Red Mountain Resort is a ski resort in western Canada situated on the Granite, Grey, and Red Mountains in Rossland, a historic gold mining town in southeastern British Columbia’s West Kootenay area. Red Mountain is notorious among hard-core skiers and snowboarders in North America. Red, one of Canada’s oldest resorts, opened in 1947 and has a reputation as a powder paradise with some of the country’s most difficult terrain.
Red Mountain Resort is noted for its tough expert terrain and for catering to intermediate and expert level skiers and riders.
The ski area’s base elevation is 1,185 m (3,888 ft) above sea level, with a vertical drop of 887 m (2,910 ft). Its three major peaks, Red Mountain, Granite Mountain, and the recently acquired Grey Mountain, are served by five chairlifts, a T-bar, and a magic carpet, which provide access to 2,682 acres (10.9 km2) of skiable terrain on 110 designated routes.
Red Mountain is located in British Columbia’s spectacular scenery, where skiers and snowboarders can enjoy 4,200 acres of pure natural terrain. It is placed in a completely natural environment and has a stylish and artistic ambience that has made it more popular with tourists.
The Rossland region is where skiers can really unwind after a day on the slopes; throughout the resort, you can anticipate wonderful hospitality and lots of places to relax in the magnificent winter atmosphere.
Red Mountain is the world’s last big untouched ski resort.
Red Mountain info card
|Location||British Columbia, Canada|
|Nearest city||Rossland – 5 min.|
Spokane, WA – 2.5 hrs
Kelowna – 3.5 hrs
|Vertical||887 m (2,910 ft)|
|Top elevation||2,072 m (6,798 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,185 m (3,888 ft)|
2,682 acres (10.9 km2)
4,200 acres (17.0 km2)
|Longest run||7 km (4.3 mi)|
|Lift system||5 chairs|
– 2 quad
– 2 triples
– 1 double
2 surface lifts
– 1 T-bar
– 1 magic carpet
|Lift capacity||7,500 /hr|
|Snowfall||750 cm (300 in)|
Red Mountain Skiing
There is enough to appreciate here whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or expert. Grey Mountain is ideal for intermediates, with about 1,000 acres of moderate terrain. Other parts of the resort, on the other hand, provide some of the greatest tree runs in British Columbia, as well as a 890m vertical drop for those searching for a real challenge.
The magic carpet slope is perhaps the greatest spot to start for newbies, where they can take advantage of high-quality snow and gradually build their abilities, while Grey Mountain is perfect for expert skiers.
Snow at Red Resort
Red Mountain doesn’t get as much snow as Whitewater, which is just an hour away, and its height is relatively low at 2,075 meters at the top and 1,185 meters at the base. Red still gets a decent average of 7.5 metres (300 inches) of snow each year, however this number has high standard deviations. Some years, they get a lot of snow, and other years, it’s a surprise. It all boils down to powder hound luck.
Because Red Resort offers a wide variety of perspectives, the snow quality throughout the ski area varies dramatically. The smaller Red Mountain has decent snow, as do the expert zones off Granite Mountain, while the beginners and intermediates enjoy somewhat sunny slopes.
Facilities at the Red Ski Resort
The resort and town strike an appropriate balance between enough infrastructure and amenities and without being overdeveloped or “resortified.” Rossland has a population of fewer than 4,000 people, one traffic signal, and no Prada stores. It also has a wonderfully laidback atmosphere. Rossland and Red Mountain are rustic with a capital “R.”
Child care, ski school, ski and snowboard rentals, a retail store, a restaurant, a tavern, and other food choices are available at Red Mountain Ski Resort.
Red Mountain’s après-ski, restaurants, and other activities
Away from the slopes, the top ski resorts have superb entertainment and eating choices, and Red Mountain is no exception, with a plethora of wonderful activities and restaurants to look forward to.
The Rossland town area is full with fantastic attractions, such as fantastic pubs, stores, casual and gourmet eating, and a fitness center. Rafters Lodge, which serves draft beer, wine, and hot beverages as well as a complete liquor bar, is one of the greatest locations to unwind. If you’re searching for a sit-down lunch, Gabriella’s should be your first choice, where you can enjoy exquisite Italian cuisine and excellent service starting at 4 p.m. every day.
Accommodation in Rossland
It’s difficult to decide whether to stay at Red Resort on the mountain or in the historic gold-mining town of Rossland. Both have their benefits. On-mountain condo choices, some of which are ski-in/ski-out, are conveniently placed quite near to the lifts. The charming town of Rossland offers a greater selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of budgets, as well as more stores, restaurants, and pubs than the mountain itself.