With more than $10 million in improved and updated event, conference and wedding facilities, Taos Ski Valley now offers nearly 50,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.

  • Phoenix Lodge is a completely redesigned, 6,300-square-foot, midmountain wedding and event venue for up to 250 and features 360-degree mountain views in the Kachina Basin.
  • Rio Hondo Learning Center is a colorful and dynamic space with eight different meeting areas ranging in size from 980 to more than 2,000 square feet. This facility is ideal for activities like business meetings, yoga retreats, creative workshops and student groups and can accommodate groups of up to 200.
  • Lake Fork Boardroom is a high-tech, 510-square-foot executive meeting space that overlooks Lake Fork River and can host up to 32 attendees.
  • In addition, restaurants including Rhoda’s, Tenderfoot Katie’s, Looking Glass, Martini Tree and Bavarian have indoor and outdoor dining options and can accommodate groups of up to 200. Lodging is available at The Blake at Taos Ski Valley.

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to lauren.pahmeier@tigeroak.com.

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