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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