Frequently Asked Questions

We get this question all the time.  Taos Ski Valley is located at 9,500 feet above sea level and in the winter receives frequent snow storms (we hope).  No matter where you are coming from the vast majority of your trip to Taos Ski Valley will be on highways and roads below 7,000 feet where snow is much rarer.  The last 12 miles of your trip however from the town of Taos to Taos Ski Valley on highway 150 is where you will climb into the mountains where snow and more difficult driving conditions are more common.  This stretch of road is our “lifeline” where nearly everyone who works in TSV (not mention all our guests) drives up and down everyday so it is generally well plowed and sanded for traffic.  Generally a 4 wheel drive vehicle will not be needed but there may be times in the middle of a big storm and between plow runs where that highway can be a little “tricky”.  Generally a front wheel drive vehicle and a little extra care will get you here without issues.

There are a number of shuttle services operating between Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Taos.  We are happy to provide additional information about shuttles and help arrange for transportation.  See more information on shuttles here (link to

The Edelweiss is located 155 miles from the Albuquerque International Airport (ABQ) with a driving time of roughly 3 hours.  The Santa Fe Municipal Airport (SAF) is 100 miles from the Edelweiss with a driving time of 2 hours.  The Taos Regional Airport (SKX) offers private aviation service only and is located 20 miles from the Edelweiss with a driving time of just 25 minutes.

The resort offers direct flights to the Taos Regional Airport via Taos Air from Dallas and Austin.  These are charter flights and include shuttle service to and from Taos Ski Valley from the local airport.  Schedules and more information can be found at Taos Air.

Absolutely.  If our concierge staff are provided with enough advanced notice, we can virtually assure that any specific alcohol requests are met.

The Edelweiss Lodge & Spa does not allow guests to bring pets into the property.  All the units at the Edelweiss are privately owned by individuals and the Homeowners Association has declared that guests are not allowed to bring pets.  This policy is designed to assure that guests with pet allergies are assured of a pet free environment.  Note however that on occasion owners may bring pets into the building and their personal units so guests may encounter pets on the premises.

Our spa is open daily by appointment from 11am to 7pm.  We highly recommend advanced reservations especially during peak periods and in the summer to assure availability of a therapist.  Appointments outside of these regular hours are frequently possible with advanced notice/reservations.  in the summer we ask that all appointments be made in advance as availability is reduced in the summer months.

The Edelweiss fitness center is open every from 8am to 9pm.

The bar at the Blonde Bear Tavern is open during the winter ski season only.  Its hours of operation are from 3pm daily until closing.

The Blonde Bear Tavern is open during the winter ski season only.  Its hours of operation are from 3pm daily until closing with the kitchen generally closing at 9pm (or later during peak periods).  The Café Naranja is open daily for breakfast during the ski season from 7:30am to 11am.  In the summer the Café Naranja is open each Friday through Monday from 8am to 2pm for breakfast and lunch (Memorial Day to mid-September).

All Edelweiss units are stocked with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, and bar soap for each rental with replacements provided as required.  Additional toiletries are available from the front desk including tooth brushes, tooth paste, razors, and feminine products.

The Edelweiss has roll away beds, full sized cribs, and “pack and play” type cribs available for its guests.  For each such unit there is a one time $40 fee charged per unit provided.  This fee is a one time fee per reservation/stay.  We ask/suggest that advanced reservations for these items be made to assure availability.

The Edelweiss is a non-smoking property.  We ask that all smoking be done in appropriate areas outside the building and that all related debris be properly disposed of.   A fine of up to $500 may be charged for violations of the no smoking policy.

1.   Goggles or sunglasses, preferably with UV protection
2.   Waterproof mittens or gloves

3.   Helmet or hat and/or hooded parka (if not using a helmet)
4.   Ski socks (one pair only)
5.   Wind/Water resistant jacket & pants
6.   Long underwear
7.   Sunscreen
Please make sure to label your child’s clothing.  Skis, boots and poles (if needed) will be provided for those students who do not bring their own gear.

Our facility is ADA compliant the Ski School at Taos Ski Valley caters to handicapped skiers of all ages.

Nearly all business service needs can be arranged through our front desk (printing, scanning, internet, computer use while some services may need to be coordinated during normal business hours.

The Edelweiss has a small meeting room called “The Club Room”.  The Edelweiss’ Club Room measures 20’ x 25’ and tables and chairs can easily be arranged for theater seating (approx. 30 people), U-formation (approx. 24 people), or individual tables to best suit the groups’ needs.

The Club Room offer an integrated sounds system, wireless and Ethernet internet,   as well as complete audio-visual facilities.

Any food and beverage needs for meetings or retreats can be accommodated in house through the Blonde Bear Tavern and/or the Café Naranaja with service in the Club Room or the neighboring property dining room.

Taos is an international destination.  The Taos Pueblo is a National Heritage site and is one of the most visited local destinations.  It is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States.  Other popular sites include the San Francisco de Assisi Mission church (the most photographed church in the US), the Harwood Museum, The Millicent Rogers Museum, The Greater World Community (a sustainable living community consisting of hundreds of Earthships), The Taos Gorge and various temples and ashrams.  Taos also famous for the ballooning trips over AND INTO the Rio Grande Gorge.  This wonderful one of a kind experience can be arranged in summer and winter.  The Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce website is a great source of information regarding things to do in the winter and summer.

The Edelweiss spa staff provides their services in our treatments rooms located in the Edelweiss’ spa area.  We do not offer in room spa services and believe that treatments provided in the designated treatment rooms are the best treatments that can be provided in a safe and sanitary manner.

In addition to spa treatments, we also offer private and small group yoga classes and we can design custom classes and/or retreats for groups or individuals. Retreats can be combined with lodging and meal packages.  For an updated scheduled of classes, contact our concierge/front desk staff.

Simply give our capable front desk/concierge staff a call and we are happy to help with such special requests any way we can.  We are happy to make suggestions, coordinate deliveries, and even pick up items from town if provided with enough advanced notice.   

Taos Ski Valley offers childcare and children’s ski school services for children ages 3 months and up throughout the winter season during the hours of operation of the lifts.   The Edelweiss is also happy to help put you in touch with local child care providers for evening services but makes no warrantee for the services provided.

Yes, the Edelweiss provides high speed internet access is available in all rooms as well as in the lounge area.  Internet service is available via wireless and Ethernet cable options with cables available at the front desk.   It is worth mentioning that Taos Ski Valley is a remote mountain village and as such does not have the tremendous bandwidth options available that many guests may be accustomed to and during peak periods bandwidth may be limited due to the number of guests and devices on line.

The Edelweiss has an on site underground parking garage for its guests.  There is no charge for parking and each reservation is entitled to a single space in the Edelweiss’ garage with additional parking (at no cost) available in the nearly outdoor resort parking lots.  With some frequency additional vehicles may be parked in the Edelweiss’ underground garage if space allows.  Additional parking spaces cannot be guaranteed at the time of booking but are allowed with additional parking passes granted at the time of arrival however we will make notes of requests for additional parking passes at the time of booking.

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 (Christmas holiday season, President’s Day week, and Spring Break periods) the advanced deposit is non-refundable after 45 days prior to scheduled arrival. For cancellations prior to 45 days prior to arrival there is a $500 (+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, 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.

To change or cancel a reservation and obtain a cancellation number, please call us at 575-737-6900 during normal business hours.

We accept cash, traveler’s checks, Visa, Master Card, American Express, and Discover.  For advanced deposits, we are happy to accept personal checks as well.

We are happy to receive shipments of skis and/or other personal items prior to your visit and to help arrange shipment of items back to your home upon your departure.

For UPS and FedEx deliveries please use the Edelweiss’ physical address: Edelweiss Lodge & Spa, 106 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

For USPS deliveries please use our postal address: Edelweiss Lodge & Spa, PO Box 83, Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525.

We suggest that you include the guest name on your reservation and please include “Edelweiss” in the address as well. Contact us for more information.

You may certainly ask.  If we have the staff and reservations before and/or after your stay allow for it, we are happy to let you stay and enjoy your unit (or an extra half day of skiing) with a late check out or early check in.  If the unit is not available, we welcome guests to use the garage, get/keep boot locker keys, and we can provide a place to change and store luggage so that extra hours can be well spent on the slopes.  In some circumstances a late check out or early check in may require a surcharge.

Check in is 4pm and check out is 11am however if prior and subsequent reservations allow, we are happy to provide for early check ins and late check outs when possible.  In some cases there may be an early check in or late check out fee assessed.