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Skiing and chile – what a pair

The 41st Chama Chile Ski Classic & Winter Fiesta is set for Jan. 18 and 19.

The longest running and largest cross-country skiing event in New Mexico includes seven cross-country ski and snowshoe races.

First and second place medals for each race will be awarded to top male and female racers in categories for adults and kids. All racers receive a T-shirt and commemorative pin. There also will be a costume contest for racers and spectators.

The race course includes part of the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad tracks in the 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.

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