Sports sidelines – February 14

Posted 2/14/19

GOURMET VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AT MIDWAY YURT – For this inaugural event in the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area in Red River, guides will lead you to the Midway Yurt on our groomed trails. Once in the warmth of the yurt, you will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by BLM Catering. Award-winning performer Michael Martin Murphey will also make a special appearance.

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Sports sidelines – February 14



Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Taos Ski Valley. A gathering of people to celebrate what is working in the world to build a more inclusive and resilient planet through business, sports and music. With certified B Corporations, Protect Our Winters Athletes and our new Governor Lujan Grisham. Kicks off at 11 a.m. with panels and films at the Martini Tree bar and moves to the dance floor in the Taos Tent for an intimate show by Rising Appalachia. Panels are free for all ages. Presented by the Taos Ski Valley and B Lab (the nonprofit behind B Corps). For more information, contact Glenn Schiffbauer at


The Taos Special Olympics will host their annual fundraiser, the March Madness basketball tournament March 15-17, 2019. Entry is $200 per team and the top team takes away $500 cash. Registration is limited to 12 teams. For more information or to sign up, contact Gilbert Atencio at (575) 770-7600.


Adult clinics to focus on smarter, not harder skiing. Women and senior clinics are an encouraging, relaxing and friendly environment to foster new friendships, embrace camaraderie and share a passion for skiing. The Women’s Clinic meets at the Pajarito Lodge each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and skis until roughly 4:00 p.m. The clinic is free, but participants must have their own season pass or lift ticket for the day. The Women’s Clinic covers the following skills and techniques: improving form and confidence by developing skiing skills, sharing knowledge of contemporary skiing styles and equipment, sharing skiing-related strength and conditioning exercises (off-snow) and empowering women through the sport of skiing.

The Senior Clinic, which focuses on contemporary ski techniques for those 60 and older, meets in the Pajarito Lodge each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. and heads to the slopes at 9:00 a.m. The group will ski until a lunch break at 12:00 p.m. The clinic is free and hosted by Hugh Casey and John Viney, both PSIA Level 3 instructors. All participants must have their own season pass or lift ticket, and be able to ski green and blue slopes. For more information, call 505-662-5725 or visit


The ice rink at the Taos Youth and Family Center is open seven days a 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 the schedule for tournaments and events. Other programs available at 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.


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 trails.

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.


At Pioneer Lift, Taos Ski Valley, on Wednesdays (Feb. 20, 27 and beyond) at 1 p.m. Meet at the bottom of the Pioneer Lift underneath or next to a giant green-and-white banner that reads, "Ski with a Ranger."

As long as you can comfortably handle the green slopes on the mountain (including Honeysuckle on the backside), you are welcome to join the group. Due to the wide variety of interests of the our participants, we take a casual and flexible approach to the topics we cover. Usually we talk about flora and fauna of the immediate mountain environment, history and culture of the area, history of the Forest Service, the ski area, the Village of Taos Ski Valley as well as the relationship among us. Almost always we talk about Wilderness with a capital W, natural resources, local rivers and watersheds, year-round recreational opportunities in the area and comment on the peaks, slopes and valleys we can see from our particular vantage point. And perhaps most important of all, we teach, emphasize and practice mountain safety! Average duration of a tour is about an hour to an hour and a half.


Angel Fire Resort invites veterans, working military and their families for a long weekend Feb. 21-24 at discounted rates, plus ski and snowboard lessons for vets taught by vets. For more information, call (800) 633-7463 or visit


For this inaugural event in the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area in Red River, guides will lead you to the Midway Yurt on our groomed trails. Once in the warmth of the yurt, you will enjoy a delicious meal prepared by Carrie Venezia and Wes Black of BLM Catering. Award-winning performer Michael Martin Murphey will also make a special appearance on Valentine's Day because of his love of the Enchanted Forest. He is promoting his new album, Austinology: Alleys of Austin, and doing some cross-country skiing, but he will have some albums with him. Cost is $75 per person, and includes trail passes, guides, dinner, drinks and gratuity. (Add an additional $5 for equipment rentals.) Besides Valentine's Day, the 2019 yurt dinner dates are Feb. 16 and March 16 (pending). For a schedule of events and to book tickets, visit


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