According to David Contarino, Taos Ski Valley is a prime location for expert double diamond skiing. David Contarino skis the bumps and steeps at Tao whenever he has the opportunity—especially off the West Basin Ridge.
David Contarino states that a sought-after spot for double diamond skiers is the narrow ridge at Stauffenberg, which features a 37-degree pitch. David Contarino also recommends the Zdarsky and St. Bernard trails for expert-level skiers.
David Contarino has a long career in the public and private sector stretching over two decades. He has served as manager, senior advisor and media consultant in several political campaigns. In 2002, David Contarino served as campaign manager and Chief of Staff for New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and was a senior strategist and consultant for Congresswoman Michelle Grisham’s 2012 successful campaign.
Q: What drew you to political consulting?
David Contarino: I was fascinated by politics at a fairly early age, but I was determined to conduct politics on my own terms. It’s a tough game—tough on individuals and on families, and often all-consuming.