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Sports sidelines – February 28

Posted 2/28/19

TAOS HOPE 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT –  3 on 3 basketball tournament on Friday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Taos High School to encourage engagement between teens, law enforcement, first responders and community leaders.

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Sports sidelines – February 28

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TAOS HOPE 3 ON 3 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Taos Common Ground will host a Hold On Pain Ends (HOPE) 3 on 3 basketball tournament on Friday, March 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Taos High School to encourage engagement between teens, law enforcement, first responders and community leaders. There will be 16 teams – eight youth and eight adult. There are opportunities to play, sponsor, volunteer and, for nonprofits, run a take at the event. For more information, contact the Common Grounds group at TaosCommonGrounds@gmail.com, visit their website taoscommongrounds.org or call Adult Ally Coordinator Jill Cline at (575) 770-1327.

TENNIS CENTRAL LAUNCHES NATIONAL YOUTH TENNIS TALENT SEARCH  

 Tennis Central Corp aims to increase nationwide participation in the game of tennis. Its latest campaign vies to ignite a deeper enthusiasm for competitive tennis among the 14 and under category by giving players a faster and more fun way to represent Team USA at the World Championship in Paris July 2019. We are ready to partner with any local club who wants to run a qualifier event by April 2019.

Qualified talents from all 50 states will then travel to the National Championships in Washington, DC, in May 2019. The proud winners in the boys' and girls' categories will travel to Paris all expenses paid to represent Team USA. "This will truly be a nationwide talent search and the winners the real representation of our American tennis excellence," says CEO Yann Auzoux. Tennis Central is now accepting partnerships with tennis clubs, academies, high schools, country clubs and other relevant organizations to host qualifying events in all 50 states.

Step 1: Local qualifiers until April 30.

Step 2: National Championships May 24/26.

Step 3: Team USA at the World Championships in Paris July 4-14. For more information, contact roadtoparisopen.com or tenniscentral.net.

CARDBOARD DERBY AT SIPAPU SKI AND SUMMER RESORT

Cardboard Derby takes place March 16 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – one of Sipapu's most talked-about family-friendly fun events where guests build their own vessels using only cardboard, duct tape, string or twine and paint. Guests race solo or in a team down the mountain for a chance to win one of the prizes worth $1,500, including a Purgatory Resort Prize Package. 

For those 21 plus, there also will be a Happy Hops Hunt with Santa Fe Brewing. Representatives from Santa Fe Brewing will be hiding swag and beer coupons around the mountain. Sipapu will be sharing the hints of the location of these beer coupons on social media.  Register and learn more at sipapu.ski/events/16th-annual-cardboard-derby.

TAOS SPECIAL OLYMPICS MARCH MADNESS FUNDRAISER

The Taos Special Olympics will host their annual fundraiser, the March Madness basketball tournament Mar. 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.

CAMBER EXCHANGE

Join Camber Outdoors and Ski Taos for thought-provoking conversation and a chance to connect with leaders, entrepreneurs and colleagues in the active-outdoor industries. Spark ideas, meet new friends and leave inspired on March 7, from 5:30- 7:30 p.m.

Panel discussions on self-awareness, presence and emotional intelligence, moderated by Dawn Boulware, chief administrative officer at Ski Taos. Panelists include Kelly Pawlak, president and CEO of the National Ski Areas Association; Axie Navas, digital editorial director of Outside Online; and Jen Schroer, cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Tourism Department.

Camber Exchanges are free for Camber Outdoors members, with a $5 suggested donation, and $10 for all nonmembers. All proceeds from this event will be donated to organizations that support building more equitable outdoor spaces. At 116 Sutton Place, Taos Ski Valley. For more information, contact Max Willauer at snowreporter@skitaos.com or see skitaos.com/things-to-do/events/camber-exchange?utm_source=taos-news&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=events.

UNM CORPORATE SKI CUP 

The University of New Mexico Corporate Ski Cup events will be held in Red River, Angel Fire and Taos on Sunday, March 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The race series consists of three one-day events. Compete as an individual or in teams with one to six participants. Fun awards socials at Sadie’s are included in the price. Join the UNM Ski Team for the Red River Race Camp. Hone your skills for the Corporate Cup races to come.

Your result score is based on a handicap system (similar to Nastar) where age, sex and whether you are on skis or a snowboarder will affect your score. You can challenge your competition, co-workers or family members and enjoy a healthy outdoors activity under the New Mexico sun. For questions, contact Corporate Ski Cup Director Adrian Landstedt at unmskicup@yahoo.com

ICE SKATING

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; 1:30-5 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.

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 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.

SKI WITH A RANGER

At Pioneer Lift, Taos Ski Valley, on Wednesdays 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. 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. 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.

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