Most skiers and snowboarders have heard of Red Mountain Resort, but in some respects it is still an undiscovered ski destination. The few that do know about the wonders of Red enjoy the major benefits of the uncrowded slopes. Another drawcard for Red is the incredibly friendly and laid back vibe of the resort and the nearby town of Rossland. Some visitors come on a ski holiday to Red 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 Red Mountain ski terrain
Red Mountain Resort Ski and Snowboard Terrain
Essentially Red Mountain is the place where you can “strike gold” on a powder day. Powderhounds absolutely love the amazing fall line tree skiing where they can sniff out plenty of fresh powder. It’s easy to see why Red Resort is an award-winner when it comes to the tree skiing.
The Red Resort ski area
is compact but it packs a lot into the 683 hectares and 890 metres of vertical. There is beginner terrain and plenty of intermediate cruisers, but the main bias of the resort is towards expert riders and powderhounds. The two mountains within the resort (Red Mountain and Granite Mountain) are serviced by six slow lifts, and mid-week you will pretty much have the lifts and terrain to yourself. In addition to the in-bounds terrain, there are also stacks of easily accessed backcountry runs.
Where is Red Mountain Resort?
Red Mountain 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 in the Powder Triangle of BC in the heart of cat and heli-skiing territory. The West Kootenay region is renowned for great terrain and an abundance of quality powder. Red Mountain skiers can enjoy the benefits of the area for the price of a lift ticket, or can go cat skiing with Big Red Cats
Accommodation and Facilities
It’s a tricky choice regarding whether to choose on-mountain Red Resort accommodation
or 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
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”.
Why Ski or Snowboard at Red Mountain?
The locals are incredibly passionate about their ski resort. They are happy to share stories about other places they’ve skied or snowboarded, and the multiple reasons why Red is the best. They just don’t want you to tell anyone else and let the secret out.
In addition to the super friendly locals and great tree skiing, another major advantage to having a vacation at Red Mountain and Rossland is the lack of expense. You get great bang for your buck! Accommodation, lift tickets, beverages and food are very 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. If you are a powderhound, get to Red Mountain and engage in a riotous spree. In other words, paint the town Red!
Tours that include Red Mountain