New chairlift unveiled at Red River Ski & Summer Area
By Yvonne Pesquera
Skiers and snowboarders want one thing: powder. But no one can control Mother Nature, so the next big item on a wish list is “fast and easy access” to the runs of their choosing. This is where modern-day chairlifts come in, and this is where the Red River Ski & Summer Area makes dreams come true for snow enthusiasts.
New for this 2016-2017 season, Red River has installed the Emerald Quad Chairlift to replace the Green Chairlift at Summit Camp. With this new installation, Marketing Director Karen Kelly says, “We can move twice the people in half the time.”
The Red River Ski Area opened in December 1959, but just because it has deep-rooted history doesn’t mean it’s stuck in the past. Red River’s last lift install was as recent as 2009, so the Ski Area knows how to keep things updated and moving.
The “Emerald” Quad is so named because, Kelly explains, “It’s another gem on the mountain.” The lift carries four passengers per chair and runs across Moonstar to Mining Camp. It accesses all green terrain and because it dismounts farther uphill from the old Green lift, it is closer to West Bowl for black/blue runs access.
The Emerald Quad provides better access to the green runs of Summit Camp and acts as a gateway to the more advanced terrain served by the Silver Chairlift. Summit Camp has beautiful gladed areas with family-friendly slopes located at an elevation of 10,350 feet. Two lifts starting at the base of the mountain in the heart of Red River, bring guests to this magical place. For great dining and great views, visit the Ski Tip Restaurant, which is positioned at the top and overlooks the beauty of Gold Hill.
In a press announcement, Red River Ski & Summer Area states that the Emerald Quad loads on Green Acres and rises above that to the west with views of trails wandering among the aspens. The realignment, along with the Emerald Quad Chairlift, will carry skiers and riders to the ridge and gives access to the West Bowl and Silver Chairlift. Walt Foley, deputy general manager, states, “The Emerald Quad will virtually eliminate lift lines at our Summit Camp by doubling the uphill capacity, and traveling at nearly twice the speed of the current lift.”
Drew Judycki and Wally Dobbs, both New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame inductees, loved this area of the mountain and had a vision to incorporate the history of Red River (affectionally known as “Ski Town of the Southwest”) into the Summit Camp with a mining camp theme. Bringing in buildings and antiques from real mining camps in the area, they recreated special places for families to connect and make memories. The Emerald Quad increases access to this area known as Moon Star Mining Camp. “We welcome your family to join ours on the mountain that I have called home my entire life,” says Linton Judycki, son of Drew Judycki.
Plan your visit:
Red River Ski & Summer Area
400 Pioneer Road
Red River, NM 87558