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Archives for December 2015

Calling All Flakes Bonfire

bonfireHot Chocolate, Live Entertainment

When: Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Fire Department

Proceeds go to The Angel Fire Ski Team.

Thanks to the Village of Angel Fire for sponsoring this event.

Angel Fire Resort Opening Day 2015

opening-dayThe Adventure Begins

When: Friday, December 11, 2015

Where: Angel Fire Resort

For more information please visit

Moreno Valley High School Fundraiser

soup-a-bowlCome eat dinner with the MVHS Community and help support the “Beyond The Valley” all school trips.

Purchase a bowl beautifully decorated by a MVHS student and get your choice of delicious homemade soup to go in it!

When: Friday, December 11, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: Angel Fire Community Center

Performances by MVHS Rock Band, MVHS Drama Club and 12th Annual MVHS Dance Projects. There will also be a National Honor Society induction ceremony.

A silent auction for the bowls begins at 5:00 pm. There are a limited number of bowls so come early and bid on your favorite!

For more information please call 575-377-3100.

Eagle Nest Middle School Pancake Breakfast

pancake-breakfastCome support the 7th and 8th graders of Eagle Nest Middle School to help raise money for their trip to Washington DC.

When: Friday, December 11, 2015 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am

Where: H2 Uptown

Cost is $10.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door or pre-sales at Resort Properties.

Breakfast will be served by the students.

Business After Hours – The TrailHead

the-trailheadLive Music, Food, Spirits, Door Prizes, Fun Fun Fun!

Kick off the 2015 winter season!

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Where: The Trailhead @ 3420 Mountain View Blvd.

You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend.

Shuter Library Christmas Open House

xmas-ornamentsJoin us at Shuter Library of Angel Fire Holiday Open House for yummy holiday treats and delicious hot cider.

When: Thursday, December 10, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Where: Shuter Library

Come meet Virginia – our new library director! Yes Virginia! There is a library!

Scavenger Hunt Winner

hannah-johnson-01By Jo Mixon

Last Saturday, November 28, the Chamber ran its first ever Shop Local Saturday Scavenger Hunt in Angel Fire. Fifteen local businesses participated. The rules were very simple, but the clues were not. Five people played the game and the youngest contestant, Hannah Johnson, with her Grandmother Shelley Larson as navigator, was the Grand Prize Winner! Together they successfully deciphered all fifteen directional clues, getting them to the correct businesses, completed the tasks once they arrived and made it back to the Chamber before the other contestants. They even brought in the correct answer to the bonus clue, finding a tiny birdhouse on the outside of Zebs.

“I just spent one of the most wonderful days of my life with my granddaughter Hannah on a treasure hunt through town looking for nothing more than the next adventure…. Life is soooo good in Angel Fire, New Mexico…. And she won every event category … even the bonus tiny house (the bird house) at Zebs… Unfortunately I did not get pictures at Mountain Sports of Angel Fire, Expresso Cafe, or The Candy Store in Angel Fire.” said Shelley Larson after the hunt was over.

Linda Ford said, “This was so nice for me, it caused me to get out in town and meet people I didn’t know and I found some great bargains. It was really fun!”

We are continuing the Shop Local Shop Small Contest that we ran last December to encourage everyone to shop local. Anytime you spend at least $50.00 (on each receipt) at a local business, whether they are Angel Fire Chamber members or not, bring your receipt(s) into the Chamber to be eligible for a cash drawing on December 31 at 11:00 am. This includes dinner, gas, merchandise, etc. etc. etc. Plus, due to time constraints and hard clues, we chose to run the scavenger hunt with only businesses inside the village limits, so to be fair to our outer members, if you shop at any of our rural Angel Fire Chamber member locations or those Angel Fire Chamber members in other towns you get a bonus point. Ready set….SHOP LOCAL!

Congratulations again to Hannah! Good job. And thank you to all the businesses who participated in our scavenger hunt! Thanks to Mountain Sports and Zebs for donating prizes….all of them went to Hannah!

Military Winterfest 2016

Features American Flag Jump-in by former US Army Golden Knight, double amputee, Dana Bowman

ANGEL FIRE, N.M. – Think of it as a celebration of our military serving now and in the past. When the 2nd Annual Military Winterfest comes to Angel Fire, N.M. Feb. 18 – 22, 2016 there will be five days of snow-filled fun, live entertainment, savory food and special discounts for most everything. Last year, the event welcomed more than 600 active duty, retirees and families to its winter celebration. This year, organizers anticipate doubling participation. They’re coming to take advantage of discounted outdoor activities, such as skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, tubing, snowshoeing and s’mores parties. But they’re also coming to see Dana Bowman, a former U.S. Army Golden Knight and double amputee jump out of an aircraft while soaring over the ski mountain carrying an enormous American Flag.

“This year is unique in that we’ve extended festivities by three days and added many more family and non-skier activities,” said retired Air Force Lt. Col. Rick Sprott, Military Winterfest 2016 chair and board member, National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Angel Fire. “And, we’ve expanded the Vet-to-Vet ski and snowboard lessons, as well as bolstered our Adaptive programs for vets with disabilities.”

For Angel Fire Resort, Military Winterfest’s 5-Star Corporate Sponsor, this is an opportunity to showcase a mountain boasting 79 runs, three terrain parks, gladed tree runs, night time skiing and snowboarding, tubing, and a premier ski and snowboard school.

“A big draw – aside from the 210′ average snowfall weather and the spectacular Southern Rockies view from atop its 10,677′ summit – is our family friendly environment,” said Sprott. “Recognizing the family nature of the festival, we’ve added a snow dog performance show, snowman and snow angel contests, a s’mores and hot cocoa party, among other activities.” Adults will be able to enjoy several après ski activities too, he said.

In addition, organizers have planned a Twilight Colors Retirement Parade down the mountain, inter-service ski and snowboard races, and a dinner featuring live music for the first 230 people registered.

IF YOU GO – To take advantage of the exclusive Military discounts and all Winterfest activities participants must register, said Sprott.

Advanced registration to Military Winterfest 2016: $20 for individuals, $30 for the entire family.

On site registration: $35 individuals, $45 families.

Registration* includes all activities all week long, including: the Saturday night dinner with live musical entertainment (seating limited); VIP access to all outdoor and indoor events; a VIP Gift bag; a collectable Military Challenge Coin, discounted lift tickets; half-priced equipment rentals and lessons.

“Adding up all the exclusive military discounts, a family will save more than $200 each day*,” said Sprott. “For the budget-minded individual or family, Winterfest is a great vacation value! Many Angel Fire restaurants and businesses are also giving military discounts to Winterfest attendees.”

Advanced online registration is available at Military Winterfest Online Registration The Resort is also offering lodging specials, including ski-in/ski-out accommodations as low as $81. To book lodging, lessons and equipment go to Angel Fire Resort Lodging, Lessons & Equipment or call (888) 371-7344. Use Promotional Code: VETS. Additional Village accommodations listings are also available at Military Winterfest 2016.

Additional information on Military Winterfest 2016, as well as the complete schedule, can be found online at Military Winterfest 2016 or write or call (575) 224-4848. See us on Facebook Angel Fire Military Winterfest 2016. Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, veterans, retirees, dependent families and Gold Star families are eligible to participate but must have a valid identification card or other proof of service. Key partners in Military Winterfest 2016: National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center of Angel Fire, event host and organizer; the Angel Fire Resort, 5-Star Corporate Sponsor; and the Village of Angel Fire.

*The registration fees paid when attending Military Winterfest 2016 are tax-deductible and directly support the National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center! The Center provides treatment for military individuals and families that suffer with Post Traumatic Stress. Its creative therapies have been nationally recognized for their effectiveness in treating the “Invisible Wounds of War.” For more, see National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center Angel Fire.

Angel Fire Chamber Ambassadors Rock!

Jo Mixon
Executive Director
Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce

In 2011 and 2012 the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce had a spurt of growth. We really needed a group of dedicated volunteers to help maintain our programs and events and to represent the chamber in the community and surrounding areas in a positive manner. We turned to our business members and the Ambassador program began in 2013.

The Chamber Ambassador is a chosen business member who volunteers their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber, its members and the community. They are all things Chamber. These dedicated volunteers are in the center of the business activity of the community and they contribute to the success of all of our programs and events. They are the backbone of the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. Only the Board of Directors take on more responsibility than the Ambassador Team and I don’t know what we’d do without them! They assist with business after hours, membership meetings, ribbon cuttings, dinners, events, luncheons, and they help recruit new members. They are in contact with existing members to help insure retention, they set the example for a pro-business attitude, and they take on opportunities to create and implement new ideas that support the mission of the Chamber to ensure organizational strength and growth. The great rapport among the Ambassadors, serves the Chamber, by their example of integrity and good will among the entire membership. Their teamwork is incredible.

The original 2013-2014 Ambassador Team had six members:

  1. Johnese Turri, Team Leader, Turri Productions
  2. Dominic Serna, Hatcha’s Grill of Angel Fire
  3. Brinn Colenda, Monte Verde Realty
  4. Mike Liddle, Rotary Club of Angel Fire
  5. Lisa Morales, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
  6. Jo DeKeuster, Enchanted Circle Pottery

In 2014-2015 the Ambassador Team grew to seven members:

  1. Johnese Turri, Team Leader, Turri Productions
  2. Dominc Serna, Hatcha’s Grill of Angel Fire & H2 Uptown
  3. Brinn Colenda, Monte Verde Realty
  4. Mike Liddle, Sangre de Cristo Chronicle
  5. Jo DeKuester, Enchanted Circle Pottery
  6. Carol Rupp, Artist
  7. Brent Dunn, Mountain Sports of Angel Fire.

Our current 2015-2016 Ambassador Team is now eight members strong:

  1. Mike Liddle, Team Leader, Wheeler Peak Press
  2. Johnese Turri, Garden Club of Angel Fire
  3. Brinn Colenda, Monte Verde Realty
  4. Jo DeKeuster, Enchanted Circle Pottery
  5. Carol Rupp, Artist
  6. Brent Dunn, Mountain Sports of Angel Fire
  7. Trini Bradley, Pizza Stop
  8. Gabrielle Nelson, Angel Fire Resort Mountain Rental & Property Management

Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Team 2015-2016

Mike Liddle
Team Leader 2015-2016
Asst. Governor-Elect at
Rotary District 5520
Wheeler Peak Press
Johnese Turri
Team Leader 2013-2015
President:Garden Club
of Angel Fire
Jo DeKeuster
Enchanted Circle Pottery
Brinn Colenda
Monte Verde Realty
Village Councilman
Brent Dunn
Mountain Sports
of Angel Fire
Carol Rupp
Trini Bradley
Pizza Stop
Gabrielle Nelson
Angel Fire Resort
Mountain Rentals
& Property

I asked them why they give so much of their time and want to be an Ambassador. Some of the replies:

Mike Liddle, Representative Wheeler Peak Press “I am an Ambassador because I like promoting the Chamber to new members and networking with all existing members. The Ambassador Team is an awesome group that I enjoy volunteering with.”
Johnese Turri, President Garden Club of Angel Fire “I have been an Ambassador since 2013. I love getting to meet and connect with so many wonderful people in the Valley. I like the exposure our local businesses get from Business after Hours, too.”

Brinn Colenda, Monte Verde Realty Agent/Village Councilman”I became an Ambassador to help improve internal village communications and bridge the gap between the Chamber membership and the Resort. I particularly enjoy the business after hours program as a chance to get together in a social setting as opposed to brief encounters at the post office or grocery store.”

Brent Dunn, Owner Mountain Sports of Angel Fire”I joined the Ambassador program to give back to the community. I spend a lot of time at Mountain Sports talking with visitors and locals alike and felt being an Ambassador would help this civic organization reach and impact more people in the community.”

Gabrielle Nelson, Representative Angel Fire Resort Mountain Rentals & Property Management “I was honored to be asked to be an Ambassador for the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce. I thoroughly support our Chamber and its mission to promote connectivity throughout the Moreno Valley. To me Angel Fire is a little village with a big heart and I look forward to being more involved with our Chamber activities.”

Jo DeKeuster, Artist Co-Owner Enchanted Circle Pottery “I was recruited to be an Ambassador in 2013 and it has proven to be a fun experience and helpful to the Chamber.”

I am eternally grateful for the work this team puts in and the volunteer man hours they provide. Do you know what they get in return? An embossed name tag! And they wear it with a smile! Well maybe a little more than that. Their businesses get continuous recognition, we give an Ambassador of the Year award, and they get joy for participating in the positive promotion of Angel Fire. When you see one of these Awesome Ambassadors, take a minute and say, “You rock! And thank-you for all of the behind the scene volunteer hours you provide to help make our Chamber a better organization!”