Red Mountain is a relatively unheard of mountain by international travellers but it has a lot to offer. It is quite a large ski area spanning two mountains with one of the biggest verticals in North America. There is in the region of 400 acres of groomed trails and a further 700 acres of tree skiing. Red features slope-side lodging, and world-class terrain with 2,900 vertical feet (884 meters) of incredible tree skiing, wide-open glades of champagne powder and easy-to-access backcountry.
- 1 Location
- 2 Pros
- 3 Cons
- 4 Contacts
- 5 Planning
- 6 Resort Facilities
- 7 Ride Guide
- 8 Other
- 9 Resources
Red Mountain Resort, in southeastern British Columbia is located 10 minutes north of the Canada/US border within the community of Rossland (just 3km away). Many visitors fly into Castlegar (3 daily flights from Vancouver) 30 minutes away, Trail 10 minutes away (2 daily flights from Vancouver), Kelowna 3.5 hours drive, or Spokane WA only 2 hours away.
Rated as having the best tree skiing in the world (ski Canada). No Crowds except for Boxing day or president week. Amazing cat skiing nearby Big Red Cats /Big Red Cats. Great town in Rossland (turn of the century Victorian Mining town).
Limited Public bus system (2 buses in the Morning and 2 buses in the afternoon) between Red and Rossland. There is no bus system running between Rossland and Red Mountain (3 minute trip) during lift hours. You either have to have your own car or hitch. The only shuttle service runs in the evenings - from 5pm with a trip every 2 hours. The trip is 2.5km it takes about 25 minute to walk. You can also easily ski into town from Red Mountain once you know the way.
Phone: 1 250 362 7384 Red Mountain 1 250 362 2271 Big Red Cats
Red is 2.5 hours drive from the Spokane, WA International Airport or 3.5 hours drive from Kelowna, BC International Airport. Daily regional flights are available from Vancouver and Calgary to Castlegar (YCG) and Trail. The nearest international airport is Vancouver (YVR) and the nearest domestic airport is Castlegar 48km away.
If travelling by air you have a much better chance of your flight actually operating out or Castlegar (also known as Cancelgar) if you are on the Afternoon flight (3:45pm) to vancouver. The morning flights are often cancelled due to Fog - everymorning bar 1 in 2 weeks while we were there. This airport is also often closed due to snow.
Most reliable airport is to fly into Spokane WA
You must prebook transfers to Rossland/Red.
Red Shutter Inn - Oldest Chalet stayle lodge - Great location 8 rooms 100 meters to lifts
Ramshead Inn - at the base of the ski hill about 150 meter walk/skate to lifts 16 rooms
Condo's really good quality - about 200 now got to Red Property Management
Red Mountain Village - Lots of accomodation choices - ski in - but about 250 meter walk to lifts
Several places to stay in Rossland - 10 mins or so from the hill. Trail is also an alternative but the windy hill which you have to climb to get to the mountain is known to be a bit of a problem. Rossland is a small old mining town which now relies mostly on tourism. There are a couple of hotels, a Backpackers and several guesthouses.
I can only comment on Greenes Family Guest House. The House consists of a 2 bedroom apartment upstairs and 1 brm apartment downstairs. The apartments are completely self contained with full kitchens which include all the usual bits and pieces, separate entrances and car spaces. The apartments share a laundry. The 2 brm apartment includes a hot tub. The owners are very helpful and there is a WiFi network available
About $60 per day.
Red Mountain has snow sports school. Also Big Red Cats has a Powder snow ski school
You can hire ski gear from the ski hill right at the base of the ski area. Big Red Cats - based out of the Red Shutter Inn also at the base of the ski area - also has a fat ski powder ski rental shop
Very difficult. There is no bus system to speak of. The only public bus runs every 2 hours from 5pm to 1am to allow people staying at the mountain to go into Rossland for dinner. There is no bus system from Rossland to Red Mountain and vice versa during lift/business hours. If you do not have a car the only option is to ski, hitch or walk (about an half an hour to town from the mountain).
Parking is free.
Cat skiing and Riding (Big Red Cats).
Ice skating(indoors, outdoors),
swimming pool(indoor in trail 10 minutes away),
tobogganing, ice sculpture and curling.
Cross Country skiing - Blackjack ski Club.
Most popular with locals is back-country skiing - alpine ski touring
Back country Airboarding - with Big Red Cats
Mountain Gypsy - Modern Australian/Canadian
Gabriella's - Inspired Italian
Idgies - French inspired
The Garage - Steaks
Mazatlan - Mexiacan.
Latitude 49 - Modern in the Prestige
Bars: Rock Cut - 400 meters from base of ski area
Steamshovel - in Rossland
Rafters - in base lodge
Cafes: Rush Cafe
Jazz Clubs: Old Fire Hall (great food to)
Bars & Entertainment
Powderhound ski shop.
Butch Boutry ski shop.
Out of Bounds
Blackjack ski area -50km of groomed runs.
Parks & Pipes
Big Red Cats - Cat skiing - Just up the road 18,500 acres of powder - and untracked skiing and riding
The story of Red Mountain Resort, and how a mining territory was converted into one of the great undiscovered ski destinations in the world, is a story about teamwork and community support. In short, it's about an avid group of skiers who drew from their own community's resources and used good old-fashioned initiative and elbow grease to forge a new way of life.
In 1890, deposits of gold-copper ore were found on the south side of Red Mountain in Canada 's Monashee Mountain Range. The discovery led to a major gold rush, which in turn filled Rossland with miners, mostly Scandinavians but also gold-seekers from countries around the world.
The Scandinavians brought with them their knowledge and love of skiing and soon organized the Rossland Ski Club, which held the first recorded ski competitions in Canada . The first downhill race was held on Feb. 15, 1896, from the top of Red Mountain down the south side to the present location of the Rossland Historical Museum .
The race was organized and won by Olaus Jeldness, a Norwegian mining engineer who was the leading early advocate for snowsports in Rossland. He also created and donated the elaborate Jeldness trophy for future winners of the race. The trophy is now on display in the Western Canada Ski Hall of Fame. In subsequent years, annual tournaments were held in conjunction with the Rossland Winter Carnival, an event that attracted competitors and spectators from all over Western Canada and the United States.
As skiing technology improved, local skiers were able to experience a wider variety of the terrain around Rossland. On Red Mountain , skiers began to explore old mining and logging roads. They enjoyed skiing on trails and hills that had been packed by climbing and descending skiers over the years. In 1929, the Trail-Rossland Ski Club was founded with about 20 original members.
In 1933, another ski club, the Rossland Ski Club, which had been formed and disbanded years earlier, was formally re-organized. During the summer and fall of 1934, volunteers from the club cleared a jump hill, built a jump, and constructed a cabin on Red Mountain . Many competitions were held on the Rossland Ski Club hill, including the Western Canadian Amateur finals. A few years later, the two local clubs worked together to install a gas-driven rope tow at the base of Red Mountain . This tow, which significantly increased the amount and the number of downhill runs a skier could make in a day, was used extensively by members of both clubs for several years.
The Red Mountain Ski Club and the Trail Ski Club combined in 1947 to form the Red Mountain Ski Club. The organizations pooled their resources to build a lodge (that still serves as the main lodge in the base area today) and a chairlift to the top of Red Mountain where the rope tow previously existed. The lift was officially opened Friday, Dec. 26, 1947. Later that season Red hosted the annual Triple I International Intercollegiate Invitational ski meet. The 1950s The 1950s were years of steady growth both in membership of the club and visitors to Red from areas outside of Rossland. To keep up, additional terrain was cleared for ski runs including the back trail on Red Mountain . The former Trail Ski Club rope tow was moved to the west side of the slope and electrified (it was later replaced by a T-bar lift). Also in the 1950s, the lodge was completed and the ski patrol was organized at Red Mountain .
The 1950s were years of steady growth both in membership of the club and visitors to Red from areas outside of Rossland. To keep up, additional terrain was cleared for ski runs including the back trail on Red Mountain . The former Trail Ski Club rope tow was moved to the west side of the slope and electrified (it was later replaced by a T-bar lift). Also in the 1950s, the lodge was completed and the ski patrol was organized at Red Mountain .
During the ‘60s, ski lessons were arranged for the general public, along with special instruction for promising youngsters. This was the start of the Red Mountain Racers. In 1960, the Red Mountain Ski Club installed a Poma detachable chairlift from the lodge all the way up to Back Trail. In 1961, a full-time manager was hired, and in 1965, the Granite Mountain chairlift – twice as long and twice as high as the Red Mountain chairlift – was built. The lift more than doubled the accessible terrain at Red. The year 1968 was a big one for the Red Mountain Ski Club. In March, the club hosted the first-ever World Cup in Canada , which attracted every major racer from around the world. Rossland native Nancy Greene won her second World Cup championship at this race.
In 1971, a T-bar was installed, and in 1973 the old Red Mountain lift was finally replaced with a Mueller double-occupancy chairlift. In April 1976, the club authorized the borrowing of money for a triple-occupancy chairlift to be built in Paradise Basin , located on the west side of Granite Mountain .
As Red kept expanding throughout the years, its facilities needed continuous improvement. By the fall of 1987, the Red Mountain Ski Club's debt totaled $1,105,000 and it became obvious that a major injection of capital was required. Thus, in 1988, the club was put up for sale. On May 3, 1989 , the club accepted an offer from Eric Skat-Peterson ('Skat'), who led a group of six Canadian private investors in the purchase.
In 1991, the new ownership group financed the construction of the Paradise Lodge. And, four years later, Skat and his partners replaced the Granite chairlift with the Silverlode and Motherlode triple chairs.
A New Century In June 2004, Red was again sold, this time to a private investment group led by Howard Katkov of San Diego , California. The Red Mountain Ventures master plan is to construct up to 1,400 on-mountain dwelling units and 70,000 square feet of commercial space at Red over the next 10 to 15 years.