In the early 1950s, Ernie and Rhoda Blake were living with their children in Santa Fe where Ernie was managing the brand new Santa Fe Ski Basin. As part of his job, Ernie would fly his Cessna 170 into Southern Colorado to work at Santa Fe’s sister ski area, Glenwood Springs. His dream was to have a ski resort of his own, so as he flew he searched for a place where he could begin building his vision. Eventually, he found an ideal spot, the big snow basin north of Wheeler Peak in La Cal Basin. “There was a tremendous snow basin…I thought it was an optical illusion.” (-Ernie Blake, Ski Pioneers)

After finding the perfect spot, Ernie moved his family to Taos Ski Valley in 1955. From a camper in the base area where they lived, the Blake’s began to build what is now a world-class ski resort. In the winter, enjoy some of the best slopes in the world with easy ski in/out access at The Blake. And when there’s no snow on the slopes, come for spectacular views, blue skies, fantastic hiking, and clear mountain air.

Learn more at SkiTaos.com.