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“Red River is a dying town unfortunately”

Red River Ski & Summer Area
Ranked #1 of 11 Nature & Parks in Red River
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: We are open for daily operations through August 13, 2017 including Summer Mountain Tubing. The Pioneer Flyer, Scenic Summer Chairlift and Hidden Treasure Aerial Park is open through September 3, 2017 daily. Scenic Summer Chairlift, Hidden Treasure Aerial Park and Pioneer Flyer will be open September 9, 16, 23, & 24! Drew Judycki Memorial Disc Golf Tournament is September 23 & 24, 2017. We will be open weekends after that through September 30, 2017 We're a big mountain hug, located in the Southern Rockies, just north of Taos, smack dab in the middle of the town of Red River, New Mexico. We are a warm and friendly escape where you will always feel like part of our family. We offer winter & summer fun for everyone. We're THAT place your family raves about.
Houston, TX
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Red River is a dying town unfortunately”
Reviewed December 29, 2010

We've always skied in Colorado but decided to try NM as my husband's coworker recommended Red River as having alot of charming Christmas activities the week we were going. What a disappointment. The town and ski resort could be so good if only the townspeople cared.

First of all, Red River is at a much lower elevation than Taos Ski Valley so while Taos was having a blizzard, Red River had no snow except what they produced. The whole week we were there, they had only one ski lift open, plus the bunny hill if you want to count that. So literally after a day of running the same run, you were pretty bored. We actually could have tolerated that but we won't be returning because of their disorganization. The lift could sit 3 people but the line wait was 35 minutes (we actually timed it) because the employees didn't care about all of us waiting. There were one or two on the chairs with many times one or two chairs EMPTY in between. After the first day of this, we asked the employees if they would be opening any more runs the next day. The answer was yes as they were working on the back runs that day. We showed up the next day to find the same one lift open. During that day, we again asked employees about if any more runs would be open and again they said yes they were working on the back runs. So they just lied so we would come back. The same one lift was the only one used the entire week. And for this, you have to pay top dollar....$60 a person for the day, no multi day discounts are offered. Their website advertised a much cheaper price but that was not the price honored when you got there. We really felt for what they were offering, they should have given their customers a discount. I feel for them that they didn't get snow, but to gouge their customers was not the way to go. And on top of this, the place has no signs. When I went to buy tickets the first day, there was one manned ticket booth that said cash only and a credit card machine next to that to purchase tickets by credit card but no where does it tell you the prices and ages. I kept having to go to the man at the cash window to ask questions and he made it quite clear I was bothering him. The next day when my husband went to purchase the tickets, he happened to go inside the building to use the restroom first and spotted that you could purchase by credit card tickets from personnel. Again no signs and actually they were leaving but were "nice" enough to stop and let my husband buy the tickets.

We ended up skiing Taos Ski Valley the rest of the week. They were a professionally run place albeit quite a bit more expensive. Taos Ski Valley however doesn't have a town, per se. Restaurants and souvenir shops but no grocery store. We stayed in Red River because it had a town but the restaurants had weird hours being closed alot of the time. The only Christmas activity was on Christmas Eve and Christmas night. Supposedly at 7, there was to be a firework show. Of course it didn't start on time as we are all standing in the cold, and it lasted all of 10 minutes as you watched about 20 skiers with flares follow each other down the slope and after about 5 fireworks the show was over. It was so pathetic that it was humorous.

But whatever you do, don't use Red River Reservations to book any properties. Their site has photos that make a property look great but they simply don't care if they get repeat business. The property they rented to us was so bad that we forfeited the last 2 days of our vacation because we couldn't tolerate it anymore. I wrote to them when I got home telling them that they should not rent that place until certain improvements were made and listed the problems. I was not nasty and didn't ask for money back. It's been a week and they've never responded with an apology or even a thanks for the suggestions. It was amazing how quickly they responded when I was booking with them though.

Anyway it really is too bad. I think in it's heyday, Red River was a quaint little town. Now it's just run down and sad. If I had to do over again, we'd load up on food at the Walmart in Taos, stay at Taos Ski Valley and maybe drive over to Red River to ski for one day.

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Falls Church, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“I came here for a trip in the summer and...”
Reviewed July 29, 2010

I came here for a trip in the summer and it was a lot of fun! Lots of cute shops to browse and beautiful scenery. It was fun to ride the ski lift to the top of the mountain. The view was gorgeous!! There was a cowboy dinner theater not far away which was a lot of fun! I stayed at the Elk lodge and would not recommend it.

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Dallas, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Winter Ski Vacation”
Reviewed August 25, 2009

Great snow while we were there, friendly shop owners, nice town. Stayed at Eisenhut condos room #1. Heated pool, game room, fireplace, short driving to ski lifts(>than 1/2 mile), deer sighting. Skiing runs geared more for advanced to intermediate skiers. Kid friendly ski school. Not crowded.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
81 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“First Time Skiiers - Check this place out !”
Reviewed January 18, 2008

"The Chalet" is the place for First Time Skiiers. They have everything there...Rental, Instruction, and an instruction area with a lift marked (not verbatim) "The Easiest, lowest, non-scariest, Ski Lift in the Rockies".

When you get to Red River - go ahead in the afternoon (as we were advised to) and get your equipment, lift tickets, and Instruction passes for the next day. Instruction starts at 9:30am, they open around 9am....try to get there early.

DON"T leave your equipment overnight in your vehicle ! If it gets really cold it will freeze!

The Chalet does not have the best food/drink situation available...I would not plan to eat there. Most families there seemed to have picnic lunches/icechests.

The instructors are Very Friendly and helpful...and very understanding about newcomers.

The Chalet was very accommodating every time we had any issue at all such as wanting to keep equipment longer than rented, turning in lift passes and equipment earlier than we agreed....we paid a very fair rate that was always pro-rated and never more than the fair use of the equipment.

The "Lift House" is at the Red Chair (The "face" of the mountain - which is NOT a GREEN area as marked!) which takes you to the top of the mountain. Lift House is awesome-good food, friendly staff. At the top of the mountain is the "Tip" restaurant....Cash only. As opposed to everything we were told we did not find the "easiest way down" very easily. But after a lot of questions asked from many people...we finally got started. Go under the Green Chair lift and you should find the beginning of the "easiest Way Down".

It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get down the mountain and we definitely took our time.

A beautiful town with (did I say Friendly?) VERY NICE PEOPLE....I would definitely come back to Red River New Mexico !

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Kingsland, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
173 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Great place to learn and build skills, great teaching staff”
Reviewed January 15, 2008

I am not one for highly developed, high dollar, touristy, high brow, snooty areas. The people just dont seem to be as nice at the big, expense ski resorts. Last year went to Reno/Tahoe and skiied Mount Rose. Liked it but too far to drive back and forth.

This year stayed in the town of Red River and did not touch my vehicle for 4 days. The area has 4 lifts (about to add another) and has an excellent teaching program with great personable instructors including Wally especially.

Wish the chalet had a bit bigger store and the cafeteria was a bit more homey feeling but these issues are trivial.

Will definitely return as there is plenty of mountain to explore.

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