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Taos Ski Valley has terrain for skiers of all ages and abilities

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By The Staff

With a La Nina weather pattern, the Southern Rockies have experienced more sunshine than snow. As a result, the Taos Ski Valley snowmaking crew and groomers have been completely focused in delivering pristine corduroy resulting in the ideal terrain for learning to ski and snowboard.

With two designated beginner areas, Pioneer and the newly redesigned Strawberry Hill, Taos Ski Valley’s world renown Ernie Blake Snowsports School is focused drawing new participants to the sport. To encourage new skiers and snowboarders, Taos Ski Valley is excited to launch “The Perfect Progression Package” which provides full-day instruction, beginner lift ticket and ski or snowboard rental equipment at a savings of 20 percent off.

“Skiing and riding is all about the go and flow,” says Burt Skall, Snowsports Director at Taos Ski Valley. “Learning from the best instructors in the country will get you up, sliding and enjoying the amazing sports of skiing and riding quickly and safely.”

The “progression” program provides the new skier or rider exact six clearly defined “steps” from which to learn. Step one starts on the “flats.” Here, the participant works on getting a feel for the snow and equipment. In Step 2 and 3, the instructor utilizes two Magic Carpets. The first carpet has a 5 percent grade and celebrates the “thrill of movement” a cornerstone of the proven Terrain Based Learning technique, which focuses on the “go” vs. the traditional method of learning to “stop”. On the second carpet, the grade increases to 8 percent and the participant works on the flow of turning.

Step 4 takes the skier/rider onto the new Gondolita and provides a long, sustainable beginner run with a 10 percent grade. From there, in Step 5, the participant loads the Reuggli chairlift and masters an open trail with grades varying between 15-20 percent. Once the new skier/rider is comfortable, the pinnacle beginner run is Ozlo Trail with a 25 percent grade. By mastering these six steps, the skier/ride graduates to Pioneer Hill and Lift 1 where the progression continues.

The Perfect Progression Package includes options for adults and youth. For those ages 14 and older, the package features the Adult 1st Experience Session and includes morning and afternoon lessons. The discounted prices is $120 per day, a $30 savings.

For ages 3 to 13, the package includes a Full-Day Child Session for $150 (a $35 savings) and utilizes the new state-of-the-art Children’s Center. Taos’s instructors are specifically trained in ski and snowboard coaching techniques for the younger set.

For guests desiring a vacation experience, the Perfect Progression Package also includes an optional lodging component at the newly opened slopeside hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley. Lodging and lesson packages start from $280 per night for adults and $320 for children.

This Perfect Progression Package is available thru Feb. 11, and is valid for bookings through April 1, excluding Feb. 16 – 19 and March 9 – 18. To reserve, please visit SkiTaos.com or call Taos Ski Valley Central Reservation at 800-776-1111.