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Taos Ski Valley purchases the Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant

Jamie and Thomas Schulze

A Family Affair
German-born entrepreneur Thomas Schulze was so entranced by the skiing experience of Taos Ski Valley that he was inspired to settle here and build a European-style ski alm like those of his native Bavaria. With the help of family members, he set about replicating the cozy luxury of those history-filled alpine inns, importing authentic building materials and antiques and commissioning finely crafted furnishings, trompe-l'oeil murals, and artwork. After decorating each guest suite in a distinctive fashion and designing a congenial restaurant to serve gourmet food, the Schulze family began welcoming guests to their high-altitude retreat in 1996. In 2009, the first phase of the new, award winning Bavarian Chalets (a wooden cabin structure with a sloped roof and widely overhanging eaves) were added to the complex that is now the Bavarian Lodge & Chalets.

The operation of the Bavarian remains a family affair, as Thomas now shares management responsibilities with his wife, Jamie. Together they maintain a high level of service and offer a personalized brand of hospitality that lets guests feel that they're arriving among friends.

Right: Thomas and Jamie Schulze, founders of The Bavarian Lodge & Restaurant.