While skiing at Monarch a couple of weeks ago, we heard mention of Red River by a snowboarder on the quad chair lift. Wondering and not thinking to ask, we had to look it up for ourselves. Red River Ski Area is just over 4 hours from Denver in Red River, New Mexico. Immediate thought was “Roadtrip!” of course. A nice easy drive to explore new territory in a small mountain town and carve out some turns in. Red River is small, though not the smallest town I’ve been in. Population numbers as of 2010 were 477. Red River doesn’t seem like a town of fewer than 500 when you’re there. There are plenty of places to stay, grab a bite to eat, hear live music and shop.
Red River Ski Area of the Carson National Forest in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range has 57 trails and a base elevation of 8750′ and it’s top elevation is 10350′. The front of the mountain consists of mostly blue and black runs and a few green runs. The backside of the mountain is where most of the green runs are and 3 blues. The backside trails are through lots of Aspens which make for a scenic time. There is the Ski Tip Restaurant and Bar at the top of the mountain where you can grab a bite to eat if you choose. One thing that makes Red River a unique place to ski is that the chair lifts on the front side of the mountain are right there in town literally. You can purchase your lift ticket right there at the lift at a ticket vending machine with a credit card. There is a lodge that contains a day care, cafeteria, retail shop and ski school. There are 3 terrain park areas on the mountain.
I really enjoyed my time at Red River. Don’t let the size fool you, the layout of its 57 trails is great and gives you a great a variety. Scenics trails, lift lines were small and fast, the staff is friendly and there are some amazing views. Here are a few photos from Saturday at Red River.