Red River Ski Area bills itself as "Ski Town of the Southwest." The whole town looks like a stage set from a favorite Western movie and - no surprise - is popular with vacationers from Texas and Oklahoma. The area has exceptionally easy access from town, with one chair rising a block off Main Street. Its terrain is mostly beginner and intermediate, but some people here avoid powder like the plague, so it can have some surprisingly good days for advanced skiers or boarders. Lots of excellent ski-stay deals for families. The toughest run is Catskinner.
The nearest major airport is Albuquerque, New Mexico, which is 171 miles from the resort, and the Santa Fe Municipal Airport is 116 miles away. The closet city is Taos, which is 37 miles from the resort. The Albuquerque International Sunport Airport is serviced by most major airlines.
Red River Ski Are features 63 trails serviced by 7 lifts on 209 skiable acres with a vertical drop of 1,600 feet. The base elevation is 8,750 feet, and the top elevation is 10,350 feet. The area receives 214 inches of annual snowfall. Snowmaking is available on 85% of the resort. You’re bound to enjoy some bluebird days with the areas 300-plus days of sunshine.
The terrain is 32% beginner, 38% intermediate and 30% advanced. There are three terrain parks at The Parks at Red River. The largest jumps, hits and jibs are at Hollywood. Cross-country skiing is available at Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski Area, which has over 30 kilometers of ski trails and 18 kilometers of snowshoe trails, and the park is 1,400 acres.
Tubing and snowshoeing are available on the mountain as well as snowmobiling and OHV tours. If you have time, grab a spot on the Snow Coach Dinner Tours, where you’ll get dinner while learning the history of the mountain as well as scenic views. Summer activities include hiking, fishing, rafting, camping, biking, horse rides, hunting and OHV and Jeep tours. There is a ski and snowboard school, and you can rent or buy equipment on the mountain.