Silverado. Goldrush. Lucky Strike. You’ll find a gold mine of great runs in this old mining town turned “Ski Town of the Southwest.” At Red River Ski & Summer Area the attitude is laid back, the people are friendly, the atmosphere has an Old West vibe. With an average of 18 feet of snow each year and plenty of sunshine, conditions are great. With a mixed terrain, ski-through a replica of a mining camp and try out the terrain parks, all which keeps skiers and boarders of all abilities entertained and challenged.
With a blanket of sparkling snow and blue skies overhead, Red River is a winter wonderland. Bundle up, grab your gear-or rent it in town and get ready for cool outdoor adventures. The ski area is conveniently located right in the heart of town, just a short walk from most lodges. You can reach a chairlift right from the town’s sidewalks.
Red River is where the town and the ski area meld together fluidly, making it easy to take a couple hours away from the slopes for an in-town meal or some shopping. Or vice-versa. It’s also a great place for families, with activities for everyone.
Red River Ski & Summer Area offers terrain for all abilities. Novice skiers love its ski-through Moon-Star Mining Camp, a family favorite. “Riders” — free-skiers and snowboarders — love Red River’s three terrain parks from the Pot O Gold Terrain Park on Gold Rush Hill, to the more challenging Hollywood Terrain Park beneath the Platinum Chair. Other winter fun on the mountain includes tubing, sledding, winter constellation hikes, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and off highway vehicles (OHV) adventures.
After expending so much energy, check into the Snow Coach Dinner Tours in which guests can enjoy a ride in a heated coach with plenty of windows for sightseeing while a friendly guide shares history and facts about the ski area and the town. Guests are transported to an elevation of 10,350 feet and served a delicious dinner at the scenic Tip Restaurant. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (575) 754-2223.
Join Red River Ski Area for tubing, torchlight parades at the Face and fireworks every Saturday night and on special holidays. Prior to the torchlight parades, which commence at approximately 7 p.m. until mid-March and 8 p.m. after then due to Daylight Savings Time, check out the Saturday Night Rail Jams where skiers and snowboarders show off the latest tricks and stunts. Skiers and snowboarders perform their master moves on rails, boxes, pipes, towers, wall rides, etc. Everyone is welcome to strut their stuff in this freestyle show.
Winter Carnival on Jan. 13-15 is celebrated with skijoring and the “Race the Face” snowmobile hill climb.
Opening day is Nov 24 with weekend skiing only. Daily skiing begins Dec. 9. Visit redriverskiarea.com for more information, including lodging and lift ticket deals.
Season Dates: Dec. 9-March 20
Average Annual Snowfall: 214 in.
Number of Runs: 57, 1 glade (32 percent beginner, 38 percent intermediate, 30 percent expert)
Number of Lifts: 7 total (2 double chairs, 3 triple chairs, 2 surface tows)
Base Elevation: 8.750 ft.
Peak Elevation: 10,350 ft.
Vertical Drop: 1,600 ft.
Snowmaking: 85 percent of terrain
Information: (575) 754-2223, redriverskiarea.com