With a La Niña weather pattern, the Southern Rockies have experienced more sunshine than snow. As a result, the Taos Ski Valley snowmaking crew and groomers have been focused on delivering pristine corduroy, resulting in the ideal terrain for learning to ski and snowboard.
With two designated beginner areas, Pioneer and the newly redesigned Strawberry Hill, Taos Ski Valley’s world renown Ernie Blake Snowsports School wants to draw new participants to the sport. To encourage new skiers and snowboarders, Taos Ski Valley is excited to launch “The Perfect Progression Package,” which provides full-day instruction, beginner lift ticket and ski or snowboard rental equipment at a 20 percent savings.
“Skiing and riding is all about the go and flow,” says Burt Skall, Snowsports Director at Taos Ski Valley. “Learning from the best instructors in the country will get you up, sliding and enjoying the amazing sports of skiing and riding quickly and safely.”
The “progression” program provides the new skier or rider six clearly defined “steps” from which to learn. Step one starts on the “flats” with a zero percent grade in terrain. The participant works on getting a feel for the snow and equipment.
In steps two and three, the instructor utilizes two “Magic Carpets.” The first carpet has a 5 percent grade and celebrates the “thrill of movement,” a cornerstone of the proven “Terrain Based Learning” technique which focuses on the “go” versus the traditional method of learning to “stop.” On the second carpet, the grade increases to 8 percent and the participant works on the flow of turning.
Step four takes the skier or rider onto the new “gondolita” and provides a long, sustainable beginner run with a 10 percent grade. From there, in step five, the participant loads the Reuggli chairlift and masters an open trail with grades varying between 15 and 20 percent. Once the new skier or rider is comfortable, the pinnacle beginner run is Ozlo Trail with a 25 percent grade. By mastering these six steps, the skier or rider graduates to Pioneer Hill and Lift 1 where the progression continues.
The package includes options for adults and youth. For those ages 14 and older, the package features the adult first-experience session and includes morning and afternoon lessons. The discounted price is $120 per day, a $30 savings.
For ages three to 13, the package includes a full-day child session for $150 (a $35 savings) and utilizes the new state-of-the-art Children’s Center. Taos’ instructors are specifically trained in ski and snowboard coaching techniques for the younger set.
For guests desiring a vacation experience, the package also includes an optional lodging component at the newly opened slope-side hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley. Lodging and lesson packages start from $280 per night for adults and $320 for children.
This package is available through Feb. 11 and is valid for bookings through April 1, excluding February 16-19 and March 9-18. Visit SkiTaos.com or call Taos Ski Valley central reservations at (800) 776-1111.