When you think about skiing resort towns, what comes to mind? Vail, Steamboat Springs, CO, Lake Tahoe, Jackson Hole? How about New Mexico? Yeah, Red River, New Mexico to be precise. It has been a popular skiing destination for several decades, known as the ski town of the Southwest.
Your stay at Red River can be very relaxing, as there is plenty of cabins, chalets, inns, or private condominiums for rent in the area. You can purchase individual day-passes, or contact their reservation department to setup a ski package for individuals or families.
Though it is not as grand as some of the more popular Colorado-based resorts, it does sit at an elevation of over ten thousand feet and has six-plus chair lifts. There are trails for all levels of skiers here. Whether you be an expert, intermediate skier, or a green horn on the slopes, there is a run for you. Red River has a vertical drop of some sixteen hundred feet, from its elevation of ten thousand, three hundred and fifty-four feet. The chair lifts will drop you off for a run on some fifty-eight trails, spread over more than two hundred forty acres. Maybe one of the only drawbacks would be the snow. Since it does not snow much here, the snow is mostly man-made.
For those beginners, there will be no shortage of opportunities. On-site, Red River has a complete ski school, with group lessons and even private, individual lessons. With the beginner-level runs and the ski lessons, even a non-skier can quickly come up to speed on the slopes. There will be no need for you to bring your own skis, as red River has an excellent rental shack for you to rent all your ski and snowboarding equipment, at very reasonable rates. Do call ahead of time to check pricing and availability though.
Red River is known for its skiing, but you can come here year-round, as their are plenty of horse backing, mountain biking, and hiking trails, along with ample opportunities to camp. There are also Jeep tours available, and a great stop on the tour are the abandoned gold mines. So regardless of time of season, or if you do not ski at all, there should be plenty for you to do.
Children are most-definitely welcome at Red River. There is childcare available at the on-site childcare center, presented known as the Li’l Buckaroos Child Care Facility, for an entire day if required. This makes Red River an ideal family-oriented get-a-way…everything has been thought of to make your ski vacation at Red River a memorable one.
For dining and nightlife, there is plenty to do during the day and after the sun drops on the runs. There are three restaurants, with varying menus, but all reasonably priced. After skiing, you can kick back in one of the several taverns or, if you still have energy, you may try the gaming room located in the center of town. Unlike many big resorts, everything in Red River is within walking distance. If required, there is a shuttle service that also runs in the area to get you to and from the slopes.