Spring Mountain Fun

March 19, 2018 | By: Monica Christofferson

Ski season only happens once a year, and New Mexico ski areas make it count. This spring, there are several events to choose from, including pond skimming at Red River Ski & Summer Area and the Rail Jam at Ski Santa Fe.

Drag out your one-piece snow suits and fluff up your mullet, because Red River Ski Area is bringing in spring with a throwback pond skim event March 25. The event kicks off at 3:30 p.m., but entertainment and drink specials last all day at The Lift House.

To see people ski down the mountain and attempt “skimming” over a pool of water, gather at The Lift House and prepare for a good time, said Reed Weimer, Red River social media and events coordinator.

“Pond Skim is family-friendly, but it is the final part of the year,” Weimer said. “We typically pack the deck and snow with spectators, along with live music.”

Registration for the event starts at 1 p.m. Those participating will be judged on costume, splash, and form, with prizes going to the best in each category.

This season, Red River Ski Area is the only New Mexico resort offering Pond Skimming.

“The 17/18 season was tough but thanks to our powerful snowmaking system we had excellent snow even when Mother Nature didn’t provide,” Weimer said.

Ski Santa Fe is gearing up for a party this weekend too: Rail Jam. In its third year, Rail Jam is an opportunity for snowboarders and skiers to showcase their skills on the rails in front of judges while onlookers.

The event will be near Totemoff’s bar on March 25, where visitors can enjoy food with a signature warm cocktail, hot chocolate, or local craft beer. Stephen Trask, Ski Santa Fe director of marketing, said there will also be a DJ and an MC at this event.

Where are you planning on bringing in spring this year? Comment below and let us know!

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