Town, Varied Terrian, Family Friendly
Poor snow conditions, inaccurate snow reports on resort web site
For a little mountain with quite a bit of potential, Red River simply fails to live up to what it could be. I arrived at about 10:45 am on a Saturday, and the first thing that welcomed me was a full upper parking lot. Two things about this that were frustrating: parking attendants had obviously lined up all but the last 2 or 3 rows of vehicles. Had the attendants stayed out until this lot had filled up, they could have fit quite a few more vehicles in this lot. Secondly, there was no sign out near the lower lot indicating that the upper lot was full, leaving quite a few people driving around the upper lot in circles looking for empty spaces that didn't exist.
Once on the mountain, I noticed that the copper chair, one of two bottom to top lifts at this area, was closed. Seemed very unusual for a Saturday, as it cut off access to the mountain from a sizeable portion of town, forcing skiers who may be staying on the east side of town to go to the platinum lift. Once on the platinum lift, i noticed quite a few rocks all over the runs, despite a reported base depth of 40-45 inches. Despite the resort's grooming report on their web site indicating that all of the runs were open, there were at least 3 runs that were closed, with others that should have been closed as well since they were half ice, half rocks.
The thing that blows my mind about all of the rocks that were exposed is that all of these runs are equipped for snowmaking. If Red River boasts that there is snowmaking on 85% of the terrian, you should be able to count on excellent coverage by mid January. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Since the snow and grooming report for this area simply can't be trusted, I can't rate this area any higher than 1 star. If the report was accurate, I may not have wasted a 3 hour drive each way from Albuquerque for this.
Red River is a great little community, with plenty of lodges and condos available within walking distance from the ski area. The ski area, for being so small, actually has a good variety of terrian, from a nice bunny slope, to nice wide blue groomers, to some good blacks. Unfortunately, the management here fails in allowing this mountain to live up to its potential.