Taos Ski Valley Update
December 2, 2020
As we recently reported in several of our updates, Taos has been unable to open given the Covid restrictions imposed on a statewide level in New Mexico. We are sure this has been particularly frustrating given that they had benefitted from some early season storms. And many of us feared this might be an indication of a trend similar to what happened to the ski industry last March when Covid fears basically shut down every ski lift in North America in the span of three days.
Well, perhaps there is hope. In a Public Health Order released today, New Mexico is allowing “ski basins” (must be a NM legal phrase for ski areas) to operate up to 25% capacity. Accordingly, Taos has announced they will now gear up for a TBD opening day and will operate subject to that limitation. Any indoor activities are severely limited, and lodging is subject to the 25% limitation also. It’s not much, but it’s a start. Unfortunately, the county that Taos is in currently has a 15% positivity Covid rate, so Taos undoubtedly will be closely monitored.
Oddly, the Public Health Order directs that people should stay at home and “…undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety or welfare.” We are heartened they have affirmed that skiing is such an outing.