Taos Ski Valley provides several new options for visitors to New Mexico this summer and early fall season, including intermediate and advanced lift-served mountain biking trails, as well as new mountain biking private lessons. In line with its B Corporation commitment to environmental sustainability, Taos Ski Valley’s summer and early fall offerings focus on human-powered adventures with a low impact on the mountain, allowing visitors to truly connect with and experience the natural beauty of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Building upon the popularity of the Green Chile Flow Trail, a handful of new trails give mountain bikers more options. Intermediate trails like Pop Rocks, Grip It And Rip It and Blue Bottles have been added, as well as an advanced trail, Risky Biscuit. An additional intermediate trail, Hondo, is expected to open this month. These trails feature everything guests loved about Green Chile, including the lift-served access, the amazing scenery, the attainable challenge and the excitement, but taken to the next level with tighter and steeper features.
Also launching for the first time this summer are mountain biking private lessons for groups of up to four people. Lessons includes bike rental, all safety gear, lift ticket and three hours of instruction.
The one-of-a-kind Via Ferrata climbing experience is also back. Situated at 11,500 feet in the sub-alpine ecosystem of Kachina Peak, it features beginner, intermediate and advanced climbing route challenges, a 100-foot skybridge and a double-cable catwalk. For the first time this summer, sunset tours will also be available.
Scenic lift rides allow riders to enjoy the spectacular alpine scenery of the Kachina Basin. Summer day lift tickets are adult (18–64) $24; teen (13–17) $20; child (7–12) $17; senior (65–79) $20; 80+/6 & under, $0. Prices are slightly higher for mountain bike lifts.
The resort’s base-area hotel, The Blake at Taos Ski Valley, is open. Visitors will find a number of dining options throughout the ski valley this summer, including dining room 192 at the Blake, The Bavarian at the base of Lift 4 and other venues. Corporate events and weddings are also welcome in the ski valley, which offers lots of spaces with stunning mountain views.
Nayara Tented Camp in Costa Rica finishes phase two of its work to enhance its property, featuring a new main common area with a reception tent, as well as a new bar, lounge, restaurant, swimming pool and fire pit. Phase two also saw the completion of several new accommodations, such as two four-bedroom tented residences, six two-bedroom tents and eight more standalone tents.
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With the launch of Octantis in Antarctica last winter, Viking dipped a toe into the growing expedition cruising market and will jump in with both feet when its twin, Polaris, launches later in 2022. The pair bring the total number of Viking ships — river, ocean and expedition — to 97 cruising all seven continents.