TAOS, NM – September 2, 2008 – For the first time ever, Taos Ski Valley will this winter open to snowboarders for a full season, with opening day scheduled for November 27. The opening season for snowboarding has been hotly anticipated by riders around the country, after the ski valley announced last season that it would be welcoming snowboarders to the legendary mountain for the first time. Taos Ski Valley kicked off the announcement with a two-week long preview for snowboarders at the end of last year’s winter season.

In preparation for the season, Taos Ski Valley has doubled the size of the Out To Launch Terrain Park. The terrain park is located on Maxie’s run under lift #7 and is sure to be a popular spot on the mountain for jibbers this season. Additionally TSV has expanded its Children’s Center to make room for a whole new group of kids.  Both the adult and children’s rental shops have been remodeled to make room for snowboards and the snowboard school for riders of all ages will be in full swing on opening day.

“It was great welcoming riders to the mountain last spring; they fit right in with the laidback, mountain-loving attitude of Taos Ski Valley” said Adriana Blake, Taos Ski Valley’s Marketing Director.

“Whether a long-time Taos Ski Valley visitor or new to our mountain, a skier or a rider, we will have events that offer something for everyone this season,” said Alejandro Blake, Taos Ski Valley Event Coordinator.  Some of this year’s highlights include a Boardercross/Skiercross on February 7th and a Slopestyle on March 14th, both sponsored by the United States of America Snowboarding Association (USASA), in addition to a new category for snowboarders in the crowd favorite Salomon Extreme Freeride Championships scheduled for March 5th – 7th.

Taos Ski Valley will continue with established activities that both skiers and riders can now enjoy including the Brew Master’s Festival and Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade in December, the K2 Women’s Weekend in February, Ernie Blake’s Birthday Celebration in March and much more.

Skiers and riders alike will have two new runs to explore this season. North American, a double black diamond rated glade with 1,400 feet of vertical will challenge experts. And novices will enjoy The Burrough, a new beginner’s area that includes a moving carpet. The Burrough will be 400 feet long this season and will expand into a full hill next summer.
Visit http://www.skitaos.org for further information.