TAOS, NM – This summer, Taos Ski Valley will open its legendary slopes to mountain biking for the first time, making the world-famous ski town a warm-weather destination for outdoor recreational activities.
The new mountain biking terrain will have its grand opening in the late summer of 2013 and riders will have full access to Taos’ Lift 1 in the main base area. The trails themselves will be among the best in the state and will include a downhill flow trail that will be more than three miles long with a variety of rollers, jumps, berms and other features. In addition, Taos Ski Valley plans to add a skills course, pump track and other amenities in the base area of the mountain. In subsequent phases, Taos will add additional trails and features, giving riders new experiences each summer.
“Our regular winter visitors have been asking us to make the Taos experience a multi-season one, so we’re thrilled to open up our mountain to outdoor enthusiasts and Taos Ski Valley fans this summer,” said Alejandro Blake, Guest Services manager for Taos Ski Valley. “Because our terrain is a blank canvas for mountain biking, we’re able to create some pretty unique, innovative trails that will incorporate the latest design techniques and features for exceptional flow. In addition, hikers and other summer visitors will be able to the ride the lifts to they too can enjoy the spectacular views and wildlife we have here.”
Local businesses including restaurants, hotels, shops and outfitters will be open this summer to accommodate visitors - another big change for the Valley. “We know that people who come for mountain biking will also want to take advantage of the other activities available in the area, including world-class dining, rafting, hiking, and even luxury attractions such as the local hot springs, spas and art galleries,” continued Blake.
Taos Ski Valley has partnered with Progressive Trail Design to develop the mountain biking trails. The highly experienced firm is a member of the Professional Trail Builders Association (PTBA) and specializes in the development of “progressive recreational facilities” including mountain bike parks and municipal park renovations. Initial design and planning is currently underway and work is expected to begin on the mountain by the end of May early June.