Taos Ski Valley Greets Upcoming Season with New Lift, Airport Transportation and Entertainment Choices

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Taos Ski Valley gets ready for the upcoming ski, snowboard season.

Taos Ski Valley is kicking off the 2012-2013 season with several new enhancements that offer more convenience, wider variety in terrain, and new amenities to the tens of thousands of snowsports enthusiasts who will visit Taos this year.

The most significant addition is the new, 1,400-foot Pioneer lift that provides access to just-opened beginner terrain. This improvement makes Taos even more attractive for children and novice skiers and riders, further complementing the renowned Ernie Blake Ski School and KinderKafig, an 18,000 square foot children’s center that includes everything from daycare services to kids’ ski lessons. The new Pioneer lift also means that Taos will be able to expand its tubing offerings at the Strawberry Hill lift; tubing will now begin earlier in the day at 2:00 p.m. and take place Wednesdays through Saturdays, providing kids and adventurous adults a fun and alternative on-mountain activity.

Also new this year, Taos Ski Valley will provide its own airport shuttle for visitors flying into Albuquerque. This offering will give visitors a cost-effective and convenient way to get to the ski valley, without the expense and hassle of renting a car.

Additionally, this season the resort is unveiling a new stage at the base of Lift 1 that will serve as the main hub for live outdoor music throughout the ski season, offering additional midday and après ski entertainment to visitors.

“Over the summer we focused on ways to make Taos Ski Valley more family and beginner-friendly, while still retaining what makes us special – amazing terrain and our down-to-earth culture,” said Adriana Blake, administrative manager for Taos Ski Valley. “The popularity of the Millennium season pass and the early reservations show us that skiers and riders are getting pumped for another great season, just like we are.”

Complementing the new terrain, transportation and entertainment improvements, Taos Ski Valley will continue its popular events in the 2012-2013 season, including the Salomon Extreme Freeride Event, Paint for Peaks Bumps Challenge benefitting breast cancer research, the K2 Women’s Weekend, the Brew Master’s Challenge, Ernie Blake’s Birthday, and the variety of Christmas and New Year’s activities including the famous torchlight parades.

In addition, Taos will continue to offset 100 percent of its power usage with wind energy credits and it will once again offer the SkiGreen program in 2012-2013, allowing visitors to offset their own carbon footprint.

Taos Ski Valley opens on November 22, 2012, Thanksgiving Day. For the first three weeks of the season, Taos Ski Valley will operate Thursdays – Sundays and offer steep discounts on lift tickets. Beginning December 13, 2012, the resort will be open seven days per week through April 7, 2013.

Reservations for lift tickets, ski school, lodging and shuttle service are available by telephone or online now. A variety of lodging packages are also available, including those for holiday weekends, Ski Week or Spring Break. To make reservations please visit http://vr.skitaos.org/lodging/search, call 1-800-776-1111 or email your request to lodging(at)skitaos(dot)org.

About Taos Ski Valley
With more than 305 inches of average annual snowfall and more than 110 trails, Taos Ski Valley is New Mexico’s premier skiing and snowboarding destination. One of the only remaining family-owned and operated ski resorts in all of America, Taos Ski Valley boasts a unique relaxed atmosphere, pristine scenery and unparalleled skiing and snowboarding. To learn more about Taos Ski Valley or to plan a vacation for the 2012 or 2013 season, please visit http://www.skitaos.org.

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