Red River Ski Area, New Mexico

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Red River Ski Area in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Red River Ski Area is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. Red River Ski Area is located in the town of Red River and has roots as a […]

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Red River Ski Area in New Mexico and Escape2ski connect you to skiing, snowboarding, snow reports, trail maps, lift tickets, lodging and webcams. Red River Ski Area is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. Red River Ski Area is located in the town of Red River and has roots as a mining community dating back to 1870’s when miners flocked to the area in hopes of seeking their fortunes in gold. This did not pan out as expected as the quality of the ore was low and costs of operation continued to rise. Finally, as with most mining towns, it all came to an end, however, some people decided to stay because they loved the area and continued searching for that nugget of richness. This came in the form of tourism to this beautiful area and the creation of the Red River Ski Area, which was realized when Stokes Bolton, an oilman installed the first chairlift constructed from old oil derricks. The original plan for the chairlift was to provide summer scenic rides to visitors. However, winter sports enthusiasm was growing, and the decision was made to create a ski area that would attract continual tourism. On Nov 18, 1959, Red River Ski Area opened to the public with just two runs, now it is over 58 trails and reputation as fun, friendly mountain for the whole family to enjoy.

On the Slopes

  • The terrain at Red River Ski Area is a perfect mix of beginner, intermediate and advanced runs to suit all levels of skiers and snowboarders. Even if you are new to the slopes, you’ll still have the opportunity to explore various parts of the mountain, from the base to the summit.
  • When Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, the snow making system at Red River Ski Area has the capability of providing coverage to 85% of the mountain.
  • Red River Ski Area has set the stage for Terrain Park action with three very diverse terrain parks located on various parts of the mountain. Each terrain park offers rails, boxes and other jibs to challenge all levels of ability. Pot O Gold located on Gold Rush Hill is a great place to start if you are a newcomer to the terrain park scene. The more advanced parks of Bobcat and Hollywood are located on the mid and upper mountain and are designed for experienced park enthusiasts.
  • New to the sport of skiing or snowboarding, if yes, why not try a lesson from the qualified instructors at the Red River Ski and Ride School. There are many lesson options available from youth to group, private and adult, as well as, program for those wanting to sharpen their technique.

Off the Slopes

  • Red River Ski Area has three places to stop for a break and enjoy some food and a few laughs. The popular Lift House and the Ski Chalet are located at the base, and Ski Tip is found at the top of the mountain.
  • Red River Ski Area plays host to Torchlight Parade and Fireworks on Saturday evenings and special holidays. Also, make sure to visit the tubing center, which operates daily beginning at 4:15pm. Note: tubing is available in 1-hour sessions.
  • Red River Ski Area has no accommodations, but the town of Red River, located at the bottom of the mountain has a vast selection of lodging options depending on your tastes and desires. It is also home to many restaurant choices and several shops to please the shopper looking for gifts, ski wear or souvenirs.
  • Red River Ski Area is dedicated to providing families a great experience both on and off the mountain. If parents want some quality time alone on the slopes, then check out Buckaroo Child Care for ages 6 months to 4 years. Child Care is open daily and also offers a snow play area. It is a great idea to make a reservation for this service.
  • The Red River Miner’s Transit provides “Free” year-round transit service around the town of Red River. If you are staying in town, this is a great option to driving your vehicle to the mountain. Service is offered daily.
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Mountain Information

Current Status: Closed

Mountain Essentials

Vertical Drop:
1600 ft / 488 m

Base Elevation:
8750 ft / 2667 m

Summit Elevation:
10350 ft / 3155 m

Skiable Area:
290 acres

Average Snowfall:
214 in / 544 cm

Trail Map

Snow Report

Weather Conditions

Mountain Terrain

Total Trails: 57

Beginner: 18 (32%)

Intermediate: 22 (38%)

Advanced: 17 (30%)

Expert: 0 (0%)

Terrain Parks & Pipes: 3

Snow Cross: No

Super Pipe: No

Half Pipe: No

Jib Park: Yes


Ski & Snowboard School: Both

Rentals & Repairs: Yes

Parking:  Free

Retail Shops: Yes

Children’s Ski Programs: Yes

Women's Ski Programs: No

Adaptive Ski Programs: No

Childcare: Yes

Day Lodges: Yes

Restaurants: Yes

Distance from...

Nearest Airport:
Albuquerque NM , 171mi / 276km

Nearest Major City:
Taos NM, 37mi / 60km

Nearest Town/City:
Red River NM, at Base of the Mountain

Mountain Operations

Season Dates: Nov 25 to Mar 18

Skiing & Snowboarding: Both

Open Days: Open Daily

Hours of Operation:
9:00am to 4:00pm : Hours maybe subject to change.

Night Skiing: No

Lift Ticket Prices


Lift Information

Total Lifts: 7

Quad Chairs: 1

Triple Chairs: 3

Double Chairs: 1

Surface Lifts: 2


Mountainside: Yes

Within 20mi / 33km: Yes

Closest Airport(s)

What our Convenience Rankings™ mean

Albuquerque Intl Sunport  (ABQ)
Distance: 171 mi / 276 km
Ranking: Most Convenient

Santa Fe Municipal Airport  (SAF)
Distance: 116 mi / 187 km
Ranking: Limited Flights per Day

Contact Info

Central Reservations: 1-800-331-7669

Direct Phone: 575-754-2223

Snow Phone: 575-754-2223

Helpful Links

Official Ski Resort Site

Mountainside Lodging

Nearby Lodging

Tourism Site

Local Transit Service