Sports sidelines – March 14

Posted 3/14/19

The Taos Special Olympics will host their annual fundraiser, the March Madness basketball tournament, from March 15-17.

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Sports sidelines – March 14



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 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, visit their website or call Adult Ally Coordinator Jill Cline at (575) 770-1327.


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, D.C., in May 2019. The proud winners in the boys' and girls' categories will travel to Paris all expenses paid to represent Team USA. 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 or


Cardboard Derby takes place Saturday, 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


Pajarito’s famous Skiesta event is back this year on Saturday, March 16. Celebrate the ski season at Pajarito with beer, wine and spirits, live music, costume contests and more. The very first Skiesta was held in 1948 and featured music, costumes and a 50 cent hot dog lunch. Since its very humble beginnings, Skiesta has been a wacky spring event that celebrates the unique mountain culture of Los Alamos and the wonderful sport of skiing (all types—snowboarding included). This year there will be spirits from Second Street Brewery, Blue Corn Brewery, Tumbleroot Brewery & Distillery, Bathtub Row Brewing and Rowley Farmhouse Brewery. Pajarito will also have a costume contest, themed skiing events, and live bluegrass music from Escape on a Horse. For more information, visit


The Taos Special Olympics will host their annual fundraiser, the March Madness basketball tournament, from March 15-17. 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.


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.


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 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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