The life of a snowflake starts with delicate, atmospheric crystal formation and ends with sudden mangling beneath the snowboards of teenagers. Frolic in nature’s snowy beauty with today’s Groupon to Red River Ski Area in Red River. Choose from the following options:
- For $32, you get one full-day lift ticket (up to a $64 value).
- For $64, you get two full-day lift tickets (up to a $128 value).
- For $128, you get four full-day lift tickets (up to a $256 value).
- For $48, you get a rent-and-ride package (up to a $96 total value) that includes the following:
- One full-day lift ticket (up to a $64 value)
- A ski or snowboard rental with boots and poles (up to a $32 value)
Snow-capped coniferous and birch trees divide around a latticework of 57 ivory runs, which invite skiers and boarders to explore Red River Ski Area’s powdery, groomed mountainside. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, two double chairs, three triple chairs, and one generous mountain goat lift hill carvers to the top of a 1,600-foot vertical drop that sports equal parts beginner, intermediate, and expert terrain, flaked with an annual average snowfall of 214 inches. Triplicate terrain parks test shredders of all aptitudes with an acclimating dance floor in the Pot o’ Gold park, up to the Hollywood Terrain Park’s trick-enticing platter of kickers, kink rails, and boxes. Beginning skiers and boarders can shush through a replica mining town atop tuned and waxed rental boards or skis that come equipped with boots and poles, like a cowboy jousting kit.
Red River Ski & Summer Area
The National Post argues that the “true highlight” of the Red River Ski & Summer Area is the old mining town it’s situated in: “No matter where you are on the main strip,” the review says, “you’re never more than 1,200 ft away from a ski lift.” The ski area pays tribute to the town’s heritage with a replica of a gold mining camp that you can glide through during your descent down the mountain. Red River’s three terrain parks and 57 trails of varying difficulty, including an expert-level glade trail, slice through the Carson National Forest, a peaceful spot located in the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Nonskiers can enjoy a cozy mountain experience as they take in the views from the Snow Coach Dinner Tour (reservation required).