Here is a list of cross country ski areas and events in North New Mexico that I know of.
Yes, we still have an annual Cross Country ski race and its getting fancier every year! Please come out and support a race that has been held in the same place for 34 years!
Chama Chili Ski Classic
As the name implies it is a classic race with 5k and 10k distances. The course is just below the Cumbres pass and part of it follows old railroad tracks (buried deep under the snow during that time of year).
Aside from being amazingly scenic with dependable snow (usually too much!), it is also the most friendly and least intimidating event that’s still called a race. Most participants are either on backcountry skis and/or wearing jeans or the old fashioned wool knee high socks – their equipment is often from the same era J. Although the UNM race team has been known to show up as well – so something for all levels! There is only classic track set so you cant even pretend to try to skate out there (and why would you?!).
Great big Chili Ristras for the male and female winners, as well as commemorative pins and delicious green chile stew for everyone! Awards and stew are in town after the race.
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Groomed Ski Areas:
Our own Pajarito XC Ski trails! 15min from Los Alamos, 45 min from Santa Fe and 90min from Albuquerque!
Enchanted Forest Cross Country ski area
2 hours north of Los Alamos – with breakfast and dinner stops in Taos, makes for a fun drive and an easy day trip or a quick ski weekend. Everything is onsite – rentals, classes, food, warming hut, snowshoe trails. Great for families with children and groups with varied abilities as people can rest in the warming hut/rental shop or take classes while others ski. Skate, classic, snowshoe – whatever you like!
Lots of social events through out winter like Just Desserts or Moonlight Ski Tours.
Valles Caldera (aka Valle Grande)
Beautiful and close to Los Alamos, Santa Fe and even Albuquerque. Currently classic ski (classic/parallel track) only, however working on possibly grooming for skate. Only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus some holidays. Check the site for details.
Angel Fire Ski resort
http://www.angelfireresort.comGreat trails for both skate and classic. Need to ride the lift up to the trails and then back DOWN (scarier than you think!). Has a warming hut/yurt with food at the top by the lift.
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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 December 2009 23:14