Some Factoids about the Taos Ski Valley

     Some Factoids about the Taos Ski Valley

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  • It was pioneered in the early 1950s  by Ernie Blake and his wife Rhonda.  Ernie was working at the Santa Fe Ski Basin and had a dream to one day own and operate his own ski area.  As he flew his Cessna 170 around the mountains of northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado, he searched for the ideal place to begin to build his dream.   At long last he found the spot he was looking for: “the big snow basin north of Wheeler Peak in La Cal Basin. There was a tremendous snow basin…I thought it was an optical illusion.” Ernie Blake, Ski Pioneers
  • Ernie Blake put in the first lift in 1956.  It was a Bridger-Boseman J-Bar, and took seventeen men and one Mule whose name was Lightening.  It was reported that the poor little mule worked the grand total of one day.
  • Snake dance was the first and only run open on the mountain until late 1957.
  • A Poma lift was installed in the fall of 1957.  It  ran the span Al’s Run and deposited skiers at the current Tower 8 of Lift 1.  This lift was a dramatic improvement over other lifts at that time, and was actually double the speed of other lifts.  This run was extremely narrow, and skiers would have to navigate around people who were riding the lift up.
  •  Taos Ski Valley was a ski-only resort until March of 2008.  At that time, much to the pleasure of many of the board variety, and to the displeasure of many skiers, the mountain was opened to snowboarders.
  • This ski resort is the favorite of skiers around the world.  It has something for everyone with is a steep and rugged terrain for the more seasoned thrill seekers, and gently sloping hills for the more novice skiers and snowboarders.
  • It is a part of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and its peak rises to 12,450 feet.
  • There is a 9,200 foot drop from the summit to the base.
  • It has an average of 305 inches of snowfall a year.
  • The resort has a total of 1,294 acres
  • There are 110 runs/trails and 15 lifts

A Bit of Fact

The charming town of Taos, as we know it today, began its history in August of 1540.  In an expedition led by Captain Hernando Alvarado, the ancient Taos Pueblo and its inhabitants the Tiwa indians, the captain and his men “discovered” this tiny jewel in the Taos Valley.

This first encounter was a peaceful interaction, in which ceremonies took place and gifts were exchanged between the Tiwa and the explorers.

It was not until 1615 that Spain had colonized the area, including Taos and other towns in northern New Mexico.

Although peaceful at the onset, the differences of spiritual beliefs and customs between the different cultures eventually led to unrest.  There was a revolt of the pueblo on the 10th of August, 1680, which eventually resulted in the Spaniards departure from the area.

After a period of 12 years, another Spanish conquistador attempted to overtake the area, this time settling in Santa Fe, and making it the capital.  Although some of the peaceful native population acquiesced to  the Spaniards, the indians of the Taos pueblo did not surrender so easily.  The attempted a final stand in 1696, but were defeated and no further attempts were made.

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The Beauty Of Taos From The Back Of A Limo

Taos and the surrounding area is one of the most stunningly beautiful places in the whole world. I went to school in Santa Fe and spent tons of time exploring the hills and valleys for miles and miles in all directions. Truthfully, now that I don’t live there any more, I have been missing the area ever since. One of my favorite ways of experiencing this area is to drive around and sight see. Now, the best way to do this is obviously in a limousine!

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Seriously, I know part of the magic of this area is it the rugged nature all around, but I am not a broke college student anymore and I  LOVE to experience this in the lap of luxury.  What better way to see spectacular sights and experience the unique culture of the region than in the comfort of a cozy, sexy, sleek limo.  You can start of by experiencing the diverse scene in Albuquerque, then have the driver take you an hour north to Santa Fe.  In Santa Fe you can go from gallery to gallery, go and see the renown Santa Fe Opera, visit eat incredible gourmet southwestern cuisine, sip delicious sangria, and take a ride up to the gorgeous ski basin to see the aspen trees changing color in the fall.

Taos and the surrounding area is one of the most stunningly beautiful places in the whole world. I went to school in Santa Fe and spent tons of time exploring the hills and valleys for miles and miles in all directions. Truthfully, now that I don’t live there any more, I have been missing the area ever since. One of my favorite ways of experiencing this area is to drive around and sight see. Now, the best way to do this is obviously in a limousine!

Then you can continue on up to Taos and experience the charming and enchanting beauty of this tiny gem of a town.  Not far from Taos you can go and visit the amazing earth ships.  This is an awesome little community of people building and living in these incredible and sustainable “earthships”.  This place totally blows my mind.  Think of entire walls made of old wine bottles and beer bottles, terrariums integrated into the living space, and the whole community working together to to live in a sustainable way.  It is sooo cool!

Another place that I like to go on my grand limousine tour of the area is the home of the famous artist (and my distant ancestor) Georgia O’keeffe.  Abiquiu, New Mexico has one of the most spectacular landscapes I have ever seen in my life.  I mean it.  The colors of the sky and the hills strike a chord deep in my soul that few other places have ever touched.  I can see how the talented Ms. O’keeffe found such inspiration and peace living here.  In the back of my mind I always think that when I am all grey and wrinkly and the ambition that propels me now has faded, that I will return to spend the remainder of my days in the blissful desert of Abiquiu.

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