Second Annual Red River Skijoring Races Jan. 14-15

Skijoring in Red River. Courtesy photo



RED RIVER The 2nd Annual Red River Skijoring races in Red River, NM are Saturday, Jan. 14 and Sunday, Jan. 15.

The races start each day at high noon on River Street. This year there also will be an Exhibition Division in which kids and adults can participate.

In skijoring, a skier hangs on to a rope attached to a horse and glides across the snow. It is like horse-drawn waterskiing on snow. Best of all Skijoring is a thrilling spectator sport. With speeds of up to 37 mph, the action is fast-paced and exciting. You see the skiers being towed by a horse at a full gallop.

Horse. Cowboy. Skier. Rope.  This high-adrenaline, sport combines all four. Teams race through a time-trial course with skiers navigating gates, jumps, and at times even spearing rings. Authentic horsepower and big spills make this truly one-of-a-kind winter western event a must see for the whole family!


The event is free for spectators. 


Competitors can find registration information and rules on the event website: There is day money cash prizes and prizes for overall winners of both days of competition in all divisions Novice, Sport & Open. And this year there is the Exhibition Division ; kids or adults, everyone is welcome to try it out!


For the safety of the horses, riders and skier’s this is strictly a NO DOGS ALLOWED EVENT, except for a service dog by a person with disability.


Shops, restaurants, lodges and the ski area are open all weekend with additional activities.


Après Skijoring will include live music on Friday and Saturday at the Bull O’ The Woods Saloon, and the Motherlode Saloon. You will be able to dance the night away with William Clark Green, Sam Riggs, Shane Smith, The Saints and Cooder Graw, Dix Hat Band and Saints Analogue.


An awards party for skijoring (public welcome) is scheduled for Sunday night along with a New Mexico Rodeo Queen’s “Meet n’ Greet at the Motherlode Saloon. For additional information, on the event, visit For lodging and visitor information, call 1.877.754.1708 or log on to


Great FREE Spectator Event!




  • 2 p.m.ish Course Open for Limited Practice Runs
  • 6-9 p.m. Skijor Team Matching & Registration at The Grill at the Lift House
  • 8:30 p.m. Live Music with William Clark Green at Motherlode Saloon
  • 8:30 p.m. Live Music with Sam Riggs at Bull O’ The Woods Saloon




  • 10-11 a.m. Course Inspection for Competitors
  • Noon Skijor Races!
  • Novice Division
  • Sport Division
  • Open Division
  • 3:30 p.m. “Race the Face” Snowmobile Hill Climb at the Red River Ski & Summer Area
  • 7 p.m. Torchlight Parade & Fireworks and Rail Jam at the Red River Ski & Summer Area
  • 8 p.m. Skijor Party at the Bull O’ The Woods Saloon
  • Saturday Competition Payouts
  • Live Music by Shane Smith & the Saints
  • 9 p.m. Live Music by Cooder Graw at the Motherlode Saloon



  • 9-10 a.m. Course Inspection for Competitors
  • 10-11 a.m. Fundraiser Event at Brandenburg Park Pavilion — “Buy” Teams for Sunday Competition
    • (Proceeds benefit Wheeler Peak Fire District)
  • Noon Skijor Races!
  • Novice Division
  • Sport Division
  • Open Division
  • Exhibition Division
    • (kids & adults—everyone welcome to try it out!)
  • 5-9 p.m. Skijor Party at the Motherlode Saloon
  • New Mexico Rodeo Queens Meet n’ Greet
  • Sunday Competition Payouts
  • Fund Raiser Payouts
  • Overall Awards
  • Live Music by Dix Hat Band and Saints Analogue