On January 31, I had the chance to gather with family and friends at the Hondo Wine dinner to experience an evening full of food, wine and great company for the first night of the 2018 Taos Winter Wine Festival.
In its 32nd year, the Taos Winter Wine Festival represents a longstanding tradition and opportunity for the community to come together. This year, 24 local restaurants and over 40 wineries from around the world came to Taos. It was a celebration of food and friends, independent wineries and dedicated vintners.
At Taos Ski Valley, we hosted wine dinners, seminars and the grand tasting where participants bonded over their "cultivated" passion. It was truly encouraging to see so many locals enjoying the festival offerings as well as new and returning visitors from all over the U.S.
Immediately following the wine festival, we hosted the inaugural B Corp Leadership Summit. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, B Corp founders brought together CEOs to envision the next 10 years, supporting a movement to use business as a force for good.
Companies represented included: Ben & Jerry's, New Belgium Brewing, Seventh Generation and Patagonia. Our goal is to establish Taos as the "home mountain" for compelling professional gatherings. In addition to diversifying our offerings, Taos benefits by surrounding our team with global leaders.
In March, Taos will be celebrating the past and the future. From March 16 to 19, Taos hosts its 10th anniversary of snowboarding.
This event will include "Burton Learn to Ride" programs, an après concert featuring Boulder-based band, Grant Farm, and a fireworks display in honor of Ernie Blake's birthday. Monday, March 19 (the actual 10-year anniversary date), a lift ticket will be $66, the window rate in 2008.
On that same weekend, Taos will also host the 22nd Annual Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon March 16-17. This local fundraising event attracts adventure seekers from across the Southwest and beyond to gather pledges and raise money for the Taos Community Foundation's Emergency Medicine Fund.
Next, the resort hosts the USSA Southern Series Championships March 24-25 in partnership with the Taos Winter Sports Team. This youth ski racing event brings close to 200 participants and their families to the region.
Events of all kinds directly support our community and local businesses. They provide community support financially, but perhaps more importantly, provide a greater sense of community.
In addition to the region's rich arts and culture, restaurants, and outdoor activities, our guests seek out unique event experiences. Taos Ski Valley is committed to growing its events program year-round and to bringing together new and return visitors and locals as we share all the things that make our region so special.
David Norden is chief executive officer at Taos Ski Valley.