TAOS — Just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, Taos Ski Valley is launching a daily shuttle service to and from the Albuquerque International Sunport beginning Nov. 21. The shuttle also offers service to/from Taos and TSV to the Santa Fe Municipal Airport.
The launch of the shuttle coincides with the opening of TSV’s 2012/2013 ski season on Thanksgiving Day, and Yuletide in Taos on “Black Friday” — a festive holiday celebration featuring dozens of events in Taos that continue through Jan. 1. During Yuletide in Taos, from Nov. 24 through Dec. 14, participating merchants in the Town are waiving sales tax on purchased items.
“More than 24 million people will be traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday, many who are looking for an escape from the stressors that can often accompany the holidays,” said Taos Mayor Darren Cordova. “Thanks to the ease of the new shuttle service offered by TSV, visitors can relax and enjoy a unique, warm holiday season with their family and friends. With a visit to Taos, the only thing ‘on your plate’ should be the exceptional NM cuisine from one of our many restaurants.”
Shuttle service pick up from the Albuquerque Sunport is at 3:30 p.m. daily; drop off at the Sunport is at 11 a.m. Passengers can be dropped off at any lodging facility in Taos or TSV.
The cost for a round trip ticket to or from the Albuquerque Sunport is $85 per person; a one-way ticket is $50. Roundtrip tickets to or from Santa Fe Municipal Airport are $65 per person; one way tickets are $40 per person.
Reservations are required for the shuttle service and must be made 48 hours in advance. A minimum of four persons is required for the shuttle to run, with a maximum capacity of 12 people. Guests are allowed only two bags per person including skis/snowboards. Pets are not allowed. To make reservations, call 800-776-1111.
Taos Ski Valley recently added a new 1,400 foot Pioneer lift, providing access to beginner terrain for novice skiers and children. As a result, the ever-popular tubing at Strawberry Hill will begin earlier (2 p.m.) and take place on Wednesdays through Saturdays. Additionally, the resort will have a new stage at the base of Lift 1 for live outdoor music throughout the ski season. There is also an 18,000 square foot children’s center including daycare and lessons.
Taos Ski Valley will host a number of special, holiday related events including Demo Days on Dec. 22, where skiers and snowboarders can try out the latest and greatest equipment for free. That day, TSV also hosts their 17th annual Brewmasters Festival where guests can sample beer from vendors throughout the Southwest. Entry fee is $25 which includes souvenir glass, food and entertainment. Taos Ski Valley’s Christmas Eve celebration is something to see, as skiers make their way down the mountain with flares as their only means of light, which symbolizes lighting the path for Christ. The free event takes place at 6 p.m. Finally, on New Year’s Eve, TSV hosts their New Year’s Eve Torchlit Parade and Fireworks show at 6 p.m. Fireworks light the winter sky in celebration of the new year. Call TSV at 575-776-1413 for details or visit skitaos.org.
Other ski resorts near Taos, along the Enchanted Circle, will be opening their ski season as well in November and December. They include: Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Ski Area (Nov. 16); Sipapu Ski Resort (Nov 17); Red River Ski Resort (Nov. 21); and Angel Fire Ski Resort (Dec. 14).
Yuletide in Taos is unlike any other series of holiday events in the country. It features a number of unique, free holiday activities beginning with the Yuletide Arts and Crafts Fair from Nov. 23 through 25.
Other Yuletide in Taos events are listed below. For information regarding locations, contact information or other details, visit http://taos.org. Events are as follows:
Holiday Carnivale at Twirl Toystore and Playspace – Nov. 23 (1-4 p.m.);
Festival of Wreaths and Trees – Nov. 24, 29, and 30 (various times and events), Taos Plaza;
Yuletide Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Plaza – Nov. 30 (4-6 p.m.);
Memories in Lights at La Hacienda de la Martinez – Dec. 1 (6-8 p.m.);
Taos Feeds Taos Benefit Concert – Dec. 7;
La Doña Luz Street Party – Dec. 8 (3-5 p.m.);
11th annual Christmas Carnival and Holiday Skating Competition – Dec. 8 (1-4 p.m.) at Taos Youth and Family Center;
Lighting Ledoux – Dec. 8 (5-8 p.m.) at Taos Plaza;
Ornament Making – Dec. 12 (3-5 p.m.);
Holiday Family Night – Dec. 14 (5-7 p.m.);
Santa Paws – Dec. 15 (noon-3 p.m.);
Bonfires on Bent Street – Dec. 15 (3-7 p.m);
A Mozart Holiday – Dec. 15 & 16 (5 p.m.);
Men’s Night for Shopping – Dec. 17 (5-8 p.m.);
At the Harwood: The Nutcracker – Dec. 21 (2 p.m.);
Demo Days at Taos Ski Valley – Dec. 21;
Brewmaster’s Festival – Dec. 22 (4:30-7 p.m.) at TSV;
La Noche on the Plaza – Dec. 22 (5-8 p.m.);
Las Posadas – Dec. 16 through Dec. 24 (6 p.m. nightly);
Christmas Eve at Picuris Pueblo – Dec. 24 (7 p.m.);
Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo – Dec. 24 (dusk);
Taos Pueblo Deer or Matchines Dance – Dec. 25 (noon); and
New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade and Fireworks – Dec. 31 (6 p.m.) at TSV.
Taos Ski Valley was named one of the top “25 Best Ski Towns in the World” by National Geographic (Feb. 2012), while the Town of Taos has been called one of Travel and Leisure’s top 10 “Best Places to Spend Christmas” (2009) in the U.S.
For more information on the new shuttle service provided by TSV, call TSV at 866-968-7386 or visit skitaos.org. For information on any events taking place around the holidays in Taos including lodging information, visit http://taos.org.