Red Mountain - Reviews

Ooodles of Terrain at Red.

Powderhounds Europe
16/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
If you love serious off piste skiing and snowboarding, Red is the mountain for you. There are a lifetime of in-bounds lines at Red, never mind the nearby side-country or cat skiing.
Like most of the smaller ski resorts in BC the Red's ski lifts are slow and old, or is that old and slow! All is forgiven though because the terrain options will spin anyone's head - in a good way though.
If you cannot ski steeps, be wary in the off piste in poor weather. Most of the interesting mellow terrain is around the Paradise chair and skiers right of the Grey Mountain Chair. Everything else, hang on to your hat and prepare for freefall! Great fun.
The village at Red is generally quiet, but the main lodge dining and drinking options are excellent. The Rafters Lounge is a world class apres ski bar literally in the rafters, and had me wishing we were staying at the resort rather than in nearby Rossland. Having said that, Rossland is a nice old town that retains much of its gold rush architecture and charm.
There are extensive plans to increase the size and diversity of the village at the resort. Might be worth skiing Red sooner rather than later!
We loved Red. So will you.

New Favourite Resort

Joe
01/04/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February
I had low expectations about going to Red but what an experience. Even in a holiday period Red was deserted and we were still finding some fresh powder 3 days after in last snowed.

Unlike most ski resorts, at Red Mountain you can basically ski everywhere inside the boundary and as you can ski down in every direction off Granite mountain and almost every dirction on Red Mountain and Grey Mountain. There is LOTS of terrain.

If you like tree skiing this is the place for you. I can't express enough how amazing and perfect the glades are, even in the backcountry which is super easy to access. The $10 catskiing was awesome which opened up even more terrain. I will definitely be back.

Pros:
- Terrain to suit everybody
- Best tree skiing ever
- very very uncrowded
- Lots of terrain off lots of lifts
- Lots of Backcountry options

Cons:
- Slow lifts
- Little option for eateries

Great Off piste!

Brett Godden
08/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
I had a great day at Red!
There had been fresh 10cm snow fall overnight. No lift queues, but the lifts are slow. If you are carrying a back pack you are made to remove them when on the lifts. There are some great steeps through the trees and open gladed runs that had fresh lines late in the afternoon. I had to unclip to access some of the further runs along the ridge lines & also unclip to get back on some of the return trails back to the lifts but it was well worth it. I would definitely ride here again!

Intense mountain, superb value

Andrew
03/01/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    December
Red Mountain is wonderful. Very big, lots of glades and steeps, and - at least during my visit - plenty of snow.

The town of Rossland is quite adorable, too. Unspoiled.

Definitely recommended, especially if you're American, as the dollar exchange rate is highly favorable.

The only negative mark is the slow lifts.

I would pass on Red Mountain

Janine
08/04/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    36-50
I was in Red Mountain the second week of February 2015. The conditions were the worst I had ever skied. I quickly learned that Red Mountain was experiencing a warm winter and the mountain was loaded with ice and rocks. I feared for my life coming down the icy trails.

The restaurant on the mountain does not have plumbing and I had to use an outhouse style bathroom. This was a major turn-off considering it is common to want to wash your hands before having a meal. Hand sanitizer does not substitute for hot water and soap.

Finally, the lifts are a outdated and dangerous. I said a Hail Mary prayer each time I had to get off the chair lift. The outdated chair lifts were a running joke among the group I was with.

The combination of poor skiing conditions, outdated chair lifts, and lack of modern amenities has made me give this mountain a poor review.

Tree Skiing Mecca

Bryan
25/12/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
Do you like steep tree skiing, but can't afford a heli trip to the Monashees? Do you like an easy going atmosphere without the hype, expense, crowds, and attitude of the "big" resorts? Welcome to the promised land!

Not as dry powder as places further east, but also not as cold.

Pleasant little town of Rossland is the perfect compliment to the mountain. It's the anti-Whistler and it has tree skiing second to none.

Red Mountain

David Read
14/11/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
Skied Red 2 years ago, late January, totally uncrowded, about 80 people including staff. Ski hosts good for a tour and usually only two guests to one host.

Would recommend staying off mountain for the food, not much night life. "Polly" the bus circulates the main street and then to the resort usually only 2 or 3 passengers.

Piste skiing stays groomed for days. Off piste, just too much of it.
On mountain food v. good.
Bit out of the way but well worth it.
Highly recommended.

Great times at Big Red!

Nick
05/09/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
Right outside of the historic mining town turned skit town Rossland.

Lots of terrain at the Red and lots of snow for everyone. Lift lines are non existent and the food is great!

Super cool gift shop and balmy Kootenay weather, what more could you ask for.

Rafters Service

Robert Hetherington
01/04/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A
My wife and I spent a month at Red and for the most part were very happy with our experience. One exception was the service at Rafters bar. It was mostly rather poor. Servers would walk by us and ignore us even though they seemed to be serving no one else. When we went up to the bar to serve ourselves there was no organized method of serving people on first come first served basis. Servers seemed disinterested in serving customers. They need to take the serve it right course.

Red Mountain

Bob Legasa
11/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
On the Canadian border sits the Iconic ski town of Rossland, BC home to Red Mountain. This former Gold Mining town carries some legit street cred, Rossland has supplied more people to the Canadian National team than any other town in the whole of Canada. The local racing club here has won more world cup races than any other town in the whole world combined, a small town of four thousand people.

Once you’ve spent a day charging hard on Red’s 88 named runs you’ll understand why Red Mountain is a Skiers Mountain. Let’s start with with close to 3000 feet of vert, two different mountains to ride, seventeen hundred skiable acres and plenty of famous Kootenay “Cold Smoke”.

Red Mountain is located in South Central British Columbia right in the heart of the infamous Powder Highway. Red gets a ton of snowfall, over seven meters of nice dry powder snow a year and there’s a huge variety of terrain there. Red’s terrain pushes you to be better. And because of the terrain, you can find your secret stashes several days after it dumps”.

Red is all about the skiing experience and they have taken full advantage of the resorts surrounding terrain by creating some “side country” skiing. Side country is back country terrain that you can access from the lift system to do another lap. With terrain and accessibility options like this it’s no wonder Red Mountain is a favorite stop among athletes at the highly acclaimed Canadian Freeskiing Championships which Red hosts each winter.

Reaching the goodness at Red is pretty easy with 6 chairlifts and an impressive terrain ratio. If you pride yourself on charging hard, Red’s the place especially when the terrain reads like this, 45% Advanced, 40% intermediate and the last 15% beginner. This place will take your riding to the next level, QUICK!

Over the last few years Red has dropped a few loonies on renovating the daylodge and enhancing that original ski hill feel which is rare in today’s mega resort mold. The lodge is super cool! Trust me, Rafters is the place to be for a little après fun after a full day of getting your shred on at Red. Make sure you and 3 of your friends give the old Shotz Ski a ride with your fav adult beverage.
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