Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

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Taos Ski Valley is a village and alpine ski resort in Taos County, New Mexico, United States. The population was 56 at the 2000 census. Until March 19, 2008, it was one of four ski resorts in America[1] to prohibit snowboarding; officials announced the change several months in advance.[2][3][4]

The climate, culture, and geography resemble a Swiss village, including an elected city council.

The ski area, Taos Ski Valley, Inc., was founded by Rhoda and Ernie Blake, and is still managed by the Blake family. It has a one to one ratio of expert to beginner/intermediate terrain, and has the highest rated ski school in North America.[5]



Taos Ski Valley is located at 36°35′52″N 105°26′42″W / 36.59778°N 105.445°W / 36.59778; -105.445 (36.597724, -105.445051)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.1 km²), all of it land.


In 1955, Ernie and Rhoda Blake founded Taos Ski Valley. Ernie and Rhoda had been living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ernie was managing the Santa Fe Ski Basin. The first ski lift, a J-Bar, was installed in 1956. Through 1957, the ski resort featured only one ski trail. In 1957, the resort installed a second lift—a Poma (platter) lift.[7] Blake was for a time very involved in the day to day management of the resort, even answering the phone and telling prospective visitors whether the skiing was expected to be good in advance of weekend trips.


As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 56 people, 32 households, and 12 families residing in the village. The population density was 23.8 people per square mile (9.2/km²). There were 263 housing units at an average density of 111.6/sq mi (43.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 87.50% White, 7.14% Native American, *[1.79% Asian, and 3.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.07% of the population.

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