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On tap for TSV: high-speed quad chair, event space, dining areas

Ski resort says it's still tending to environment, community, social issues

Posted 8/25/18

Building on the last three seasons’ investments, Taos Ski Valley is continuing a $300 million investment in its infrastructure and amenities.

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On tap for TSV: high-speed quad chair, event space, dining areas

Ski resort says it's still tending to environment, community, social issues

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Building on the last three seasons’ investments, Taos Ski Valley is continuing a $300 million investment in its infrastructure and amenities.

The resort is completing work on a high-speed quad chairlift in time for the 2018-2019 winter season. The lift will whisk skiers and riders from the main base area up the mountain in about five minutes. In addition, the ski resort has renovated and redesigned two popular dining areas: The Bavarian and The Phoenix Grill.

These improvements build on upgrades Taos Ski Valley completed in the last year, including the new Children’s Center and "gondolita" connecting the base with the beginners area.

Other improvements for next ski season include renovated restrooms, new seasonal lockers and kitchens in the main resort center, and another significant investment in high-capacity snowmaking equipment, including new pumps, 30 new tower guns and 50 new hydrants, which help provide better productivity and allow for more terrain to open early in the season.

“Everything we do is about improving the guest experience while preserving the underlying spirit, soul and history of the mountain,” said Taos Ski Valley CEO David Norden. “Amid the rapidly consolidating ski industry, Taos Ski Valley remains proudly independent, but we recognize the need to give visitors a world-class experience, one that does more than offer great skiing, but which allows skiers and riders of all levels to enjoy all Northern New Mexico has to offer: great food, culture, art, history and spirit."

TSV will continue its ongoing collaborations with the U.S. Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy to develop more sustainable forest and river ecosystems through several projects.

According to a company statement, as the world’s first "B Corp" ski resort, Taos Ski Valley is committed "to ensuring that every investment, upgrade and operational decision is underpinned by a commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic contribution to the local communities in Taos and Northern New Mexico. Specific initiatives have been taken to continue to improve the resort’s business operations, such as a new food digester to reduce food waste, re-envisioned recycling programs and philanthropic programs that allow staff to work for local nonprofits while still on the clock."

A certified B Corp is a for-profit corporation that has been certified by B Lab, a nonprofit company that measures a company's social and environmental performance against the online "B Impact Assessment."  Visit bcorporation.net for more information.

The 2018-2019 ski season is expected to open Nov. 22.

– Submitted report

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