Red River Ski & Summer Area Policy Overview
Reviewed and/or Updated annually
General Equipment Usage
The Red River Ski & Summer Area (RRSA) welcomes the use of alpine and telemark skis, snowboards, snowblades, and the adaptive equipment detailed below (see Adaptive Ski Equipment and Lessons), when operated in accordance with our rules and regulations. Ski bikes and snow skates are prohibited at RRSA As is uphill travel, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Only lift ticket holders wearing RRSA approved equipment may ride the lifts in the winter due to risk during loading and unloading. Special arrangements may be made if requested in advance and deemed appropriate by RRSA. At the end of this RRSA Policies section you will find the Ski Area Use Policy that has been adopted by RRSA management and posted at appropriate locations at the Ski Area.
Adaptive Ski Equipment and Lessons
A person who has a disability is allowed to utilize any specialized equipment that has been designed and manufactured solely for use by individuals who have disabilities, for example; monoskis, biskis, outriggers, and sitskis. The RRSA does not stock these devices, but will arrange for adaptive equipment that meets the above definition when requested 14 or more days in advance. RRSA will also provide adaptive instruction when requested 14 or more days in advance.
The RRSA has determined that the use of any power-driven devices or vehicles by the public, including other power-driven mobility devices used by individuals with mobility disabilities, would conflict with The RRSA’s safety requirements necessary for the reasonably safe operation of our on-slope activities. These safety concerns include the use of devices on the slopes that expose the user and skiers/snowboarders to a safety hazard; collisions with downhill skiers and snowboarders; and the use of devices that may provide access into closed areas that pose avalanche hazards. These safety requirements are based on actual risks and are not intended to be discriminatory in any way.
Service animals are allowed in all public spaces within the RRSA base facilities. Service animals are allowed on aerial lifts as long as the owner/handler provides a harness for the animal capable of securing the animal and supporting its full weight in the event of a lift evacuation. Use of service animals on trails must be with a leash up to 8ft in length while under the immediate control of the owner/handler at all times. The RRSA will not be responsible for injury to or death of the service animal due to inherent risk of winter sports. Non-service animals access is subject to state health code restrictions.
The RRSA will not issue refunds for unused days of lift tickets, lessons, rentals, daycare, or packages. If the customer is unsure how many days they will be skiing, we encourage purchasing items daily.
We will issue a full refund less a 10% credit card processing fee for cancellations made at least 30 days prior to arrival. Cancellations made within 30 days will not be refunded, though we will assist customers in re-booking for a different date without penalty.
Acknowledgment of Risk
By using an RRSA lift ticket, the customer is entering into the following agreement, which is clearly printed on the reverse of each lift ticket. “ I understand skiing and other related outdoor snow activities are inherently hazardous and agree to be bound by the New Mexico Ski Safety Act in Taos County and Red River Ordinances. I understand there are risks in skiing that are impossible to eliminate. I am responsible for my own safety while skiing. I agree to assume all risks of injury and not sue. By use, I agree that any claim arising from the use of this ticket is governed by the laws of the State Of New Mexico and exclusive jurisdiction thereof will be in the state or federal courts of New Mexico. This ticket remains the property of Red River Ski Area and shall be surrendered upon demand of cause without refund or rebate.”
RED RIVER SKI & SUMMER AREA EQUIPMENT USE POLICY
The Red River Ski & Summer Area embraces and practices the policies and principles reflected in the United States Department of Agriculture/Forest Service Accessibility Guidebook for Ski Areas Operating on Public Lands.
When operated in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Red River Ski & Summer Area, ski equipment is allowed, with the exception of ski bikes, snow skates, cross country skis, and snowshoes.
A person who has a disability is allowed to utilize any specialized equipment that has been designed and manufactured solely for use by individuals who have disabilities, for example, adaptive equipment including snow monoskis, biskis, outriggers, and sitskis. Equipment in other seasons includes any device that meets the definition of a wheelchair. That use is in accordance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Section 36.302(b)(2)(A)(ii) which requires reasonable modifications in rules, practices, or procedures, unless the entity can demonstrate that making such modifications would fundamentally alter the program. The Red River Ski & Summer Area offers or will arrange for any adaptive equipment that meets this definition when requested in advance by individuals wanting to enjoy sports at the Red River Ski & Summer Area.
The RRSA Senior Management Team