Race - Aug 3, 2019
Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This mountain course will challenge your body, stimulate your senses, and connect you with the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This is a challenging and scenic climb that peaks with amazing views of Kachina and Wheeler Peaks. A must do to boost your endurance, excite your elevation, and reconnect with the mountains.
This race and this exquisite setting serve as a memory making experience for the whole family. We welcome you to join in the beauty, stay a few nights while you are here, and enjoy Taos Ski Valley and the unique town of Taos, New Mexico.
Need to Know
The course is easy to follow on well marked ski trails and is an incredible run! Make it a multi-sport weekend and receive discounts on white water rafting on the Rio Grande, horseback riding in the ski valley, and climbing if you stay the night at Taos Ski Valley. Email Administrator@TaosSkiValley.com if you are interested in making it a multi-sport weekend. Discounted lodging rates are also available.
This is the 12th Annual Run and is a 2017 Trail Runner Trophy Series Event.
Age Groups for both Male and Female: 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-60, 61-70+
The first, second and third place in each category wins a prize.
Embrace the Ascent! The Up and Over Trail course is a loop that goes up and over the alpine environment of Taos Ski Valley Mountain. The race starts and finishes at an elevation of 9,200 feet. There is an elevation gain of 2,612 feet in the first three miles. Runners will run up Whitefeather, Jess's and Bambi ski trails to the top of Chair lift #2 where there are spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Then the descent begins, down Honeysuckle, Lower Patton and Rubezahl trails back to the base area. Four aid and water stations will be available on the course and more water and snacks at the finish line.
Flora & Fauna
High alpine environment.
History & Background
The Taos Ski Valley exists because of the imagination and hard work of a remarkable Swiss-German named Ernie Blake, his wife Rhoda and friends. A passionate skier, Blake dreamed for years of building a ski area, and launched Taos Ski Valley in 1955 on a shoestring budget. The European atmosphere and architecture of Taos Ski Valley is due to the ski area's pioneers—a mix of German, French, Austrian and Swiss residents and employees—combined with the local Native American and Spanish cultures. The Village of Taos Ski Valley is surrounded by the Carson National Forest and offers many recreational activities, accommodations and fine dining all year. With new ownership in 2014 Taos Ski Valley has embarked on an exciting phase of development. This includes building a chair lift up Kachina Peak that tops out at 12,450 feet, the opening of the slope side Blake Hotel in February 2017, plus new runs, glades, restaurants and shops.
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