Red River Ski and Snowboard Area Ski Report, Mountain Conditions and Resort Statistics

  • 19 Beginner
  • 19 Intermediate
  • 15 Advanced
  • 4 Expert
Silverado. Goldrush. Lucky Strike. You’ll find a gold mine of great runs in this old mining town turned “Ski Town of the Southwest.” At Red River Ski and Snowboard Area the attitude is laid back, the people are friendly, and with an average of 18 feet of snow each year and plenty of sun, conditions are great. With our mixed ... terrain, ski-through replica of a mining camp, and terrain park, our mountain keeps skiers and boarders of all abilities entertained and challenged.

With a blanket of sparkling snow and blue skies overhead, Red River is a winter wonderland. Bundle up, grab your gear—or rent it here—and get ready for cool outdoor adventures. Red River Ski and Snowboard Area, located right in the center of town, is a short walk from most lodges.
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Red River Ski and Snowboard Area Amenities

  • Night Skiing Night Skiing
    Night skiing available.
  • Terrain Park Terrain Park
    Ski area offers at least one terrain park.
  • Half Pipe Half Pipe
    Ski area offers a half pipe.
  • Cat Skiing Cat Skiing
    Cat skiing is available at this resort; may entail an add'l cost
  • Grooming Grooming
    This resort grooms a portion of its slopes.
  • Snow Making Snow Making
    Ski area offers snow making for additional coverage.
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly
    This resort is known for providing a family friendly atmosphere.
  • Expert Favorite Expert Favorite
    This resort is known for its challenging terrain.
  • Daycare Available Daycare Available
    Guests have access to daycare services; an additional charge may apply.
  • Slopeside Dining Slopeside Dining
    Resort offers at least one restaurant on the slopes; hours may vary.
  • Slopeside Lodging Slopeside Lodging
    This resort has slopeside lodging available; it may or may not be ski in/ski out.
  • Tubing Tubing
    This resort offers tubing activities; additional charges may apply
  • Wi-Fi Access Wi-Fi Access
    This resort is equipped with internet access; additional charges may apply
  • Skiers Only Skiers Only
    This resort does not allow snowboarding.
  • Ropes Course/Aerial Park Ropes Course/Aerial Park
    Resort offers ropes course/aerial park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Alpine Slide / Coaster Alpine Slide / Coaster
    Resort has Alpine Slide, Alpine Coast or both. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Concerts / Festivals Concerts / Festivals
    Frequent host of concerts or festivals.
  • Event Space/Conference Center Event Space/Conference Center
    Resort has event space & conference center available.
  • Former Olympic Site Former Olympic Site
    Resort is a former Olympic site.
  • Gambling Gambling
    Resort has legal gambling services.
  • Golf Course Golf Course
    Resort has a golf course. Additional charges may apply, may only be open in summer.
  • Gondola Rides Gondola Rides
    Resort offers gondola rides.
  • Hiking Hiking
    Resort offers hiking trails and services. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Ice Skating Ice Skating
    Resort offers ice skating activities.
  • Indoor Waterpark Indoor Waterpark
    Resort offers indoor waterpark.
  • Mountain Biking Mountain Biking
    Resort offers mountain biking. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Outdoor Waterpark Outdoor Waterpark
    Resort offers outdoor water park. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Segway Tours Segway Tours
    Resort offers segway tours. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.
  • Snowmobiling Snowmobiling
    Resort offers snowmobiling. Additional charges may apply.
  • Spa Spa
    Resort offers spa services. Additional charges may apply.
  • Zipline Zipline
    Resort offers zipline activities. Additional charges may apply, may only be available in summer.

Red River Ski and Snowboard Area Operations


Opening Soon for Snow Sports

Lifts Open/Total

0 of 7

Weekday Hours


Trails Open/Total

0 of 57

Weekend Hours


Red River Ski and Snowboard Area Snow Report & Ski Conditions

Base Elevation

8,750 ft

24-hr Snowfall


Vertical Drop

1,600 ft

Avg Base Depth


Peak Elevation

10,350 ft

Red River Ski and Snowboard Area Ski Pictures and Photos

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Red River Ski and Snowboard Area Trail Map

Red River Ski and Snowboard Area Reviews & Tips (20)

Red River is a great place to ski. You usually have good snow and great weather. Staff is friendly and informative. Good affordable shopping, restaurants, lodging and watering holes in town. I do wish they would upgrade their lifts like Taos and Angle Fire have done. Got spoiled with the lifts slowing down for pickup and drop off and having a bar to rest my skies on the way up. I'm a "Mature" skier so every little bit helps me ski longer.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 23 2016 - 02:41 PM
Mark Advanced Skier
We had a terrific time - really thankful for the Liftopia discount. The snow was decent - got a little slushy in the afternoon, and the diamonds were fairly icy, but that's the price to pay for lovely warm weather, I guess. We went on President's Day, but there were hardly any lines. Good experience all around.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 18 2016 - 07:24 PM
Sonic1100 Advanced Skier
IF YOU CAN SKI A BLUE RUN: Get your liftopia discounted tickets at main lodge at guest services preferable the day before so you do not have to deal with parking at the main Base area. Stay at a Hotel or lodge close to, or simply drive over to the Copper Lift on the left side of Mountain, minimal lines if any and takes you right up to the top of the mountain.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 02 2016 - 02:45 PM
TheChad505 Advanced Skier
Great place to learn to ski (as a first-timer myself in 2015) and I've gone back two years in a row. If you're new, or newish, at least get a lesson from someone to take you down the Gold Chair hill for an intermediate lesson. The Copper Chair moves SUPER fast, so be careful. Also, Copper Toll Road is labeled as Blue, but everyone in my group (including advanced skiers) said it should be a Black. Broadway is a great first Blue if you're transitioning from Greens.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Jan 19 2016 - 04:15 PM
Rachael Beginner Skier
Make sure to exercise your calf muscles, thighs and arms before you skiing. Practice on the easy slopes first, get back your groove on the snow. Stay on Easy Way Down/ Green for a fun time. Let others pass, before going down the slopes your not sure of, you will feel no pressure, less stress as you descend. There will be groups of fast snow boarders and skiers zig ziging past and you and you will not know which direct to go. Even though there are several steep spots,control your speed, its ok. **Beware of parked skiers on the slopes in the turns.** Buy all your passes before (ski gear, lift tickets (Liftopia) and any classes). January is usually the cheapest and least crowded.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Jan 15 2016 - 02:57 PM
Anna Intermediate Skier
Liftopia lift tickets were ready and waiting in Guest Services in 2 minutes and saved over 25%!! Red River Ski School and the bunny slope with it's conveyor belt lift was great for our kids (6 and 7). No wait for any lift on the mountain and great mix of green, blue and black runs for any ability. The obstacle parks with jumps and rails were a lot of fun too.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Mar 10 2015 - 07:32 AM
Matt Intermediate Skier
Liftopia is great. My lift tickets were ready. Fast and easy! Loved Red River Ski. My boyfriend was a more advanced skier than I and we had many options to ski together. There were a lot of Easy runs as well as Blues. We ski'd Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and it was great, runs were empty and no wait on lifts! We had a great time and would love to go back! Great for beginners and great for intermediate. On a side note I was on the beginner hill one afternoon and about 6 deer came onto the slope and hung out with all the skier's it was so awesome! The place that I rented skis didn't set my binders correctly and the guys in the Red River Ski fixed it with no problem and no hassle. Awesome place!
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 13 2015 - 03:15 PM
Diana Intermediate Skier
Awsum snow board instructer for my little kid. after first lesson she was all over that mountian top to bottom. like a champ.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Jan 12 2015 - 06:47 PM
Slip Face Beginner Snowboarder
Liftopia tickets were ready in the office upon arrival - so easy! Will always use liftopia from here on. Red River was fabulous. It's our second time there as a family of 5. With young kids, we love the smaller feel. Last year, our two youngest were in the Buckaroo Child Care and had a great time. This year all three kids did ski school for 2 days. 10yo was on blues by the end of day 2. 4yo and 5yo did okay... enough for the bunny hill with an instructor. Drop off is right by main lift/ski rental/lodge. The Fanny Pack (small store) had reasonable prices. We bought ski goggles in Santa Fe for $55 and Fanny Pack had them for $35. We went tubing at night ($20/tube) and that was a blast. An hour gets you about 4-5 runs down the hill and back up the magic carpet. Torchlight parade and fireworks on Christmas Eve were neat. Short and sweet. Santa stopped by Capo's pizza on Christmas Eve, and he hit the slopes on Christmas Day. This is the benefit of a smaller resort - you won't miss seeing Santa out there skiing and greeting the kids at ski school. We stayed at Best Western. Good accommodations with awesome staff. Warm fireplace and Mark served a great (free) breakfast. Hot tub overlooks the Platinum Lift... you can literally throw a snowball and hit the lift. Highly recommend! We will be at RR for years. It's just really easy with kids.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Dec 27 2014 - 12:00 PM
Sarah Intermediate Skier
My tip is go. If you are not there now , why are't you? We were there over Thanksgiving week. We we scared driving up on Saturday Nov.22nd thinking that there would not be enough snow when the ski area opened. We made a few calls thinking we would have to drive to other ski areas. Angel fire said they had 29 inches of snow and that Red River only got 4 inches. When we finally got to Red River we found out the truth. Red River had gotten plenty of snow. The real truth is that a lot of ski areas that do not make snow try to scare customers into changing their plans and come over to stay with them. You do that early in the ski season only to find that their lifts are not open because they totally rely on snow from heaven. Then you find that they do not have the staff to open so they do not open and you end up driving over to Red River. Red River on the other hand makes a lot of snow early in October so that when it does snow it sticks around for the entire winter. We did buy our lift tickets from Lifttopia and bought all 3 days that we were able to Ski. The price made it perfect even if we decided not to ski all three days. We did ski all three days because we were having a great time. My daughter and her 15 year old friend rented snow boards from Wild Bills. They were great and very helpful. They told us if the girls did not like snow boarding that they could bring them back and swap out for skis. That was not a problem since we decided to invest in lessons that the Ski area had. This was probably the best thing we could have done. Actually the second best. Wild Bills recommended that we rent the wrist protectors for our snow boarders to wear to protect their wrist when they fall. They did fall but with the help of the professional teachers our girls picked up snow boarding pretty quick. The other number one thing about Red River was staying at the Alpine Lodge. What a great place to stay. It is located right at the bottom of the main Ski lift. You can walk across the street and grab a drink our a bite to eat and then get right back to having fun on the slopes. The Alpine Lodge has many different options to rent from single rooms to multi-room cabins with kitchens that are perfect for families trying to ski on a budget. Between Liftopia, Wild Bills, The staff at Red River Ski Area , and the Alpine Lodge we could not have asked for a better place to be and what a great time we had. No I did not forget about the town either. What an awesome place to shop and walk around in. You really do not need a vehicle when you get there. We walked all over town and never really used our car. The only vehicle that we did need was the snowmobiles that we rented on Tuesday and went for a ride up in the mountains. Once again they were rented just across the street from the Alpine lodge. Everything seemed to be just across the street from them including a lot of great restaurants. What else can I say. Why are you still here. We had so much fun my wife looked at our scheduled most of the way home trying to figure out when we can get the extended family up there and have more fun. Go for it. Thanks Liftopia
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Dec 01 2014 - 08:37 AM
Bill Ulbricht Intermediate Skier
Great place to Ski. Liftopia deals meant that I could ski for 5 days instead of just 3 ($40/ day instead of $60). My group stayed at the Claimjumper A-Frames (#7) right across from the largest lift. Snow was good with a few inches falling each of two days. For people ready to push beyond the forgiving blues, the first step is the "black" run "the face", but our favorite run was "Ute-Chute" a steepish black that dumps into a wide blue. Much fun. One Caveat, DO NOT RENT EQUIPMENT FROM SKI AREA. One of the people in our group was given boots, they seemed large at the top (where your calf rests). On day two, the boot busted, and we realized that it was held together by zipties, to extend the boot opening. Terrible. She severely sprained her ACL due to the boot failure, and will need to get an MRI now that we are back home. She was the only person in our group to rent equipment from the ski area, because she bought the lesson/equipment/lift-ticket package. Everyone else in our group rented at "Bighorn Sports" a smaller place right off of main street. The equipment was good, our experience two years in a row has been top notch, and the prices are the lowest in town. Their big newfoundland (Gracie) is sometimes found lounging around the store also. Sweet dog. All-in-all, we have decided to make this an annual trip (this was our 2nd), and while we will drive to Angelfire, and Taos to do some skiing, Red River will always be our "home base" because of the town's charm, and the value of the mountain (especially with Liftopia tickets).
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 11 2014 - 07:42 AM
Todd M Advanced Skier
Red River is a beautiful little mountain town with a ski area walking distance from anywhere. We love to visit as frequently as we can. The instructors have been awesome for our two boys. They have begun to really learn how to ski even though they have only been skiing every other year. Red River is best appreciated during the week when you almost feel like the ski school provides private instruction and the mountain is all yours. No lines, no crowds, very little traffic. We will be back!!
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Jan 22 2014 - 08:40 AM
Laurel Intermediate Skier
GREAT place to ski. We have been coming here for years. The people are so friendly and the prices are fantastic! Everything is so close, so the kids are able to walk around the town and they love it. Every year we put the kids in a refresher course and their instructors are always fantastic and will wave to the kids and say hi when we're on the mountain or out to eat and the kids think it's awesome. So many fun things to do in the quaint town of Red River!
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Jul 01 2013 - 02:31 PM
Cara Sanders Intermediate Skier
Been skiing 25 years but never here before. Don't know how we missed this place. Ski rentals, tickets, ski school all together. Close parking. Took our grandsons for their first time. Everything close together and handy. Friendly and helpful staff made their first trip pleasant and saved us lots of time and energy too. Must eat at Sundance after skiing. Great Mexican food! The green chilie stew at the lift is good too, maybe to spicey for kids. Beginners beware. The "Easiest Way Down" is green, but not that easy. Your little guys can ski the green tree trails at the top and take the chair down. That's what I learned.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Mar 04 2013 - 02:48 PM
Jacquie Intermediate Skier
Loved it, Stopped a car and asked where to pick up my $35 Wednesday Liftopia tickets and the ower rode me up and walked me right to the counter. Almost hate to say this so more people don't crowd this place, at 11am we were still making fresh tracks on snow covered chutes with names like Wild Turkey and fittingly named Powder Keg. Some of our group even thought this was the best skiing of the 3 NM resorts we visted including the biggest one. I want to return in the summer, we all bought Tee shirts, puzzles, magnets, fudge and food at all the cool shops along main st before the scenic ride back to Taos. Wish I would of bought another days lift ticket to Red River from liftopia. Like Arnold said "I Will Return".
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Mar 03 2013 - 09:24 AM
Perry Advanced Skier
You can't beat Red River! No long drive to get to the mountain from you hotel and probably the best ski school in the southwest! I've been going to Red River for 30 years and it never disappoints. Great for families!
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 10 2013 - 03:07 PM
Sharon Intermediate Skier
Great time for skiing with the family! Stayed 5 nights, skied 3 full days. Liftopia definitely helped with ticket prices, heh... overall, I feel this is a great place to go ski if you are a beginner-intermediate level skier. There are some black runs too that will challenge you. Not a huge place but definitely do not have that assembly line feel either. Will go back!
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Jan 12 2013 - 12:52 PM
NB Intermediate Skier
Red River was ok, the mountain was pretty small and the runs were so groomed that the snow was packed/icy. Snowboarded the whole mountain in a day and ended up driving to Taos the next day. But other wise a good mountain for beginners with friendly staff.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 29 2012 - 01:52 PM
Victoria Intermediate Snowboarder
Liftopia is great. Saved some good money to spend elsewhere. Be aware that the Ski Services Office at Red River is not at the Face or main lift. You have to go up to the ski school/restaurant/ski rental area where the smaller lifts are to find that office for checking in vouchers. They are great once you find them though.
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Feb 15 2012 - 08:18 AM
Steve Intermediate Skier
Make sure to check out the whole mountain, some of the best skiing is way off the main trails. Also since they make alot of their own snow there do not bring powder ski's! lol
Red River Ski and Snowboard Area review written Mar 29 2011 - 01:26 PM
Damon Advanced Skier

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