Red River Ski Area Guide

Located in a scenic valley of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Red River Ski Area has unique southwestern charm and some of the best skiing New Mexico has to offer.

Looking for a place to stay near the resort? Our wide selection of Red River vacation rentals are perfect for your ski getaway!

Red River Ski Area

Loved by skiers for its laid back atmosphere, excellent value, and reputation as a top family-friendly resort, Red River ski area attracts repeat visitors season after season. While other mega ski resorts focus on luxurious amenities that can accommodate hordes of visitors, Red River focuses on a more relaxed ski experience with fewer crowds.

What also sets Red River apart is the almost even divide between beginner, intermediate, and advanced ski trails. Very few resorts have such a high emphasis on beginner suited terrain while also making sure intermediate and advanced skiers have plenty of trails to enjoy. If you have a group of skiers of all abilities, Red River is a great choice to make sure everyone has a great time!

Premier Ski Town of the Southwest

Referred to as the premier ski town of the Southwest, Red River retains its unique small-town feel that began as a mining camp nestled in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. The town of Red River was first settled in the late 19th century by miners who were drawn to the area’s abundance of gold, silver, and copper.  

The town eventually shifted away from a mining hotspot to a destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts. Often referred to as the premier ski town of the Southwest, Red River retains its unique small mining town feel that reminds visitors of the area’s rustic wild west heritage.

Access the Red River Ski Area from Your Rental

Red River has seven total lifts, with two of these lifts easily accessible from our vacation rentals near the ski area that are located within a few blocks of the lifts. Both the copper chair and the platinum chair are located only a block from Main Street, meaning you can easily access the ski resort from your lodging in town. 

These two lifts take you all the way to the Summit Camp near the top of the mountain, from where you can access top to bottom beginner, intermediate, and advanced terrain. Our Claim Jumper Red River vacation rentals are located only a block away from the platinum chair and offer the quickest trip from the door of your vacation rental to the lift.

We also have many Red River ski view condo rentals that offer stunning views of the slopes and surrounding mountains!

Red River Ski Area Stats:

  • Skiable Acres: 209
  • Total Trails: 64
  • Longest Run: 6 miles
  • Trail Difficulty: 31% beginner, 31% intermediate, 38% advanced
  • Total Lifts: 7
  • Vertical Drop: 1,600 ft.
  • Elevation: 10,350 ft. maximum, 8,750 ft. minimum
  • Annual Snowfall: 214 inches
  • Snowmaking Coverage: 85%
  • Terrain Parks: 3