The three-day event runs January 19-21 and its schedule is packed with classic cross-country ski races, freestyle skate races, snowbike and snowshoe races –– and costumes. Lots of costumes.
"People come from all over for this and they go all out," said Melissa Clark, co-director of the 45th Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta. The three-day event runs January 19-21 and its schedule is packed with classic cross-country ski races, freestyle skate races, snowbike and snowshoe races –– and costumes. Lots of costumes.
There’s a race for every age and ability level, and a costume contest ratchets up the fun level for racers and spectators alike. This year’s costume contest theme is “Come One, Come All to the Circus!”
Visit SkiChama.com for online registration through Thursday (Jan. 17). In-person registration is Friday (Jan. 18) at the High Country Restaurant/Saloon.
To keep an event running into its 45th year is a noteworthy achievement. The press materials describe it as the longest running and largest cross-country skiing event in Northern New Mexico. Clark credited the support of the local Chama businesses who are keen in maintaining a staple winter event. Chama has an active summer tourist season, thanks in large part to being the home of the historic Cumbres & Toltec Railroad.
The Rotary Club of Chama Valley is the sponsor of this year's event. Clark said this event and its large number of scheduled races is made possible by a large turnout of volunteers.
Snow conditions on the race course are much improved over last year’s extremely dry winter season. "This year the snow is fantastic," Clark said. "We try to keep the race course in the best condition. Snowbikers and snowshoers are looking for packed track. Skiers are looking for groomed."
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