Updated: November 18th, 2021

Community Covid-19 Update: Still Not Your Typical Winter

The State of New Mexico, our local resort, the local community, and the Edelweiss have been closely aligned and have all worked together to execute a plan that allowed our resort community to operate a safe and enjoyable winter ski season.  The Edelweiss Lodge and Spa along with Taos Ski Valley Inc. have been certified as a New Mexico Safe Certified Businesses, and will abide by all required safe practices and more to keep our community and visitors safe.  As things continue evolve we remain committed to safe practices and following all state and local guidelines and safety protocols to assure that visitors this summer and winter also can be sure of a safe visit.

We are thrilled to report that our community’s efforts allowed us to successfully navigate the 2020-21 winter ski season without any known outbreaks in our community and we remain confident that we can continue to do the same this winter.  With Covid cases once again on the rise in our community and the state of New Mexico, the Governor has continued a public health order requiring the use of masks for all individuals over the age of 2 years regardless of vaccination status in all indoor public settings except when eating or drinking.

The focus of our community’s efforts has been and remains not simply to open, but to ensure that we can remain open by avoiding opportunities for the virus to come to our community and spread within it.  Some common sense practices will still be asked of our visitors as we feel these are a small price to pay to continue to insure that the Corona virus does not take hold in our community.  We continue to count on you to help us make this a safe and enjoyable winter for all our guests and community members. The following is a review of various aspects of the guest experience in Taos Ski Valley and the Edelweiss this winter and how a visit this winter will differ from the past.

The Virus Isn’t Gone Yet: What to Expect (& What Not to Expect) this Winter

A current public health order effective since August 20th requires that all individuals over the age of 2 years and regardless of vaccination status wear a mask when in indoor public settings- except when eating or drinking.  The Edelweiss anticipates that there will be masking requirements for all visitors while indoors in public areas both within our property and throughout the community. The following is a summary of the latest updates that we feel all guests should be aware of prior to visiting Taos Ski Valley and the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa.

Food and Beverage in Taos Ski Valley:  Dining options in Taos Ski Valley are expected to be more limited this winter than in the past with both the Stray Dog Cantina and the beloved St. Bernard closed indefinitely.  The lasting impact of Covid on the hospitality industry and the labor force continue to be felt in our community with employee recruitment being a tremendous challenge particularly for restaurants.  Due the labor shortages many are business and food and beverage operations in particular have been forced to limit their services with fewer days of service and/or shortened hours of operation and offerings.  Please keep this in mind as you plan for your food and beverage needs during a visit to the area.

The Blonde Bear Tavern located within the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa is currently planning to offer apres ski through dinner 5 nights a week this winter (Thursdays through Mondays).  Offerings are likely to be more limited in the past as will be seating.  All patrons (over the age of 16) of the bar, lounge and indoor dining will be required to provide proof of vaccination.  If operations and staffing allow, the Blonde Bear hopes to offer limited take out options as well.

The Cafe Naranja which has traditionally offered dine-in and take-out breakfast offerings is not expected to be open this winter.

There is expected to be a new restaurant operation located within the old Stray Dog Cantina location.  Details are not yet fully known but we are anticipating that it will offer pizzas and burgers to go and for dine in.  Additionally there will be a new hot dog cart operating on the east St. Bernard deck for lunch only and the Mucho Gusto Donut stand located beside the Edelweiss will reopen this winter with hours to be determined.  Taos Ski Valley Inc. has announced that all of their dining operations ( 192, The Phoenix, dinner at The Bavarian, Tenderfoot Katie’s, and Rhoda’s) will require reservations AND proof of vaccination for indoor dining for guests aged 16 and older.

Our condominiums all feature full kitchens including all the gadgets you’d find at home for a comfortable cooking experience.  We are encouraging our guests to bring some groceries along so that you can be a little more self-sufficient.  Here in the ski valley we have a small convenience store that offers all the basics (bread, eggs, milk, soup, etc.).  If you require produce or specialty items you will need to do your grocery shopping at home or in the town of Taos.  There is a rumor of a new grocery service provider to be operating this winter.  We are anxiously awaiting confirmation and more details and will post updates as we have them.

Edelweiss Hot Tub, Dry Sauna, and Exercise Room:  We are currently developing a safe operating program and related policies for the Edelweiss Spa, hot tub, exercise room, and dray sauna.  The Edelweiss’ dry sauna will not be open this winter.  Access to the exercise room and hot tub will be controlled and limited to vaccinated individuals only.  Masks will be required for all visitors to the exercise room and for spa treatments.

The Spa at the Edelweiss: The Edelweiss’ Spa is expected to be operating this winter with all therapists and spa visitors required to be fully vaccinated.  Due to staffing limitations and safety protocols treatment availability will be somewhat more limited than in the past.  We highly recommend advanced reservations as we expect demand to be high this winter.  Please call our front desk to schedule spa appointments for  your stay at any time (575-737-6900).

Housekeeping Services:  The Edelweiss will not be offering daily housekeeping services this winter.  Linen supplies, replacement of amenities, and other housekeeping needs will be addressed as needed/requested.

Deposit/Cancellation Policies for Winter 2021 /2022

All winter (ski season) reservations are subject to the policies and guidelines set forth below.

  • All reservations will be secured with a credit card and an advanced deposit equal to 50% of the total projected stay value.
  • For all holiday season reservations (Dec. 17-Jan. 3 and March 10-20) the advanced deposit is non-refundable after 45 days prior to arrival. For cancellations prior to 45 days prior to arrival there is a $250 (+tax) cancellation fee. The balance for holiday period reservations is due and non-refundable 21 days prior to scheduled arrival.
  • For all other periods any cancellation made up to 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival, 15% of the paid deposit or $100 (+tax) whichever is larger will be non-refundable. For cancellations made 14 days or less prior to your arrival, the full deposit is non-refundable.

Resort Winter Operations Information

For the latest Winter Operations update from the Taos Ski Valley Ski Resort please visit their Winter Operations page.

As you are surely aware, the future is hard to predict and the course of the pandemic remains very much unknown.  We will continue to follow any and all requirements and protocols to keep our staff, community, and visitors safe.  What form those requirements and protocols take is to be determined.  We will continue to update this page and adjust and adapt our policies and procedures to take into account the impact the pandemic may have on travel and operations for the coming winter.

We are thrilled to be open and welcoming visitors back to our beautiful community and hope that the policies and requirements laid out will help you be more informed and feel more comfortable during your visit.

This is what we know now and is subject to change.  We will do our best to keep you informed with changes as they occur.

-Kent Forte, General Manager

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