We will keep you posted – While we hope to return to our in person event, Ridge-A-Thon may be virtual again this year.

This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon at Taos Ski Valley. We have all done our part to adjust, roll with the changing situation, and stay safe, all while having fun and making a difference in our community. The heart and soul of this event is Ben Myers and not even the ongoing global pandemic will stop us from doing what Ben loved the most, and raising money for community health in his name.

There were a lot of changes to last year’s event structure, however our amazing participants still exhausted themselves for charity and once again made the event a huge success.
We are now recruiting participants who will start requesting donations to then shred the ridge to earn those donations. At this time, we do not know if we will host the mountain event or the fabulous party which brings people together in celebration of Ben, but we are planning nonetheless. We should have more information in the coming month. If the in-person event on the mountain does not happen, we WILL be having a virtual event and counting runs and participation in alternate ways. Kahuna prizes will be available from our businesses and hard goods sponsors, and we will still promote the event and outcomes to the public while continuing to celebrate everyone’s hard work.

We are looking forward to our 2022 event. 

2021 Event Results

The 2021 event was held virtually and included 17 individual participants who set and met their own goals for exhausting themselves for Charity. Below are our event results for 2021.

2021 Fundraising Leaderboard

1 Kent Forte $5,611.00
2 Clifford DuPree $5,000.00
3 Karlis Viceps $4,360.80
4 Ken Gallard $1,961.10
5 Dana Brienza $1,479.07
6 Matthew Gorman $1,022.17
7 Jeff Mugleston $732.27
8 Asher Beck (youth) $630.70
9 Diane Smith $586.35
10 John Meyer $525.80
11 Avery Beck (youth) $507.10
12 Mike Engelhardt $478.75
13 Craig Milroy $300.00
14 Monica B $206.00
15 H Perl $203.00
16 Jonathan Kushner $201.00
17 David Linnett (youth) $200.00

Challenge Reporting

Asher Beck 44
David Linnett 44
Avery Beck 18

H Perl 19
Karlis Viceps 15
Jonathan Kushner 10
Ken Gallard 8
Cliff DuPree 4
John Meyer 1

Monica B 22
Dana Brienza 18
Dianne Smith 1

Alternate Challenges
Matthew Gorman
70 Runs March 1-March 31
Mike Engelhardt
56 Runs March 6-April 4
Craig Milroy
2 Days at Ski Santa Fe
1 Day at Taos
Trail Running

Kahuna Prize Distribution

Boot from Tecnica/Boot Dr Karlis Viceps
Boot Fit from Boot Doctors Dana Brienza
Boot Fit from Boot Doctors Jeff Mugleston
Ski of Choice from K2 David Linnett
Pret Helmet Cliff Dupree
Pret Helmet Avery Beck
Pret Helmet Monica B

It’s Going to Be a Virtual 2021 Event

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon at Taos Ski Valley. We’ve all done a heck of a lot of adjusting over the past 365 days, and now’s you chance to dig in and have a little fun again while making a difference in our community. The heart and shining soul of this event is Ben Myers and not even a global pandemic will stop us from doing what Ben loved the most, and raising money for community health in his name.

Going with the theme of adjusting, there are a lot of changes to this year’s event structure, however we still intend to exhaust ourselves for charity. We are now recruiting participants and they will begin requesting donations as usual and we will still be shredding the ridge to earn those donations. We will not be having a scheduled on mountain event or party which brings people together, and we will not be requesting the many small donations from local businesses who are doing their best to stay viable this season! We WILL be having a virtual event and counting runs and participation in alternate ways, we will be offering Kahuna prizes from our business and hard goods sponsors, and we will still promote the event outcomes and celebrate everyone’s hard work to the public.

We can’t wait. Honestly, even with all the necessary adjustments to the event format, the need and the reason to work hard have never been more critical since that first year where ben’s ski buddies put their efforts into supporting Ben’s family with hospice care expenses after finding out there would be no cure. This year, our efforts will support hundreds of individuals in our community in the time of COVID through Taos Community Foundation.

If you missed it: Read our recent newsletter to past participants and donors.


2020 Event Results

The 2020 Ridge-A-Thon Fundraising including donations and cash sponsorships totals $48,371.26. We had a beautiful event with a nice big turnout, a lightning delay Friday and a nice all around day Saturday. Below you can find a run-down of the fundraising totals, and run totals top performers, and a full list of stats.

Participant Fundraiser Totals

Updated 3/25/20

Kent Forte $8012.10
Saved! Jeff Mugleston $6137.05
Karlis Viceps $4716.05
Beau Schoen $2353.15
Ken Gallard $2085.50
Debra Schor $2011.00
David Wilson $1932.50
Campbell Quirk $1593.45
Athanasi Bertin $1550.04
Jessica Rone $1237.50
Cliff Dupree $1200.00
Lonnie Ringer $946.80
Dana Brienza $886.25
John Meyer $842.15
Angie Burns $706.10
Diane Smith $620.75
Mike Engelhardt $580.25
Bonnie Strange $556.85
Harold Perl $551.94
Gary Johnson $500.00
Shanti Khalsa $500.00
Robert Zukowski $378.00
Danny Brienza $303.43
Brandon Coon $296.50
Sarah Albert $294.20
Brett Hills $251.50
Matthew Gorman $266.00
Richard Broderick $206.00
Monica Bierge $201.50
Bertrand Bassett $200.00
Craig Milroy $200.00
Haley Rach $150.00
Casey Bellamn $115.00
Vincent Brady $51.50
Luke Meier $20.00
Morgan/Joshua Smith $10.00

Hike/Run Totals


Gary Johnson 35
Kent Forte 34
Lonnie Ringer 32
Brandon Coon 32
David Wilson 31


Bonnie Strange 18
Dana Brienza 17
Sarah Albert 16

U-18 Men

Campbell Quirk 15
Athenasi Lekas 3

U-18 Women

Shanti Khalsa 20
Angie Burns 15

Full Run Totals

Gary Johnson 35
Kent Forte 34
Lonnie Ringer 32
Brandon Coon 32
David Wilson 31
Casey Bellman 27
Shanti Khalsa 20
Bonnie Strange 18
Dana Brienza 17
H Perl 17
Sarah Albert 16
Campbell Quirk 15
Angie Burns 15
Mike Engelhardt 15
Luke Meier 14
Jessica Rone 12
Cliff Dupree 10
Bertrand Bassett 9
Matthew Gorman 8
Monica Bierge 8
Brett Hills 8
Craig Milroy 8
Karlis Viceps 7
Beau Schoen 7
Ken Gallard 7
Richard Broderick 7
Debra Schor 6
Vincent Brady 5
Athanasi Bertin 3
Morgan/Joshua Smith 2
John Meyer 1
Diane Smith 1
Danny Brienza 1

2019 Event Results

The 2019 Ridge-A-Thon Fundraising including donations and cash sponsorships totals $49,092.44. We had amazing weather and conditions, and were able to get the opportunity to hike the peak to wrap the event, bringing home 3 runs added to your two day total. Below you can find a run-down of the fundraising totals, and run totals top performers, and a full list of stats.

Participant Fundraiser Totals

Updated 3/28/19

Kent Forte $9,779.68
Jeff Mugleston $6,747.60
Debra Schor $4,496.24
Karlis Viceps $3,847.40
David Wilson $2,125.00
Ken Gallard $2,360.56
Jessica Rone $1,978.00
John Meyer $928.00
Angie Burns $912.00
Campbell Quirk $893.00
Bonnie Strange $741.16
Jeb Admire $643.20
Mike Engelhardt $511.00
Beau Schoen $500.68
Gary Johnson $500.00
Clifford Dupree $467.00
Athanasi Bertin $374.00
Perry Kushner $364.80
Brett Hills $350.00
Ryan DeBue $329.00
Matthew Gorman $278.32
Lee Ringer $273.00
Brandon Coon $272.00
Evan Blish $261.00
Diane Smith $260.00
Shanti Khalsa $252.00
Peter Rich $200.00
Jonathan Kushner $200.00


Hike/Run Totals


Gary Johnson 39
Brandon Coon 37
Kent Forte 36
Peter Rich 36
David Wilson 36


Bonnie Strange 23
Jessica rone 20
Debra Schor 12

U-18 Men

Perry Kushner 31
Campbell Quirk 9
Athanasi Bertin 1

U-18 Women

Shanti Khalsa 14
Angie Burns 5

Full Run Totals

Gary Johnson 39
Brandon Coon 37
Kent Forte 36
Peter Rich 36
David Wilson 36
Lonnie Ringer 34
Perry Kushner 31
Bonnie Strange 23
Mike Engelhardt 22
Jessica rone 20
Jeb Admire 18
Matthew Gorman 18
Jonathan Kushner 18
Shanti Khalsa 14
Jeff Mugleston 12
Debra Schor 12
Brett Hills 9
Campbell Quirk 9
Ken Gallard 7
beau schoen 7
Karlis Viceps 7
Clifford Dupree 6
Angie Burns 5
Evan Blish 2
Athanasi Bertin 1
ryan DeBue 1
Kachina Peak Flags

The Summit at Kachina Peak

The summit is a special place many of us go to connect – with our own earthly experience, with the surprising and heart-pounding edges of our own physical and mental power, and with the memory of loved ones who have had to leave us for another adventure. The summit is decorated, a wind-whipped memorial of prayer flags, mementos, and offerings – they mark a place, a physical location high up in the clouds overlooking valleys below, and also a resonant cosmic space; catching prayers, and dreams, accepting all confessions and all burdens, judging nothing.

The 23rd Annual Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Zonghetti, 26, and Corey Borg-Massanari, 22, who lost their lives following an avalanche on Kachina Peak on January 17, 2019. This Peak, her chutes and departures, offer a beautiful, if extreme and unforgiving, paradise on snow. Most who love to ski it would agree that skiing and boarding at this level on this terrain is an act of living life to its fullest. And cause for joy.

We will remember the lives of these two young men in our community’s annual celebration of care of one another and love of the mountain, named for Ben Myers who exemplified both, and departed too soon.

Join us in honoring Corey and Matthew, along with Ben Myers, on March 15 and 16 at Taos Ski Valley, or donate to the event in their names.

2018 Event Results

The 22nd Annual Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon has raised $44,385.45 and counting for Community Health in Taos County. Thank you to all our participants, sponsors, donors and amazing volunteers. If you still need to make your donation visit our donation page.


Your combined efforts will now become a direct force for positive change in Taos County. Taos Community Foundation is proud to serve Taos and Western Colfax Counties, and to partner with Taos Ski Valley to put on this unique and inspiring event commemorating the life and spirit of Ben ‘Air’ Myers.


2018 Fundraising Totals

Rank First Name Last Name Funds Raised
1 Kent Forte $ 9,095
2 Clifford DuPree $ 7,419
3 Karlis Viceps $ 3,329
4 Evan Blish $ 2,494
5 Jeff Mugleston $ 2,265
6 Ken Gallard $ 1,937
7 Jessica Rone $ 1,312
8 Millie Lekas $ 645
9 Bonnie Strange $ 635
10 John Meyer $ 633
11 Angie Burns $ 532
12 Victor Goler $ 476
13 Mike Engelhardt $ 464
14 Diane Smith $ 326
15 Ryan Debue $ 303
16 Caitlin Legere
17 Erik Gustafson $ 232
18 Campbell Quirk $ 231
19 Jonathan Kushner $ 200
20 Gregory Rach $ 200
21 Peter Rich $ 200
22 Matthew Gorman $ 195
23 Jesse Reist $ 151

2018 Ridge Runs

(All runs took place on a section of Highline Ridge in a year with the lowest total snowpack on record. The 2018 Ridge-A-Thon was essentially a miracle. West Basin and Kachina Peak were closed.)

First Name Last Name RUNS
Peter Rich 38
Erik Gustafson 36
Kent Forte 32
Ryan Debue 26
Mike Engelhardt 26
Jessica Rone 23
Jesse Reist 23
Gregory Rach 19
Jeff Mugleston 8
Victor Goler 7
Millie Lekas 6
Karlis Viceps 5
Clifford DuPree 5
Bonnie Strange 5
Ken Gallard 4
Evan Blish 4
Campbell Quirk 3
John Meyer 3
Matthew Gorman 2
Caitlin Legere 2
Angie Burns 1
Diane Smith 1
Jonathan Kushner 0 (could not attend)

‘Borracho’ Prize Winners

Borracho, literally, “the drunk”, is the unofficial icon of the Taos Ski Valley extreme skiing community, and at The Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon, it is the award for the individual who has demonstrated the most fortitude/insanity in the two categories combined.

Jessica Rone – 1st in Funds Raised ($1,312) and 1st in Runs (23)

Kent Forte – 1st in Funds Raised ($9,160) and 3rd in Runs (32)

Kahuna Prize Winners

Stay and Ski at The Blake – Millie Lekas

K2 Skis – John Meyer

Lange Boots – Mike Engelhardt

Never Summer Industries Snowboard – Jesse Reist

Taos Mesa Brewing Golden Ticket – Evan Blish

Tecnica Boots with Boot Doctors Custom Footbed – Angie Burns

Volkl Skis – Matt Gorman

Booktaos.com Raffle

Leigh Quirk won the mother of all prizes, a 3 night stay at El Monte Sagrado, a pair of 3-day VIP festival passes to Music on the Mothership, and a 1/2 day raft trip for two from Los Rios River Runners

2018 Volunteers

Drew King

Dylan Forte

Forest Rach

Greg Rach

Jackie Blish

Ken Gallard

Karlis Viceps

Leigh Quirk

Maggie Evans Rael

Maya Forte


Making it Count: Starting Now

So, it’s true that everyone needs to raise a minimum donation of $200 to hit the slopes for Ridge-A-Thon, and because we use peer-to-peer fundraising, you can start now by asking your family and social network to support this community cause. We make it easy to make a difference, just by spreading the word about the Emergency Medicines Fund and showing up to have some fun during Ridge-A-Thon!

Everyone wins something great from our prize table just for participating, and you get to take your pick based on the funds you raise in this event. Those who shred the most receive custom-designed medals for their valor on the Ridge. Everyone who participates in the event is entered automatically in two great drawings. The Big Kahuna Raffle includes industry gear – like Völkl Skis, Lange Boots, a Never Summer snowboard, Tecnica/Blizzard boots, K2 skis, or a Taos Ski Valley Season Value Pass. Participants also automatically receive one entry in the Booktaos.com Summer Vacation Raffle valued at $2,000.

You don’t even have to ski to win – if you enter the My Kinda Ridge category you can raise funds in support of your effort creating and completing your own challenge. We want to be inclusive of all people in this event, and recognize that not everyone wants to hike, shred, and repeat. If you think you can try every hot chocolate in the valley, or ski every blue run on the mountain, we invite you rise to the challenge.

If you want to participate and help us make a positive impact on health in the Taos area by supporting families and individuals in our area, you can register here and come out and play on March 16 and 17, 2018. if you want to make a donation in support of one of our participants do it here.


One Month To Go…

With just one month to go before we hit the slopes, it’s time to ramp up our event registration. Please consider joining us this year for the 21st Annual Ben Myers Ridge-A-Thon at Taos Ski Valley. Now is the time to register and begin your online fund raising – the better your fund raising outcomes, the more likely you are to get top picks from our prize table! We have amazing prizes rolling in all month long from local and national businesses, and we’ll tell you more about them as they arrive.

Our Big Kahuna prize drawing, with automatic entry to all participants, will again include K2 skis and bindings, Never Summer snowboard, Volkl Skis, Tecnica Blizzard Boots, Lange Boots, and MORE!

If you can’t participate but want to support the event, you can buy a raffle ticket for the annual BookTaos.com vacation package, valued at over $2000.

A Note from Eva

Regarding the last Ridge-A-Thon: The family believes that Ben would have been very pleased to have seen some of the changes. While I understand that some of the Ridge diehards may have been sorry to see the event opened up to beginners, or nonskiers, understand this: Ben was very inclusive. The first thing Ben’s wife said, when she heard about the changes, was that Ben was very inclusive.

While skiing in Santa Fe, he would sometimes spend the day skiing with a fellow who had special needs. Ben and I referred to him as a boy, but later found out that he was around 30. People with Downs Syndrome sometimes appear younger than they are. The “boy,” as Ben and I referred to him, just loved skiing with Ben…and Ben loved skiing with him. The boy couldn’t keep up with Ben, but he wasn’t a bad skier. Few were as good as Ben. But the times they skied together weren’t about being the best, they were about a boy, with some special challenges, spending time with a skier that he really looked up to. It meant a lot to Ben that it meant a lot to the boy.

Not everyone can ski a double black diamond run. Not everyone can run up the Ridge. Ben would have been pleased to see lesser skiers included in the event that bears his name. He would have been pleased that anyone had a chance to participate.

One young skier came up to me at the last Ridge-A-Thon. He seemed to want my approval regarding the charity he had chosen. I was pleased that he chose the Emergency Medicines Fund, but I would have been pleased had he chosen any of the charities. I was pleased that he showed up, that he cared enough to participate in any capacity. Supporting a charity can be very personal. I think that Ben would have thought it was great that, again, other charities are now included. They are all great charities. They all represent things Ben loved, whether it be kids, or land, or art, or people in need of housing, or people who need medical care. Those are all great things.

I usually see you at the Ridge, but I may not make it this year. I have spine surgery in January and may not be healed enough to get there. If I’m not there, have some great runs for Ben. Understand that the family can not always be physically present, but we are always mentally there.

Regards, Eva (Ben’s sister)