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Just call it the wind beneath our wings: Taos Ski Valley is now offering Taos Air, an airline that will provide daily direct flights from Dallas and Austin practically straight to the slopes.

It wasn’t always quite so easy to visit this popular skiing destination. The nearest major airport is in Albuquerque, three hours away, while Santa Fe, two hours away, has few regional flights.

But on the heels of a 10-year, $300-million renovation that includes a new main chairlift (Taos’s first high-speed quad), increased snowmaking, a “gondolita” and an upgraded children’s center, Taos Air could not be taking flight at a better time. Plus, next summer the Valley is building new mountain biking trails and a via ferreta, which is a protected climbing route.

Taos has also pledged a new environmental commitment, becoming the first ski resort designated as a Certified B Corporation. This certification helps ensure Taos Ski Valley meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, sustainability, public transparency and legal accountability. In other words — were going green.

Tickets for the 30-passenger chartered flight start around $400, and passengers land in El Prado, just down the valley from the ski area. Flights run Thursday through Sunday (and Monday holidays), now through March.

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