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Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

Kids Just Wanna Have Fun

  Kids & Snow: Your Winter Manual Kids do not need instructions on how to have fun in snow, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared before sending the little ones out in the frozen wonderland for snowball fights, building snowmen, sledding, sliding… and having fun in myriad ways. Before you pack them off for a full day of romping in the snow, fuel them up with a warm morning meal and make sure they’re protected from the cold… and sun. The website Kindercare.com has good advice for dressing kids in winter, including: •   Wear layers, but not too many “because excess layers can cause your child to sweat.” •   Avoid cotton (wet cotton + cold weather = very cold kid”). • Don’t skimp on anything protecting your child’s head, face, ears, hands, and feet (no cotton socks!). Wear materials that are well-suited for winter and snow. • Make sure clothes and boot fit (feet need room to wiggle and clothing that is too tight can limit circulation). • ...

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Getting There Is Half The Fun

Getting There Is Half The Fun

  Starry, starry night… and fine dining! For a truly magical experience, check out the Snow Coach Dinner Tour at Red River Ski & Summer Area, a two-hour-long adventure that starts from the Main Chalet and ascends 1,600 vertical feet to the Ski Tip Restaurant. The sun was beginning to set as my son William and I rode with a group up the mountain but we made it to the Tip in time to see a 360-degree view that included Gold Hill and Wheeler Peak. According to host and Chef Kai Dunbar, “The first tour of the evening, you get to view the sunset from the summit.” Guests choose from among different entrees and desserts. Departure times from the Main Chalet are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Each tour will accommodate up to 12 people and a minimum of eight people is required for each trip. Reservations are required. Call 575-754-2223, ext. 201 or 202. Visit redriverskiarea.com/activity/snowcoachdinnertours for more information. Prices are $115 for adults (18+) and include...

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Lobos Home Meet Returns

Lobos Home Meet Returns

  After a hiatus in 2017, the University of New Mexico ski  team will return home to Red River in 2018 for the Lobos New Mexico Invitational set for the weekend of February 3-4. As has been the custom in the past, the Alpine (downhill) competition will be held at the Red  River  Ski &   Summer Area, while the Nordic (cross country) races will be contested at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area. Under the guidance of Head Coach Fredrik Landstedt and Alpine Coach Joe Downing, skiers representing seven countries will compete during the season. The NM Invitational provides an up-close look at some of the finest athletes in the world competing at the peak of their skills. The fact that 2018 is a Winter Olympic year adds to the aura of all competition skiing events. In April of 2017, the University of New Mexico announced that the men’s and women’s ski programs would no longer be supported due to budget cuts. Following an outpouring of...

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We’re A Big Mountain Hug

We’re A Big Mountain Hug

  If you are looking for a corporate ski experience, you will be much happier looking elsewhere. Red River Ski & Summer Area is not the property of a large company who has invested in the entertainment industry. Red River is a family-owned operation and chooses to provide a warm and positive Alpine skiing experience. The Red River Ski Area opened the doors for the first time in the winter of 1959-60. Built by Stokes and Billie Bolton, the RRSA gave a major facelift to the ongoing Red River story. From the very beginning it has had the reputation for being a great place to learn to ski and a place that welcomes visitors to enjoy  the fun, excitement and challenge of downhill skiing and mountain living. The RRSA has seen a lot of changes in its 57 years – as has the town of Red River – which benefited from the expansion from a one-season summer vacation destination to a winter paradise as well. In the 1920s and...

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Visit the Enchanted Forest

Visit the Enchanted Forest

  Where deer and the snowshoe hare play ... As snow falls in the forest, the sound changes, becomes muted, interrupted only by the soft pat-pat-pat of snow hitting the earth, one’s own breath and the slap-slap-slap of skis or snowshoes. Some days you can see tracks from birds, ermine, squirrels, snowshoe hare, elk or deer. Some days you get to see these denizens of the forest. This is the appeal of heading to Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Area in winter. A full-service facility, Enchanted Forest offers over 30 kilometers of ski trails — groomed for classic and skate skiing — 18 kilometers of snowshoeing trails, and 5 kilometers of dog trails for use by both skiers and snowshoers. Trails meander through large aspen groves and old-growth forests with views of the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, Gold Hill, the Moreno Valley, Touch-Me-Not and Baldy Peaks. A cozy warming hut at the base offers a full-service rental shop with skis, snowshoes, winter boots for snowshoeing and child tow-sleds. Newcomers...

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Have Fun, Enjoy & Be Safe

Have Fun, Enjoy & Be Safe

  Off-Highway Vehicles Red River now allows Off-Highway Motor Vehicles (OHVs) to operate through town so you can get from your place of lodging to the trails and back. OHVs are defined as side-by-sides, Mules, Razors, etc. that have bench or regular seating. If it has saddle seating (straddle seating), such as an ATV, it is not allowed. This has been highly successful thus far. Copies of the OHV rules and routes can be obtained from the Visitor Center and from various lodges and businesses in town. Some high points are: 1. ALL drivers, regardless of age, must wear a safety helmet approved by DOT. 2. All passengers under the age of 18 must wear a safety helmet approved by DOT. Bicycle helmets do not meet this requirement. 3. Your OHV must have an insurance policy showing the vehicle’s VIN and meeting the same requirements as a motor vehicle. A homeowner’s policy will not suffice. Other registration rules apply and are addressed in the handouts mentioned. 4. Absolutely no...

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Honing the Craft

Honing the Craft

  The Red River Songwriters’ Camp on June 8-10,  will give aspiring songwriters the opportunity to hone the writer’s craft with workshops and writing sessions. Get some tips from established singer/songwriters Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Kelley Mickwee, Josh Grider and Brandy Zdan. – P.S. They were here for the Red River Songwriters’ Festival last January and decided to come back when it was...

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Red River Ski & Summer Area

Red River Ski & Summer Area

  For over 50 years, the Red River Ski & Summer Area has made Red River the Ski Town of the Southwest, offering the finest in recreational Alpine skiing experiences for young and old alike. While winter is a great time, the ski area doesn’t shut down in summer. The RRSA gives visitors a chance to take a scenic ride to the top of the world on the main chairlift – the Triple Platinum – providing a panoramic view of Northern New Mexico that is second to none. It also provides mountain bikers with a way to get to the top, giving them access to the roads and trails that cover the mountain. The disc golf course has become popular, a growing sport in the US, especially at ski areas. The goal is to get folks up on the mountain for recreation. There is no charge for the course, only the cost of a lift ticket. If you are competitive, then maybe the Drew Judycki Memorial Disc Golf Tournament...

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Walk with a Ranger

Walk with a Ranger

  Join in for a mountaintop hike lasting up to an  hour and a half in length. National Forest Service Rangers and volunteers will point out the beautiful historic and geologic landmarks guests can see from the top of the mountain, 10,350’ in elevation. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. – weather permitting – beginning June 9 through August 13,  you can take a special walk. Walkers will meet with the ranger on the deck of The Tip Restaurant. Guests may hike up or ride the Scenic Summer Chairlift. Everyone is welcome! They will tailor the hike to the abilities and ages of the guests who wish to join in. All ages will enjoy learning about the exciting history of the mountain and the communities that surround it. Rangers will teach guests about our rich environmental diversity and the animals that share the mountains with us. Please bring plenty of water and sunscreen! (If you forget, both are available at The Tip.) It’s recommended to bring a...

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Great Day for Fishing

Great Day for Fishing

  In May of 2016, a retired steel worker from Albuquerque named Michael Yazzie was in Red River to spend a warm spring day doing something that he loved doing: fishing. Michael was particularly fond of the river because the spring runoff was steady but not too swift, and the water was fairly clear, not turbid (muddy) as is often the case in May. The high country snow was melting, filling the banks of the streams and the Red River. Michael tried different places on the river, covering several excellent locations, including the Red River Anglers Park on the west side of town, near the helicopter pad and the softball/soccer field. To say he had a good day would be putting it mildly. He won’t say where on the river he hooked the 11½ pound, 28-inch rainbow whale. Anglers guard a great fishing hole with a code of silence. He was also smiling and laughing so hard that he had trouble talking, being out of breath. He was able...

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Ski with a Ranger

Ski with a Ranger

  One unique and fascinating experience offered by the Red River Ski & Summer Area is the opportunity to Tour with a Ranger. In the summer a ranger from the Kit Carson National Forest leads hikers around the high country terrain. In the winter, the ranger leads a group of eager skiers through the winter wonderland. Kevin Lehto, (seen on left above touring with one such eager group) grew up in Utah, but Northern New Mexico has always had an allure for the career outdoorsman. “This is my third time in northern New Mexico. I grew up in Salt Lake, but for whatever reason, I’ve always had a connection with northern NM. I don’t know if that came from reading John Nichols or if it was a family connection – one of my mom’s best friends was in northern NM, a Taos woman. I’ve always had the desire to be here. “I’ve always wanted to work outside. When I went to college, they just sort of guided me into...

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RRSA – A Work in Progress

RRSA – A Work in Progress

  From the earliest days when the Red River Ski area opened in December of 1959, the Ski School has had the reputation of being a great place to learn how to slide down a mountain of snow in a safe and enjoyable fashion. The Ski School’s first director, German Olympic Team skiing ace Toni Woerndle, insisted that skiing should be fun! That philosophy remains in effect today. Red River Ski School Director Larry Simpson is excited about the coming 2016-2017 ski season and he can’t hide his enthusiasm about the Golden Explorers program. “We’ve changed our setup for the youth class products. We’re now able to offer 3-5 year-old, 6-8 year-old and 9-12 year-old age brackets so that they’re all separate! Each group has its own methodology for learning! “The littlest folk learn differently than the middle-agers, who learn differently from the older students. We’ve adapted our programs, creating space in the youth center for the littlest ones and the middle age group, while the older groups will...

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Snowmobiles in the Valley

Snowmobiles in the Valley

  You know it’s truly winter in Red River when the first trailer or flatbed truck loaded with a ton of snowmobiles comes down Highway 38 from Bobcat Pass into town. You’ll see them parked at lodges, along the side streets and in the municipal parking lot. No one has ever been able to track how many private sleds make their way to Red River and the surrounding trails and meadows of the Kit Carson National Forest. Machines registered in Red River can be counted, but machines hauled in and registered in surrounding states are a number for conjecture or a good  crystal ball. FYI: The state of New Mexico requires a day use permit for all OHVs/snowmobiles. Save time by purchasing your permit in advance with the online licensing system. We do know how many sleds are operated by Red River’s professional snowmo tour companies: the Sled Shed on West Main St. and Bobcat Pass Wilderness Adventures located at 9,800 feet at the top of Bobcat Pass on...

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Visit the Enchanted Forest

Visit the Enchanted Forest

  In the middle of the forest you can hear snowfall landing, you can see forest denizens, or you can see their traces… trace footprints of a snowshoe hare or the deep gouges left by deer. Such is the appeal of cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Both can be as gentle as a stroll, or as vigorous as running, that decision is left to the participants. Red River visitors can enjoy the softer side of winter at Enchanted Forest Cross Country & Snowshoe Area. For over 30 years, the Miller and Goins families have provided the best groomed cross country skiing in the state of New Mexico. Enchanted Forest is New Mexico’s only full-service facility of its type, offering 35 kilometers of cross-country ski trails, 18 kilometers of snowshoe trails and five kilometers of trail dedicated to skiing and snowshoeing with your pooch. Guests can get out of the cold, shop for sunscreen, sunglasses and other accessories or savor a hot drink in the base lodge. A midway “warming...

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The Millers – Skiing Pioneers

The Millers – Skiing Pioneers

  For John and Judy Miller, a life in Red River was somehow inevitable. The mountains called and they answered, then left an indelible mark on skiing in Red River. In return, they were inducted into the New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame in 2008, joining such luminaries as the late Drew Judycki, longtime owner of Red River Ski Area, Taos Ski Valley founder (the late) Ernie Blake and Angel Fire’s Bill Burgess, creator of the World Champion Shovel Races and a certified ski instructor for 60 years. John, a native Texan, spent summers at his family’s cabin in Red River beginning in 1935 and occasionally “skied” West Texas courtesy of a rope and pick-up truck. He later learned on a actual mountain while attending the University of Colorado (CU). “I started skiing at Arapaho Basin on 7-foot, 2-inch long skis with bear trap bindings. My instructor, who had a German accent, said, ‘Ve go to the top!’” Judy has skied since she was a child growing up in...

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Pioneer Corridor Adventure

Pioneer Corridor Adventure

  The Chalet/Day Lodge is the center of fun this summer, serving as Base Camp for activities and the site of the ticket office. Hidden Treasure Aerial Park will reopen to the public June 10, for you and your family to enjoy “an aerial high five experience.” The park offers daring adventures for the whole family while promoting active and healthy lifestyles. Three levels of experience will be offered. The First Level Course, the Second Level Course (More Difficult) and the Third Level Course (Most Difficult). There are also two zip lines. The First Level zip line is available to all participants. Tubing returns this summer with two courses. Slide down the hill and take the Lil’ Blue surface lift back up and ride again or ride the longest summer tubing lanes in the country on “Gold Rush Hill” serviced by the Gold Chairlift (800 feet of excitement – must be 7 years of age or older). The Pioneer Flyer Zip Line is a seated zip and originates from...

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