Even though Christmas and New Years are behind us, there are still plenty of events taking place across New Mexico. This year, you can save money on lift tickets, watch–or participate in–races, try out some wine, and listen to live music! Buy your lift tickets and get your room booked now, because you won’t want to miss these activities.
Red River Ski Area
College days – Jan. 5-20
It’s not spring break yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time. Grab some friends and head to Red River for College Days. With a valid student ID or proof of enrollment, you can get discounted lift tickets and rental equipment.
Cardboard Sled Derby – Jan. 18
Grab all your extra boxes and make a sled usingcardboard, duct tape, string, twine, and paint. Race down the hill on your own, or gather a team of four people to use the sled and compete for prizes in various categories. The Cardboard Sled Derby is sure to be a fun event for people of all ages. Click here to learn how to register and rules specific to the race!
Race the Face – Jan. 20
Do you enjoy snowmobiling? What about racing? Race the face is the perfect opportunity to get out your snowmobile and see just how fast it can go. Competitors have a chance to win a big payout and massive bragging rights. All others can enjoy cheering on friends and family as they compete! Learn more here.
Battle at Badgers United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association real Jam – Jan. 18
Join in on the competition or battle it out yourself at Battle at Badgers USASA Rail Jam. You’ll be able to see top skiers and snowboarders compete at Sipapu in a family-friendly event. You will enjoy skiers of all ages performing amazing tricks and honing their skills on the mountain. Not sure what a USASA event looks like? Watch this video. Learn more about the event and how to register here.
Chama Chile Ski Classic – Jan. 18-19
See who can go the fastest in classic cross-country ski races, snowshoe races, and rookie races! The entire family can join in on the fiesta with events for competitors of all levels and opportunities to have fun and watch on the sidelines. Learn how you can participate or support the racers here.
Ski Santa Fe
Ski Santa Fe Fireball Rando Vertical Race – Jan. 24
It’s a race to the top for skiers at Ski Santa Fe during the Fireball Rando Vertical Race! They will begin at the bottom and see who can reach the peak first. Following a marked trail, competitors will gain 1,700 ft. during the race, and prizes will be given to the winner! Learn more or register here.
Beer and Bands – Jan. 25
What goes together like spaghetti and meatballs, the mountains and s’mores, but beer and live music? Visit Pajarito Mountian to hear live music from Escape on a Horse while trying out brews from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op. Spend time with friends hanging out on Pajarito’s back deck–you’re sure to have a blast at Beer and Bands.
After a full day of skiing, head over to Inn of the Mountain Gods for a concert featuring Neal McCoy. You might know him from several top ten hits like “Billy’s Got His Beer Goggles On.” You’ll love hearing country music and enjoying a drink with friends. Grab your tickets here.
Taos Ski Valley
Winter Wine Festival – Jan. 30 – Feb. 2
More than 40 wineries will be coming to Taos to let visitors sample wines, while 24 area restaurants provide amazing food. In addition, the 34th Annual Winter Wine Festival will have reserve tastings, chef luncheons, and seminars on the topic. Learn how you can enjoy this event to the fullest here.
Angel Fire Resort
Winter Carnival and the Last Shovel Race – Jan. 30 – Feb. 2
Enjoy several days filled with fun, culminating with a shovel race where competitors ride scoop shovels down the mountain, reaching speeds of up to 70 mph. (Sound crazy? It is. You can see snippets from 2018’s race here.) The carnival will feature rides, games, popcorn, and snowcones while the races promise fun and excitement for people of all ages! See details and learn how to register here.