A typical Ski Week day is as follows:
1) Walk about 100 feet to your 7:30 AM stretching class
2) After Stretching walk about 100 feet to a delicious buffet breakfast at 8:00 AM
3) Go to the ski room, adjacent to the dining room, to get your equipment
4) Ski About 100 feet downhill to get on the lift, and do a couple of warm-up runs
5) Meet your Ski Class at 10:00 AM for a 2 hour lesson
6) Ski to the door of the hotel, and walk about 25 feet to a super 3 course sit-down lunch
7) Return to the slopes for some free-skiing
8) End the ski day with a dip in the hot tub (adjacent to the bar/dining room), then relax in your room and/or return to the bar for a drink (or sometimes a lecture may be offered)
9) A fabulous dinner will be served at 6:30 PM
10) After dinner return to your room or visit the bar for some live entertainment
The food is excellent, the wine selection is first rate, the service is fantastic, personal and friendly and you don't really ever have to think. There are plenty of activities that the hotel runs to keep kids busy, so parents can relax. The ski village is relatively small, so if you are looking for extensive shopping (such as in Vail) you will probably have to drive into Taos Village.
If you want to work, there is Wi-Fi available; and if want to forget about work (which is what I recommend) the rooms do not have phones and don't bring your tablet/laptop. The St. Bernard makes it easy to forget about the rest of the world!
The rooms are comfortable and the focus is on what counts (if you want the Ritz Carlton, this may not be your place):
1) The bed is comfortable with nice linens, and
2) The soap and towels are high quality
3) There is a pretty wide variation in room types, so don't be afraid to ask questions when booking.
After my first trip to the St. Bernard, I stopped going anywhere else for skiing. I have returned every year for the past seven years.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Jean Mayer arrived in Taos Ski Valley over fifty years ago with a passion for skiing and a dream to create a sanctuary for like-minded ski lovers. With his family, he began building the hotel in 1960. Its sturdy log construction mirrors European Alpine traditions and is located right at the base of Al's Run and the main chairlift. Today it is the only hotel in Taos Ski Valley still offering the traditional, all-inclusive Ski Week – a full week of immersion into the passion of skiing with every need supplied by a well-trained staff of skiing professionals. At the Hotel St. Bernard we continually evolve while keeping an eye on the past. The St. Bernard has stood the test of time since 1960, nestled on the ski slopes it is a perennial favorite. We maintain an historic appeal but we constantly seek improvement to offer a distinctive flair to our guests. The hotel has 28 lodge-style rooms, a beautiful communal dining room with a superbly stocked bar, a spa and work out room, and ski storage lockers. Enjoy lunch outside on the deck - location, location, location! The deck is located on the ski slope! Enjoy a taste of New Mexico with our famous green-chile cheeseburger, other lunchtime treats, drinks and more! The Hotel St. Bernard Ski Week includes 7 nights in hotel room (double occupancy), 6 morning ski lessons, 6 days lift tickets, three meals a day in the Hotel dining room, and for those of you with children, our world famous children's program!!! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel St Bernard Taos County/Taos Ski Valley, NM