Sidelines – December 6

Posted 12/6/18

The ice rink at the Taos Youth and Family Center is open seven days per week for public recreational skating. Cost to get on the ice is $3 for adults and $2 for children and includes skate rental.

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Sidelines – December 6


Ski Racing

Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will host the Stefan Seigman Memorial Race Weekend Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 8-9) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sipapu and the Santa Fe Ski Team invite select licensed alpine competitors skiers and snowboarders to participate in this USSA sanctioned M/L scored alpine slalom race at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort. Register online at by Thursday, Dec. 6. Day-of registration happens at 7 a.m. in Sipapu’s Lodge and incurs a $25 late fee. Cost is $35 per day per athlete with awards for Top 3 overall and Top 10 U14 each day. The awards ceremony takes place at 3 p.m. outside the lodge. Race categories include children (ages 7-12); teen (ages 13-20); adult (ages 21-59; and seniors (ages 60-69).

Lift starts turning at  8 a.m. for athletes, coaches and race officials and volunteers.

Ice skating

The ice rink at the Taos Youth and Family Center is open seven days per week for public recreational skating. Cost to get on the ice is $3 for adults and $2 for children and includes skate rental. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays; and 1 -5 p.m. Sundays. Closed on Holidays. Closing time may vary occasionally depending on schedule for tournaments & events. Other programs available the ice rink include figure skating lessons, hockey lessons and group rates (if booked in advance). Helmets and safety equipment are available at the skate rental counter. For reservations, or for more information, call (575) 741-0830

Teacher Season Pass

Making ski industry history, The Teacher Pass offered by Angel Fire Resort for teachers K-12 is one of the best full season ski pass discounts in the country. A ski-industry first, The Teacher Pass, will provide educators with a full-season of skiing with no black-out dates at a heavily discounted price of $99. The Teacher Pass will pay for itself for anyone planning to ski two or more days this winter.

The Pass special introductory price is being offered for $99 starting through Dec. 13, the day before opening day. The Teacher Pass will increase to $199 on opening day. Additionally, 25% lodging discounts on hotel rooms, condos, and private homes will be available on select dates for Teacher Pass holders. For more information, visit or call (855) 923-7387.

Trail closure

The Bureau of Land Management Taos Field Office is continuing the closure of the La Junta Trail at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. The closure is required to address maintenance needs. The closure will remain in effect until further notice.

La Junta Point Overlook and Campground will remain open during this time. Visitors can access the River Trail and the lower parts of the canyon from the Little Arsenic Springs Trail or Big Arsenic Springs Trail. The BLM asks the public to respect the closure of the trail.

As always, the BLM Taos field office reminds all visitors to take precautions when visiting public lands. Visitors are reminded to dress appropriately, consider local weather conditions and altitude and remember your outdoor essentials: water, snacks, appropriate footwear, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. For more information, please contact the BLM Taos field office at (575)758-8851.

Demo days

Public demonstration days are scheduled at Tenderfoot Katie's, Taos Ski Valley, Dec. 14-15. Demo the newest skis and snowboards on the market. The event will be open to the public for two days from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the base of Lift 1. Registration is $10 for the two-day event and will be located in the Looking Glass inside Tenderfoot Katie's at the base of Lift 1.

The first day of the 2018-19 winter ski season at Taos Ski Valley was Thursday (Nov. 22). For more information, visit


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