Taos Ski Valley

Morgan Timms / Taos News

Taos Ski Valley 

Following an announcement last month that Taos Ski Valley would be raising starting pay for "entry level positions" to $15 an hour, the resort's management team stated this month that it will also be bumping up pay rates for staff members already making up to $18.50 this fall.

Tania McCormack, director of marketing at TSV, announced the plan to bump pay for other employees in an email to the Taos News this week, but said staff at the resort were informed in July about the adjustment.

"We rigorously and regularly perform living wage and pay equity analysis, and supporting our staff is a cornerstone value of our resort," McCormack said. "We offer benefits to hourly workers including accidental health coverage, [paid time off], mental health support and subsidized employee housing."

While the resort did not say as of press time by how much pay for those making up to $18.50 per hour will increase, the adjustment of entry level pay to $15 means that TSV is now paying starting employees slightly above the "living wage" calculated for Taos County, which currently sits at $14.94, according to MIT Living Wage Calculator.

The resort's recent revision of pay rates reflects a larger trend among ski resorts in the United States. Vail Resorts in Colorado, for example, also announced a $15 starting wage at several of its properties this year, according to Outside Business Journal.

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