There's nothing too complicated about skiing, yoga, delicious food and music, but we're sure there you'll still have a few questions about your Winterlust experience. We've anticipated a few of your questions below, and will be adding to and updating this FAQ regularly. Still have questions? Email us here.
We see Winterlust as a intimate Wanderlust Festival, replacing all of the summer outdoor activities with their wintry equivalents. SUP becomes skiing or snowboarding, hiking becomes snowshoe hikes — you get the idea. The other big change is in the culinary experiences, which for the first time are included in the ticket. Alongside Taos' amazing team at 192, we're offering healthy and delicious meals to keep you on the go during the day and relaxed during the night.
Of course, many of the other event aspects you know and love remain the same: the world-class yoga, the peaceful meditations, the dance parties and silent disco, and even the pool & hot tub parties. Looking forward to seeing you on the mountain.
Winterlust is our first all-inclusive event, and pretty much everything you need will be included. Here's what you get:
Access to all Winterlust activities and venues from Friday, January 7 through Sunday, January 9. Most classes and activities will take place on-mountain at our private venue at 10,000 feet.
Lodging at The Blake during the event, including car valet and ski valet service. Check in on Thursday, January 6. Check out Sunday, January 9. You choose the room type at purchase.
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner. We'll offer a light tapas reception on Thursday and a full dinner on Friday and Saturday (the event ends at 4pm on Sunday). Dinners include complimentary Kendall-Jackson wines.
Full-day lift tickets Friday through Sunday.
Winterlust-exclusive early chairlift access from 8am - 9am — we'll have the entire mountain to ourselves for a hour each morning. First tracks await.
Complimentary new Manduka travel yoga mat, which will be waiting for you at the first class. It's yours to keep at the end.
Travel to and from the mountain is not included unless you fly via Taos Air, in which case it's included as well. The only other thing you may need to purchase separately is a ski or snowboard rental package. We've secured discount rates and you can simply add your desired package at checkout. Of course you're welcome to bring your own gear as well.
The complete schedule will be released in early December, along with additional classes and much more detail on class lengths, topics, styles and talent. There will be a lot of optional activities, and we will add additional classes over the next few weeks. However, please make sure you also leave moments to take off your boots and relax by the fire, visit the spa, or read a book — part of finding balance is not trying to do it all. The general run-of-show will look something like this:
Thursday, January 6
Friday & Saturday, January 7 - 8
Sunday, January 9
No problem. Just email us a photo of your IKON or season's pass and we'll happily refund the cost of your lift tickets.
Taos Ski Valley has terrain ranging from beginner to double black diamond expert, so there's no reason to worry about your ski level. Our private on-mountain lodge, which is where our daily lunches and bigger yoga classes are held, is accessible via green (easy) trails, and we have a shuttle running as well should you not wish to ski in.
On the yoga side, all classes will be suitable for all levels, with more vigorous classes in the morning and Yin or restorative classes in the afternoon. We'll be conscious of the altitude, which makes all activities more strenuous. You'll have very busy days at Winterlust, and it's our goal to make the experience fun, not strenuous, for our guests.
While there's certainly no requirement that you ski well, this event has been designed for people who enjoy skiing or snowboarding. Much of the day will take place on the slopes, and the biggest yoga classes and lunch are served up-mountain, which is much more conveniently accessed on snow than via shuttle (we do have shuttles, however). That said, there are a several daily classes in the village, as well as snowshoe hikes, skating and sledding, and non-skiers can of course participate in all the après activities, dinners and music. We think it's a better experience for skiers, overall, but all are welcome.
Snow is something we can't control, but Taos always will have some snow in January. Though the Sangre de Cristo mountains are in the southern range of the Rockies, the resort's base is over 9,000' and its peak rises to 12,500', and average temperatures are between 15 and 25 degrees at the base. The mountain has solid snowmaking capability and has been making snow throughout November. For that reason, in most years conditions are very good by January. If you're interested in the detail, check out the snow averages here.
If we are very unlucky and the conditions are extremely poor, then we can adjust by adding more classes, talks and outdoor activities. There's more to Winterlust than just skiing.
In order to be admitted to the event, you'll need to provide proof of full vaccination against Covid-19. "Full" vaccination means two shots of Moderna or Pfizer, or one of Johnson & Johnson. A booster is not required at this time. At this time, New Mexico regulations require masking at all indoor venues, except when eating or drinking.
These policies are set by the State of New Mexico and/or Taos Ski Valley, so unfortunately we cannot make any exceptions — and these policies are subject to change (hopefully for the better!)
We'll email you a form to upload your vaccination cards or test results prior to the event.
We are constantly monitoring State and local guidelines, both to ensure your safety and also to produce the most amazing event possible. Should guidelines ease, our policies will ease as well, within the boundaries of safety and common sense. Should they tighten in any way that would make the event impossible, impractical, or force a cancellation, we will give you a full refund on your purchase.
Our refund policy is as follows: