Skiing Red River NM
At Red River New Mexico ski hounds enjoy challenging runs accessible by 2 triple chairs, 4 double chairs and 1 surface tow which allows 7,920 lift capacity every hour to the hills 57 runs. There are also runs catering to beginner and moderate level skiers. Top elevation of the Red River New Mexico ski area reaches an exciting 10,350 feet while the base elevation is at 8,750 feet with a vertical drop of 1,600 feet! Skiers seem pretty stoked about the 218 inches of average yearly snowfall and 87% of the terrain has snow-making services.
Red River New Mexico was a successful mining town back in the day. When Red River New Mexico was first discovered by fur trappers and explorers gold, silver and copper mines were sculpted into the mountain. At that time the economy began flourishing and the population started growing rapidly. Abandoned mining cabins were rented out to the town’s visitors, many who were seeking respite from the flatland’s intense heat. Red River New Mexico was characterized as a “mountain playground” in the later 1920’s and 1930’s, enjoyed a hearty economy due to its tourism designation and remains a busy yet quaint resort town today.
Cross Country Skiing Red River, New MexicoEnchanted Forest is New Mexico’s largest full-service cross country ski area offering trails groomed for both classic and freestyle skiing. The facility, located 3 miles east of Red River on the Carson National Forest, offers the best of all worlds – stunning mountain vistas and meandering forest trails which give a back country feel in a groomed, patrolled area. The trail system is groomed with one side tracked for classic a.k.a. diagonal stride skiing and the other left smoothed for snowshoeing and freestyle a.k.a. skate skiing. (If you are not familiar with skating, imagine roller blading on snow – except you have control and stopability on hills.) Enchanted Forest offers beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons, including classic and skating techniques. For those who don’t yet know how easy cross country skiing can be, the Enchanted Forest offers a complete lesson package including boots, poles, skis, trail pass and a one to one and a half hour lesson (for ages 3 and up) for less than the cost of a lift ticket at most downhill areas. A full-service rental and service shop is located at the ski area. If you get cold you can grab a cup of hot chocolate and a candy bar inside the warming hut/snack bar. A second warming hut (shelter) and picnic areas are also offered along the trail system. Owners John and Judy Miller opened the area in November 1985 with a special use permit from the Carson National Forest Ranger District. Over 800 skiers enjoyed that first year and the Enchanted Forest has grown ever since. At Enchanted Forest we make it easy to have fun.