Red River Ski Resort

Red River Ski Resort is a ski area located in the state of New Mexico in USA. The resort is in the town of Red River, NM.

Red River is not a part of any nationwide lift pass system. Passes such as Epic, IKON, or Mountain Collective allow pass holders to ski at multiple mountians with a single purchase. Unfortunately, none of those passes with with Red River Ski Resort.

Red River Lodging:

Red River Ski Resort Terrain Overview

Red River has a total of 57 ski trails, which are serviced by 7 ski lifts, gondolas and/or trams. Red River is considered a smaller than average ski area, with only a maximum of 290 acres available to ski. This area is equivalent to 117 hectares, 0 square miles, or 1 square kilometers.

Total Runs
Ski Lift
Skiable Acres
290(1 km2)
Annual Snowfall

Red River Ski Resort Elevation

Red River Ski Resort has a summit elevation of 10,350 feet, or 3,155 meters. However, not all of that elevation is able to be skied. The base of the ski slope sits at 8,750 feet above sea level, creating a ski hill that is 1,600 feet (488 meters) high. This is referred to as the slope's vertical drop - or a measure of how high the skiable hill is.

The summit of 10,350 feet makes this ski resort one of the highest in the country. The average ski slope summit is around 4,000 feet, so this is extremely high compared to its peers.

Mountain Summit
Summit Elevation
10,350'(3,155 m)
Vertical Drop
Vertical Drop
1,600'(488 m)
Mountain base
Base Elevation
8,750'(2,667 m)

Red River Ski Resort Difficulty Level

Difficulty Score
45.2out of 100
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Red River can be beginner-friendly, but it depends on the ski trails you ride. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 68% of its trails rated at or above intermediate ski level.


At Parks & Trips, we've created a proprietary Difficulty Score that attempts to show how difficult a particular ski slope is. We get to this number by combining a number of metrics for each resort and comparing them to its peers. Most of the score is based off the amount of easy-intermediate-expert slopes by acreage and the maximum vertical drop of the overall resort, but also includes a few lesser-used metrics as well.

Our algorithm compares each resort’s metrics with all others in North America, then assigns each a Difficulty Score, which we use to rank them accordingly. Resorts with a lower score are easier to ski than those with a higher one. However, a high score does not mean that the resort does not have any easy slopes, or vice versa. This is just an overall score given to the resort based on all its metrics grouped together.

Skiiable Area by Difficulty Level

Red River has 290 total skiable acres, which can be broken down into the three main groups of difficulty: Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert.

Red River is mostly a beginner-friendly ski area, with about 32% of its trails as easy. However, it also has its fair share of more difficult runs - which account for the remaining 68%.
32%(93 acres)

Beginner trails (identified by a green circle) are the easiest trails on the hill with a gradual 25% or less gradient, and are usually wide to accommodate beginner skiers.

Blue Square
38%(110 acres)

Intermediate trails (identified by a blue square) are usually the most popular and crowded runs, which have a slope of anywhere between 25-40%.

Black Diamond
30%(87 acres)

Expert trails (identified by a black diamond... or two) are the hardest slopes on the mountain, and have very steep gradients over 40%.

Is Red River Ski Resort good for beginners?

Red River can be beginner-friendly, depending on the runs you take. While it ranks in the lower half of all North American ski areas in terms of overall difficulty, it still has 68% of its trails rated at or above intermediate.

Red River Ski Resort Location

Red River Ski Resort is located in the state of New Mexico, USA. This ski area is nearby the town of Red River, NM.

Red River, NM 87558 USA
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GPS Coordinates:
36.72000, -105.41000

Getting to Red River Ski Resort

By Car: If you are driving, you would set your GPS to either the ski resort's name (Red River Ski Resort), its coordinates of 36.72000, -105.41000 (latitude, longitude), or simply drive towards the town of Red River, NM to get close.

By Air: If you are coming in from across the country, then you may need to board an airplane to get here.

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airport(s) to Red River.

San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman FieldALSAlamosa, CO55 mi
Pueblo Memorial AirportPUBPueblo, CO119 mi
Albuquerque International SunportABQAlbuquerque, NM134 mi

There may also be much smaller regional airports next to Red River Ski Resort, but we didn't list them here due to the fact that no major airlines go through them.

Other Nearby Ski Resorts

Skiers will - especially if coming from far away - try and visit a couple different slopes all in the same trip. Here are the closest other ski slopes within 100 miles of Red River Ski Resort.

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Taos Ski ValleyTaos Ski Valley, NM12,481 ft83%22 mi
Angel FireAngel Fire, NM10,677 ft50%24 mi
SipapuVadito, NM9,255 ft47%40 mi
PajaritoSanta Fe, NM10,440 ft47%69 mi
Ski Santa FeSanta Fe, NM12,075 ft54%74 mi
Wolf CreekPagosa Springs, CO11,904 ft50%92 mi

Red River Ski Resort Mountain Stats

Summit Elevation10,350 ft
Base Elevation8,750 ft
Vertical Drop1,600 ft
(32% Beginner,  38% Intermediate,  30% Expert)
Skiable Acres290
Avg. Annual SnowfallN/A inches
Red River Ski Resort Mountain Stats