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It’s Live Music At Its Finest!

  When Forest Huval – pronounced Who Val – first came to Red River in 2012 as part of Al Berard’s Cajun band, the accordion player extraordinaire was 17 years old and had never skied in his life. The drummer with the band offered to teach him everything he needed to know and told him “I got this.” The duo rode the chairlift to the top. Taking a deep breath they headed downhill when Forest realized his “friend” hadn’t showed him how to stop. Gaining speed down The Face, the Lift House loomed ahead, getting rapidly closer. Eyes wide open, Forest managed to avoid the skiers in front of...

Mardi Gras – February 8-13

  What do you call six days filled with fun, food and frivolity in the middle of a snowy winter in Red River, New Mexico? Mardi Gras in the Mountains! It is sponsored and produced by the Red River Chamber of Commerce and is in its 27th year. The observance of Fat Tuesday, which precedes the beginning of the Lenten season, has become a joyful part of the high country calendar and has developed into a Grand Tradition in the Red River style of celebrating life. FYI: The Red River style of celebration of Mardi Gras includes an element of chasing the spectre of cabin fever from the door...

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.”...

Spring Break Beach Weeks

Red River Ski Area goes tropical with Beach Weeks, its annual Spring Break celebration. Tank tops, Hawaiian shirts, hula skirts and even the occasional bikini can be seen flying down the slopes. Lots of fun with ski races, rail jams, torchlight parades and fireworks, live music, winter tubing, beach parties, and Kids’ Glow Stick Parade. Comedy Club Round 2 will take place on March 16-17 with comedians competing for laughs and glory. Spring Break and the season go out with a splash at the entertaining Pond Skim contest on March 25 where participants ski or ride down The Face and attempt to skim a pond at the base of...

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...

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