Blake Hotel to close provisionally to prevent spread of virus

Taos Ski Valley's central hotel, The Blake, will close until further notice starting on Sunday (July 26) to support statewide initiatives to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, according a post on the resort's Facebook page.

Updated: July 27, 4:51 p.m.

The Blake, Taos Ski Valley's flagship hotel completed in early 2017, will close temporarily beginning on Sunday (July 26) to help prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a post on the resort's Facebook page.

"In an effort to continue our support for statewide initiatives to reduce the community spread of COVID-19, we have decided to close The Blake starting Sunday, July 26th, until further notice," the post reads. "In the meantime, we will continue to focus on our planning efforts to operate for the upcoming winter season."

While the hotel is closed, the restaurant 192 at the Blake remains open seven days a week from noon - 8 p.m.

Like most other major ski resorts throughout the United States, Taos Ski Valley's regular season was cut short this year as a result of the pandemic. A skier who visited the resort's Edelweiss Lodge and Spa between March 11-17 was one of the first people to test positive for the virus in Taos County.

In the months since, 82 other people in Taos County have tested positive.

While the ski valley has been open this summer to hikers and mountain bikers, who now have access to the newly constructed Green Chile Flow Trail off Lift 4, resort officials have yet to announce how they plan to handle the 2020-21 winter season.

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