The Blake At Taos Ski Valley

The long-awaited opening of the newly built addition to Taos Ski Valley has arrived.

The Blake Hotel (named for TSV founder, Ernie Blake), is open and ready to host your stay on the Mountain.

The Blake describes itself as “an 80-room alpine guesthouse adjacent to Lift 1 that’s designed to deliver car-free mountainside adventures, whether you’re skiing, hiking, shopping or strolling. Guest-service hausmeisters are on call to attend to every detail, while well-appointed rooms and sophisticated suites lull the adventurous into welcomed relaxation.”
The hotel’s design is one of understated simplicity that belies its luxurious undertones; raw wood used throughout, hand-made (often locally woven) textiles and an impressive collection of art by the Taos Founders, all combine quietly and seamlessly into the Ski Valley’s Alpine environment without making any proverbial waves.

It’s as if the Blake has always been there, just not visible to the naked eye until now. Tipping its hat to the storied past of the Mountain (and the Town), yet firmly planted in the present, The Blake is an investment in Taos’ future.
This delightfully eclectic and very modern, streamlined vibe plus “unexpected rituals” set the Blake apart from the other guesthouses on the Mountain.

Louis Bacon (who bought the Resort from the Blake family) is after all, an environmental conservationist along with being a hedge funder, and he has respected the natural mountain environment. The Blake at Taos Ski Valley incorporates LEED building, ground-source heating and many other sustainable practices.

After a long day of skiing, there’s nothing like treating oneself to a long and deep massage and all of the other pampering rituals available. The Spa and Wellness Center at The Blake will not disappoint. Native spices and custom blended aromatherapy scent the rarefied air, subtly combining with the cedar and pinon burning in the kiva fireplaces in both public spaces and guest rooms.

The Blake embraces a multi-cultural holistic philosophy incorporating healing rituals from around the world. The Spa states that “this philosophy of the Circle of Life has been embraced and practiced throughout the ages by the resident European, Hispanic, and native North American cultures found in Northern New Mexico as well as the indigenous people of the Alpine countries of Europe.”

192, The Blake’s upscale dining and social hub centers around a communal Kiva fireplace, combining rustic European Alpine architecture with the local vernacular to provide an intimate, yet sophisticated Apres Ski experience.

A great wine list, trendy flatbreads, tapas and an assortment of pizzas, along with locally inspired hearty entrees and of course a selection of sweets, ensure there is something for everyone on the menu.

TSV is open through mid-April and they are having a super snowy Season with more on the way, making this the perfect time and place for a Valentine’s Day Getaway!

In fact Spring snows are legendary here in the High Desert, so make your Spring Break plans now before Taos Ski Valley books up completely. Of course there are always places to stay  in town as well, so be sure to check my Stay category on the blog menu and Taos.org (also linked below), for listings.

For more information and to make your reservation, please visit the Ski Valley/Blake Hotel’s website listed below.

The Blake

taos.org

All images c/o TSV

Image of TSV Founder Ernie Blake skiing the Mountain, Stock Files.

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