My family has been traveling from the East Coast to Taos Ski Valley and the St. Bernard nearly every year for almost 20 years. I have grown up skiing the mountain, participating in ski weeks through the Ernie Blake Ski School, and getting to be part of the unparalleled community that is the St. Bernard for one week each year.
I am not exaggerating when I say that TSV is my favorite place in the world, and this is largely because of the St. Bernard. Jean Mayer and his staff have established more than simply a lodge at the foot of one of the best ski mountains in America; they have created a home away from home for so many guests. In my years visiting the Ski Valley, I have made friends that I see upon return each year, as well as meeting new guests in my ski week, at the meals, and throughout the area. Every instructor with whom I have skied has improved my technique, reinvigorated my passion for the sport, and become a friend with whom I have stayed in touch during the year, beyond the ski week.
Meals at the St. Bernard are more than opportunities to nourish oneself with delicious gourmet dishes prepared thrice daily by Jean's talented kitchen staff; the family-style setup of the dining room enables guests to mingle, make friends, share stories, exchange tales of adventures each day on the mountain. Jean's meticulously crafted menu for each meal remains relatively consistent each year, save slight changes and additions. The ingredients are of the top and freshest quality, and the dishes are unique and cooked to perfection. Most guests claim that it is among the best food they have tried.
The children's programming has been a consistently wonderful offering of the St. B, and Janet, the director, has run the daily kids' dinner and activities since I was young (and I am now in my 20s, which speaks to her commitment and experience). Parents can attend their later dinner knowing that their children are well-cared-for, having fun, and making friends.
Though known to be a challenging mountain, Taos certainly offers a broad range of terrain, so there is always something for every skiing level. The conditions are almost always top-notch, particularly in February and March, when guests can count on days of fresh powder and of sun no matter what week they visit. Instructors know the best spots on the mountain, in addition to providing excellent instruction; I highly recommend participating in the Ernie Blake Ski Week program. In the afternoon, skiers can exercise their new skills and explore the mountain with family and friends. And when you're on the chairlift on a sunny day, be sure to lift your goggles to get a full view of the sky...nowhere else in the country is it quite the same color.
I am in my 20s and still go with my family to Taos and the St. Bernard each year. Its a trip I wouldn't miss, and I look forward to taking my own children someday.
- 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