Taos Ski Valley Starting Salary Now Exceeds Taos County Living Wage, Resort Adds Staff Housing

TAOS SKI VALLEY, New Mexico, August 18, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As the only B Corp certified ski resort in the world, Taos Ski Valley is obligated to conduct its business in a way that benefits employees, visitors and the community through social responsibility, environmental sensitivity and economic sustainability. As part of this commitment, taos increased his starting salary for entry-level positions to $15 per hour, exceeding the living wage of $14.94 for Taos Countyas indicated by the MIT Living Wage Calculator. taos is one of the few US ski resorts to offer a starting salary focused on living wage rather than minimum wage. This hourly rate is also more than 40% higher than the state of from New Mexico minimum wage. Taos Ski Valley the living wage increase is coupled with 70 new and existing staff accommodation, designed to provide a living wage and an affordable lifestyle for Taos Ski Valley Staff. This global approach to employee compensation and benefits is part of the Taos Ski Valley financial wellness initiative for staff.

“We made a commitment to pay our staff a living wage several years ago and have continually updated our pay scale accordingly and conducted an annual pay equity analysis,” said Dawn BoulwareVice President of Social and Environmental Responsibility at Taos Ski Valley. “In addition to salary increases, we are investing in diversity, equity and inclusion training and expanding programs like insurance and housing. All of this makes Taos Ski Valley one of the most caring and enjoyable places to work in the entire outdoor recreation industry.”

With more than 35% of its workforce identifying as people of color and nearly 40% of its workforce identifying as women, taos is one of the most diversified companies in the industry. Besides, taos is the only partner ski resort of Arch outsidea national organization dedicated to supporting workplace inclusion, equity and diversity in the active outdoor industry.

“We still have work to do,” Boulware continued. “But we know that the first step is to ensure that our staff have a living wage, a place to live and a socially responsible and inclusive working environment.”

taos offers affordable staff accommodation in several locations, with 70 rooms and 100 beds currently available, with plans to add an additional 40 rooms for the coming season.

In addition, for the winter season 2021/2022, taosin conjunction with Spot Insurance, will offer year-round and full-time seasonal staff 24/7 accident insurance with up to $25,000 coverage per accident. From stitches to surgery and x-rays to physiotherapy, these bills will be covered if staff are injured in a covered accident, even if they have existing health cover.

taos also offers an ever-growing staff wellness program, which includes an employee assistance program with up to 6 free counseling sessions, a 401(k) plan with environmentally and socially responsible investment options, paid health days, free yoga classes, mental health first aid training, gym discounts and more, including free season passes to enjoy the mountains.

To learn more about job opportunities at Taos Ski Valley please visit https://www.skitaos.com/jobs. taos actively recruits year-round and seasonal staff.

On Taos Ski Valley

Nestled among the pristine peaks of northern New Mexico, Taos Ski Valley is experiencing a $300 million renaissance, making it one of North America’s premier vacation and adventure destinations. With over 300 inches of average annual snowfall, 300 days of sunshine and over 1,200 skiable acres, Taos Ski Valley is the industry’s only B Corp certified ski resort, meaning it operates with the highest standards of environmental and social sustainability and economic justice. An independently owned and operated station, taos retains authentic charm while providing a world-class experience both on and off the mountain for skiers and boarders of all skill levels. Taos Ski Valley is proud to participate in the Mountain Collective and the Ikon Pass. To learn more about Taos Ski Valley and its B Corp commitment, please visit www.skitaos.com.

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Michael A. Bynum