Taos Ski Valley: More changes to improve skier, snowboarder experience

By David Norden
Posted 11/20/19

Building on the last four years of reinvestment, Taos Ski Valley continues to improve its amenities and infrastructure to give our guests the best possible experience.

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Taos Ski Valley: More changes to improve skier, snowboarder experience

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Building on the last four years of reinvestment, Taos Ski Valley continues to improve its amenities and infrastructure to give our guests the best possible experience.

Additionally, our B Corp ethos continues to drive decisions to ensure community, environment and a socially just economy are always front of mind. But with these advancements comes change. Today's dispatch is designed to provide you with an update of the changes you will experience when you visit us this winter season.

Ride-sharing

According to Protect Our Winters, vehicle use has become the largest generator of CO2 emissions in the United States. We believe it is time to act and are excited to start beta-testing a ride-sharing app, which will strongly encourage our staff to either carpool or take our free staff shuttle. If all goes well, we will expand the program for locals and guests to utilize in the future. In the meantime, we ask your help in promoting the use of carpooling or public transportation whenever possible to reduce greenhouse gasses, ease parking lot congestion and improve road safety with fewer cars moving through the canyon.

Construction

The Blake Residences development is advancing rapidly. First- and second-floor residences are framed, as is the new plaza-front retail. Bradbury Stamm, a women-owned general contractor from Albuquerque, will be building throughout the winter. As a result, Thunderbird Road will be heavily restricted to vehicular and pedestrian access.

Sutton Place circulation and lift tickets

With construction underway for The Blake Residences, there will be a new circulation pattern in the parking lot. The primary drop-off/pickup area and main ticket office are now located at the bottom of Sutton Place (the road which leads to The Blake) and not Thunderbird Road. Also, pedestrians will approach the ski area via Sutton Place, not Thunderbird Road. We are pleased to introduce high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) parking spaces along Armadillo to thank those that opt to carpool.

The Season Pass office remains in the Taos Tent on Thunderbird Road. And some great news: Ikon Pass holders will now be able to go direct-to-lift with their pass; eliminating the need to pick up a daily lift ticket.

Gazex - avalanche mitigation system

We have installed five Gazex exploders between Main Street and K3 on Kachina Peak. The exploders detonate a mixture of propane and oxygen, creating a pressure-based explosion above the snowpack.

This system improves the overall effectiveness of snow control work, with the following benefits:

• We have the option to use Gazex at all hours of the day during a storm cycle.

• The Snow Safety team can remotely detonate the exploders, which improves safety for the teams performing avalanche mitigation work.

• The system allows for a more efficient process of opening Lift 4 during a storm cycle.

'Ski the Change'

As we continue to use our business as a force for good, we are excited to utilize the Taos brand to grow better rather than bigger. We have launched year two of our "Ski the Change" campaign, which includes "101 Ways and Counting" initiatives that demonstrate the actions that we take to support our B Corp ethos. We invite you to visit our campaign landing page at skitaos.com/change to view our new video, learn more and to join us in this relevant movement.

As the winter approaches, we are reminded and are greatly appreciative of your support. Thank you for all your flexibility and commitment during the development phase of our revitalization. We look forward to seeing you on the slopes this year.

David Norden is the CEO of Taos Ski Valley, Inc. Join him each month as a guest columnist providing a Taos Ski Valley resort update.

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