certified hotel, The Blake is located right at the main base area, a few steps from what locals lovingly call “the beach”.  It’s 80 alpine rooms (including spacious one and two bedroom suites) are appointed with a modern south-western flair and are attended to by guest-service hausmeisters.

Take the elevator down to the tranquil spa for a luxurious massage, body treatment, or facial. Adjust to the altitude in the oxygen bar, or stretch out after a day on the slopes with a yoga class. Or fill up at the hotel’s restaurant: 192 -which offers a rustic alpine atmosphere complemented by delectable south-western inspired dishes.

Best For:

  • Sustainability
  • Luxury Amenities
  • Spa Services
  • Pool & Hot Tub
  • Yoga & Fitness
  • Modern Southwestern Design

The Snake Dance Condominiums

Located at the base of the mountain, a few steps from the main lift, the Snake Dance Condominiums at Taos Ski Valley is about as central as you can get during your stay at Taos. Offering studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and a few three bedroom condos – the Snake Dance is also one of the more wallet friendly options on our list. Due to their reasonable prices, and close proximity to the slopes, these condos book up fast during peak season so be sure to book yours well in advance.

Each condo has a fireplace and French doors that open onto a Juliet Balcony. They also come with fully equipped kitchens, high speed wifi, and satellite TV – so you can feel at home on the mountain. Hondos restaurant is located on the first floor of the complex, a local favorite for strong drinks and a hearty bite to eat.  Guests can also easily walk to all the restaurants and shops in the compact Village.

Best For:

  • Wallet Friendly Stay
  • Closest Accommodation to Lift 1
  • Central Location
  • Hanging Out/People Watching At “The Beach”
  • Full Kitchen, Wifi, TV

The St. Bernard Hotel

For an all-inclusive stay with an authentically European feel, look no further than The St. Bernard. The quintessential Taos hotel is still run by a single family, and has stayed true to their Bavarian Roots. Offering rustic rooms in the main lodge, alpine style A-frame Chalets, and tranquil rooms in their german-style Alpenhof building, all of the rooms have wifi, but none of the rooms have TV.

The goal at The St. Bernard is to have guests unplug and connect with friends and family during their time in the mountains. Their famous family-style restaurant located at the base of the main lodge is one of the most sought-after meals in the Ski Valley.  After dinner, make your way to the connecting bar for a cocktail and lively local entertainment.

Best For:

  • Traditional Taos Experience
  • Family-Hosted Stay
  • Unplugging from Technology
  • All Inclusive Meals
  • Cozy Bar & Live Entertainment
  • European Vibes

Where to Eat & Apres: Taos Ski Valley

The Bavarian

A true gem at the base of Lift 4, the Bavarian is ski-in ski-out fare that is perfect after an adventurous day on the slopes. The german inspired menu features Bavarian classics such as Sauerbraten, Wienerschnitzel, or Käsespätzle. Pair your lunch with an imported specialty from one of Germany’s most famous breweries: Hofbräu Haus, Andechs Brewery or Weltenburg Brewery. When your seated at one of the long wooden tables, being served by a waiter or waitress dressed in traditional lederhosen, you might just think you’re in Europe. Don’t miss the Swiss Fondue night on Tuesdays – just make sure to call in advance.

Best for:

  • Lederhosen Sightings
  • Slope-side Lunch
  • German Menu
  • Bavarian Lodge Vibes
  • Outdoor Bar
  • Apres Ski
  • Fondue

The St. Bernard

Dining at The St. Bernard is an après ski experience like none other in North America. If you are staying as a guest at the hotel, you will enjoy gourmet breakfasts, lunches, and dinners – most likely served by family members of owners. The Restaurant is also accessible to those not staying at the hotel, by reservation only. If you’re lucky, you might be able to walk in after a morning on the slopes to enjoy their skiers lunch: a menu of hot pressed paninis served inside the lodge, or belly up to their al fresco burger bar – a large outside deck with some of the best views on the mountain. There is only one seating for Dinner, and it’s always a prix fixe menu served family style for your table to share. After dinner, make your way to the cozy Rathskellar bar for a cocktail and lively local entertainment.

Best For:

  • Family-Style Dinner
  • Authentic Old World Vibes
  • Casual Outdoor Lunch
  • Locals Bar
  • Live Entertainment

192 At The Blake

The most southwestern inspired dining experience on our list, 192 at the Blake serves rustic seasonal fare that is true to the spirit of Taos. Featuring local, gluten free, and vegan options, 192 is sure to have something for everyone on the menu. It’s warm and inviting atmosphere, centered around an open air kitchen, communal dining tables, and a beautiful bar, is welcomed after a day on the slopes. The restaurant also has a cozy lounge corner, complete with a picturesque fireplace and southwestern art – perfect for a casual après ski snack or cocktail. 192 Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a fresh and elevated way.  

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192 At The Blake

Best For:

  • Picky eaters;
  • Seasonal fare;
  • Southwestern ski atmosphere;
  • Walk-ability
  • Craft cocktails
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