Red River Ski Area buzzes with celebration plans.

"The ski area opened in 1959, so technically this is the first half of our celebration," says Lauren Judycki-House, public relations manager. "We're just so excited with the new additions and events this year that we couldn't wait."

The ski area plans to boost up the weekly fireworks and torchlight parades, host an anniversary gala in January, and offer discounts and promotions throughout the season.

"We plan to make this a really fun event," says Wally Dobbs, ski school director. "There won't be anything stuffy about this anniversary." Dobbs says that every week throughout the season skiers and snowboarders will be able to participate in a celebratory event, "We're looking at doing vintage ski races and vintage fashion shows to get everyone into the spirit of how far we've come in the past fifty years."

The specials start after the holidays with College Days, when students, with a valid student Identification Card, can buy lift tickets for $30 per day and rental equipment for $15. (Offer is valid Jan.1-15.) There's more to come throughout the month with January Bargain Days and Home School Week - home school students and their families will step into "Nature's Classroom" to learn about forestry, history, snow making, astronomy, and more. Classes will be held at the Main Chalet.

Lodging deals during the week:

Golden Eagle Lodge: 10 percent off for participating families. Mention Home School Week when you book your room.

Rio Colorado Lodge: 2-bedroom cabin for $80-$90/night and 3-bedroom cabin for $100/night with a two-night minimum stay (does not include tax). Can not be combined with any other offers.

Alpine Lodge: 15 percent off plus 4th night free when you mention Home School Week during booking (arrival Jan. 19 only).

Copper King Lodge: Show your home school ID and receive 30 percent off of winter rates on your minimum four-night stay (can not be combined with any other Copper King offers).

Riverside Lodge: 15 percent off when you mention Home School Week during your booking (call for details).