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Join Mountaineers For Cross Country Skiing at Enchanted Forest

on January 7, 2014 - 7:46am

Cross country skier at Enchanted Forest. Courtesy/Enchanted Forest Ski Area


Here’s a chance to try cross country (X-C) skiing. Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers for a trip to the Enchanted Forest X-C Ski Area Sunday Jan. 12.

Visit for information about the area. The trip is suitable for beginners and expert skiers alike. There are also trails for snowshoers and dogs!

The Enchanted Forest has rentals, lessons, and a trail pass for $45. For skiers with their own equipment, a trail pass is $18.

Sign up information is found at 


Iceland Trek Featured at Mountaineers' January Meeting

on January 6, 2014 - 8:18am
Steam vents and thermal springs encountered in the highlands along the trek from Skogar to Landmannalaugar. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers

Icebergs floating to the sea at Jokulsarlon. Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
Skogafoss, the spectacular waterfall near Skogar at the start of the trek.
Courtesy/LA Mountaineers
The January meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a first-hand account of a six-day, 50-mile trek in Iceland by Mario Schillaci.
The public is invited to hear this presentation Wednesday, Jan. 15, at Fuller Lodge. The presentation will follow the

Tickets on Sale for Dessert Dances

on January 5, 2014 - 6:51am


The annual Valentine’s Dessert Dances at Fuller Lodge will take place as follows:  

  • The Mother/Son Event is Wednesday, Feb. 5;
  • The Daddy/Daughter Event is Thursday, Feb. 6; and
  • The Family Dance is Wednesday Feb. 12.

The cost for the event is $16 per couple, $8 for each additional child and $30 per family (includes two adults and two children.) For more information, visit or contact the Recreation Office at (505) 662-8170.


Last Skating Lesson Session Begins Next Week

on January 4, 2014 - 10:24am


The last session of ice skating lessons at the Los Alamos Ice Rink begin the week of Jan. 6.

Contact the Ice Rink at 505-662-4500 or visit the website at for additional information.

Pajarito Mountain Extends Snow Sports Program to Arizona Tribal Youth

on January 3, 2014 - 10:11am
A Pajarito Mountain ski instructor on the slopes. Courtesy/Pajarito Mountain Ski Area                 


Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is extending the New Mexico tribal snow sports program to Arizona Native youth and their chaperones. It is a part of a healing and uniting of America further inspired by Nelson Mandela, as well as Canada’s Wilton Chief Littlechild, Honorary Chief of the Maskwacis Cree, who is pioneering the World Indigenous Games.   

Saturday Jan.

Valles Caldera Events Jan. 3-26

on January 3, 2014 - 9:20am


Burn Energy at Family Climb Time at the Y

on December 29, 2013 - 9:10am

YMCA News:

Bring the family and friends to the YMCA to climb. Need to burn some energy over the break?  Do you want a chance to try out the climbing wall? Need something for out-of-town guests to do? Do grandparents want to see their grandkids climb or perhaps try themselves?  Come on by the Y.

From 9:30 a.m. until noon, Monday Dec. 30 and Friday Jan. 3, climbing and gear rental will be only $5 for the entire family and  free for Y members. This isn't just a kid’s event - everyone is welcome at  the wall. The Wall will be open during usual Open Climb Times except Dec.

Mountaineers Offer Leadville Outing - Ski/Crosscountry/Snowshoe

on December 28, 2013 - 10:32am

Los Alamos Mountaineer skiers near the top of Copper Mountain during the winter 2011 Leadville weekend. Courtesy/LAM


President's Day Weekend - the long weekend in February - is one of the best times of the year for winter adventures, as the snow gets deeper and the days a little longer.

As in past years, Los Alamos Mountaineers will rent a facility in Leadville and venture out from the town - the highest in the U.S. - for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing and snowboarding.

On a weekend when many Colorado ski towns are jammed, Leadville is a

Pajarito Ski Area Offers Snowsports Programs to New Mexico's Native Americans

on December 28, 2013 - 9:30am


LAHF News:

A ground breaking outreach program is being launched this winter at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in Los Alamos, which organizers, Director Of the Native Nations Sports Ambassador Program, David Vosburgh and Founder Jean Cornell working along with Suzy Chaffee of Native American Olympic Team Foundation hope will make it possible for more Native American youth and their chaperones to enjoy skiing and snowboarding.

“Those with proper tribal membership IDs can purchase a full-day lift ticket, including rentals, for a flat fee of $25, a discount of 30 to 60 percent off

LASG Gymnasts Capture Five Gold Medals

on December 24, 2013 - 10:30am

Kaeley Bustos takes the gold on the beam. Courtesy photo
Suyana Ferreira earns the gold on the bars with a 9.35. Courtesy photo

LASG News:

Kaeley Bustos, Anna Clark, Suyana Ferreria, and Emilee Maestas of Los Alamos School of Gymnastics placed first in the all-around competition in their divisions at a home meet Nov. 9. The gymnasts brought home 21 medals for their team.

One hundred and thirty three gymnasts attended the meet in Los Alamos.

Los Alamos Golf Course Opens Dec. 26-Jan. 1.

on December 23, 2013 - 9:18am

LAGC News:
The Los Alamos Golf Course will open Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. The standard restrictions for this time of year will apply with carts permitted on paths only and tee times begining between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. each day. To protect the course, it will close back down after that.

Due to early snowfall, workers were unable to establish three pin locations on each green. By keeping the course closed for January, it will alleviate repetitive foot traffic that would have a detrimental effect on the greens

The course will open up again in February or March when it warms up and course

Winter Banners Go Up On Central Avenue

on December 22, 2013 - 6:36am

County crews place winter banners on the light poles along Central Avenue in downton Los Alamos Friday. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Valles Caldera's Dennis Trujillo Concludes 39 Years of Public Service

on December 21, 2013 - 7:26am

Dennis Trujillo

VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — The Valles Caldera Trust executive director scheduled a small employee gathering ostensibly to share some holiday spirit with coffee and cake.

Many employees would be leaving for vacation this weekend so it was important that they hear what executive director Dennis Trujillo had to say, because when they return in January, he will no longer be leading their way.

“The public lands and the conservation of our natural resources have been my career’s work, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have had a career doing what I love,” Trujillo said.

Pecos/Las Vegas District Seasonal Road and Campground Closure

on December 21, 2013 - 7:01am

SFNF News:

SANTA FE – Effective Jan. 6, 2014, a number of roads and campgrounds on the Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will be closed for the winter. 

These locations often become impassable and hazardous during winter months due to significant snowfall which can make the terrain muddy, snow packed, and icy. It is necessary to close these roads and campgrounds for public safety and to protect natural resources and infrastructure. 

Using any type of four-wheel motorized vehicle, two-wheel motorized vehicle, or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on the closed

Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk at Bandelier Saturday

on December 18, 2013 - 8:05am

The rising sun on Winter Solstice casts shadows aligned with the walls of the entry to Tyuonyi Pueblo. Courtesy/NPS

BNM News:

All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones, and the horizon. 

At Bandelier National Monument, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes, and one of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon. 

This Saturday, Dec.

Crossfit On-Ramp Classes Begin January 2014

on December 17, 2013 - 6:55am

Buy a Tree, Ski for Free or Howl at the Moon this Weekend at the Valles Caldera

on December 11, 2013 - 4:00pm


VCNP News:

JEMEZ SPRINGS — A packed weekend schedule of winter fun awaits visitors to the Valles Caldera National Preserve this weekend. Visitors can cross country ski or snowshoe in the moonlight or daylight and then take home a Christmas Tree.

The first of four scheduled Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing events is this Saturday, Dec. 14. Visitors can enjoy extended hours to experience the magic of the Preserve after the sun goes down. Purchase your Skiing and Snowshoeing Permit at the Valle Grande Information Center and Gift Shop as late as 8 p.m. and enjoy the full moon,

New Golf Course Building Nears Completion; County Seeks Food & Beverage Contractor

on December 10, 2013 - 9:51am

A panoramic photo of the new Golf Course Community Building, set to open in Los Alamos in spring 2014, features the building against a magnificent backdrop of the Jemez Mountains, with its large wrap-around deck overlooking the golf course and new outdoor seating options. The County is currently seeking interested bidders to provide food & beverage services at the facility’s dining area with catering for the new community meeting space on the western side of the building. Courtesy/LAC

LAGC News:

Work is wrapping up on a new Golf Course Community Building located on the north side of Los

K2 Women's Weekend Raises Funds for Cancer Services

on December 9, 2013 - 7:06am
Participants at a previous Women's Weekend at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy/

The sixth annual K2 Women’s Weekend at Pajarito Mountain is a non-profit event that raises funds for breast and cervical cancer services in New Mexico by bringing women together to improve their snowsports skills and have fun.

All abilities encouraged. The event is Feb. 7-9. Registration closes Jan. 23.

Last year, more than $10,000 was raised to provide financial assistance for breast and cervical cancer services incurred by New Mexican women and men.

For online event

Column: Valles Caldera National Preserve Suspends Open Hiking

on December 7, 2013 - 9:27am
'Temporarily Closed' signs atop barb wire fences greet the public at the top of hiking areas on Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Greg Kendall

Los Alamos Daily Post

It was incredibly disheartening news to read that the Valles Caldera National Preserve Trust Board had suspended open hiking before it even began. I looked forward to hiking up to the Caldera Rim of Canada Bonito without having to stop at the sharp barbed wire fence that carries the "Valles Caldera National Preserve - Temporarily Closed" signs. Alas, it is not to be.

Jemez Mountain Trail Races Registration Opens

on November 30, 2013 - 10:03am


JMTR News:

The Ninth Annual Jemez Mountain Trails Races are scheduled for Saturday, May 24, 2014. Registration for the 50 kilometer and 50 mile races open Dec. 1. The half marathon (13.1 mile) option will be open for registration Feb. 1, 2014. These races fill up quickly. Register soon at:

The Jemez Mountain Trail Races are a wonderful community event that takes full advantage of our beautiful mountain trail running network around town, up Pajarito Mountain, and through the Valles Caldera.

Fusion Multisport Officially Opens in Los Alamos!

on November 26, 2013 - 4:37pm
Fusion Multisport owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis, with help from their friends, cut the red ribbon officially opening their new business Monday afternoon in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
The crowd mingles following the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Monday's ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official opening of Fusion Multisport in downtown Los Alamos. Owners Brad and Rose Nyenhuis moved from Indiana in October to open their new business.

"We're just excited ... the response from

Los Alamos County Ice Rink Presents Skate with Santa and Elves Dec. 14-15

on November 26, 2013 - 10:10am

Images courtesy of R. Cowdry


Santa Clause is coming to the ice rink and taking time during his busy holiday schedule to bring his elves to help him greet boys and girls and hand out candy canes. Santa and his elves will

pose for pictures on and off the ice.

Come visit Santa and his elves 4-6 p.m., Saturday Dec. 14 and 3-5 p.m. Sunday Dec. 15. Admission for the event is $6.50 at the door, $2.50 for children under 5. Admission includes skate rental. Passes will not be accepted for this special event.

For more information about “Skate with Santa and his Elves,” visit

Los Alamos Triatomics Club 2013 Christmas Lights Runs Take Off Dec. 2

on November 26, 2013 - 7:47am


The Los Alamos Triatomics Club 2013 Christmas Lights Runs begin Dec. 2. Here’s an opportunity to check out the Christmas lights around town and get in a little exercise to burn off that extra slice of Thanksgiving pie.

Runners will wind through Los Alamos neighborhoods to check out the holiday lights. The routes are mostly on quiet residential streets to avoid the noise and smell of traffic. Non club members are welcome to join in the runs, which are scheduled every Monday and Wednesday night until Christmas or there are ice patches on the streets.

This year, Monday

Pajarito Mountain Edges Closer to Opening

on November 26, 2013 - 7:09am



Pajarito Mountain received about five inches of snow Sunday, which totals about a foot out of the recent storm. Over the weekend, Manager Tom Long and his staff have been track packing the area and evaluating the conditions. They will begin tilling and grooming if enough snow exists to support that activity.

They will begin making snow now to cover some thin places. There is not quite enough snow to open, but it's getting close.

Check back for updates and the opening day announcment anticipated soon.