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Red River



The Red River Ski & Summer area is among the most prominent destinations that are located in the New Mexico region of the United States. Further, it is suited in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Taos County. 

Be it winters or summer this resort area has it all. Throughout the year this resort town remains hustling and bustling with excited folks who come seeking adventures. All in all, this place is rightly termed as the Ski Town of the Southwest. 
Once you are here you cannot help but notice a different kind of setting that the resort is sort of based upon. It is almost like a stage, something out of a ‘wild wild west’ movie. From this point in the region numerous major towns and cities are quite easily accessible and as far as the resort itself is concerned once you are here you would definitely not want to be anywhere else. 

The terrain of Red River ski area is exceptionally special as it caters to the needs of individuals with varied skill sets and particularly focuses on the bracket of beginners and intermediates. If you want to indulge in advanced levels of skiing or snowboarding or simply show off your freestyle manoeuvres – all of that and much more can be done here. 

Red River Statistics



Base Elevation: 8750 ft

Summit Elevation: 10350 ft

Vertical Drop: 1600 ft


With over 257 acres of skiable terrain and the best snow in the world, Red River ski area is truly a heaven for all you powder lovers. 
Distance from other major neighboring destinations:
•    Albuquerque – 168 miles
•    Amarillo – 285 miles
•    Dallas – 650 miles
•    Denver – 260 miles
•    Lubbock – 416 miles
•    Oklahoma City – 520 miles
•    Santa Fe – 106 miles
•    Wichita – 500 miles

Tickets and Services



The Red River ski area offers a kind of environment which is suitable for both families and couples alike. You will find the resort and its varied services to be of perfect value and quality oriented. They also have programs and special schemes for – kids, military personnel, seniors along with special purpose passes, discounted deals and group deals among other things. 

When it comes to the Family Pack – you will get everything that you require right at the retail store. So, it does not matter if you forgot to get your poles or shoes Red River always has your back. The retail store is easily accessible just look next to the Ticket Kiosk at the bottom level of the Main Chalet. The retail store has in stock a variety of products from gloves, hats, goggles, sunglasses to pain relievers, sunscreens and even souvenir items et cetera. Also, lockers and maintain ace of gear like facilities. Their product collection is latest and top-notch in terms of quality.  

The opening hours of the retail store are as follows: they open up in the morning at 7:30 am and then it closes by 5:00 pm and they are open 7 days of the week. Now, you can look below to get an idea about the prices of the products and services available at the retail store:



•    Shaped ski: This includes – skis, boots and poles. As far as the prices are concerned Adults or teens over the age of 13 have to pay $28 whereas juniors who are 12 or below have to pay $22. 
•    Snowboard: This includes –boots and board. As far as the prices are concerned Adults or teens over the age of 13 have to pay $35 whereas juniors who are 12 or below have to pay $35. 
•    Performance demo skis: Since their numbers are limited it is entirely dependent on first come and first serve. The rental items in this category are – demo skis, boots and poles. As far as the prices are concerned Adults or teens over the age of 13 have to pay $12 on an hourly basis or just $42 for the whole day, now on the other hand juniors who are 12 or below, they are not allowed to have access to these products. 
Now, if you want just individual items from the store then here is a list that might interest you:
•    Skies only: For the adults or teens who are 13 years and upwards have to pay $16 whereas the juniors who are either 12 years old or below have to pay $12.
•    Ski poles only: For the adults or teens who are 13 years and upwards have to pay $3 whereas the juniors who are either 12 years old or below have to pay $2.
•    Ski boots only: For the adults or teens who are 13 years and upwards have to pay $8 whereas the juniors who are either 12 years old or below have to pay $8.
•    Snowboard only: For the adults or teens who are 13 years and upwards have to pay $20 whereas the juniors who are either 12 years old or below have to pay $20.
•    Snowboard boots only: For the adults or teens who are 13 years and upwards have to pay $15 whereas the juniors who are either 12 years old or below have to pay $15.
The retail store also has an apparel and storage section. However, there is only limited number of options available so you will have to show up early. Read on further to know more:

•    Ski storage: $5
•    Storage bins: $8
•    Lockers: $8
•    Helmets: $10
•    Bibs: $10

Services and Repair Options



Given the rate at which skiing or generally sporting equipment spoil if left unkempt and the problem worsens if you do not know the know how’s of fixing them by yourself. In any case, the Red River ski resort area offers services and repairs and you can read further to know about the pricing options available:
•    Ski waxing: $10
•    Ski Deburr & waxing: $12
•    Board Waxing: $17
•    Board Deburr & Waxing: $22
•    Quick Tune: $32
•    Repair and Full Hand Tune: $42
Quick details of the town for first-time visitors:
•    The Red River ski area is located in Taos County.
•    In terms of length, Red River is about 3 miles long whereas its downtown area is a mile across. On the other hand, its width is about 3 blocks long. 
•    Red River’s area code is 575 and its Zip Code is 87558.
•    As per the recent census of the region, you will find that the number of full-time residents ranges between 470 and 515 at any given day. 
•    The altitude of Red River is about 8,750 feet.
•    The closest peak located nearby is – the Wheeler Peak and it is located at a height of 13,161 feet above the sea level. It is also the highest peak in the New Mexico region. 
•    There is the Kit Carson National Forest area which surrounds Red River. This national forest was named after Kit Carson, a man who assumes the status of a legendary frontiersman. He was known to be quite a prominent hunter who preferred the area and traversed here mainly in the decades of 1830s and 1840s. 
•    The mountain range to which the various peaks and cavernous valleys belong to is known as – Sangre de Cristo or the Blood of Christ range in the Southern Rocky Mountains. 
•    The average temperature during summer daytime is 75 degrees Fahrenheit on the other hand nighttime temperatures during the same time is about 39 degrees Fahrenheit. 
•    During the winters daytime temperatures come down to 40 degrees Fahrenheit and the nighttime temperatures drop even further to 12 degrees Fahrenheit.
•    The average snowfall that the region receives averages at 188 inches. 
Winter Activities 
There are endless arrays of possibilities that emerge at the Red River ski resort area. It’s an absolute guarantee that you will have a great time, so take a look below:
•    Extreme Shredders: This activity is dedicated to children between the ages of 8 and 12 years. In this segment, you will be provided with full days worth of snowboard lessons and in addition to that, you will also be provided lunch between 9:15 am and 2:16 pm. For further details about the lessons take a look below:
o    Children are divided up into smaller groups that are in-fact based on your skill levels.
o    Secondly, one coach is dedicated to handling up to 8 children. These coaches will be there with the children for the whole day and keep monitoring them even during lunch time. 
o    Thirdly, activities will almost immediately begin for your child once he or she is in the required group.
o     Finally, if you require a briefing on how your child fared, in that case, a report can also be generated in the same regard. 
A typical day at the Extreme Shredder follows the following schedule:
o    You will have to drop off your child at the Youth Center anytime between 8:30 am and 9 pm. However, it will be extremely appreciated if you are on time because otherwise the schedule of everybody else gets spoilt. 
o    Lessons commence by 9:15 am. Each lesson is usually held for 2 hours.
o    You can pick up your kids by 2:15 pm from the deck right next to the red tent. 
You will also be required to paste labels on your personal items such as coats, hats or gloves while also making sure that you just about pack enough items and don’t go overboard with your packing at least.  
Also remember that in the case of pricing – 
Snowboard package: A full day’s lesson with supervised lunch will cost you $160. 
Snowboard lessons only: A full day’s lesson with supervised lunch will cost you $108.
You can place your bookings online and make the required reservations at least 3 days in advance. 
•    Extreme Sliders: This is a skiing activity again dedicated specially to younger children who are between the ages of 8 and 12 years. 
In this category, your kids will receive a full days ski lesson and thereafter a lunch. Generally, one of their scheduled days lasts between 9:15 am and 2:15 pm.  
Information about the lessons is as follows:
o    They have small groups which are based on the skill levels of the children.
o    Secondly, one dedicated coach is there to handle up to 8 children. These coaches will be there with the children for the whole day and keep monitoring them even during lunch time. 
o    Thirdly, activities will almost immediately begin for your child once he or she is in the required group.
o     Finally, if you require a briefing on how your child fared, in that case, a report can also be generated in the same regard.
You will be required to drop off your kids at the Youth Center anywhere between 8:30 am and 9 am but make sure that you maintain the decorum pertaining to time. There is no extra storage available so pack just about enough and nothing in excess. Pricing details are mentioned below: 
o    Ski Package: A fill day’s session with supervised lunch will cost you $150.
o    Ski Lessons only: A fill day’s session with supervised lunch will cost you $108.
•    Golden Explorers: This is a ski based activity meant for children between the ages of 3 and 5. In this category you will be given the following options to choose from:
o    Half days ski lesson but no lunch – its time frame is 9:15 am to 11:45 am.
o    Half day ski lesson with lunch – its time frame is 9:15 am to 12:15 pm
o    Full day ski lesson with lunch and rest included – its time frame is 9:15 to 2:15 pm.
To participate in this set of activities your kids should:
•    Independent at toilet skills 
•    He or she cannot be wearing any diapers or pull-ups.
There are also some details that you have to be familiar with respect to this activity:
•    Groups are formed based on the skill levels
•    There is 1 coach for every 4 children who supervise and monitor them throughout their stay.
•    Activities begin right from the moment the groups are sorted.
•    Kids will also be given a short while to rest just after their lunches.
•    If you require a progress report or briefing about your kid's performance then that too can be arranged upon the checkout. 
Now, you will also be required to follow certain procedures and you can read on to know more:
•    You will have to drop-off your kid(s) between 8:30 am and 9 am at the Youth Center. The same is also where you pick them up once they are done. 
•    Assistance will be provided at the centre if your child faces any difficulties while dressing. However, you just will have to make sure that there is no unnecessary stuff that your child is carrying. 
•    Finally, you will also have to provide labels for each of the equipment and dressing items that your child is carrying.  

Pricing Details Are Mentioned Below



•    Ski Package: A full day’s lesson with supervised lunch will cost you $150.
o     A.M. only ski package with a full day lift ticket and supervised lunch – this includes a full days worth of lift tickets, rentals and one A.M. lesson along with supervised lunch and will cost you $122. Also, if you wish to add PM lesson then you will have to pay an extra $28.
o     A.M. only ski package with full day lift ticket – this will cost you $108. Also, if you wish to add lunch that too can be done with an extra $14, and secondly you can ask about the option to add PM lessons with supervised lunch just for $28.
o    AM only ski package with half Day Lift ticket and supervised lunch in the Youth Center – this will cost you $108.
•    Ski lessons only: A full day’s lesson with supervised lunch costs you $108.
o    AM lesson with supervised lunch will cost you $73 (the pickup time is 12:15 inside the Youth Center). You can also enquire about the addition of PM for $35.
o    AM lesson with the pickup from the Youth Center at 11:45 will cost you $55. You can ask about the addition of supervised lunch for just $18 and the same for PM lesson and supervised lunch will cost you $53. 
o    AM only ski packages with half a day’s worth of Lift tickets – this will cost you $94.
You can make your booking reservations online however they have to at least be made 3 days in advance. 
•    Lil Buckaroo Day Care: Families together like to have fun in fresh powder but there will be a few moments once in a while when they would like to just by themselves have a great time. It is here that the Lil Buckaroo Day Care comes in. This day care centre is located on the –site of RRSA and is capable of handling children between the ages of six months to 4 years. This facility provides your little ones with numerous activities, crafts, snacks and lunch along with substantial amount of rest time and outdoor play time. Lil Buckaroo Day Care does not require you to register online, however since there is limited space you might have to take up different slots. As far as the charges are concerned – Full day will cost you $85 and Half-day will cost you $55.
•    Mountain Adventure: This is again a ski based activity construction available for kids between the ages of 6 and 8 years. 
A day in this scheme begins by 9:15 am and ends by 2:15 pm. Its composition can be understood as follows:
o    Depending upon the varied level of skills groups are created accordingly. Secondly, there will be one coach available for 6 children. 
o    Activities begin once the allocation of groups is completed. The coaches stay with their respective groups throughout monitoring and looking after them even when they are having fun or eating. 
o    A progress report and respective briefings will also be provided once you check-out. 
Now, on the day of the respective activity, you will have to drop-off your children at the Youth Center anytime between 8:30 am and 9 am. Secondly, the activities conclude by 2-2:15 pm so you can pick them up right then. Also, make sure that they are not carrying anything unnecessary and each of their stuff carries a label. 
•    Mountain Ripper: This is a snowboard based activity which is meant for children between the ages of 6 and 7 years. A typical session lasts between 9:15 am and 2:15 pm and provides lunch. 
For various details about the said activity you can read below: 
o    Depending upon the varied level of skills groups are created accordingly. Secondly, there will be one coach available for 6 children. 
o    Activities begin once the allocation of groups is completed. The coaches stay with their respective groups throughout monitoring and looking after them even when they are having fun or eating. 
o    A progress report and respective briefings will also be provided once you check-out. 
The pricing details about this activity can be found below:
o    Snowboard Package: A full day lesson with supervised lunch including a full day ticket, rentals and AM & PM will cost you $150.
o    Snowboard lessons only: The AM & PM lessons with a supervised lunch will cost you $108.
You can make the respective booking reservations online, however, make sure that you do so at least 3 days in advance. 
•    Private lessons: This is again a ski based activity which is meant for children between the ages of 3 and 4 years. Secondly, taking private lessons works well for those who do not find group environments as comfortable. Additionally, since these programs can be hosted for varying durations, therefore, there is enough scope for your specific needs to be taken care of. 
o    Pricing: The first student will be charged - $80 and any additional students with the same coach will be charged $45.
•    Private lessons: The option for private lessons is also available for snowboarders between the ages of 5 and 12 years. It is good for those who are new at the sport or even if they want to perfect their already existing skill sets. Secondly, since they can be organized for a prolonged period of time these lessons work well for people with varied paces of learning. Typically, each of these lessons lasts for 2 hours unless otherwise mentioned. The first student will have to pay up $140 and any of the additional students with the same coach will cost you $90.
•    Private Ski lessons: Private lessons for adults similar to the above mentioned similar initiatives cater to all the respective needs of individuals or small groups with a single coach. Furthermore, each of these lessons unless otherwise mentioned lasts for 2 hours and an independent student will have to pay $140 and every additional student will have to pay up $90.  
•    Snow Coach Diner Tour: Get ready to experience the warmth and the coziness that the mountain offers. It is one of a unique elements of the Red River Ski & Summer Area. Usually, a tour commences either at the Main Chalet on the Saturdays or from the Lift House. It is an amazing restaurant facility located at a height of 1,600 feet. You can enjoy steaks and other traditional American food items here in the snow. On an average, each of the trips lasts abut 2 hours. As far as the timings are concerned – there are 2 slots, the first is at 5:30 pm and the second starts at 7:15 pm. You can have a look at their menu and make necessary bookings online. Also, you can very well call them and make all the necessary enquiries. 
•    Torchlight Parade and Fireworks: On the days of holidays and Saturdays at 7 pm (prior to the day light savings time) and 8 pm after March 12th, 2017 (while the season is underway). It takes place at the FACE in the resort. 
There are even more offers and schemes that can be accessed by the customers. All you have to do is log on to their websites and or give them a call. Their staff is more than cordial and more so will be happy to assist in making it the best vacation of your life. 

Quick statistics and facts of the mountain  



•    Base Elevation: It is about 8,750 feet.
•    Top elevation: It stands at 10,350 feet.
•    Vertical drop: It is about 1,600 feet.
•    Snowfall: On an average, the resort receives 214 inches of snowfall on a yearly basis. 
•    Lifts: There are 7 lifts at the resort and can be classified in the following ways – 
o    Double chair: 2
o    Triple chairs: 3
o    Surface Tow: 2
•    Snowmaking: Nearly 85% of the resort surface is supported by snowmaking machinery so that during the drier seasons compensations could be made.
•    Trails and glades: There are 57 trails and 1 glade which have been classified in the following manners:    
o    Beginners: 32%
o    Intermediate: 38
o    Export: 30%

Lodging

Here at the Red River Ski & Summer area, you will find adequate facilities that suit your budget and desires. From a slop-sided hotel suite to a rustic mountain cabin whatever you choose – the first thing that you probably will notice is the generous warmth with which the resort greets you. All you have to do is just relax and the staff members will facilitate you in every manner possible. 
 
 
If you want to make your stay even better then you should go for their Premium Partners program. With this, in place, you can book your stay at the Red River online. They offer over 20 options to choose from and each of them is unique and exquisite loaded with facilities and top notch amenities. To further facilitate your choices take a look below to know more about their lodge options:

•    3 Bear Lodge: Centrally located in the town and it also is quite close to the river. This lodge can be reached by the copper chairlift and offers 8 units of 2 bedroom cabins that provide you with an ultimate rustic environment. 
•    Auslander Condominiums: It is also situated close to the river and is surrounded by blue spruces. They offer you units which vary between 1 and 4 bedrooms which are fully furnished and equipped with full sized kitchen.
•    Best Western River’s Edge: They offer you complimentary breakfasts along with 15-inch pillow tops, premium linens, in room coffee, a mini fridge, microwave among other things. 
•    Caribel Condominiums: Located in the west of the Platinum chairlift the Caribel Condominiums are some of the most beautiful and modern mountain suits in the whole state. 
•     Copper King Lodge: Ever wanted to relax in a hot tub while being surrounded by snow, well all of that is possible here. 
•    Golden Eagle Lodge: You can get a fantastical view of the Sangre de Cristo from here and is open throughout the year. Units here are available for 1 individual to a gathering of 12 people. Their services hold a considerable reputation in the industry. 
•    Hotel Ryland: It is a great place to stay in if you are coming here in groups ranging between 16 and 56.
•    Rocky Mountain Cabins: This is another great initiative describing mountain living at its best. You can get an amazing view of not only the river but the various peaks of Southern Rocky Mountain range. 

There are numerous other options availed along with great deals to further sweeten your stay. Families, military personally and early bidders are given specialized deals to make their stay memorable.

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