Ski Valley offers summer fun

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Taos Ski Valley has announced it has opened several new attractions including a new beginner gravity-based flow/cross country trail; a newly designed professional disc golf course; and a brand new High Alpine Playground for children.
In addition, the resort — named by National Geographic as one of the world’s “25 Best Ski Towns” — will host its first “King of the Mountain Beach Volleyball Tournament” on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

“Taos Ski Valley is a great destination for cool temperatures and clean mountain air, especially now that the Carson National Forest is open again,” Alyson Hyder, executive director at TSV Chamber of Commerce said. “Come discover a wealth of summer activities including rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, chairlift rides and full moon hikes in a unique mountain setting.”

Taos Ski Valley’s new beginner gravity-fed flow trail and cross country trail are free to the public and located around the Pioneers beginner slope.
The trail is .25 miles of continuous track with multiple rollers and berms, which allow both novice riders to learn new bike handling skills and experienced riders to improve.
Bike rentals are available in the village resort. Taos Ski Valley has scenic chairlift rides that offer an unprecedented view of Taos and the village below, from 1,600 vertical feet to the top of TSV.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

The resort’s Stray Dog Cantina is hosting a special block party 7-11 p.m., Saturday, featuring live music by Chacho Soul, The Switch Blade Gypsies, and La Junta. Entry is $5 per person; children 12 and under are free; however this is a 21 and over event only after 9 p.m.

Then on Labor Day Weekend — Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 — TSV will host their inaugural “King of the Mountain Beach Volleyball Tournament” with the addition of an all-new second court. Coed teams of four are $80 per team. Register at El Camino Cantina or Stray Dog Cantina in TSV.
For more information call 575-776-7584.

Throughout the summer, TSV hosts a Taos Mountain Summer Music Series, with free live music every weekend through Sept. 14, with the final series event, “Oktoberfest Celebrations” featuring live music, traditional Bavarian food and beer, face painting and jumpers for the kids.
New this year to TSV, “Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance,” Sept. 5–7, is a world-class music festival in its 11th season, with some of the most diverse and well-respected names in traditional Country, Americana and Folk music.
Visit michaelhearne.com for details. Visit taosmountainmusicfestival.com for a complete list of Taos Mountain Summer Music Series events.

For many years, TSV has been an ideal destination for summer schools, camps and programs including the German summer school, Jillana Ballet school, Taos School of Music (more than 50 years), Taos Opera Institute, and photography and art camps.
The Field Institute of Taos summer camps still have space available and offer fun, successful, adventure programs for kids focused on active environmental education.
For more information on these offerings go to taosskivalley.com/pages/play/Schools-Camps-and-Programs/
Summer lodging specials are available in and around TSV, and can be found at taosskivalley.com/pages/stay/Hot-Deals/.

For more information on TSV, including details on TSV as a summer school destination, call Hyder at 575-776-1413.