The owner of Taos Ski Valley has purchased a 30-seat passenger jet and will begin regular flights to and from Texas to the airport serving the northern New Mexico resort.
What has been dubbed “Taos Air” is a public charter service from Dallas Love Field and Austin that will initially fly December to March to the Taos Regional Airport. Flights will run on Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays throughout the ski and snowboard season.
One-way non-stop fares will be $189 from Dallas and $179 from Austin – both about two hours’ in flying time and non-refundable. Flights will take off once a day from each locale -- in the morning from Austin and in the afternoon/evening from Dallas. Return flights from Taos to Austin lift off in the afternoon, while the return to Dallas is in the morning on Thursdays and Saturdays, and in the afternoon on Sundays and Mondays.
Passengers embark and disembark at private terminals. Two pieces of baggage ride for free – a boot bag and ski bag count as one piece of baggage, and the resort provides free shuttle service for those who are staying at the mountain.
The new air flights became possible when the town of Taos finished a $24 million cross-wind runway, and an ownership dedicated to increasing skier-visit numbers -- especially from Texas where the majority of out-of-state skiers and riders come from.
Up on the mountain, owner Lewis Bacon has spent millions on infrastructure, a new hotel, lodge remodeling and the 65-year-old resort’s first high-speed quad chair that will debut this season.
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