By the end of this winter season, the number of ski resorts that continue to maintain a ban on snowboarding will be down to three: Vermont’s Mad River Glen, along with Utah’s Alta and Deer Valley resorts. That’s because Taos Ski Valley, nestled into New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, has announced they will open to snowboarders beginning March 19, 2008, and will remain open to boarders from then on out. This is a huge victory for riders, as of the four holdouts, Taos was most important for the simple fact that there weren’t other top-notch resorts to choose from nearby. Boarder-friendly Sugarbush is just down the road from crusty Mad River Glen, while steep-and-deep Snowbird neighbors Alta, and both Park City Mountain Resort and the Canyons are close by to the high-class (a.k.a. snob city) runs of Deer Valley.
According to a recent Taos press release:
“We have enjoyed a rich history enhanced by our returning visitors for the last 50 years,” said Mickey Blake, Taos Ski Valley President. “We are now enthusiastically looking forward to sharing our unique, unspoiled mountain with an expanded audience, including snowboarders.”
After careful consideration, the Blake family is choosing to expand Taos Ski Valley services to snowboarders. The family will remain committed to offering an intimate, low-key approach, with an emphasis on the pure mountain experience.
“The time is right for skiers and riders to share the slopes here at Taos Ski Valley,” said Adriana Blake, Ernie Blake’s granddaughter and Taos Ski Valley Marketing Manager. “At the end of the day, it’s not important how our visitors get down the mountain, as long as we can all enjoy this special place.”
The snow gods have obviously decided to bless Taos for their decision, as this December the resort has already received over 100 inches of snow, a new record.