Kachina Basin | Taos Ski Valley

Zehren and Associates was retained by Taos Ski Valley Inc. to develop a landscape masterplan for the Kachina Base Area of the Taos Ski Valley ski resort.  The Kachina Base Area is uniquely located in a secluded high alpine valley, surrounded by towering rocky peaks, and situated at an elevation of 10,200 ft.  The goal of the project was to retain the unique character of the site while improving the functionality, aesthetics, and wayfinding throughout the area.

Improving the functionality of the site was a key aspect of the project and included the design of a new passenger drop-off and parking at The Phoenix Grill, the closing of unnecessary roads, and re-grading of slopes to accommodate skier traffic to the Bavarian Restaurant.

The Kachina Base Area was also identified as a place where the client would like to hold weddings during the summer season.  In response, the team at Zehren and Associates developed designs for a wedding deck and made multiple site visits to ensure that the deck would have the most picturesque views of Kachina Peak.  This project also included the design of a network of soft paths to connect the wedding deck with the other nearby restaurants and improve the overall pedestrian circulation.


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