Red Mountain Lifts & Terrain

Red Mountain Lifts & Terrain

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded

Our Terrain Ratings

Powderhound rating = advanced/expert terrain + powder + freshies + uncrowded
Red Mountain Trail Map
  • Vertical (m)
  • 1,185 – 2,075 (890)
  • Average Snow Fall
  • 7.5 metres
  • Lifts (7)
  • 2 Quads
    2 Triples
    1 Double
  • Ski Hours
  • 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Early Dec to Early April
  • Terrain Summary
  • 1128 Hectares
    Runs – 110
    Longest run – 7 km
    Advanced/expert - 23/28%
    Intermediate - 31%
    Beginner - 18%

Red Mountain Ski and Snowboard Terrain

The Red Mountain Resort terrain is spread across three mountains (plus another peak for cat skiing). The smaller hill is Red Mountain which can be skied about 270 degrees around the peak, and has a few blue runs and black to double black diamond slopes. The larger mountain is Granite which is skiable around the full 360 degrees, and can be loosely divided into three faces. The front face that rises up from the base has terrain for all ability levels, whilst the Paradise side has lots of green runs, blue cruisers and some black tree runs. The north side is predominantly expert territory except for the beginner trail that winds around the base of the resort boundary. Grey Mountain is the new addition to Red Mountain Resort which has added various intermediate runs as well as more challenging terrain.

To aid in orientation to the terrain, it may be helpful to partake in a complimentary tour. The mountain hosts can orient you to the lifts, point out the challenging nasty runs, and tell you about the interesting history of the mountain.

Red Mountain Resort provides a good spread of terrain for all ability levels, however the highlight is the amazing fall line tree skiing that is powder hound bliss on a powder day. It’s easy to see why Red is an award-winner when it comes to the tree skiing. The terrain features an infinite number of lines through trees that are ideal for advanced and expert skiers. Over the 100 plus years that Red Mountain has been a ski resort, they have achieved the perfect degree of glading.

The other stand-out feature of Red Resort is the lack of crowds. There is no traffic on a non-powder day, also known as a “pedestrian day”, and fresh roys can still be found at lunch time. And after a dump of snow, fresh powder lines can still be found after a couple of days.


As a result of the limited lift infrastructure, Red Mountain Resort is not a place where you can clock up maximum vertical quickly. The thighs will get plenty of rest on the painfully slow chairlifts. Even the new quad chair on Grey Mountain is a fixed grip chair. Surprisingly the locals don’t seem to care about the lifts as they just fit in with the general laid back culture of Rossland – why rush? The slow lifts are one of the possible reasons that the crowds stay away, but this is of huge benefit to powder hounds who aren’t in a hurry.

The other downside to the lifts is the associated ugly powerlines that scar the otherwise beautiful landscape.

Red Resort Snow 

Red Mountain doesn’t receive the same bountiful snow that Whitewater receives, only an hour away, and the elevation is relatively low at 2,075 metres at the summit and 1,185 metres at the base. Red still receives a respectable average of 7.5 metres (300 inches) of snow annually, but there are large standard deviations in this statistic. Some years they receive huge amounts of snow, and other seasons it’s a shocker. It comes down to a case of powder hound luck.

Red Resort has a large range of aspects, so as to be expected the snow quality around the ski area varies significantly. The smaller Red Mountain tends to have good snow, and ditto for the expert zones off Granite Mountain, whilst the beginners and intermediates get to enjoy relatively sunny slopes.

Beginner Skiing Red Resort

Even though only 18% of the terrain is rated as green, beginners can explore much of Granite Mountain and parts of Grey Mountain.

The magic carpet terrain near the base could be the first step. To further work on the basics, Corky’s off the Silverlode chair would be the next step. Skiers shouldn’t take the Motherlode chair to get to the Paradise area until Stem-Christies are mastered. The trails back to the base are very long, and it would be absolutely exhausting for anyone to hold a snow-plow for that distance!

Red Resort Skiing & Snowboarding - Intermediates

Red Mountain Resort has a stack of terrain for intermediates. The best playground is the area serviced by the Paradise chair where there are wide cruisers, and riders can practise their off-piste skills amongst some of the well spaced trees. A great racing run is the groomed run off the top of the Motherlode chair down Buffalo Ridge into the “dark blue” Main Run. Just don’t speed down too fast, otherwise the slow ride up on the antiquated lift will feel all the more protracted.

Grey Mountain is also great for intermediates, with a good variety of tree lined trails.

Terrain Park

The terrain park is located near the base area and includes various rails, boxes and tabletop jumps for riders of various ability levels. There is also a huge wall ride. In addition to the park, the natural terrain provides plenty of park type features, and there are lots of boulders on Granite Mountain off which to huck.

Advanced Ski and Snowboard Terrain

On Red Mountain, the popular Red Towers run under the chairlift is great for confident mogul riders who are happy to perform to an audience. Similarly the black runs under the Motherlode chair also form bumps very quickly, and are not for the shy skier or snowboarder. For a bit more privacy, the Paradise area in amongst the trees is a fantastic place to play. The tightness of the trees varies between runs, so pick a line that takes your fancy. For more great tree skiing, the War Eagle trees on Red Mountain are rated as double black but are very manageable. There is an abundance of potential lines, many of which follow the fall line, and you can drop down anywhere into Sally’s Alley or Dale’s Trail.

Expert Skiing and Snowboarding

Red Mountain Resort has lots of fantastic expert ski and snowboard terrain. Either side of the Motherlode Chairlift are popular spots. On the skiers’ right are a series of runs such as Pale Face, with steep pitch, tight trees and lots of drop-offs. On the other side of the lift are various lines through the trees, as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd slide runs which are more open considering they are avalanche paths.

There is some expert terrain on the actual Red Mountain, but the main treasure is to be found on the north side of Granite (Grey Basin) on runs such as Coolers. Most of this area is bliss for experts with steeps, chutes and tight trees. It has a backcountry feel to it and the terrain is gnarly, so take a buddy.

Red Mountain Snowcat Skiing

Red Resort offers about half a dozen snowcat shuttles per day from the top of Grey Mountain, to access 200 acres of terrain in the Mt Kirkup area. The terrain is a mix of off-piste open slopes and wide trees that are suitable for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The area is patrolled and avalanche managed, and offers a good chance of riding fresh lines. The snowcat shuttles attract a fee per run.

For the Powderhound

Essentially you can “strike gold” at Red Mountain on a powder day, but once the snow quality disappears, advanced and expert skiers may become a little bored with the terrain.

In addition to the in-bounds terrain, there are also stacks of easily accessed backcountry runs on different peaks. Mt Roberts is a popular choice, or you can ski off the back of Red Mountain down to the road and get someone to drive you back up. As with any backcountry skiing, only experienced tourers with appropriate safety equipment should venture out of bounds.