Launch of expanded access and equity programs for children in Taos Ski Valley for the 2021-2022 winter season

TAOS, New Mexico, January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — With a focus on breaking down barriers so all young people can enjoy nature’s respite, Taos Ski Valley is working with a number of local and national organizations to significantly expand youth accessibility and equity programs at the resort this winter.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential for the ski industry. Here in Taos Ski Valleyour B Corporation philosophy helps advance these goals locally,” said David NordinCEO of Taos Ski Valley. “But our work in this area has only just begun. Our social responsibility work means we pay a living wage and ensure pay equity in all jobs, regardless of age, race or gender. “It also means we need to provide wider and better access to the outdoors for children. We are delighted to have rolled out an extensive youth equity program this season.”

Thanks to the collaboration with several regional schools and local and national non-profit and specialized organizations, children and teenagers have many ways to access leisure activities and mountain courses in Taos Ski Valley this winter at prices adapted to their families. Special opportunities are available for children of color, economically disadvantaged families, youth with special needs, etc. The program will include:

  • Charles N. Romero Pueblo Youth Snow Sports Program: through a variety of grant programs in conjunction with Working on Wellness, the Share Winter Foundation,and outdoor recreation of New Mexico, young people in 4th yearand-12and from Taos Pueblo community will have the opportunity to ski for five days, including lift tickets, clothing and equipment rentals, lunch and half-day lessons. This offer is named in memory of Charles N. Romeromember of the Taos Pueblo community and long-standing Taos Ski Valley employee.

  • Access to school groups: Regional 1 studentsst-12and have the opportunity to ski once a week for five weeks this winter. The program has started January 4 and includes half-day lessons every five days, lift tickets, rental equipment, and special mountain education.
    Cost: $165 total for Taos County residents, $185 total for students outside Taos County. Scholarships are also available for students who qualify.
    Residents interested in the program should discuss it with their school.

  • Access to special needs: Taos Ski Valley will continue to work with the Taos Winter Sports Team to identify and reach young people with special needs and help them get on the mountain with scholarships as needed. Taos Ski Valley offers tailored ski programs to meet a wide range of abilities and needs.
    Cost: varied.
    Scholarships available to qualifying students.
    Residents interested in the program should contact Pierre Donahue to edu@taoswintersportsteams.com

  • Access for young women: At January 30 Taos Ski Valley will host the SheJumps Wild Skills Junior Ski Patrol, a day camp for girls to learn mountain safety and first aid while working with strong women in the ski patrol community. SheJumps is a non-profit organization that increases the participation of women and girls in outdoor activities to foster confidence, leadership, and connection to nature and community through free, low-cost outdoor education. cost.
    Cost: $45
    Girls interested in the program can visit the event website

  • Give a child a lift: A new fund held at the Taos Community Foundation has been established with an initial contribution of $50,000 from Taos Ski ValleyInc. The intention of this fund is to provide taos and Colfax County children who may have financial barriers the opportunity to enjoy outdoor recreation through skiing and snowboarding, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. Grants from the fund are expected to begin in the near future.

  • Taos Ski Valley Employee Access: Ski Valley employees receive a 75% discount on children’s programs, lessons, rentals or lift tickets for their dependents.

Grant and scholarship selections for the above programs are made by regional schools, the Taos Community Foundation, the Share Winter Foundation, and the Taos Winter Sports Team.

“Being outdoors is essential for developing the mind and maintaining mental and physical health, but some children in our community do not have the opportunity to take advantage of our local mountains and rivers to develop a love for nature and the outdoor recreation,” said Lisa O’. Brien Director, Taos Community Foundation. “Our new Give a Kid a LIFT fund, along with the other generous contributions of Taos Ski Valley and other local and national non-profit organizations, help break down some barriers in the outdoor industry here in New Mexico This winter.”

Taos Ski Valley also continued its popular Shredders youth program, which offers any child ages 6-13 5 consecutive weeks of full-day lessons on Saturday or Sunday. The chippers started on January 8and lift tickets, rental and lunch are also included for a total cost of $550. There will be an additional Afternoon Shredders program offered in February and March for $400.

Area youth or families interested in identifying affordable winter recreation opportunities can contact snowsports@skitaos.com.

On Taos Ski Valley
Nestled among the pristine peaks of northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is experiencing a $300 million renaissance, making it one of North America’s premier vacation and adventure destinations. With over 300 inches of average annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine and over 1,200 skiable acres, Taos Ski Valley is the world’s first B Corp certified ski resort, meaning it operates to the highest standards. higher levels of environmental and social sustainability and economic justice. An independently owned and operated station, taos retains authentic charm while providing a world-class experience both on and off the mountain for skiers and boarders of all skill levels. Taos Ski Valley is proud to participate in the Mountain Collective and Ikon Pass. To learn more about Taos Ski Valley and its B Corp commitment, please visit www.skitaos.com.

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