Taos Ski Valley opens, slowly but surely

Taos Ski Valley is set to begin a soft reopening this week. File photo

After months of hiatus due to COVID-19 closures, Taos Ski Valley Inc. will begin a phased reopening of the outdoor area.

Starting this week, Taos Sports retail store at the base of the ski valley will be opening for business, but the resort will not be offering food or beverage service.

On July 1, The Bavarian will open for limited outdoor dining only and Chair 4 will begin spinning to take visitors for scenic views. Taos Sports near Lift 4 will also open that day.

The Blake will open for half capacity on July 1.

Rhoda’s will open for limited outdoor service on July 15 along with the Green Chile Flow Trail for mountain bikes.

Taos Ski Valley will be following the state of New Mexico’s emergency health order and will require all employees and guests to wear masks.

Visitors must wear masks at all times in a public setting unless they are at a table eating or participating in an exercise activity.

Gatherings of five or more people are prohibited in the state and at Taos Ski Valley and the company will allow for larger groups only if a family contains more than five people.

Taos Ski Valley is requesting that all visitors maintain social distancing and keep 6 feet of distance between themselves and TSV employees.

Village of Taos Ski Valley Mayor Christof Brownell enacted an emergency order in March closing all nonessential businesses in the area and strongly discouraged travel into the ski valley. Those who entered and were not living in the area were held to a 14-day quarantine to ensure they were not bringing the virus into the valley.

The executive order has since been lifted and the village is also following the state’s guidelines on reopening.

The ski area was closed on March 15 following the state's announcment of the first cases of COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus.

The company was orginally set to close following the finale of the World Pro Ski Tour on April 12, which was canceled.

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