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The services and facilities at Taos Ski Resort are very well developed and of a high standard. For the facilities owned by the resort in particular, the level of service provided is fantastic. The family culture of the Taos Ski Valley workers extends way beyond the Blake family that own and manage the resort. Many of the staff at Taos Ski Valley are second or third generation workers or very long term employees. Even the lifties (towies) are mature aged and not the usual transient workforce you find at most ski resorts. Subsequently they know their job intimately, and they’re really friendly because they love their jobs.

Eating On Mountain

Tenderfoot Katie’s cafeteria at the base area is good for a cheap breakfast or lunch. Rhoda’s Restaurant is also located at the main base area, providing a quiet atmosphere for lunch or dinner. Lunch options are pretty simple, but the highlight during the day is the outside deck which provides great views of the bumps action at the base of Al’s Run. Dinner options include steaks, salads, pasta, chicken and seafood at reasonable prices, as well as a children’s menu.

The Whistlestop is a small and simple cafeteria with pizza, soups, hot dogs and snacks. It’s located at the base of #6 lift and close to the #2 quad chair. The Phoenix Restaurant is a large cafeteria just near lift no. 4 selling pizza, Mexican fare, and soups. It’s cheap and cheerful and has an outdoor deck for people watching.

Just below the Phoenix is The Bavarian Lodge, serving artery-thickening German food such as wiener schnitzel and an array of würste. On sunny days it’s a fabulous spot to sit on the deck and partake in an essential German beer. Alternatively, recline on one of the sun beds with a beer, although this can be dangerous because lunch very easily merges into après.

Another upmarket and trendy spot on a sunny day is the Hotel St. Bernard.

Facilities for Children

The Kinderkäfig Children's Center in the village is a well established child care facility. Bebekare is nursery care for babies 6 weeks to one year old, whilst Kinderkare is for 1-3 year olds and incorporates indoor activities as well as snow play. The programs are for the full day and are very reasonably priced, so parents have no excuse not to have fun.

The kids’ area is well set up with a dedicated spot for snow play, and nearby is the magic carpet and bunny run for kids taking ski lessons. The only downside is that it takes a few minutes to walk or ski between the main base area and the kids’ area.

Kids ski school is for 3 years (or potty trained children) up to 15 years.

Ski School

The Ernie Blake ski school at Taos is a multi-award winner and it’s easy to see why. Many of the ski instructors have worked there for more than 20 years, and as career instructors (rather than the common young transient ski instructor workforce often seen at other resorts) they know their job well and the Taos ski terrain incredibly well. The ski instructors obviously love their job, although it must be challenging for them to wear those lairy yellow jackets!

The ski school has a variety of different formats for lessons including private lessons, group lessons and speciality camps. Ski Weeks are an institution at Taos and it’s very trendy to participate in the intensive morning lessons that go from Sunday through Friday. The lessons are very economical and they’re not just for beginners. A large proportion of the participants are experienced skiers.

Whilst Taos still has a major focus on skiing, snowboard lessons are now offered through the Burton Learn to Ride Center.

Ski and Snowboard Equipment Rental

There are several options for ski and snowboard hire at Taos Ski Valley, so prices and the level of service provided are very competitive. Most shops offer overnight storage of equipment and some even have boot driers. Most of the shops have performance gear and demo rentals, and there are a couple of small shops that specialise in demos. And as to be expected, all shops have repair and tuning facilities.

Taos Ski & Boot Company is a large establishment with many years of experience. They rent out Salomon and K2 skis. The Boot Doctors rents out skis and snowboards and have a wide range of performance and demo gear.

The town of Taos also has a few shops that rent ski and snowboard equipment.

Medical Clinic

A medical clinic is located at the base area near Strawberry Hill. It is staffed by an emergency physician, nurses and EMTs, and all staff are experts in skiing injuries and altitude medicine. Considering that the base of Taos is at an elevation of 9,207 feet (2,805 metres) and Kachina Peak at 12,481 feet (3,804 metres), there’s potential you might need their services if you live at sea level. Try to minimise the likelihood of getting altitude sickness by taking it easy for the first couple of days and keep up the fluids, but not of the alcoholic variety.