A Message from Robert
Pete Totemoff, Kingsbury “Pitch” Pitcher and Ernie Blake are three of my life heroes and were all involved in bringing World Class skiing to New Mexico in the early 1950’s. I was about 19 years old in the late 1970’s when I first skied Taos Ski Valley. I was a ski instructor at the Santa Fe Basin working for Pitch Pitcher when Pete Totemoff was the bar tender at the midway station. I remember Taos Ski Valley as a family run mountain, with Ernie periodically standing on the deck of the St. Bernard “holding court” and it was, as is now, a magical place.
Forty years later, when I learned through a friend that ”Northside Ranch” in Taos Ski Valley was for sale, for the first time since the 1940’s, I was challenged to step up and buy the property from the Pattison Family.
Louis Bacon has now adopted the Taos Ski Valley legacy from the Blake family with a purpose to make it ”Better not Bigger”. He is succeeding in every way and I hope to add to his efforts and become aligned with his long term vision.
My vision for Northside at Taos Ski Valley is to maintain it as a high alpine, pristine environment, as its natural beauty is beyond reproach. The experience will be enhanced with a light touch. Through thoughtful forest thinning and the expansion of the existing alpine meadows, the expanded trail network will exist in harmony with improved forest health and enhanced wildlife habitat. Connectivity to adjacent trail systems and existing recreational resources will be key, and I hope to expand on the blended Swiss Bavarian, Rocky Mountain and Taos Pueblo cultural and recreational experience created by my Taos Ski Valley predecessors. In my mind, it’s not a matter of “Better not Bigger” but rather “Already the Best!” I intend to keep it that way.
- Robert F. Corroon Jr.
Northside at Taos Ski Valley