|About Kandahar Vacation Condominiums Lodging, Taos Ski Valley, NM
Located in the heart of Taos Ski Valley, Kandahar Condominiums has provided comfort and convenience to Taos skiers seeking hotel, Inn and Bed and Breakfast accommodations for decades. And since 2008, The Kandahar has offered the same quality lodging accommodations to Taos snowboarders. Our guests have come to appreciate the convenience and privacy of their own "home-away-from-home" in Taos Ski Valley.
Over the years, Kandahar homeowners have renovated and decorated their vacation condos to reflect their own personal tastes. Every unit is unique, but all offer a warm and relaxing retreat from the winter weather, and a cool mountain breeze in the summer sunshine.
Our family-friendly condominium lodging overlooks Strawberry Hill, the resort's beginner slope, and is just a few feet from the Ernie Blake Ski and Ride School meeting place. Families lodging at the Kandahar can enjoy watching their children on skis or snowboards from the comfort of their condo balconies.
As ski in/ski out lodging accommodations, Kandahar guests ski down to the lifts each morning and at day's end ski back to their own comfy condo.
History of Kandahar Vacation Condominiums
To skiers and non-skiers alike, the name, "Kandahar," is generally a puzzle. Kandahar, which is a variation of Alexandria, is the name of a town in Afghanistan founded by Alexander the Great, during his monumental march eastward to India and beyond.
The link between the town of Kandahar and skiing was provided centuries later by British general Frederick Sleigh Roberts in August, 1880. Roberts marched 10,000 men from Kabul to Kandahar, a distance of 313 miles in 22 days, to relieve the siege of a British garrison stationed there. In 1892 a grateful British government awarded General Roberts a peerage and he selected the title, "Lord Roberts of Kandahar," to commemorate his role in the siege of Kandahar, which he regarded as his finest achievement.
Lord Roberts became vice-president of the Public Schools Alpine Sports Club in 1903. Eight years later, on January 11, 1911, a group of Englishmen held the world's very first downhill ski race in Montana-sur-Sierre, Switzerland, and Lord Roberts lent his name to the ski trophy awarded to the winner. This trophy was known as the Roberts of Kandahar Challenge Cup, and is used to this day for the premier of world
In January 1924, a group of British alpine ski pioneers decided to form a ski club at Muren, Switzerland. For want of a better name, they took the name, Kandahar, and used a block "K" for a badge, thus founding what is the most famous ski club in the world. The driving force behind the Kandahar Ski Club was Sir Arnold Lunn, the man who invented and named the slalom ski race. Strangely enough, Sir Arnold always regretted attaching the old Norwegian name, "slalom" to his invention, recognizing that the German word, "torlauf," (gate race) would have been more appropriate.
The Kandahar Ski Club was instrumental in organizing the first international ski meet ever to combine the results of both downhill and slalom races in deciding the winner. From that day forward, a ski race meet was known simply as a Kandahar. On March 3 and 4, 1928 Sir Arnold and his friend, Hannes Schneider, inaugurated and supervised the first Arlberg-Kandahar race in St. Anton, Austria, a full two years before the FIS recognized downhill and slalom racing, and three years before the first World Championships in the Alpine Combined.
So now you know . . . "Kandahar" came from the name of an obscure Afghan town and morphed into a generic term for a ski race, finally becoming the name of the most historic and famous ski lodge in the Taos Ski Valley!
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87525
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|Taos Ski Valley History:
Taos Ski Valley was founded in 1955 by Ernie and Rhoda Blake. They lived in an eleven foot camper as there were no buildings in the area except an almost-completed Hondo Lodge (now the Inn at Snakedance). Even after they moved into the lodge, they lived without power until 1963.
The first lift at Taos Ski Valley was a Bridger-Boseman J-Bar. It was installed in the fall of 1956 by Ernie, sixteen men from Taos Pueblo, and a mule named Lightening. After one day of dragging lift and tower parts through the snow up what is now Al's Run, Lightening quit.
After 37 years at the Ernie Blake Ski School, rancher Chilton Anderson retired. Being extremely tall, Chilton was in charge of lifting the cable back on to the towers when it would fall off, which it did regularly.
TSV remains one of the few family owned and operated ski resorts in North America. To this day it is still run by the founders' children and grandchildren.
The Ski School at Taos Ski Valley is the highest rated in America.