SANTA FE, N.M. — I recently had the opportunity to express my concerns about the future of Taos Ski Valley when I met with and then wrote to Peter Talty, who is the representative of Louis Bacon, Taos Ski Valley’s new owner.
As many readers know, my late husband Thomas Brownell and I ran the Thunderbird Lodge for 35 years before selling it in 2005.
In the beginning, the Taos magic for guests was the genuine feeling of being welcomed. To founder Ernie Blake and the early “Ski Pioneer” business owners, Jean and Dadou Mayer, Tom and me, it was of utmost importance that visitors had the best possible experience. Ernie was charismatic and a master of public relations. He created the “Ski Better Week” which generated weeklong stays in the lodges. Guests enjoyed themselves so much they came back year after year.
To preserve the history of Taos Ski Valley, the Hotel St. Bernard deserves a Historic Heritage designation.