A new year, a new decade and new memories to be made, life only gets better in the mountains!

The Mountain after our big storm!

We have been blessed with great snow for our guests to enjoy, whether just walking through our winter wonderland, or taking turns at the slopes. Watching our little guests sledding down the hill or building snowmen reminds us that snow makes everyone young at heart. Admit it, you have to throw at least one snowball while you are here. This blogger will not admit to how many I have thrown!

January holidays brought our town to capacity with the hit of the month being the annual Songwriters’ Festival. There was no lack of fantastic music to listen to at several of our establishments, bringing with it the magic to make toes start tapping, heads start nodding with the beat and bodies start swaying with the music. The acoustics of the mountains make the best songs better!

Copper Chairlift

February was welcomed with Punxsutawney Phil predicting an early spring on Groundhog Day. Of course, in New Mexico, there is a saying that if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes, it will change. And especially in our mountain area, snow often surprises us with an unexpected visit, even in May. February also brought a great combination of Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Weekend together. Flowers, candy and a patriotic weekend all wrapped into one very busy holiday for all of us. I wonder how many couples got engaged while in our romantic little special heaven on Earth. Love in the mountains – doesn’t get any better! Neither does skiing. At any time during the weekend the slopes were dotted with hundreds of skiers. It is impressive to see people of all ages skiing or snowboarding the face, then watching a full ski lift taking them back to the top. I could watch for hours.

Brian and Tawnya at the Krewe De Voodoo Ball

Green, purple and gold decorations are everywhere as we go from love in the air to beads in the air with our annual Mardi Gras Celebration. It is kicking off Thursday, February 20th, at 7 PM with the Krewe Crawl and glow stick parade that takes us to the Motherlode for the symbolic burning of the Tchoupitoulas. You can’t beat the food, music and fun during this six day event. Cajun food is plentiful and Cajun music fills the valley. I have my heart set on some blackened alligator, gumbo, jambalaya and etouffee’. It’s a good thing the celebration lasts six days so we can try it all!


If you think it might be fun, you are right! Let Rio Colorado book a reservation for you this weekend, you won’t regret it. Or, be sure to plan your stay with us to ski the slopes one more time before the Ski area closes March 22nd, 2020. We will be waiting to hear from you!

Wes fulfilling his role as Rex and the Wild Tchoupitoulas!

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