Taos Ski Valley Celebrating 60 Years

Welcome Sign to Taos Ski Valley

The drive from the quaint town of Taos to the ski valley is a pleasant 19-mile trek through beautiful New Mexico mountain landscape. The elevation steadily climbs to 9,200 feet when you arrive at the remote Taos Ski Valley.

Ernie and Rhoda Blake, Founders of Taos Ski Valley

The Taos Ski Valley was founded by Ernie and Rhoda Blake in 1954.  Ernie grew up in Switzerland but immigrated with his family to America.  After he learned to fly single-engine aircraft, he used one to spot a great place to start a ski resort, the old mining town of Twining. It was the perfect location for his dream.  Taos Ski Valley was born.

This next season, Taos Ski Valley will be celebrating 60 years as a resort. They will be honoring all of the past skiers that have hit the slopes and taken in the ski valley’s grandeur and beauty and all of the future skiers who will experience this little charm of a resort for generations to come.

Snakedance Condominiums

After my recent visit to Taos Ski Valley, I had the pleasure of staying at the popular Snakedance Condominiums where I stayed in a spacious 2BR / 2BA unit.  The unit sleeps six comfortably with about 1100 sq ft of space. The full kitchen boasts granite countertops and a side-by-side fridge. The bathrooms are tiled and have beautiful granite countertops as well.  No worries on proximity to the slopes from this property.  You will find yourself less than 10 yards from the Lift One quad, the main access point to the mountain. This is a slope-side resort with shops and restaurants literally out the door and steps away!

Destination Expert, Susan Makkai

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One Response to Taos Ski Valley Celebrating 60 Years

  1. Cecilia says:

    This is really interesting to hear that the founder originally came from Switzerland. He discovered the enchanted beauty of New Mexico and Taos especially like me. I’m coming from Switzerland too :).
    My husband and me we lived 2 years in Taos und 2 years in Santa Fe. Now we try to find a place in Taos again. We just belong there, both writers and nature lovers. If you know somebody renting a house or looking for a house sitter, I’d be glad to be contacted. Thank you so much.

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