Community sports

Sports Sidelines – January 31

Posted 1/31/19

Ski with a Ranger: At Pioneer Lift, Taos Ski Valley, on Wednesdays (Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 and beyond) at 1 p.m.

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Community sports

Sports Sidelines – January 31


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. 6, 13, 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


Taos Ski Valley's Speaker Series Program aims to deepen and enhance guests' understanding of Taos Ski Valley and the larger community. TSV has invited over 40 organizations and individuals who make Taos "Taos." From astronauts to quartets and anglers, each week we learn a little more about what makes Taos unique, and how to keep it that way.

The next talk is Feb. 8 from 4-6:30 p.m.: "The Evolution of Altitude Sickness Treatment" with Dr. Quigley Peterson. Come join us for this unique opportunity to learn more about Mogul Medical’s 30-year perspective on treating and learning to treat altitude illness at Taos Ski Valley.

Dr. Quigley Peterson’s medical journey has ranged widely, and he will discuss how the medicine has changed over time with research, technology and expert collaboration. He will also review the basic physiology of adapting to altitude and what happens to perfectly normal healthy individuals who do not acclimate. We will learn procedures to screen patients with five simple questions, some concepts for prevention and general treatment approach. 

There will be refreshments and a cash bar. At Martini Tree, 6 Ernie Blake Road, Taos Ski Valley.


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