Red Mountain Ski Resort

For deep powder, tough terrain and minimal crowds, look no further than the resort of Red Mountain in British Columbia.

Located above the former mining town of Rossland in the snowy Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia, Canada, Red Mountain has a real reputation for its advanced and expert terrain. Over 8m of snowfall lands here annually, meaning fresh tracks are on offer more often than not – and they stick around for longer here too owing to the lack of crowds.

To make the most of the terrain on the resort’s three mountains – Red, Granite and Grey – join Ski Club Freshtrack’s epic BC Powder Adventure, which also takes in cat skiing and time at the cult resort of Whitewater.

Our Red Mountain Resort Ratings

  • Beginner ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Intermediate ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
  • Advanced ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
  • Snow Reliability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
  • Fast Lifts ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Resort Activities ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Après ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
  • Value ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Pros

Fantastic snow record and gets much less rain than Whistler

Gnarly terrain and great glade skiing

Lots of cat and heli skiing options nearby

Cons

Local slopes can be limited – combine your stay with another resort

Only slow lifts

Not a great deal to do away from the slopes

Red Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding

At Red Mountain, visitors can choose from 119 runs spread across three mountains - namely the Red Mountain (1,590 m), the Grey Mountain (2,048 m) and the Granite Mountain (2,075 m) - that feature everything from wide-open groomers to steep, powder-filled glades. With more than 3,850 skiable acres and 890 metres of vertical terrain serviced by 7 lifts, there is a lot to explore.

Red Mountain has long had a strong reputation among powder hounds in search of challenge. It is the place to be on a powder day due to the amazing fall line tree skiing where advanced and expert skiers can seek out plenty of fresh powder. Advanced and expert skiers and boarders have a huge variety of slopes including cut piste, wide-open bowls, glades, tighter trees, and plenty of terrain features at their disposal. However, Red Mountain also offers plenty for beginner and intermediate skiers. There is an excellent area for beginners and intermediates on Granite Mountain, just above the accommodation at the base of the resort. Intermediates and beginners looking to progress should head to Red Mountain to tackle a collection of blues.

  • Total Pistes: 3850 acres
  • Beginner: 18%
  • Intermediate: 31%
  • Advanced/Expert: 51%
  • Lifts: 7
  • Altitude: 1185m – 2075m

Red Mountain Piste Map

The local area piste map can be downloaded here.

Red Mountain Resort

Although there has been some recent development at the base of the resort, the best place to stay is 4km away from the slopes in the old mining town of Rossland. Accommodation is really good value and the locals are very friendly, which adds to the appeal of this traditional Canadian town.

Attractions away from the slopes are relatively limited – this is a place very much about the skiing. Après is also generally quiet, but Rafters Pub at the base of the slopes has a good happy hour and can get lively after a powder day in particular.

Season Dates

1st October 2019 - 30th April 2020

How to get to Red Mountain

Calgary and Vancouver are both around 7 hours drive away, but don’t be put off as you can stop at other resorts along the way and the scenery is spectacular. Alternatively, fly into Spokane over the US border in Washington – its only 2 ½ hours away by car and the border crossing is easy.

  • Spokane airport: 2.5 hours (driving)
  • Vancouver airport: 7 hours (driving)
  • Calgary airport: 7 hours (driving)

Red Mountain Contact Details

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