November 27, 2015

Angel Fire Chamber Of Commerce Member Dinner

member-dinnerSanta’s Surprise

This party is guaranteed to be fun! We have interactive surprises planned (as usual) and you will be the first to taste and enjoy the cooking skills of Elements New Executive Chef Kevin McCaffery.

It is an Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce member dinner, but members may purchase tickets for and bring guests. Please buy tickets early, as space is limited and they sell out fast.

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Elements @ Angel Fire Resort Country Club

Tickets are $45 per person or $80 per couple.

Reserve your ticket now. Call 575-377-6353 to place on your MasterCard or Visa or come into the Chamber office to pay with cash or check.

Sponsored by Cabin Comforts, Alpine Lumber and Mike Woolley / RE/MAX Mountain Realty.

Angel Fire Slammed by Fourth Winter Storm!

snow-plowThe locals around Angel Fire know what’s coming when they hear the hum. A slight, low frequency hum that travels down the Moreno Valley. At first, you’ll only hear it late at night. But as the nights get colder and snow begins to fall, the hum becomes more persistent. In the mornings. Then all day long. This slight, predictable hum. So we get our boards and skis waxed. We check out all the new gear. We start following the weather just a little more. Because we know what that hum means. It means that snowmaking has begun and our ski season is just around the corner. Come celebrate with us and hear the roar of the mighty Snow Guns as we kick off our 49th ski season on December 11, 2015.

2015 Holiday Season Events & Happenings

ornamentsMark Your Calendars! Buy Your Tickets!

Elements at the Angel Fire Country Club Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet
Thursday, November 26, 2015
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Reservations are required as space is limited.
To make a reservation, please call 575-377-3055

Our buffet will be piled high with mouthwatering dishes, seasonal decorative elements and touches of vintage elegance for a holiday celebration that you and your loved ones won’t soon forget. Come enjoy breathtaking views of the Southern Rocky Mountains as you and your family enjoy time together while leaving the cooking to us!

Thanksgiving Dinner Hotel Package – Take advantage of our Thanksgiving Getaway package for just $119 per couple including lodging and Thanksgiving Dinner. Additional consecutive nights can be purchased for just $51 per night. Call 800-633-7463 for reservations.

Shop Small Shop Local
Saturday, November 28, 2015
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Chamber Sponsored
Scavenger Hunt

10:00 am: Pick up your Scavenger Hunt list at the Chamber office 3407 Mountain View Blvd. in Centro Plaza. Follow the directions, visit the participating businesses for your next clue, and spend at least $25.00 during the hunt. Bring all of your scavenger hunt items back to the Chamber and your receipts that total at least $25.00 before 3:00 pm to be eligible to win the prize!

Cove Arts Center Enchanted Christmas
Saturday, November 28, 2015
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Live music, silent auction. $25 includes a chance to bid on elegantly decorated trees, heavy appetizer buffet and adult beverages. Tickets on sale now at the Visitor Center and at the Chamber of Commerce.

Angel Fire Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree
Thursday, December 3, 2015
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Frontier Plaza Park
3365 Mountain View Blvd.

Join us for caroling and the lighting of the tree as we begin this festive holiday season. Free cookies, hot chocolate, coffee, and caroling. We hope to see a big crowd of locals & visitors! Sponsored by The Village of Angel Fire and Angel Fire Resort.

Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party and Silent Auction
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Legends Grill, The Lodge @ Angel Fire Resort

Members will receive more information in your email. Sponsorships available! To sponsor please call 575-377-6353 or email

Shuter Library Christmas Open House
Thursday, December 10, 2015
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Business After Hours @ The Trailhead
Thursday, December 10, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
3420 Mountain View Blvd.

Live music, food, spirits, door prize. Kick off the 2015 winter season! You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend.

Angel Fire Resort Opening Day
Friday, December 11, 2015

Snow is falling in Angel Fire. Have you booked your ski trip? Come play in Angel Fire! We’ve already received 24″ of snow so far in November. El Nino is coming through as promised!

Call today to book your snow vacation! Reservations: 800-633-7463, Group Sales: 888-472-0124,

Moreno Valley High School Winter Extravaganza
Friday, December 11, 2015
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Angel Fire Community Center
It includes performances by the MVHS band, MVHS Drama Club and the always anticipated MVHS Physical Education dance projects.

Starting at 6:00 pm “Soup-A-Bowl” Fundraiser to benefit “Beyond the Valley” all school trips. Prior to the event, students will be decorating white porcelain bowls with their best artistic creations and they will be auctioned off that evening. Buy a bowl and you will receive your choice of soup to go in it along with bread. Any and all support would be welcomed.

25th Annual Moreno Valley Toy Run
Friday, December 11, 2015
Dinner, dance and auction. Making smiles happen since 1990. Dinner from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Auctions from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Dancing from 9:00 pm to close. Door prizes all night!

Garden Club of Angel Fire Christmas Party
Monday, December 14
More information to follow.

Membership Meeting
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Signup for Art Up! Membership Drive at H2 Uptown, 48 N. Angel Fire Rd. Make plans to attend! Good food, door prizes and cash bar. Come to Sign Up! to Art Up! Have a voice for the future of the arts in our area. New name, new image, new ideas! The future of Art in northern New Mexico is definetly looking Up!

International Bank Christmas Open House
Thursday, December 17, 2015
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
9 N. Angel Fire Rd
Angel Fire, NM

Bear Nature Art Ribbon Cutting / Artist Reception
Friday, December 18, 2015
3453 Mountain View Blvd.
Angel Fire, NM

Growing Recycling Businesses In New Mexico

The Angel Fire Sustainability Committee in partnership with The New Mexico Recycling Coalition presents Growing Recycling Businesses in New Mexico.

When: Tuesday, November 10 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: Village of Angel Fire Village Hall at 3388 Mountain View Blvd, Angel Fire, NM

In 2010 alone, New Mexicans spent $51 million dollars to bury $168 million worth of recyclable items! Can you help to change that?

An intrigued entrepreneur could start planning today. A local business owner could expand recycling services. Communities can work together to reduce the amount of material entering NM landfills and create jobs for people in Angel Fire.

English Bird from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) and Terry McDermott, Community Economic Development Coordinator for USDA Rural Development, will present opportunities to grow recycling businesses in Angel Fire.

Ms. Bird will discuss the “Growing Recycling Businesses in New Mexico” project and share a dozen ways that communities can spur economic development through recycling and reuse. Mr. McDermott will discuss USDA programs that can help support local entrepreneurs launch and grow their businesses. The presentation is free and open to existing and potential entrepreneurs, business leaders and economic development partners who are ready for inspiration.

This project is funded through a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant. The material is the result of tax-supported research and as such is not copyrightable. It may be freely reprinted with the customary crediting of the source. This institution (NMRC) is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information please call 214-437-1362.

Enchanted Christmas 2015

xmas-treeLive Music * Silent Auction

When: Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Cove Arts Center

$25.00 includes:

  • A chance to bid on elegantly fully decorated Christmas Trees (only 10 trees this year) that will benefit a non-profit organization
  • A chance to bid on awesome silent auction items to benefit the Chamber of Commerce
  • Heavy appetizers
  • Adult beverages

For more information please contact Donna Holman-Chase at 575-377-2724 or 305-613-3105 or Debby Welker at 575-377-9995 or 505-428-8023.

Chamber Survey Results

By Jo Mixon

A few weeks ago we emailed a survey to all of our members with the desire to hear what you like, what you dislike and gauge the job we are doing at the Chamber. I have to tell you, I braced myself, thinking there might be a few answers with strong displeasure. But we wanted to hear it. Our desire is to always be striving towards a better organization to serve our members and our community in the best possible ways! Some people emailed us and said they couldn’t open the survey with their browsers, so we also made it available at our last quarterly membership breakfast meeting.
We’d like to share the questions and the results:

1. How many years have you been a member of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce?

1-3 yrs = 14
4-8 yrs = 8
8 or more yrs = 18

2. Do you take advantage of the monthly eBlast advertising benefit of your membership?

Yes = 28
No = 12

3. Have you attended a Chamber function within the last year?

(Sept. 2014 to Sept 2015) Many people wrote in the functions they attended.
No = 1
Yes = 2
Business After Hours = 28
All of them = 5
Flea Market = 3
Christmas Dinner = 31
Annual Dinner = 16
Membership Breakfasts meetings = 20
Habla Tamale = 15
Cash Mob = 1
Spare Part Art Auction = 1

4. Do you volunteer, serve on a committee, or sponsor Chamber events or functions?

Yes = 9
No = 31

5. What benefits would you like to see added to your Chamber membership benefits?

None = 31
Free Money = 1
Stand Alone Building with neon signs = 1
Local Discounts to business members = 2
Featured articles in local publications = 1
Tickets to Six Flags = 1
Workshops, seminars, training = 1
Group Insurance Coverage = 1
Gift Cards to OutBack Steak House or Cabelas = 1

6. Are there workshops you would like the Chamber to bring to Angel Fire that might help you to improve your business? Would you be willing to pay a fee for these workshops?

No = 23
Yes and yes = 9
Yes, Internet Marketing and yes would pay a fee = 3
Quick Books, excel, build your own website & yes would pay a fee = 2
Social Media Marketing and yes would pay a fee = 1
Quilting, gardening, jewelry making = 1
Seminars about the purple flowers that are here in summer =- 1
Quick Books and would pay $50.00 for fee = 1
Google = 1

7a. What was your favorite program or event the Chamber has sponsored?

I Know Jo = 14
Habla Tamale = 7
Business After Hours = 5
Weekly Inquiries that you send to the businesses = 3
Cash Mob = 3
Quarterly Membership Breakfast Meetings = 2
Holiday Receipt Contest = 1
Annual Dinner = 1
Christmas Dinner = 1
Blue Hawaii Skit at Dinner = 1
Shop Local = 1
Flea Market = 1

7b. 2nd favorite?

Dinners = 3
Shop Local Receipt Contest = 3
Business After Hours = 3
Cash Mob = 3
Habla Tamale = 2
Spare Part Art = 2
Flea Market = 1

7c. Least Favorite?

Crash the Course = 10
Las Vegas Raffle = 2
Shop Local = 2
Cash Mob = 2
Spare Part Art Auction = 1

8. With what are you most pleased about the job the Chamber is doing?

Weekly eBlast = 8
I Know Jo = 6
Business After Hours = 2
Growth = 1

* I think the Chamber does a good job communicating with it members.

*The Chamber didn’t discriminate against non-members last year for the Holiday Receipt Contest and the shop local campaign.

*The Chamber Exec. Dir. is very active and creative. Prints my posters and flyers for me and helps with my ads.

*Exposing Angel Fire to the nation spotlight with I Know Jo articles and her marketing skills.

*You elected a smokin’ hot President.

*B.A.H, but want it to be a members only function.

*Inclusiveness; Works with all the members.

*The Chamber brings faces into businesses.

*You give me many referrals- I think the Chamber is doing a good job.

*Advertises my business very well.

*Keeps the community spirits high and provides members the opportunity to get together.

* Sends me customers, gives me great referrals.

*Best Executive Director we have ever had.

*Love the job the Chamber is doing. Public relations & local events are covered well and with enthusiasm. Advertising in the Blast is easy and well done.

*Executive Director is friendly and active in the community.

*Love what the Chamber is doing.

*Love the current E.D.

*Gets my business out there.

*BAH networking opportunities

*All the effort put in by the Executive Director with unfortunately so little money to work with.

*Loved the amount of people Habla Tamale brought into Angel Fire.

*Info available about programs/businesses and how to access them to improve my business has been great.

*I love what the Chamber is doing both local and in public relations.

9. With what are you displeased about the job the Chamber is doing and how would you suggest we implement change to make it better?

Not displeased = 30

*There is nothing I am displeased about, but more community support for the chamber would be great.

*I want to see the Chamber get more involved in Tourism.

*I want more events like in Red River.

*Post more pictures of different people in the newsletter and eBlast

*In the past two years there has been no tourism presence or programs from the Chamber, we want the Chamber involved in tourism and in marketing Angel Fire.

*The financial ability to keep the Chamber staffed seems to be a problem. With so little money the Chamber has to work with and can only afford part time help, the board members should be required to volunteer in the office on a rotating basis.

*I’d like to see Cash Mob restored

*The Chamber should seek more opportunities to invite businesses to consider relocation to Angel Fire. To achieve this maybe hold an Angel Fire Business Invitational. This would be a tour of Angel Fire commercial land. Have the Resort give tours and comp the event. Have the Angel Fire Village hold “We Are Angel Fire” intro meetings with the important people of the village. Maybe get Nancy to give sleigh ride tours.

*I had problems for a while receiving my weekly inquiries.

*Would like to see the Chamber represented on the village Economic Development committee.

Thank you to all of our members who took the time to fill out this survey! It is really good to know that you support us and believe we are doing a good job and also the areas in which we need improvement.

Mark Your November & December Calendars

Mark your November and December calendars because you don’t want to miss any of these upcoming activities and events:

Wednesday, November 11

  • Raffle Drawing Quilt by Claudette Maitland to benefit The National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center of Angel Fire

Thursday, November 26

  • Thanksgiving Dinner at Elements – Enjoy a special Thanksgiving feast from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Reservations are required due to limited seating. Please call 575-377-3055.

Saturday, November 28

  • Shop Small, Shop Local Business Saturday with Chamber sponsored scavenger hunt. More info to follow!
  • Enchanted Christmas Tree Auction and Dance – The Rotary Club of Angel Fire at the Cove Arts Center. 6:00pm – 10:00pm. Silent Auction sponsored by the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce.

Thursday, December 3

  • Community Christmas Tree Lighting – 3365 Mountain View Blvd, Frontier Park
  • Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce – Christmas Dinner

Thursday, December 10

  • Business After Hours – The Trailhead from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Friday, December 11

  • Angel Fire Resort – Opening Day of the Ski & Snowboard Season

Monday, December 14

  • Garden Club of Angel Fire – Christmas Dinner

Friday, December 18

  • Bear Nature Art – Ribbon Cutting Artist Reception, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 24

  • Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks

Thursday, December 31

  • New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks

If there are events that we are missing, please email with details for the calendars.

Happy Holidays!

Shall We Dance? Classes Resume

dance-01Shall We Dance? Classes Resume at the Angel Fire Community Center on Monday November 2, 2015.

Youth Ballet & Tap (5 Weeks)

  • 5 to 6 year olds from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • 7 to 9 year olds from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Intermediate & Advanced Tap & Ballet (4 Weeks)

  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Ladies Beginning Ballet & Tap

  • Wednesday November 4, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

For more information please call Diane Peterson at 575-377-2443.

Ride The Sleigh!

ride-the-sleighScenic & Dinner Rides

A sleight ride is the best way to experience the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the Enchanted Circle!

Book now! Please call 575-377-6416 or email

Reservations are required.

Nancy Burch
RoadRunner Tours LTD
Hwy 64 Angel Fire, NM
Since 1978

Winter horseback rides daily!

Bear Nature Art Now Open

watercolorsBear Nature Art is now open! Check out our hours below:

  • Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Saturday from 12:00 pm to 5:30 pm

We are located at 3453 Mountain View Blvd in Angel Fire, New Mexico.

Art Classes

  • Painting: Watercolor, Acrylic, Oils
  • Drawing: Pencil, Charcoal, Pen & Ink, Chalk Pastels, Oil Pastels, Digital Photography

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm and Saturday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:00 am.

Class sizes are limited to twelve and require a minimum of five participants.

Ages: 13+

Cost: $12.00 per session ($72.00 total)

If interested, please complete a class inquiry at the studio so that courses may be scheduled.