The clear goals of the new ownership, as exemplified by the new lift and plans for the new lodge, have made news, lots of news, which I think attracts people that hadn't usually had Taos on their radar. The influx of front rangers was influenced by something. Let us know what you think of the vibe after your visit.
Sure, I'm not disputing that this kind of stuff moves the needle, both in the moment and over time.
But the fact remains that CB and Wolf both had pretty much the exact same story of from range CO skiers bringing crowds and carrying amounts of drama to the slopes. I If it was just Taos, maybe you were onto something, but it wasn't, which leads me to having to discard much of your hypothesis.