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Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Drive, Sunland Park. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
The 60th season of the live racing runs Dec. 28-May 5. Post time is 12:30 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
The 18th Running of the Championship at Sunland Park is Sunday, Dec. 30. Also that day is the Lou Wooten-Sydney Valentini Handicap.
Other stakes races:
• Friday, Dec. 28: Jess Burner Memorial Handicap
• Saturday, Dec. 29: KLAQ Handicap, Johnie L. Jamison Handicap, New Mexico State Racing Commission Handicap.
• Sunday, Jan. 6: Bold Ego Handicap, 4 Rivers/John Deere Stakes and La Señora Stakes
• Sunday, Jan. 13: Winsham Lad Handicap
• Saturday, Jan. 19: Dona Ana County
• Sunday, Jan. 20: Albert Dominguez Memorial Handicap
• Saturday, Jan. 26: Rio Grande Handicap, and the Shue Fly
• Sunday, Jan 27: Riley Allison Derby and Borderplex Stakes
• Saturday, Feb. 2: Ft. Bliss Stakes, Red Hedeman Mile, and The Enchantress Stakes.
El Paso Coyotes — El Paso’s Major Arena Soccer League team’s game are at 7:15 p.m. at El Paso County Coliseum. Individual tickets: $12 general admission; $20 box seating; kids admitted free with purchase of adult ticket. Information: 229-1416, elpasocoyotes.com or on Facebook and Twitter.
• Saturday, Dec. 29: Dallas Sidekicks
• Friday, Jan. 4: Tacoma Stars
• Friday, Jan. 11: Turlock Express
• Saturday, Jan. 19: Dallas Sidekicks
• Friday, Jan. 25: Turlock Express
• Saturday, Feb. 2: Rio Grande Valley Barracudas
Hyundai Sun Bowl — The 85th annual football classic begins at noon, Monday, Dec. 31. Teams will come from the ACC and Pac-12 conferences (to be announced on Dec. 2). Tickets: $22 to $62 (Ticketmaster). Captain’s Club: $652. Information: 533-4416, 1-800-915-BOWL or sunbowl.org.
Open pro soccer tryouts — Due to high response to the December tryouts, El Paso Locomotive FC will host its second open tryouts Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 5-6. Registration fee is $90. Location to be determined once all slots are filled. Registration online only until all slots are filled at eplocomotivefc.regfox.com/locomotive-fc-tryouts-ii.
Liberty Bash — Lucha Frontera presents a night of watching masked wrestlers at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. at Stout Physical Fitness Center (PFC), 2930 Cassidy Road on Fort Bliss. Marty the Moth and “Scrap Iron” Brad Sanders will team against Jack Evans and Triton. Admission is free and the public is invited. Event will be recorded for television. Information: 588-8247.
El Paso Rhinos - El Paso's Junior League ice hockey team’s home games are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4:30 p.m. Sunday at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano.
Tickets: $30 balcony; $25 glass seats; $15 center line; $10 bluelines; $7 goal lines, $5 general admission. Free admission to active military with ID. Information: 479-PUCK (7825) or elpasorhinos.com.
• Jan. 25-27: Ontario Avalanche
• Feb. 8-10: Northern Colorado Eagles
• Feb. 22-24: Oklahoma City Blazers
• March 8-10: Wichita Jr. Thunder.
UMC Health Start — University Medical Center’s 5K run and 1 mile fun run/walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at UMC West Clinic, 6600 N. Desert. Registration through Jan. 31: $15. Packet pick up and race day registration: $20. Group registration for four or more: $10. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663. Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pickup is noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa, and 8 to 8:45 a.m. on race day at the start line.
Tuff Hedeman West Texas Shootout — Four-time world champion bull rider and El Paso native Tuff Hedeman presents the 13th annual Casa Ford Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge bull riding event at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Top ranked professional championship bull riders in the world will compete. This event sells out every year. Tickets: $15-$80 (Ticketmaster). Information: 534-4329 or CBRbull.com.
The El Paso event is the third stop on the televised tour, featuring 24 of the world’s top bull riders. Elite riders including 7-time world champion Sage Kimzey.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-event activities including food, beer, shopping and autograph opportunities.
Monster Jam – The Monster Truck show is 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2-3, at Sun Bowl Stadium. Gates open one hour before event. Tickets start at $15; ages 2 and older must have tickets (Ticketmaster). Information: monsterjam.com.
Pet Party access starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, with party 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Pit party early access is $35 (general pit party passes are $15).
Fans can vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions on their smartphones.
Harlem Globetrotters — The Globetrotters return to the area with their Fan Powered World Tour at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center. Tickets: $20-$100 (Ticketmaster).
The Globetrotters’ current roster includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Hammer Harrison, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Torch George and Hoops Green.
Prior to every performance, fans can secure a ticket to Magic Pass, the Globetrotters’ exclusive pre-game event.
UTEP Men’s Basketball - The Miners’ home games are at the Don Haskins Center. Games are 7 p.m. Tickets: $8-$28. Information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Saturday, Jan. 5: USTA
• Thursday, Jan. 10: North Texas
• Saturday, Jan. 12: Rice
• Thursday, Jan. 24: Old Dominion
• Saturday, Jan. 26: Charlotte
• Thursday, Feb. 7: Florida Atlantic
• Saturday, Feb. 9: FIU.
UTEP Women’s Basketball - Home games are in the Don Haskins Center. Game times are 7 p.m. Thursday and 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets: $5 general admission. information: 747-5234 or utepathletics.com.
• Thursday, Jan. 17: UAB
• Saturday, Jan. 19: Middle Tennessee
• Thursday, Jan. 31: Marshall
• Saturday, Feb. 2: WKU
Miners Hockey Club — UTEP’s hockey team games are at 11 a.m. at El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $7. Information: 491-7879, firstname.lastname@example.org, or minershockey.com.
• Jan. 7-8: Texas A&M
• Jan. 14-15: University of Texas
• Feb. 1-2: Texas State (Saturday game at 3:30 p.m.).
UTEP Tennis — UTEP’s home tennis matches are at El Paso Tennis Club, 2510 N. St. Vrain (in Arroyo Park). Matches begin at noon, unless listed otherwise. Admission is free. Information: 747-5347 or utepathletics.com.
• Friday, Jan. 25: Mesa Community College
• Saturday, Jan. 26: WNMU
Tejanos baseball — The Tejanos of El Paso Community College play home games at the Valle Verde Campus Baseball Field, off Hunter. Games begin at noon. Admission is free. Information: 831-2275 or epcc.edu/athletics.
• Feb. 1-2: Pima Community College, 11 a.m.
• Feb. 8-9: Cochise College
NMSU Men’s Basketball — Home games are at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces. Gametime is 7 p.m., unless otherwise listed. Tickets: $15-$30. Information (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Thursday, Jan. 10: Grand Canyon
• Saturday, Jan. 12: CSU Bakersfield, 4 p.m.
• Thursday, Jan. 31: Kansas City
• Saturday, Feb. 2: Chicago State, 4 p.m.
NMSU Women’s Basketball — Home games are at Pan Am Center in Las Cruces. Game time is 6 p.m., unless listed otherwise. General admission: $6. Information: (575) 646-1447 or nmstatesports.com.
• Thursday, Jan. 3: California Baptist
• Thursday, Jan. 17: Seattle U
• Saturday, Jan. 19: Utah Valley, 2 p.m.
• Saturday, Jan. 26: UT Rio Grande Valley, 2 p.m.
• Thursday, Feb. 7: CSU Bakersfield
• Saturday, Feb. 9: Grand Canyon, 2 p.m.
El Paso Puzzler — The 12th annual endurance mountain bike race is 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 at Bowen Ranch’s Round House, 2.6 miles north of US 54 on Martin Luther King Jr. (FM 3255). Mountain bike races of 15, 35 and 50 miles offered. Hosted by the Border Mountain Bike Association. Registration: $70 for 15- and, $75 for 35-mile race; $80 for 50-mile race. Deadline is Jan. 17. Information: 433-1752, elpasopuzzler.com or on Facebook at El Paso Puzzler Mountain Bike Race.
Registration at newmexicosportsonline.com.
Packet pickup is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, and 7 to 7:30 a.m. on race day at the race venue. Registration at Jan. 19 packet pickup for additional $10.
El Paso Bicycle Club — All rides are free and open to the public; helmets required. Information: elpasobicycleclub.com. Ride schedule at meetup.com/ElPasobicycleClub. Repeat riders are encouraged to become a member of the club; dues are $18 a year or $25 per family ($30/$40 for two years). Join at elpasobicycleclub.com.
EP Cyclists — The bicycle group offers rides for all levels. Weekend rides offer options of various paces and distances. Starting times and locations are posted at facebook.com/epcyclist. For more information: Manny Valadez, 861-2311 or epcyclists.com.
Ride Your Bicycle El Paso — Chuck Lauser hosts easy fun bike rides at 10 a.m. Saturdays. About one hour, beginning at San Jacinto Plaza. All types of multispeed bikes welcome. Information: 791-2006, email@example.com.
First Tee Summer Camps — First Tee of Greater El Paso host its 2019 Winter Session classes for all levels of Players Saturdays, Jan. 19-March 2. Early registration encouraged. Information: 252-6511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Par Class is 8 to 10:30 a.m. Fee: $75.
• Birdie and Eagle Classes is 8 a.m. to noon for those who have certified for the Birdie or Eagle Class. Fee: $75.
• Wee One’s Class is 11:30 a.m. to noon for ages 3 1/2 to 5. Space is limited. Fee: $60.
• Purcell Special Needs Classes are 1 to 2:30 p.m. No age requirements. Fee: $30.
• PLAY-er Class is 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants must have gone through at least one session of classes, age 5-18. Fee: $75.
• Beginner PLAY-er Class for new participants is 3 to 4:30 p.m. for new players age 5-18. Fee: $75.
New Year’s Golf/STEM Links Camp is 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 2-5, for ages 5-18, incorporating STEM elements into the game. Cost: $65.
Home school classes are Tuesdays, Jan. 14-March 5, for ages 5-18. Fee: $60.
50 Plus Walking Program — City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation offers its “0-60 in 17 weeks” Winter 2019 program designed to improve cardiovascular health and stamina with self-paced walks for ages 50 and older, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Jan. 2-April 29, Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W. Bell. Every fourth week is a “field trip walk” at another location. Fee: $12 per month per walker; includes tracking progress for 17 weeks of program. Information: (575) 541-2455.
Registration is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the center.
Table Tennis Tournament — City of Las Cruces Recreation department hosts the tournament for ages 18 and older Saturday, Jan. 12, at Frank O’Brien Papen Community Center, 304 W Bell. Cost: $5 singles; $7 doubles. Registration deadline is Jan. 9 at lascruces.org/play or during regular hours at Papen Community Center, Parks & Recreation Administration office , Meerscheidt Recreation Center, and Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center. No telephone registrations accepted. Information: (575) 541-2454.
Spring Youth Basketball League — Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department offers individual and returning team registration for the 2019 Spring Youth Sportsmanship Basketball League for Pre-K through 8th grade levels. Play begins on April 1. Cost: $35 for returning team individuals (no jersey) and $45 for new players (includes a game jersey). Full requirements: (575) 541-2563 or Athletics@las-cruces.org.
Returning team and individual registration is Jan. 22-24. Coaches responsible for submitting a returning team roster by Jan. 14, but players required to register individually for their team during this period.
Individual new player registration available online through Jan. 19, and in person 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley.
Spring Youth Cheer Registration — The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department 2019 Spring Youth Cheer Program for Pre-K through 4th grade levels begins April 1. Participants will receive two weeks of clinic-based instruction then will cheer at the Youth Sportsmanship Basketball League games. Cost: $35 returning individuals (no jersey); $45 new participants (includes game jersey).
On site registration is 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Jan. 28-31, at Meerscheidt Recreation Center, 1600 E. Hadley.
Online registration deadline is Jan. 25. Information: (575) 541-2563 or email@example.com.
Polar Plunge — The 8th annual “Freezin’ for a Reason” cold weather swim benefiting Special Olympics Texas-El Paso Area 19, is noon Saturday, Feb. 2, at Wyndham El Paso Airport, 2027 Airway. Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cost: $60 ($30 17 and younger). Information: 533-8229. Register at sotx.org.
All money raised used to support year-round training and competitions for the more than 2,000 athletes in the Greater El Paso area.
Greater El Paso Tennis Association — Information on upcoming leagues and tournaments at firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook at GEPTA. Information: email@example.com or 532-5524. Tournament registration tennislink.usta.com.
Holiday Series 2018 — The 12 “Marathons in 12 Days” event with daily 50K, 10K, 5K, marathon and half marathon events are 7 a.m. through Jan. 6, at La Llorona Park on Picacho, in Las Cruces. Early start at 6 a.m. optional. Packet pick up is 5:30 a.m. at race day on the starting line. Registration: active.com or deadrunning.com.
Registration: $150 marathon; $130 half marathon; $160 50K; $50 for 10K; and $40 for 5K.
One free event for every five events registered for.
Monahans Sandhills Resolution Run — The 5K, 10K, 1-mile health walk and beginner run is 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Monahans Sandhills State Park, off of IH20 in Monahans, Texas. Closed course; no vehicle traffic. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Registration: $25 ($20 age 12 and younger). Registration at active.com.
YWCA Race Against Racism – The 10th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day 10K and 5K race and 1-mile family fun walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Mary Ann Dodson Camp, 4400 Boy Scout Lane. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663; or YWCA, 533-2311. Cost: $20 ($25 race day); $15 military and students ($20 race day). Registration: ywcaelpaso.org or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick up is noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa. Race day registration and packet pickup is 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. at the race site.
Super Scholar Run — Clint ISD’s 8th annual 5K run and 1 mile walk and Health Fair is 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, at Horizon High School, 14651 Horizon in Horizon City. Registration by Jan 10: $25 per event ($30 on race day). Registration at raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Packet pick-up is noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Clint ISD Central Administration, 14521 Horizon, and Friday, Jan. 11, at Up and Running, 1475 George Dieter, Suite O, and 7:15 to 7:45 a.m. on race day.
Fort Bliss Half Marathon — The 13-mile race is 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Soto Physical Fitness Center, Bldg. 20751 Constitution on East Fort Bliss. Information: 744-5785.
A Family 5K is also planned (pets may participate). Ages 10 to 15 must have parent or guardian sign a waiver. Ages 9 and younger can compete with a participating parent or guardian.
Half marathon advance entry fee is $15 active duty or retiring for the half marathon, $40 for others. 5K entry is $15 for all runners. Registration at either Soto, Stout or Milam PFC through Jan. 20 of by Jan. 23 at raceroster.com.
Late registration and packet pick-up is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24, 6 to 7 a.m. Jan. 25 at Soto PFC. Late fee is $10 after Jan. 23.
Square Ledge Trail Runs — The ”Giant Ledge” 4.2-, 8-, 14-, 20-mile trail runs, and 26.3 mile trail marathon are 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at High Ridge Park, 7400 High Ridge. Fees (by Jan 24) $25 for all races; $30 after Jan. 24. Military and team discounts available. No race day registration. Information: 581-9541. Registration: raceadventuresunlimited.com.
In-person entry 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, at Up and Running, 3233 N. Mesa. Packet pickup also available at that time as well as 7:30 to 8 p.m. on race day.
Loretto Academy Nun Run — The 5K competitive run and non-competitive walk is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway. Entry fee is $20 through Jan. 25, $30 after. Information: 566-8400 or raceadventuresunlimited.com.
Pre-event registration and packet pickup is 12:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 30-31, at the Loretto Academy High School Foyer, second floor.
Race day registration is 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Loretto Gym. Proceeds benefit nuns in Pakistan.
Super Bowl Sunday Run — The Las Cruces Running Club will host the 7th annual 1-mile fun run, 5K and 5-mile race Sunday, Feb. 3, at Centennial High School, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Road. Five mile and 5K run at 9 a.m., 1 mile run at 8:40 a.m. Registration: $20 online through Jan. 3; $25 Jan. 4-Feb. 1. Free for kids fun run. Register at lascrucesrunningclub.com. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cupid’s Chase 5K — The 5K run benefiting Community Options is 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Old Mesilla Plaza, 2114 Calle de Santiago in Mesilla. Runners, walkers, and rollers (baby strollers and wheelchairs) help raise funds to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Cost: $25; $40 day of event. Information: 771-7764 or comop.com.
Community Options supports individuals with disabilities.
Lone Star Hundred — The ultramarathon trail is Feb. 9-10 at Franklin Mountains State Park Tom Mays Unit’s Upper Sunset Parking lot, with 100-mile and 100K events, both individual and relay, offered. The 100-mile event begins at 5 a.m. Saturday, with a 36-hour cutoff. The 100K event begins at 6 a.m. with a 35-hour cutoff. Entry fee is $200 through Jan. 8; $220 after for the 100-mile, $155 through Jan. 8; $170 after for the 100K. Registration at active.com. Information: trailracingovertexas.com/lone-star-100.
Packet pick up is noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the race site, with Racers meeting 4 to 5 p.m. Race day packet pick up is 4 to 7 a.m.
The races will be run around an average altitude of about 4,800 feet but will climb to 7,192 feet at the top of North Franklin Peak. The 100-mile course will be three loops of 33.69 miles with 20,000 feet of gain and descent. The 100k will be 2 loops of 31 miles with 13,500 feet of gain and descent.
Relay teams are three members for the 100-mile and two members for the 100K.
100-mile participants must have run an event of 50, 52 or 100 miles in the past 18 months. 100K participants must have run an event of 100 miles, 50 miles or 50K in the past 18 months.
Michelob Ultra Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K — The 12th annual races are 7 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, starting and finishing at Southwest University Park, 1 Ballpark Plaza Downtown. Information: elpasomarathon.org.
Registration (through Feb. 15) is $115 for the Marathon, $80 for the Half Marathon; and $40 for the 5K; and $10 for a kids dash. Entry fees at the Race Expo the day before the race go up $10.
The Race Expo is 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at El Paso Convention and Performing Arts Center, with over 30 exhibitors and vendors. The expo is also the location for all runners pickup their race number, timing chip, T-shirt and goodie bag.
• Run El Paso has training runs every day of the week from Kern Place to the Upper Valley. Information: runelpaso.com.
• Coffee Posse Run Club is based on the East Side. Information: coffeeposse.org
• Race El Paso offers coaching programs and training groups. Information: raceelpaso.com
Hash clubs combine trail running with social (i.e. beer-drinking) activities. Runs are marked with chalk, and are open to runners of all levels. Clubs have modest dues, and first run is free to newcomers.
• The Border Jumper Hash House Harriers meet at various locations. Information: bjhash.com.
• The El Paso Hash House Harriers have one or more runs a week. Information: 252-5646. Meet-up spots listed at elpasohash.com.
Public Ice Skating — Public skating weekend hours are 7 to 10 p.m. Fridays, noon to 3 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and noon to 3 p.m. holidays, at the El Paso County Coliseum Events Center, 4100 Paisano. All ages welcome. Times may vary on days of hockey games. Admission: $10; $8 military (skate rental included). Skate sharpening, fitting and consultation offered for $5. Spectator admission is free. Information: 479-PUCK (7825), elpasohockey.org/holidaysonice. or on Facebook at El Paso Hockey Association.
Holidays on Ice sessions are daily through early January at 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Events include Skate with Santa sessions, special guests, giveaways and themed nights.
WinterFest — El Paso Live with the Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital, hosts ice skating through Jan. 6 in Downtown’s Arts Festival Plaza. Skating is $8 ($7 military; $5 age 5 and younger). Spectator admission is free. Open seven days a week. Season passes; $35, good for one session per day. Tickets online at elpasolive.com. Information: 534-0600 or winterfestep.com.
Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Sundays (2 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2 and Jan. 6), 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays Dec. 4-19; noon to 10 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 26-Jan. 3), 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7 and 14, noon to 11 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 21-Jan. 4 and Saturdays.
Holiday hours are noon to 6 p.m. Christmas Eve, 4 to 10 p.m. Christmas Day, noon to 1 a.m. New Year’s Eve and noon to 10 p.m. New Year’s Day.
Ski Apache — Ruidoso’s 750-acre ski and snowboarding area is open for its 53rd season with 11 lifts and 55 trails on the slopes of Sierra Blanca, with a base elevation of 9,600.
The 24-hour Ski Apache Snow Report number is (575) 257-9011. Information: (575) 464-3600 or skiapache.com.
Lifts are open from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., depending on weather conditions. All-day lift tickets are $74 ($67 age 60-69; $65 age 13-17; $54 age 6-12; $63 military and $49 for military child; free for ages 70 and older and age 5 and younger. (Prices slightly higher on peak days). Season passes: $305-$700. Call or check website or multiple-day or half-day skiing prices.
Gondola Rides are $18 ($12 age 6-12; $6 age 60-69; free for five and younger)
Rental packages available.
The Ski Apache Wind Rider is an hour-long zip-line adventure that begins at over 11,000 feet, spanning 8,900 feet in three sections, reaching speeds of up to 65 mph. Reservations required; call for cost.
Ski Apache is 130 miles from El Paso, and the drive takes about 3 hours. From Alamogordo, take U.S. 70/54 north to Tularosa, then follow U.S. 70 east to Ruidoso. Turn left on NM 48 and go six miles north. Take NM 532 to the ski area — it’s a slow, winding 12-mile climb.
Ski Cloudcroft — The southernmost ski area in the United States is two miles east of Cloudcroft on U.S. 82, has 26 trails with two ski lifts, plus a tubing lift, at elevations of 8,350 to 9,050 feet. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Monday, beginning in early December. Information, snow conditions: (575) 682-2333, skicloudcroft.net or on Facebook.
Lift tickets: $45 ($35 age 12 and younger for full day; $35 ($25 age 12 and younger) for half day 1 to 4 p.m. Ski, and snowboard rentals available, and beginner ski school packages offered.
Tubing available for $20 per day; $18 half day (weekends only).
Cloudcroft Ice Rink — The ice rink at 751 James Canyon (Hwy 82), across from Cloudcroft High School, in Cloudcroft, N.M. is frozen over mid-December through early March, weather permitting. Usual hours are 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily during the holidays. Tubing, hot chocolate and bonfires also featured. Information/hours: (575) 682-4585 or (915) 491-1902 or on Facebook at Cloudcroft Ice Rink.
Ruidoso Winter Park — The snow play area at 1200 Ski Run Road in Alto, N.M. features giant tubes, a kidz korral, family zip line and other activities during the winter months. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (8 p.m. designated nights). Tickets: $26.50 ($21.25 age 4-17; free for age 3 and younger; include use of tubes; night discounts, and group rates on selected days. Zip line rides: $8 ($5 with tubing); $22 for three rides. Dates and times subject to change. Information: (575) 336-7079 or ruidosowinterpark.com.
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