Out with a bang

Taos Ski Valley celebrates end-of-the-season with a block party to be remembered


Correction: The Bavarian is open this weekend, not closed as was stated in the print edition of this story.

This weekend (March 30-April 1) strange wildlife will be sighted in Taos Ski Valley, including bunnies, ducklings and even penguins. These critters aren't confused in seasonal migration, but merely celebrating the end-of-season block party hosted by Taos Ski Valley and the Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Beginning Friday (March 30) at 3:30 p.m., Ry Taylor will be performing at the Martini Tree. A native New Mexican, he will be performing a Latin-infused brand of jazz and acoustic Americana.

For Saturday (March 31), the events continue with a little competition, live music and a luau barbecue.

"We swing into full gear on Saturday with the Hawaiian luau and 'Penguin Paddle' on the resort plaza. Skiers and participants will don trash bags to dress as penguins and compete for the longest slide [on the snow] for big prizes," stated executive director of Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce Courtney Tucker in an email.

The "Penguin Paddle" takes place from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Beginning at the same time is the luau barbecue. Grass skirts and printed Hawaiian shirts are encouraged.

Following the competition and the grilling, Albuquerque's hot band Baracutanga will take the stage at 1 p.m., mixing South American cumbia and Afro-Cuban salsa. At 3:30 p.m., "One More Saturday Night: Pata de Perro" will begin. All events will be held within the resort plaza area.

Easter morning, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., will be the all-ages Easter egg hunt, for which participants must bring their own baskets. The day follows up at the Martini Tree Bar, where Taos local Jimmy Stadler will bring his two-step groove from noon to 2 p.m. before the season finale, the block party.

On Thunderbird Road from 3-7 p.m. will be music by Christof Brownell, the newly elected TSV mayor, who won 41 out of the 83 votes against two other candidates. To close out the evening and the season will be disco-funk, grass group, Last to Know.

"A great way to bring the village and all the locals together to dance in the street and celebrate the end of a challenging year with Mother Nature's snow allotment. We want to honor the snowmakers and all the village and resort teams for their hard work and dedication to make our mountain a great place to enjoy, regardless of how much new snow we get," Tucker wrote.

Taos Ski Valley will also be offering 50 percent off lift tickets when you buy one at regular price to those who come in luau attire such as leis, Hawaiian prints and grass skirts as well as those who will be dressed in Easter bunny or duckling attire.

Food and beverage options will be available at the 192, Stray Dog Cantina, Taos Mesa Brewing, The Martini Tree, Blond Bear Tavern, Molly's Crepe's & Sweet Escape and the Pizza Shack.

Celebrate the strangest snowfall season with Taos Ski Valley's weekend-long, end-of-season block party.