We stayed at the Ponderosa Inn which is across the street from the ski area. We went during our spring break but it ended up being a low time for the area. We had a huge living room/kitchen area and 5 huge bedrooms with 3 bathrooms. It was a two story Inn and we had the second floor right next to the street. The entire wall on the street side was windows which faced the evening sunshine and the ski slopes, so the view was fantastic and the windows opened, so we had a great fresh air outdoors feeling and yet since we were upstairs we still had our privacy. They have a huge hot tub, so we all got to relax after each day of full skiing. It was great! Then there were the game rooms and pool hall 1 block away and restaurants everywhere. There was a grocery store 1/2 block away so we could buy our groceries if we wanted and cook in the kitchen or just eat out with a choice of Italian, Steak, Hamburger, pizza, whatever you like, there was a restaurant for you. The skiing was not crowded. We took a bunch of first time skiers and they all had a great time. I taught the new ones on the training slope that they have. They do have classes, many classes, right there on the baby slope, but we did not use them. Right next to the baby slope is a slightly more difficult slope that is 10 times longer. Nice training slope. Once you have mastered that, the next step is to get to a lift that will take you to the next level. Unfortunately it is difficult to get to that lift since it is around the hill next door. You take a rather flat trail around the mountain but then you have to go down a very steep slope to get to the lift. If you are just beginning this is scary and challenging. Once you get to the lift, you must take it to the top of the hill to get to the green slopes on the other side of the hill. Oh, that reminds me of another problem. The maps do not match the mountain. I tried and tried to figure out how the map could lead me to where the trails actually were. I gave up and just read the signs on the hill. Which gets me to another problem. All the trails do not have signs! So you kinda have to guess which trail is the one you want to take. Eventually you will find a trail with a sign on it, then you can figure out where you are headed and if you need to turn back or not. I took just about every trail out there and now know which way to go and which way not to go. There are alot of fun green trails on the back side of the mountain, you just have to figure out how to get to them. The map is very misleading. I could now draw you a real map that could show you how to get to all that fun on the back side. Most of my group found it too difficult to get to the green slopes on the back side so they did not venture back there much accept to get back to the front of the hill after getting off the lift at the top of the hill. Again, we went during spring break, and were hoping for snow during the day and night. Unfortunately, we got no snow at all during our whole week in Red River, and plenty of sunshine, which was good and bad. It was very warm, so we did not need jackets, or sweaters, but the snow melted all day, every day. The rocks became a problem by the end of the week, and the slopes were very slushy. We had a great time, and had adventure all day and night. The hotel was great and there was always something to do.
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- Ponderosa Hotel Red River
- Ponderosa Lodge Red River, New Mexico