Updated: July 1, 2023

Community Covid-19 Update: Almost Back to “Normal”

While many area businesses will continue to employ “safe practices” to prevent the spread of all viruses and bugs, currently visitors to the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa and Taos Ski Valley should find things essentially back to normal.  There are no state or local area mandates regarding masks or vaccines and none area expected in the future.

That being said, the “tight” labor market and other lasting affects of Covid are very much at play in our community.  Many area restaurants have adopted more reduced menus and/or hours of operation in the face of rising costs and short staffing levels that continue to plague the service industry.

There currently are no limitations or restrictions on indoor dining or lift ticket sales for this summer or the coming winter and to extent possible we see local area businesses making efforts (and progress) toward restoring pre-pandemic hours and offerings.

The following is a brief overview of local summer operations and we will update this page with Winter expectations as we learn more and get closer to the snow flying!

Staying Safe: What to Expect this Summer and Winter

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 have been more limited than in the past with 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 challenge particularly for restaurants.  Due the labor shortages many area businesses and food and beverage operations in particular have limited 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 closed for the summer (see Cafe Naranja notes for summer offerings) but expects to once again be open for apres ski through dinner (3-9pm) each Thursday through Monday evenings for the coming ski season.  The Edelweiss’ Cafe Naranja is open during the summer (May through mid-September) for breakfast and lunch each Friday through Monday from 8am to 2pm).

For a complete list of updated hours and offerings check the Chamber of Commerce’s “What’s Open“.

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 only one 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.  For those who will not have a vehicle (arriving by shuttle or Taos Air) we highly recommend the use of a grocery pick up and delivery service provided by Abode Management.  They have been quite busy so it is suggested that you coordinate with them with advanced notice.  Call 575-224-6032 ext 103 for details and to arrange grocery services.

The Spa at the Edelweiss: The Edelweiss’ Spa is operating this winter with fully vaccinated team of experienced therapists.  Hours are daily from 11am to 7pm.  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 2023/24 (at the Edelweiss Lodge & Spa)

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. 15-Jan. 3, Feb. 15-24, and March 9-22) the advanced deposit is non-refundable after 30 days prior to scheduled arrival. For cancellations prior to 30 days prior to arrival 15% of the deposit is a non-refundable cancellation fee. The balance for holiday period reservations is subject to charge to the card on file and non-refundable 15 days prior to scheduled arrival.
  • For all other periods any cancellation made up to 15 days prior to your scheduled arrival, 25% of the paid deposit or $150 (+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.
  • Changing arrival and/or departure dates or unit types may be considered a cancellation subject to the policies stated above.
  • There are no refunds for late arrivals or early departures regardless of circumstances.

Additional Terms & Information:

  • Residences cannot exceed the maximum occupancy as determined by Edelweiss Lodge & Spa. Please confirm # of adults and children stated on confirmation is correct. A limited number of portable cribs and rollaway cots are available for a $40 one time charge.
  • The card provided by guests at booking or upon check-in is subject to additional charges in the event of damage to the unit or the need for excessive cleaning services upon the departure of the guests.
  • Daily housekeeping services are not provided. For stays of 6 nights or more linens will be replaced once mid-stay.
  • Check-in time is 4 pm and check-out time is 11am.
  • The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa is a non-smoking and pet-free facility. Penalties up to $500 may be charged for violations.
  • Each condominium unit reserved is entitled to one parking space in the garage. Lock-off Hotel Room reservations are entitled to
    one parking space in the Edelweiss’ garage subject to availability. Additional outdoor parking is available in the nearby resort parking lots.

We will do our best to keep you informed with changes as they occur.

-Kent Forté, General Manager

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