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Red Mountain

Red Mountain4/520
Red Mountain4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews
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Red Mountain - Reviews

Red Mountain - Reviews

Red

Luc Poitevin
18/11/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    2

Red

Luc Poitevin
18/11/2019
My 2nd favorite mountain after Whitewater.
Red is a large ski center with little waiting lines.Sun and snow abundtant.Almost 360o skiing around the mtn. Sunnier than whitewater but less snow. Around 1.15 hr drive from Nelson.

The best little mountain out there

John
12/07/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

The best little mountain out there

John
12/07/2019
If you were gonna pic a mountain for your 80’s ski movie...this is it. That perfect small cheap friendly ski hill with amazing terrain...it exists. It’s Red. The terrain is amazing and it surrounds you. You can’t get lost. 360 degree skiing. Trail signs were hung 30 years ago by some local guy. Everyone is exceedingly friendly. I would say this might be my number one resort for chasing powder. Like, if I saw that Red was gonna get a week of snow I’d pick there over probably anywhere else. I stayed in a cabin at the base and it was m 120 bucks a night and I could walk to the slope. The drive up from Spokane is easy. Way easier than getting to Revy.

Finally, Some Powder

10/07/2019

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Finally, Some Powder

10/07/2019
Rossland, an amazing ski town
A glorious stay at The Josie
The Powder Fields
Cat skiing with Big Red Cats
The new Josie at the base of Red Mountain
On previous visits the snow quality has been really poor and no one in their right mind would have skied the ice off-piste, so on this visit we were lucky to score some fresh powder and ski the phenomenal terrain at Red Mountain. The range of slopes for advanced and expert riders was truly impressive. The advanced slopes tended to have big bumps underneath the powder that a pair of super fat skis may have fixed, whilst as to be expected, the steeper pitches hadn’t scored much traffic on them and were blissful. Unfortunately the cat skiing terrain wasn’t open but it sounds like this rocky sun-baked slope needs a lot of snow for it to become operational.

Red Resort has become a little busier, and because it was a powder day all the locals came out in force to queue up at the Silverlode chair. The lines to the slow old Motherlode chair were long each time which became a bit tedious. Thankfully the slopes weren’t crowded, but we didn’t score a lot of true freshies because we weren’t at the front of the queue. Hopefully the new chair lift (which will also be a fixed grip chair) might relieve the bottleneck at Motherlode a little.

We spent half of our nights on-mountain staying at The Josie Hotel, a new ski-in ski-out hotel that was superb. It was a fabulous stay and our room was really special – you can see our Josie review here.

Our other nights were at the Prestige Hotel in Rossland which was OK but it didn’t provide great value for money, but naturally we loved Rossland! This is a sweet ski town that we’ve nominated a couple of times for the USA Today 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards for the best ski town in North America. So it must be good!

Of course we also went out cat skiing with Big Red Cats which was an amazing highlight. Love that place!

You can see our Red Resort overview for our thoughts on the pros and cons of Red Mountain, and also see our Canada ski resort ratings to see how it compares.

Ooodles of Terrain at Red.

16/09/2017

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  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month Visited:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    5

Ooodles of Terrain at Red.

16/09/2017
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
  • Admin Rating
    4

New Favourite Resort

Joe
01/04/2017
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
  • Admin Rating
    3

Great Off piste!

Brett Godden
08/03/2017
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
  • Admin Rating
    3

Intense mountain, superb value

Andrew
03/01/2016
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
  • Month Visited:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

I would pass on Red Mountain

Janine
08/04/2015
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
  • Admin Rating
    3

Tree Skiing Mecca

Bryan
25/12/2014
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
  • Month Visited:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Red Mountain

David Read
14/11/2014
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.
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