One season ends and another begins at Red River Ski Area

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 30, 2011 4:19 pm

The Red River Ski Area’s 2010/11 season brought a new level of consistency of snow conditions given the low amounts of natural snowfall. “Because of our continued commitment to bring in professional grooming and snowmaking crews each season, the amount and quality of the product on the slopes have been consistently improving and guest feedback has been nothing but positive.” said Lauren Judycki House, Director of Marketing. “This season our skier visits weren’t at a huge decline from last year, and we feel like we can attribute that to our professional snowmakers and groomers that provided our guests with the best experience possible, natural snow or not.”

Besides the conditions, RRSA brought new events to the slopes including two USASA events as well as the Jade Enterprises – UNM Lobo FISU Invitational, providing great competition on the hill as well as fun for the spectators.

In addition to more disc golf on the mountain top, the ski area is planning to offer two additional summer tubing lanes on “Gold Rush Hill” served by the Gold Chairlift, hoping to accommodate the “thrill seekers” with a longer run of approximately 800 feet and a faster tubing experience. For the “easy gliders”, the beginner slope lanes on “Baby Blue” will be served by the New Magic Carpet, a.k.a “Little Blue” for transport back to the top of the tubing hill. According to Walt Foley, the Deputy General Manager, “With the experience and comments that we received from our guests and locals last summer, we felt the need to offer more variety to our summer programs and family recreation including our tubing. Our team is dedicated to improving the guest experience at RRSA, and have put an improvement program in place to help us carry out and add to future plans.”

Again, the RRSA has been working in partnership with the Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest on a few summer projects that will compliment last year’s summer operations that included the new Disc Golf Course and Summer Tubing. Pending approval, this summer’s expansion in our disc golf area will add an opportunity to beginning disc-golfers with a shorter 9-hole course for RRSA visitors and families not seeking the more advanced challenge of the existing 9-hole course in the Moonstar Mining Camp Area. Director of Mountain Operations Mike VanOrmer, and Assistant Director Linton Judycki, have again designed the new layout with input from some of the local Disc-Golfers. To get you up to the top, our Scenic Summer Chairlift rides will be open on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) beginning Memorial Day weekend then full time starting on June 17th. We will also be offering specialty Bison Burgers at the Tip Restaurant grilled up on the deck.

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