Red River Ski Vacation Guide

The Red River Ski Area is located right in the middle of the town of Red River, making it very easy for you to access the lift chairs and the trails simply by walking or taking a shuttle. Nicknamed the "Ski Town of the Southwest," the area has the small town feel and a family-friendly atmosphere. The resort offers a ski and stay package, saving you a lot of money if you stay in one of the area lodgings offered.

Ski Levels

The base elevation of the ski area is 8,750 feet, while the top elevation 10,350 leading to a total vertical drop of 1,600 feet. There are four double chair lifts, two triple chair lifts, and a surface tow leading to the tops of the mountain's 57 trails. All skill levels of skiers are invited to have a good time on the slopes, with a nearly equal split between challenge levels—32 percent beginner trails, 38 percent intermediate trails, and 30 percent expert trails. The average annual snowfall at the is 218 inches, and the resort can produce man-made snow if needed on almost all of the trails.

Après Ski

One of the best reasons to go to the Red River Ski Area is convenience. About 90 percent of the lodging options are within easy walking distance of the ski area, as well as the shopping, dining, and other outdoor activities offered. For a unique experience, check out the new Snowcoach Dining Tours. For $70 per person, you get a ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy a three-course meal (you choose between two options). This is truly a special treat with kids menu options as well.

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Rider’s Guide

A great family-friendly resort with a nationally renowned ski school perfect for kids and new skiers, as well as more advanced skiers who want to learn some new skills. The resort features 57 trails that split fairly evenly among skill levels. There’s 75 percent snowmaking, so there’s always fresh powder and there are plenty of lifts so you won’t have to wait in line.

Parks and Pipes

After you’ve learn all you can learn from Pot O Gold Terrain Park, located on Gold Rush Hill, head over to Bobcat Terrain Park, located on Bobcat Run. When you are advanced enough it’s time for Hollywood, where your tricks can be seen from the Platinum Chair.

Out of Bounds

This resort area is known for its snowmobiling tours. A tour guide offers day time snowmobiling trips that can run over 50 miles of trails that are well groomed and fresh. For someone who wants a bit more adventure, you can be led on a snowmobile tour to the top of Greenie Peak, which has an elevation of over 11,000 feet. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular in their own special area, known as the Enchanted Forest Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Area. This is located on the top of Bobcat Pass, and features about two dozen miles of groomed trails and a variety of terrain. If you’re traveling with a pet, your pooch can even go on your snowshoe trip in certain areas.

Hangout & Hookup

There are opportunities for nightlife and après ski, both at the resort itself and in the nearby area. From fine wines to locally famous drinks and draft beers, you can enjoy a quiet evening or enjoy live music and dancing at nearby nightclubs. Visit the Texas Reds and Red Lost Saloon, a 42-year old establishment filled with traditional dining. On Saturday nights, the place to be is the Ski Area’s Rail Jam and Torchlight Parade, fireworks included, all best seen while listening to live music in the family-friendly Lift House Bar & Grill.