Mountain of Blues Rocks Ruidoso June 1st

Mountain of Blues

There’s blues and then there’s a Mountain of Blues—and that’s just what’s headed to Ruidoso, New Mexico, this weekend. Keeping the tradition of Live Blues alive and kicking in Ruidoso since the summer of 1998, the Ruidoso Mountain of Blues Festival has grown into one of the Southwest’s most respected and anticipated annual Live Blues Events.

Make plans to listen to the likes of Dirty Mojo Junkies, CW Ayon, Austin Jim Murphy and headliner James Armstrong, among others, right in Midtown Ruidoso at the 10-acre Village Green Space . This year they’re celebrating their 16th Anniversary!

While in town before and after the main event, make sure to visit their two permanent live music locations. Both The Quarters and Win, Place or Show are located right in Midtown Ruidoso, a short walk from the event grounds … both feature live Rock, Blues and Country.

For more details about the event and the BeerFest happening right along with the music, click here!

Save the Date: Sisters in the Snow Sports Seminar @ Ski Apache January 19

Sisters on Snow – One Day Event, Snow Sports Seminar @ Ski Apache


Sisters on Snow – One Day Event, Snow Sports Seminar
January 19, 2013
$ 98 w/ lift ticket
Ski Apache Snow Sports Learning Center

This wonderful seminar for women includes one day of instruction, video analysis and a personal improvement plan tailored to your goals. Just drop into the Snow Sports Learning Center to get started and signed up!

Breakfast and lunch will be provided as well as a wine and cheese get together at 4pm at the end of the day. Participants will need to rent or provide their own equipment.

Male companions won’t get left behind if they to would like to learn, they can get a $25 hour-and-a-half class at 10, 12 noon and 2pm.

Call Andrea or the Snow Sport Learning Center Desk at 575 464 3641.

Want to see the slopes from the comfort of your screen (or take a peek at where you’re going while you’re still desk-bound?) Check out the Web Cam!

Ski New Mexico: Apache Star Race Course Opens for the Season!

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Apache Star Race Course Opens for the Season!

Date: December 21, 2012

This is a season long opportunity for you to race the gates whether you are a skier or a snowboarder. The race course gates will be up generally on the weekends throughout the season. The course is on the outside line (next to the trees) on Smokey Bear. You can turn this into a season long series for yourself or for you and those with whom you want to compete. Turn yourself into a racer this year at Ski Apache. Your fees entitle you to race the course and to get electronic times for each of your race runs. You will gain the experience of timed performance and how to find the qualities in yourself to improve on your performance. The events are produced by Robert Walker – ex-North American Ski Racer; so you might garner a pointer or two from the experts!

The price per individual is $5.00 for two runs in a day and $1.00 for each additional run on that day. Season race passes are available for $35.00 at the Special Services Window.

Awards ceremony on Plaza at 3:00 – same day 10:00am-2:00pm

Ski Apache: Open for business!

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The mountain is now open seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All lifts and the gondola will be open by Christmas 2012 along with Ski Apache’s two terrain parks featuring five standard and one rainbow box, three flat rails, one battleship rail, one flat-down-flat rail and one A-frame rail. Lift tickets are $55 for adults, $48 for seniors (60 years and older), $44 for military personnel, $46for teens (13-17 years) and $35 for children under 13.

Group ticket discounts are also available in addition to individual ski and snowboard equipment rentals. Lifts run daily including holidays and instructors are available for lessons, along with Flaik GPS systems making it possible to locate children and guests on the mountain in real time, while also providing a chance to track the day on the mountain, recording information such as lifts used and runs explored. For those who just can’t wait to see the fresh powder in all its glory, Ski Apache offers a live web cam, along with an interactive trail map, up-to-the-minute weather conditions and snow reports, also available via RSS feed and text alerts. For more details on Ski Apache call 575-464-3600. For more information on Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort & Casino or its associated enterprises, visit or call 888-262-0478. For daily snow reports, call the 24-hour report line at 575-464-1234.

Ski Apache: 2012/13 Season Update


Ski Apache, the United States’ southernmost ski area known for epic warm-weather skiing and unbelievable views of the surrounding Lincoln National Forest, returns for its 51st year on Sierra Blanca with three new  lifts  scheduled to open during the 2012 /2013 ski season. The new season boasts a brand new Doppelmayr Gondola. Home to the first and only passenger gondola in the state of New Mexico, the new eight-passenger Gondola will climb 1,646 feet to the mountain’s peak in just eight minutes, almost twice as fast as its predecessor. The 2012-2013 ski season is  scheduled to open on Friday, December 7, and season passes are on sale now.

The new gondola will carry nearly 2,000 skiers and snowboarders up the ski resort per hour, and  two new Doppelmayr chair lifts, one triple and one quad,  will help Ski Apache achieve the highest lift capacity in the state with another 3,600 guests ascending the mountain per hour. Combined with its already immense snowmaking capabilities and an annual snowfall over 180 inches, Ski Apache is prepared to serve up another memorable winter to visitors from throughout the region. “We are happy to invest in something that has proven such a valuable asset not just to the tribe but to the surrounding communities as well, particularly considering the effects on the region from the Little Bear Fire,” said The President of the Mescalero Apache Tribe Frederick Chino Sr.

“During the 2011-2012 season, more than 130,000 people visited Ski Apache, and we look forward to seeing that number continue to climb with the addition of these new lifts. Not only do they expand our capacity for winter visitors but the new Gondola also enhances our summer recreation offerings with mountain biking and hiking. This considerable enhancement allows us to attract visitors to the area throughout the year. The Tribe recognizes the economic impact Ski Apache has on our neighbors and we are happy to make the investment to continue to grow our local economy.”

For more details on the Ski Apache season update, click here!


Ski Apache

Civil War Week Going on Now at the Ruidoso Public Library

The Civil War years will come to life this month at the Ruidoso Public Library through Nov. 17.

The events began last Saturday when Civil War historian Walter Pittman gave a lecture on the Territory of New Mexico during the 1860s war. Then classic movies set during the War Between the State will be featured. “Gone with the Wind” will be shown at the library from noon until 4 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the feature will be “Gettysburg,” from noon until 6 p.m. The movie “Glory” will be shown from noon until 2 p.m. Nov. 16.

Also in the mix will be “The Humor of Abraham Lincoln,” presented by Corey Bard, the library’s director. That will be offered from 11 a.m. until noon. Nov. 15.

Civil War Week will conclude on Nov. 17, with a lecture by Dwight Pitcaithley, an NMSU history professor. The topic from 11 a.m. to noon will be the Lincoln/Douglas Debates. Pitcaithley is a former historian for the National Park Service.

For more information, click here for the Ruidoso Public Library Calendar.

Fall Photography Exhibit at the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs

The Hubbard Museum of the American West is a monument to times and places that are not quite as far off as you may think. It’s a place where the visitor can not only experience the West, but actually participate as one passes through various portals of time encompassing three area cultures – Native American, Hispanic and Pioneer.

It’s a living, exciting experience that has something for everyone. Whether the visitor is eight or eighty, The Hubbard Museum of the American West provides an entertaining and educational look into our past and the spectacle of the American West as it was in pioneer days and even before.

In November, The Hubbard Museum of the American West and the Photographic Society of Lincoln County are proud to present the 21st Annual Fall American Photography Competition and Exhibition.  The Photo Exhibition will be open to the public November 3, 2012 to March 17, 2013.

  • Hours

    9:00 am-4:30 pm daily
  • Address

    26301 Hwy 70 West
    Ruidoso Downs, NM 88346


*Photo exhibited in 2011

Save the Date: Ruidoso’s 31st Annual Oktoberfest October 19-20, 2012

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October 19th and 20th, 2012
This will be our 31st Anniversary!

Friday 5:00 pm till 11:00 p.m.
Saturday 12:00 noon till 11:00 p.m.

for more info (575) 257-6171

Location: Ruidoso Convention Center
Ruidoso, New Mexico

The mountains of Southern New Mexico are already ablaze with color, and the resort town of Ruidoso will celebrate this change in seasons with the 31st annual Ruidoso Oktoberfest Friday and Saturday (October 19-20, 2012) at the Ruidoso Convention Center.

A favorite of the kids, the “Kinderhall,” offers games, prizes, and pumpkin painting.  More than 40 arts and crafts booths will feature local and regional talents, while others will offer imported German beer and authentic German food, including bratwurst (with sauerkraut), knockwurst (with sauerkraut), Polish sausage (with sauerkraut), Reuben Sandwiches, red cabbage, potato salad, apple nut cake, Black Forest cake, potato pancakes, apple pancakes, apple sauce, caramel Apples, soft pretzels, German potato soup and many more tasty treats.

The world’s first Oktoberfest was held in 1810 as a wedding celebration for Bavaria’s King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. It didn’t take long for the fun loving Bavarians to replace the horse races, agricultural shows and other distractions with a focus on great beer, music, dancing and food.

The Albuquerque bands Swingshift and Die Polka Schlingel and Salzburger Echo from Sandy, Utah will get the crowds dancing; and authentic folk dance troupes will entertain the crowds when the featured bands take a break. Dance ensembles are the Ft. Bliss Schuhplattler and the Hellenic Dancers.

Tickets to the Ruidoso Oktoberfest for adults are $8 per day or $14 for two days.  Tickets for ages 13-18 are $5; and children ages 12 and younger are free. Event hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.

Special Events Resource Group, a non-profit corporation formed to provide funds to benefit legitimate and recognized charities and fund education scholarships for the youth of Lincoln County, produces the Ruidoso Oktoberfest. Since its inception in 1999, the group has contributed more than $165,000 to Lincoln County charities, including over $70,000 in scholarships.

For more information call 575-257-6171 or visit

All American Labor Day @ Ruidoso Downs

The All American Futurity: The World’s Richest Quarter Horse Race

The Quarter Horse race that every owner, breeder, trainer and jockey wants to win is Ruidoso Downs’ signature event, the All American Futurity.

Run over 440 yards every Labor Day, the All American Futurity gained its lofty status through unique financial cooperation between the track and horsemen. Ruidoso Downs contributes “added money” to start the race’s purse, and then horse owners make payments to keep their young horses eligible. Many of these payments are made before the horse ever starts in a race.

This system made the All American Futurity the world’s first $1-million race for any breed of horse and enabled the All American to become the first $2-million race in Quarter Horse racing. Now the All American Futurity has a purse of $2.4 million and is the richest race for a two-year-old of any breed in North America. Read more and see more at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack site!

Quarter Horse racing’s biggest races are on Labor Day weekend!
The $2,400,000 All American Futurity is on Labor Day and the $2,234,539 All American Derby is on Sunday, Sept. 2.


Ochoa, Winner 2011 (Courtesy of Ruidoso Downs Racetrack)


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