Taos Ski Val­ley cel­e­brates end-of-the-sea­son with a block party to be re­mem­bered

Tempo - - CONTENTS - By Dawn Franco

This week­end (March 30-April 1) strange wildlife will be sighted in Taos Ski Val­ley, in­clud­ing bun­nies, duck­lings and even penguins. Th­ese crit­ters aren’t con­fused in sea­sonal mi­gra­tion, but merely celebrating the endof-sea­son block party hosted by Taos Ski Val­ley and the Taos Ski Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce.

Be­gin­ning Fri­day (March 30) at 3:30 p.m., Ry Tay­lor will be per­form­ing at the Mar­tini Tree. A na­tive New Mex­i­can, he will be per­form­ing a Latin-in­fused brand of jazz and acous­tic Amer­i­cana.

For Satur­day (March 31), the events con­tinue with a lit­tle com­pe­ti­tion, live mu­sic and a luau bar­be­cue.

“We swing into full gear on Satur­day with the Hawai­ian luau and ‘Pen­guin Pad­dle’ on the re­sort plaza. Skiers and par­tic­i­pants will don trash bags to dress as penguins and com­pete for the long­est slide [on the snow] for big prizes,” stated ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Taos Ski Val­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce Court­ney Tucker in an email.

The “Pen­guin Pad­dle” takes place from 11:30 a.m. un­til 1 p.m. Be­gin­ning at the same time is the luau bar­be­cue. Grass skirts and printed Hawai­ian shirts are en­cour­aged.

Fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion and the grilling, Al­bu­querque’s hot band Bara­cu­tanga will take the stage at 1 p.m., mix­ing South Amer­i­can cumbia and Afro-Cuban salsa. At 3:30 p.m., “One More Satur­day Night: Pata de Perro” will be­gin. All events will be held within the re­sort plaza area.

Easter morn­ing, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., will be the all-ages Easter egg hunt, for which par­tic­i­pants must bring their own bas­kets. The day fol­lows up at the Mar­tini Tree Bar, where Taos lo­cal Jimmy Stadler will bring his two-step groove from noon to 2 p.m. be­fore the sea­son fi­nale, the block party.

On Thun­der­bird Road from 3-7 p.m. will be mu­sic by Christof Brownell, the newly elected TSV mayor, who won 41 out of the 83 votes against two other can­di­dates. To close out the evening and the sea­son will be disco-funk,

grass group, Last to Know.

“A great way to bring the vil­lage and all the lo­cals to­gether to dance in the street and cel­e­brate the end of a chal­leng­ing year with Mother Nature’s snow al­lot­ment. We want to honor the snow­mak­ers and all the vil­lage and re­sort teams for their hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to make our moun­tain a great place to en­joy, re­gard­less of how much new snow we get,” Tucker wrote.

Taos Ski Val­ley will also be of­fer­ing 50 per­cent off lift tick­ets when you buy one at reg­u­lar price to those who come in luau at­tire such as leis, Hawai­ian prints and grass skirts as well as those who will be dressed in Easter bunny or duck­ling at­tire.

Although the St. Bernard and the Bavar­ian will be closed, the rest of the mayor val­ley of­fers food and bev­er­age op­tions at the 192, Stray Dog Cantina, Taos Mesa Brew­ing, The Mar­tini Tree, Blond Bear Tav­ern, Molly’s Crepe’s & Sweet Es­cape and the Pizza Shack.

Cel­e­brate the strangest snowfall sea­son with Taos Ski Val­ley’s week­end-long, end-of-sea­son block party.


THE SPRING BREAK CROWD de­scended on Taos Ski Val­ley the week of March 12.


CHRISTOF BROWNELL, Taos Ski Val­ley’s new


LO­CAL BAND Last to Know

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