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Hello, all! My 8 year old wants to do some sort of skiing or sledding while in Red River. Neither I nor my husband could do it with her. Is there a children's area of some sort where she can do this but we can walk next to her?

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1. Re: Skiing.

The Red River Ski Area has always been a "family friendly" place. There are beginner slopes with professional instruction, plus snow-play areas with small slopes for sledding. You may find more detailed information at:


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2. Re: Skiing.

While we haven't skied in Red River, everywhere we have there's been a special ski school just for kids. Can be 1/2 day or full day. Package usually includes lessons, equipment rental and lift ticket. I've even seen them where they include supervised lunch and becomes a bit of a child care, too, while parents are off. We never went that far and met up for a lunch break. More and more we hang out in the lodge or a sunny deck while the kids ski, bring our own snacks, stake out a table (easy to do with all the family's clothes and stuff), and bring a good book, which we may or may not read. Often could view beginning of lesson--the basics. Checked out NM Photo's link and indeed there is children's ski and snowboarding program at Red River. 8 year old would be great age to start. Red River is nice. I recall slopes being right on edge of main street. With luck, a group lesson could end up being a private lesson. That's what happened with one of mine. Took her 2 1/2-day sessions and then she was ready to take me down the "black diamonds." Kind of a joke. Kids have a low certain of gravity and with light weight don't pick up as much speed, so once they get a couple of easy techniques and learn to get on and off the chairlifts, they're a marvel. Be sure to bring lip balm, sunscreen, water and some energy snacks. Forgetting what kind of tinted goggles we have, bib overalls work good (avoid jeans or anything that soaks up moisture), cap of course, snow gloves, good/thin socks, a jacket.... You can find all of these for kids for pretty cheap. Probably even Walmart. Have fun.

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3. Re: Skiing.

I'd have her take lessons as well. Ski schools are great with kids and they will have fun learning with other kids. Also near Red River is Enchanted Forest a cross country and snowshoeing area. Fun for everyone.

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4. Re: Skiing.

Red River is a pretty little town where the ski lifts are right in town. You can pretty much plan on parking your car and walking everywhere.

There is a special school and "club" for kids. Here's the link to their website with lots more information:


We hope you have fun!

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