Ski areas gear up for season's end

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Mother nature wasn't kind to northern New Mexico ski areas, stingy as she was with winter snow.

Still, as the 2017-2018 season rounds the corner to the finish line, ski resorts are celebrating their ability to stay open with the help of man-made snow and loyal customers.

Taos Ski Valley

Taos Ski Valley's slopes are open until April 1, no fooling and the snow be willing. The resort is offering discount tickets for the final days and is planning a blowout party for the final weekend.

Taos Ski Valley, Inc. and Taos Ski Valley Chamber will celebrate March 31 with music and Easter fun. Then April 1, the resort will play host to a block party on Thunderbird Road beginning at 3 p.m. when newly elected Taos Ski Valley mayor Christof Brownell warms up the crowd with funk and classic rock music. He's followed at 4 p.m. by the Last to Know disco funkgrass band. The evening will end with street dancing until 7 p.m.

Angel Fire

Angel Fire Resort is offering free night skiing until the slopes close for the winter Sunday (March 25). This year, Angel Fire extended its season by seven days and included a new expert trail.

The resort is putting on a few events to load up on fun before the 2018 season ends, including a chilly bike challenge to launch the start of the fat tire season in the Moreno Valley.

Speaking of which, the resort's mountain bike season passes are on sale beginning Friday.

On Saturday, the Village Haus hosts the Luau/Awards and live music with Ry Taylor from 7-10 p.m.

Red River

Red River Ski and Summer Area will be closing its doors for the season Sunday (March 25) and will be going out with a bang this year.

The recreation area will host its yearend with a Friday parade, Saturday fireworks and the annual Throwback-Retro Pond Skim on Sunday to celebrate an overall successful season.

"It's been excellent," said Red River Marketing Director Nicole Nyznyk. "We had an uptake in ticket sales, which is extremely rare considering we've had an abysmal winter."

The ski area usually closes on the last weekend in March and has several events to celebrate the end of the season.

This year's festivities will kick off Friday (March 23) with a 6 p.m. parade and free hot dogs for the kids. Saturday the ski area will have several events, including its benefit for terrain park competitors, the Boxzilla and Burgers event. Saturday will also host the evening fireworks and the torchlight parade that begin at dusk.

Sunday skiers are invited to participate in the annual pond skim. Signups begin at 1 p.m. at the lift house and the event kicks off at 3 p.m. Nyznyk encourages those who were eager to participate in Taos Ski Valley's pond skim to sign up for Red River's as TSV will not be hosting its skim but will hold a weekend full of closing events the following week.

Sipapu

Sipapu will close its daily ski and snowboard operations after Sunday (March 25,) but the slopes will remain open on the weekend at the resort southeast of Taos until April 15. Lifts are open Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Half day starts at noon.

The ski area also offers free Ski with a Carson National Forest Ranger guided tours with lift tickets. A ranger will take guests down green and blue runs while discussing the Carson National Forest and its wildlife, history, forest management and recreation.

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