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The Chama Chile Ski Classic is made possible through a special use permit with the Rio Grande National Forest.

Partial funding provided by Village of Chama and Rio Arriba County Lodgers' Taxes.

 

2020 Chama Chile Ski Classic Schedule

Updated 11/17/2019 (SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)



The Chama Chile Ski Classic is made possible through a special use permit with the

Rio Grande National Forest.

Partial funding provided by Village of Chama and Rio Arriba County Lodgers' Taxes.

 

Saturday & Sunday, JANUARY 11TH & 12TH - Race Course groomed
Race Course will be groomed and open for non-competitive and non-motorized use.  Please note that this is dependent on the weather and our volunteers!   For instance, if there is a big snow dump on Friday, we may not have the opportunity to groom the course in time for Saturday.  We will post our progress on our social media sites – Facebook group and community pages, Twitter and Instagram.


​Wednesday, JANUARY 15TH  - Online Race Registration ends at 12 midnight on NMSportsonline.com


Friday, JANUARY 17TH - begin Chama Chile Ski Classic and Winter Fiesta Weekend

  • 5-8 pm           Race Registration and Bib, T-shirt & Goodie Bag Pickup & Silent Auction - Location: LOCAL Restaurant, 587 Terrace Ave.
  • 6-9 pm           Live Music, Band:  TBD    


Saturday, JANUARY 18TH - The Races Begin!  Freestyle XC.  

  • SW NORDIC SERIES QUALIFYING RACE:  18K FREESTYLE
  • USSSA Nationals Qualifier:  6K Snowshoe (Junior Qualifier)


  • 9:00-11:45 am           Race Day Registration and Bib Pickup at Race Site Only  (all adult races $10 more on Race Weekend)
  • 8:30-10:00 am          Yoga with local instructor Leah Hoffman, $10.00 paid on-site, Mats and blocks available in the class.  At Senior/Community 
  •                                  Center located next to Eddie's Chevron station near the Y intersection of Hwys. 64/84 and Hwy. 17 (Address 2449 Hwy. 84
  • 9:00-12 Noon           Guided Snowshoe Tour at Sargent’s Wildlife Area(Easy – Moderate Difficulty), free of charge,  Leader: TBD   Bring snacks and water, Meeting place TBD
  • 10:15 am                   Racers in 6K & 18K Freestyle Races must be in Staging Area at Race Site
  • 10:30 am                   18K Freestyle Race begins.  6K Freestyle race begins shortly after
  • 11:15 am                   Racers for 6K Snowshoe race meet in staging area at race site
  • 11:30 am                   6K Snowshoe Race begins
  • 12 noon-4 pm            Spruce Hole Area & Yurt tour (Easy – Moderate Difficulty), Free of charge, bring skis, poles & boots plus a lunch & water,                                       Leader:  Mary Ann DeBoer, owner, meet at Race Site parking lot, For more info:  575-756-2294
  • 1:30-3:00 pm             Beginner Cross-Country Ski Clinic (Free of Charge), Instructor Jon DeLios,  Participants must supply own                                     skis, poles, & boots;  meet at Race Site near finish line.  Skis, poles, boot rentals available from Pagosa Mountain                                        Sports at 970-507-7886 or at their website at pagosamountainsports.com (they will bring your equipment to the race site) or New Mexico Sports Systems at 6915 Montgomery in Albuquerque. Call ahead to reserve equipment.  Limit of 10 skiers. 
  • 1:30-3:00 pm             Freestyle (Skate) Skiing Clinic ($15), Instructor:  Carl Walzack (Winner of 2019 18K Freestyle Race) .  Participants must supply their own skis poles & boots.   Meet at Race Site in the Staging (Start) area.  
  • 1:30- 3:00 pm            Advanced Classic Cross-country Skiing Techniques Clinic ($15),  Participants must supply their own skis, poles, & boots, meet at Race Site in the Finish Area, Instructor:  Sanna Sevanto                                             
  • 3:30-5:00 pm             Yoga for Racers ($10), Instructor Steve Ilg from Durango, CO with High Performance Yoga, Bring your own yoga mat.                                              Location:  United Country Real Estate on the Chama River, For more info:  818-590-2922
  • 5:00 pm                    Awards Ceremony for Freestyle Racers at FOSTERS  with live music before  (4-5 pm) and after (6-8 pm)  
  •                                                                                 Ceremony.  Music: TBD
  • 5-8 pm                     Race Registration, Racer Bib, T-shirt & Goodie Bag Pickup & Silent Auction at LOCAL Restaurant, 587 Terrace Ave.
  • 7:00 pm                   Ski Waxing Clinic (Free of Charge), Participants need to bring their own skis and be prepared to wax the skis
  •                                              themselves.  Instructor : Peter May, Location:  Foster's 1881 Hotel/Restaurant & Saloon, 393 Terrace Ave., Chama, NM


Sunday, JANUARY 19TH - Classic XC Ski, Snowshoe, Combined Races & Rookie Races

  • USSSA Nationals Qualifier:  12K Snowshoe Race (Senior + Master Qualifier)
  • Costume Contest ongoing throughout all races on Sunday.

         Theme:   MARDI GRAS
         Prizes for Best Adult Costume, Best Youth Costume and Best Group Costumes

  • Morning, ​TBD           XC Ski, snowshoe and snow bike rentals provided by Pagosa Mountain Sports at race site.  Call ahead to reserve                                           equipment - (970) 507-7886 
  • 9:00-10:30 am          Race Site Registration and Bib Pick Up   Cut-off for 12K racers: 9:15 am, for 6K Racers: 10:30 am 
  • 9:45 am                    12K Classic Ski Racers must be in Staging Area at Race Site 
  • 10:00 am                  12K Classic Ski Race Begins 
  • 11:00 am                   6K Classic Ski Racers & 12K Snowshoers must be in Staging Area  
  • 11:15 am                   6K Classic Style race mass start begins  Al Unser, will begin the races.  Al won the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race four times, the fourth of five to have won the race in consecutive years, and won the National Championship in 1970, 1983, and 1985.
  • 11:30 am (approx.)   12K Snowshoe Race Begins
  • 12-12:30 pm             Rookie Races, Race Day registration and Bib Pick up in Staging Area 
  • 1:00 pm                  Racers for Rookie Races must be in Staging Area 
  • 1:15 pm                    1K-3K Rookie Races begins, Snowshoers and Skiers race together with Skiers on right and Snowshoers on left.                                               Adult and Youth race together
  • 3:00-6:00 pm             Music entertainment Amarante,  Foster's Restaurant and Saloon back room, downtown    
  •                                          Chama, 393 Terrace Avenue.
  • 4:00 pm                    Chama Chile Ski Classic Awards Ceremony in back room at Foster's Restaurant and Saloon, downtown Chama
  • ** Rio Chama Espresso will have a tent set up at the race site Saturday and Sunday serving hot beverages, burritos & various snacks!


Monday, JANUARY 20th - RACE SITE OPEN TO ALL SKIERS, SNOWSHOERS AND SNOW BIKERS


Saturday & Sunday, JANUARY 25th & 26th  - Come Back and Have some Fun on a Groomed Course!

Race Course will be groomed and open for non-competitive and non-motorized use.  Please note that this is dependent on the weather and our volunteers.  For instance, if there is a big snow dump on Friday, we may not have the opportunity to groom the course in time for Saturday.  We will post our progress on our social media sites – Facebook group and community pages.

Date TBD - Thank You Volunteers, Sponsors and Donors!

Time, TBD                         CCSC Volunteers & Supporters Appreciation Party: 
All volunteers, sponsors, donors and racers (past and current) are invited to the Ski Classic's annual “Thank You” party.  IT'S TIME TO RELAX BECAUSE DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED!!   :> :> Non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided.  At United Country Real Estate in Chama, NM.