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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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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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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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It’s All Downhill

It’s All Downhill

    Most skiers who come to enjoy the slopes and trails of Red River enjoy going fast now and then, but are not generally prone to competitive endeavors, preferring to have fun and camaraderie while relishing the outdoor experience. From the earliest days of the RRSA, however, there have been those individuals who wanted to ski faster, jump farther and see who could be the first one down the mountain. Good examples: Toni Woerndle, first to head up the Red River Ski School when the area opened in 1959, was an Olympic caliber skiing ace in his native Germany prior to 1939. Erich Windisch who taught skiing in the mid-1960s along side NM Hall of Famer Sigi Klein, was a Bavarian champion and Olympic ski jumper who is credited with creating the style most associated with modern jumpers and ski flyers. Competitive skiing and snowboarding have established themselves as a genuine fixture in Red River. Much credit is due to the relationship of the New Mexico Ski Team...

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The Enchanted Forest

The Enchanted Forest

    Its official title is Nordic Skiing, but it is known far and wide by the simple and more descriptive name of Cross Country Skiing. Its popularity is growing in the USA and on the North American continent, and it’s popular worldwide. In some countries, a Cross Country race will draw 100,000+ people! Check out the next Winter Olympic Games in the mountains of South Korea in 2018! The word “ski” comes from the Old Norse word which means “stick of wood.” How’s that for a straight-forward definition that is on the mark! It is believed to have originated as a technique for traveling cross-country over snow on skis in Scandinavia. It may have been practiced before the birth of Christ. Like many winter activities, cross-country skiing evolved from being a practical means of transportation and a tool for working folks, to eventually becoming a world-wide recreational activity and sport. The Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Area was founded by Red River’s John and Judy Miller, who...

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Just the Facts, Ma’am

Just the Facts, Ma’am

    The Red River Ski & Summer Area opened its doors in December of 1959 and has been in operation every winter since, opening the season on the day before Thanksgiving. It offers downhill skiing, snowboarding and winter tubing. In the summer the area is transformed into a mountain of fair weather activities. From the chair lift ride to the top of the mountain to whizzing around on the new zip lines, or challenging the new rope course, the great outdoors is at your beck and call. Here are some basic facts about the Mountain: Base Elevation – 8,750’ Top Elevation – 10,350’ Vertical Drop – 1,600’ Lifts – 2 Double Chairs, 3 Triple Chairs, 2 Surface Tows 57 Trails – 30% Expert, 38% Intermediate, 32% Beginner 1 Glade 3 Terrain Parks – Gold Rush Hill, Bobcat Terrain Park, Hollywood Park Average Annual Snowfall – 214” Snowmaking – Covers 85% of the terrain Average Days of Sunshine year-round – 300+ This year the Red River Ski & Summer...

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Red River Ski School

Red River Ski School

    From the opening of the Red River Ski Area in 1959, the reputation for being a great place to learn to ski has been well-known throughout the ski industry. “The great thing we have this year is the same man at the helm,” says Jenna. “Larry Simpson is the Director this year. “Christy Dobbs will be returning as the Youth Ski School Supervisor. Words do not express how happy I am about that and how happy her coaches are about that, too! “Chris Yates will be returning as the Adult Ski School Supervisor. Tom Yates (his son) will be the Snowboard Supervisor for youth and adults. “We really strive to meet the needs of the family. Whether it’s a couple with a 2 and 10 year-old who really want to ski and get their kids a quality lesson too, the grandparents or in-laws who come along with them to get out on the mountain and enjoy themselves, or that young couple who are looking for a fun...

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Enchanted Forest – A Magical Adventure

Enchanted Forest – A Magical Adventure

  Where else would you expect to find an Enchanted Forest if not on the famous Enchanted Circle of Northern New Mexico? It is indeed a magical place. Ask anyone who has traversed the 30K+ of ski trails and 18K of snowshoe trails through 1,400 acres of the Kit Carson National Forest. They’ll tell you of the spectacular vistas and amazing trails that meander through large aspen groves, wide-open meadows, and past the oldest of the old-growth forests in the area. There’s also a separate, groomed 5K network for dogs accompanied, of course, by their pet people. The EFXC area sports a full-rental shop of performance skis and snowshoes. Child tow-sled rentals are also available. Entry-level backcountry camping in a big yurt can be had about a mile from the base area, furnished with wood stove, wood, kitchen supplies, and bunk beds (sleeps five, but bring your own sleeping bags). You can rent a sled and tow your gear, or snowmobile delivery can be arranged. New this year is...

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USASA Events Set for RRSA

USASA Events Set for RRSA

  The USASA will be sanctioning three programs at the RRSA this winter season: Gold Rush Rail Jam on January 4, Snowboard Slalom and GS (Giant Slalom) for snowboards only on January 25-26, and the Red River Rampage Slopestyle on February 22, also known as Slopestyle #3 Southwest Showdown Skier/Boarder Cross. These contests are for amateur skiers who compete in different age categories and accumulate points which can qualify them for the 2014 USASA National Championships at Copper Mountain, Colorado. The USASA (United States of America Snowboard/Skier Association) is a grassroots organization founded in 1988 as the United States Amateur Snowboarding Association. Their goal was, and is, to promote safe, fair and fun events for boarders and skiers while fostering a competitive spirit. Riders compete in rail jam, slalom, giant slalom, slopestyle, boarder/skier cross and halfpipe events at the regional level. Skiers can be involved in the slopestyle, skiercross and halfpipe events. Non-competitive Rail Jams are held every Saturday night on The Face before Torchlight Parade, giving local riders...

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Competition in the Spotlight

Competition in the Spotlight

  A variety of competitive events will again highlight the Red River winter calendar, the most significant being the Lobo Invitational Home Meet and Collegiate Races set for February 7-8, 2014, and hosted by the University of New Mexico ski team. The Alpine (Downhill) races will be held on the Race Course at RRSA, while the Nordic (Cross Country) races will be contested at the Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area located on Bobcat Pass. The official NCAA-sanctioned event will present the opportunity to see worldclass skiers in action, including the 2013 National Championship University of Colorado Buffaloes. The annual Red River Race Camp for skiers of all levels was December 6-8. According to redriverskiarea.com, “Each day included free skiing/drills, skiing/racing technique, course tactics (fastest line) and full length race course training. Snowboard Clinics were also available.”...

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