Red River Ski & Summer Area plans for new quad lift at summit

The top of the Green Chairlift (Courtesy Photo/Sarah Dorrance, Red River Ski & Summer Area)
The top of the Green Chairlift (Courtesy Photo/Sarah Dorrance, Red River Ski & Summer Area)

Red River Ski & Summer Area plans to built a new “Emerald Quad Chairlift” to replace the popular Green Chairlift at its Summit Camp in time for the 2016 – 2017 ski season.

According to aRed River Ski & Summer Area press release, the Emerald Quad will provide better access to the gentle slopes of Summit Camp and act as a portal to terrain served by the Silver Chairlift. Upon receipt of the signed Decision Memorandum from Forest Supervisor James Duran, the area entered into a contract with Doppelmayr USA to build the lift.

Summit Camp features gladed areas with family friendly slopes at an elevation of 10,350 feet. Two lifts starting at the base of the mountain and in the heart of Red River bring guests to this magical place. The Ski Tip Restaurant is positioned to overlook the beauty of Gold Hill and provides food and beverage at the Summit Camp. The Emerald Quad will load on Green Acres and rise above that to the west with views of trails wandering among the aspens. The realignment along with the Emerald Quad Chairlift will carry skiers and riders to the ridge and access The West Bowl and the Silver Chairlift.

“The Emerald Quad will virtually eliminate lift lines at our Summit Camp by doubling the uphill capacity and traveling at nearly twice the speed of the current lift,” said Deputy General Manager Walt Foley.

Drew Judycki and Wally Dobbs, both New Mexico Ski Hall of Fame inductees, loved this area of the mountain and had a vision to incorporate the history of Red River into the Summit Camp with a mining camp theme. Bringing in buildings and antiques from real mining camps in the area, they recreated special places for families to connect and make memories. The Emerald Quad increases access to this area known as Moon Star Mining Camp.

“We welcome your family to join ours on the mountain that I have called home my entire life,” says Linton Judycki.

For more information visit redriverskiarea.com.