Red Mountain4 out of 5 based on 17 reviews
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  • Would Revisit
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Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain Resort
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort
Photo: Dave Heath | Red Resort
Photo: Dave Heath | Red Resort
Red Mountain Ski Resort Canada
Red Mountain Ski Resort Canada
Plenty of fun terrain
Plenty of fun terrain
Red Mountain BC
Red Mountain BC
The new chair lift offers significant additional terrain
The new chair lift offers significant additional terrain
Grey Mountain Photo: Eric Kalacis | Red Resort
Grey Mountain Photo: Eric Kalacis | Red Resort
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort
Paradise Lodge Red Mountain
Paradise Lodge Red Mountain
The lovely town of Rossland
The lovely town of Rossland
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort
Photo: Mark Shapiro | Red Resort
Photo: Mark Shapiro | Red Resort
Photo: Eric Kalacis | Red Resort
Photo: Eric Kalacis | Red Resort
Big Red Cats snowcat skiing is based in Rossland
Big Red Cats snowcat skiing is based in Rossland
The cute nearby town of Rossland BC
The cute nearby town of Rossland BC
Rossland Canada
Rossland Canada
The main street of Rossland
The main street of Rossland
Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain Resort
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort
Photo: Ryan Flett | Red Resort

Red Mountain

Most skiers and snowboarders have heard of Red Mountain Ski Resort, but in some respects it is still an undiscovered ski destination. The few that do know about the wonders of Red Mountain BC enjoy the major benefits of the uncrowded slopes. Some visitors come on a ski holiday to Rossland and never leave because they fall in love with the place. The Scandinavians that came for the gold rush in 1890 were probably also inflicted with the love bug when they discovered that the real treasure was the snow and the great terrain.

If you are a powder hound, get to Red Mountain BC and engage in a riotous spree. In other words, paint the town Red!

Summary of Pros and Cons of Red Mountain Ski Resort

Pros

  • Essentially Red Mountain is the place where you can “strike gold” on a powder day due to the amazing fall line tree skiing where powder hounds can sniff out plenty of fresh powder.
  • The ski area is completely uncrowded on non-powder days.
  • Red Mountain Ski Resort strikes a lovely balance between steep challenging skiing and family-friendliness.
  • The vibe of Red Mountain Ski Resort and the nearby town of Rossland is incredibly friendly and laid back.
  • Rossland is a charming ski town.
  • You get great bang for your buck! Accommodation, lift tickets, services, beverages and food are inexpensive, so skiing and snowboarding at Red Mountain is very attractive for families, ski bums and anyone else who is happy to keep money in their pocket.
  • You can combine skiing at Red with nearby snowcat skiing with Big Red Cats.

Cons

  • The lifts can be rather painfully slow.
  • For non-skiers/snowboarders, there aren’t a lot of things to do.

Red Mountain Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Red Mountain Resort ski area is decent sized with 1,128 hectares (2,787 acres) of skiing, 110 marked trails, and 890 metres of vertical (1,185 – 2,075m).

There is beginner terrain (18% of trails) and plenty of intermediate cruisers (31%), but the main bias of the resort is towards advanced and expert riders (23% & 28% of trails officially, but in reality it feels like more). The Red Mountain Ski Resort is serviced by 7 slow lifts, and mid-week you will pretty much have the lifts and terrain to yourself. In addition to the lift-serviced terrain, there is also snowcat accessed terrain off Mt Kirkup.

Where is Red Mountain BC?

Red Mountain in Canada is about 3 kilometres from Rossland in British Columbia, just inside the Canadian border. It’s about a 2.5 hour drive from Spokane International Airport (Washington State, USA), 3.5 hours from Kelowna International Airport, or just 30 minutes from Castlegar Regional Airport.

Red Mountain is located on the Powder Highway of BC, which is renowned for great mountains and an abundance of quality powder, and is home to many cat skiing and heli skiing outfits.

Rossland Accommodation

It’s a tricky choice regarding whether to choose on-mountain accommodation at Red Resort, or lodging down in the old gold-mining town of Rossland. Both have their advantages. On-mountain condo options are conveniently located very close to the lifts, some of which are ski-in. The pretty town of Rossland has a wider range of accommodations to suit various budgets, and has more shops, restaurants and bars than on-mountain.

Rossland Accommodations Listings

Red Ski Resort Facilities

The resort and town find the right balance between having adequate infrastructure and facilities, without being overdeveloped or “resortified”. The population of Rossland is less than 4,000 people, there is one traffic light, there are definitely no Prada shops, and the town has a beautifully relaxed culture. Red Mountain and Rossland do rustic with a capital “R”.

Red Mountain Ski Resort facilities include child care, ski school, ski and snowboard rentals, a retail shop, a cafeteria, pub, and other dining options.

Red Mountain Cat Skiing

The resort offers about 6 snowcat shuttles per day to access the advanced terrain off Mt Kirkup, which is adjacent to the lift served Grey Mountain.

For real cat skiing, a must-do for powder hounds is to go out with Big Red Cats for at least one day during your time in Rossland. The day trips depart from Red Mountain and provide an awesome opportunity to score freshies. This is a very polished cat skiing operation, and it has the distinct advantage over other cat ski operators of separating riders into ability groupings ranging from intermediate to uber-expert.

Tours That May Include Red Mountain

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
11-Day British Columbia Ski Tour DETAILS
HOSTED SKI SAFARI | POWDER HIGHWAY BC
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | 4 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 2,796
To be eligible for any advertised specials you must book & pay the required deposit by the last day of the promotion...no exceptions.
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Travel BC's famous Powder Highway & experience the best skiing in Canada. This 11 day tour takes in some of BC's less visited resorts of Revelstoke, Kicking Horse, Whitewater & Red Mountain. Here you will find some of the most challenging terrain in Canada combined with the deepest & driest snow in BC.
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Canadian Road Trip DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED ROAD TRIP
14 Days | 13 Nights | 8 Riding | 5 Resorts + Heli
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Price p/p
USD 3,081
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Chase the powder at 5 iconic ski resorts located in Canada's powder triangle plus a 3-run day of heli skiing. Resorts include Panorama, Red Mountain, Whitewater & Revelstoke + RK Heliski. This tours is mostly aimed at SNOWBOARDERS (but skiers are welcome) & includes coaching in the field (if you want it).
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West Kootenay Classic DETAILS
FULLY HOSTED & GUIDED SAFARI
9 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Skiing | 3 Resorts
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Price p/p
USD 2,908
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Pack your snorkel for this one! This tour visits probably what is the best selection of BC powder destinations including Revelstoke, Red Mountain & Whitewater.
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Cat Skiing Tours
Big Red Cats - Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
GUIDED DAY CAT SKIING
6+ Runs | Various Group Abilities
From price based on 1 day of cat skiing in low season
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Price p/p
USD 360
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
If you're heading to Rossland / Red Mountain you can't go past a day with Big Red Cats. You can join a group or bring together up to 11 of your friends to make a private catskiing adventure to remember. Spoil yourself to some untracked Kootenay cold smoke this winter!!
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Big Red Cats - Multi-Day Packages DETAILS
GUIDED CAT SKIING PACKAGES
3 Nights | 3 Days Snowcat Sking
From price based low season, 3 nights/3 days package, twin/double-share lodging.
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Price p/p
USD 1,136
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
This sample tour includes 3 nights of accommodation at Red Shutter Inn located in the heart of Red Mountain village plus 3 days of awesome cat skiing. There are a variety of accommodation standards to choose and packages from 3 nights / 2 days cat skiing.
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