More Than Just Mountains

January 2, 2017 | By: Kent Wilhelmi

As the frosty peaks of New Mexico welcome skiers and snowboarders of all ages, the neighboring towns and communities who call these mountains “home” entreat visitors right alongside them.

If perhaps sliding down a snowy slope isn’t quite your cup of tea, or if you’re looking to include some non-skiers in your next family vacation, take a gander at some of these offerings. The mountains of New Mexico have so much to offer, even after the lifts have stopped turning for the night.

Red River – Skijoring!
Saturday, January 14th – Sunday, January 15th

We think the photo says it all: literally defined, skijoring means “ski driving,” and Red River has the scoop on the largest event of its kind in the state. Will the kids like it? No – the kids will love it.
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Chama – Chama Chili Classic
Saturday, January 14th – Monday, January 16th

Simply the largest freestyle and classic cross-country ski races in New Mexico. This weekend also features snowshoeing, fat tire snowbiking, a costume contest, ice sculptures, tours, and so much more. Family friendly entertainment all weekend long!
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Taos – Winter Wine Festival
Wednesday, February 1st – Sunday, February 5th

A multi-day celebration of food and wine, featuring local restaurants and over 40 national wineries. Events occurring in Taos Ski Valley, as well as the historic town of Taos.

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Angel Fire – World Championship Shovel Races
Friday, February 3rd – Saturday, February 4th

That’s right, the World Championship! Angel Fire hosts this enormously popular event which must be seen to be believed. Bring the kids, this is family-friendly (and then some!)

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Ruidoso/ Ski Apache – Vines in the Pines
Saturday, February 11th – Sunday, February 12th

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, swing down to the southern peaks of New Mexico, where more than 12 New Mexico wineries will be hand.

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Sipapu – Fun Fest 2017
Saturday, February 18th – Monday, February 20th

President’s Day weekend goes outlandish at Sipapu, with a celebration that includes a giant snow castle, mountain-wide treasure hunt, a costume contest, and a parade. Fun Fest is the biggest date in Sipapu’s busy events calendar, to be sure!

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Red River – Mardis Gras in the Mountains
Thursday, February 23rd – Tuesday, February 28th

Parades, crawfish boils, costume balls, bead tossing – it’s the best Mardis Gras party this side of the bayou.

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