Jan. 18 & 19

The 41st Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta




Event Description

The 41st Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta is set for Saturday, January 18,and Sunday, January 19, 2014. The longest running and largest cross-country skiing event in New Mexico includes seven cross-country ski and snowshoe races. They are: Freestyle (skate skiing), Classic cross-country skiing races, as well as a snowshoe race and combined ski snowshoe races, wooden ski category, for retro skiers, and team awards.

Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta organizers have planned races for every age and ability level. First and second place medals for each race are awarded to top male and female racers in 10 year age categories for adults and 3 age categories for those under 18 years old. Ristras are awarded to the top racers. All racers receive a t-shirt and commemorative pin. There will be a costume contest to ratchet up the fun level for racers and spectators alike.

The racecourse includes part of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad tracks and in the south San Juan Mountains, north of Chama. Skiers will enjoy gliding through rolling hills, aspen groves, open meadows and spruce and fir forests. After the races, the groomed course will be open for non-competitive skiing.

“Throughout the Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta weekend, there will be plenty of events for both racers and non-racers,” says Mary Ann DeBoer, Race Director. “Locals will be cooking up a storm in a Chile Cook-off at the local community center, where anyone can come in, taste the chiles and vote for the best red and green chile northern New Mexico has to offer. There will be ski and snowshoe tours, a Snowman Relay for children, Freestyle (skate) skiing and Classic XC skiing Techniques clinics for beginners to advanced skiers. We invite everyone to Chama for really fun winter weekend.”

For the more adventurous backcountry skier, a telemark skiing clinic will be offered. In the evenings, there will be awards ceremonies, live music, free green chile, and beer and wine tasting, open to racers, volunteers and anyone who wants to warm up at the end of a fun day in the snow. 


Friday, Jan 17

5-8 pm Registration at the High Country Restaurant, Back Room.

5-9 pm Beer Tasting featuring Marble Brewery beer at High Country Restaurant.

6-9 pm Live Music with Terry Ricard, singer/songwriter from Durango, CO at High Country

5-10 pm All-you-can eat pasta dinner for racers, $10, at High Country

5:30-9:30 pm Chile Cook-off cooking and set-up at Senior/Community Center in Chama, For more info contact Pam Alcorn, 575-756-2197.

Costume Contest ongoing throughout races. Theme of contest: FAVORITE TOY Prizes for Best “Big Kid” Adult

Costume and Best Kid’s Costume.


Sat, Jan 18

8:30-9:30 am Race Day Registration at Race Site Only. No registration at High Country Restaurant.

8 a.m.-12 p.m. Chile Cook-off cooking and set-up at Senior/Community Center in Chama.

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Guided Ski Tour at Sargent’s Wildlife Area(Easy – Moderate Difficulty) with Cathy Baer from the Chama Valley Outdoor Club, bring snacks and water, Meet in front of the High Country Restaurant, For more info: 575-209-0174.

9:45 a.m. Racers in Freestyle Races must be in Staging Area at Race Site.

10 a.m 15K Freestyle Race begins, Race Site.

10:15 a.m. 7.5K Freestyle Race begins, Race Site.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Telemark Skiing Clinic ($15) with Patrick Hogan (more info: 575-756-2294), Cumbres Nordic Adventures, bring telemark skiis & boots & poles, avalanche beacon & shovel, lunch, snacks & water, meet at Race Site Parking lot.

12-3 p.m. Chile Cook-off at Senior/Community Center, $5 charge for tasting, For more info contact Pam Alcorn, 575-756-2197.

12 -4 p.m. Spruce Hole Area & Yurt tour (Easy – Moderate Difficulty), bring ski's, poles & boots plus a lunch & water, Leader: Nancy Shibley, meet at Race Site, For more info: 928-699-8778.

1:30-3 p.m. Beginner Cross-Country Ski Clinic (Free of Charge), Doug Call & Rex Shurtleff from Pagosa Springs Nordic Club, Participants must supply own skiis, poles & boots, meet at Race Site. For more info: 970-946-1489.

1:30-3 p.m. Freestyle (Skate) Skiing Clinic ($15), Jessica OR Ken Kisiel with The Pain Free Athlete, (www.thepfathlete.com), Participants must supply their own skate skiis, poles & boots, meet at Race Site. For more info: 505-412-3132.

1:30- 3 p.m. Advanced Classic Cross-country Skiing Techniques Clinic ($15), Jessica OR Ken Kisiel, Participants must supply their own skiis, poles, & boots, meet at Race Site, For more information: 505-412-3132.

3:45-5 p.m. Yoga for Racers ($10), Instructor Steve Ilg from Durango, CO with High Performance Yoga, Bring your own yoga mat, Meet at the Senior/Community Center in Chama, For more info: 818-590-2922.

5 p.m.  Awards Ceremony for Freestyle Racers in High Country Saloon with Live Music, before (4-5 pm) and after (6-8 pm) the Ceremony, by High Desert Duo, from Taos, NM, alternative bluegrass with celtic influences.

5-8 p.m. Registration at the High Country Restaurant in the back room.

5-9 p.m. Beer (provided by Marble Brewery) & Wine Tasting at High Country Restaurant/Saloon.

5-10 p.m. All-you-can-eat Pasta Dinner for Skiers, $10, at High Country Restaurant & Saloon.

7 p.m. Ski Waxing Clinic (Free of Charge), Participants need to bring their own skis and be prepared to wax the skiis themselves, Instructor from Southwest Nordic Club, Meet at Cumbres Suites Hotel in the back.


Sun, Jan 19


7 a.m.-12 p.m. Breakfast Buffet at High Country Restaurant.

7:30-9 a.m. Registration at High Country Restaurant.

8:30-10:30 a.m. Race Site Registration: Cut-off for 10K racers at 9:15 am, Cut-off for 5K Racers at 10:30 am.

9:45 a.m. 10K Racers must be in Staging Area at Race Site.

10 a.m. 10K Race Begins.

11 a.m. 5K Racers & 5K Snowshoers must be in Staging Area at Race Site.

11:15 a.m. 5K Classic Style race mass start begins, followed shortly by the 5K Snowshoe Race mass start.

1 p.m. Kids Event: Snowman (building) Relay.

2 -4 p.m. Live Music by Sean Lucy and Damn Union, from Austin, TX, playing cosmic western rock and soul, joined by delta blue phenomena Everett Howl. High Country Restaurant.

4 p.m. Chile Ski Classic Awards Ceremony in back room at High Country Restaurant.

5 – 6 p.m. Live Music continues with Sean Lucy and Damn Union, along with Everett Howl at the High Country Restaurant & Saloon.


Monday, Jan 20

Anytime Race Course open all day for non-competitive Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing.




The 41st Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta is generously sponsored by Lowe’s Supermarket, High Country Restaurant & Saloon, Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski Area, Chama Station Inn, Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad and Fishtail Ranch, Bode’s Mercantile, Cumbres Nordic Adventures & the Spruce Hole Yurt (Chama), Choice Wireless & Speed Queen Laundry (Chama), Riverbend Lodge (Chama), Chama Title Company, Community Bank (Tierra Amarilla), The Marshall Plan, Chama Valley Dental Care, Cruces de mi Corazon (Chama), Dancing Wolf Resort(Chama), and Parlor Car Bed & Breakfast (Chama).