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Powder Highway: RED Mountain Resort

Written by Fiona

July 22 2019

I visited RED Mountain Resort, near Rossland, as part of a ski-drive tour of the Powder Highway in Canada. Accommodation was at Halcyon Hot Springs & Spa on the long drive between Revelstoke and RED.

Halcyon Hot Springs and Spa is a nice place for an overnight.

RED Mountain Resort is located in Rossland and is acclaimed as “the last great, unspoiled resort”. The resort delivers 3850 acres of skiing unfettered by overdevelopment.

There’s a fabulous 7.6m of annual snowfall on average, wide-open groomed runs, big vertical (890m), in-bounds cat-skiing, and some of the best tree runs in British Columbia.

RED Mountain. Credit: R Flett
Great powder snow. Credit: R Flett

RED Mountain stats, pros & cons

Snow covered trees. Credit: Dave Heath

RED Mountain stats

  • Top: 2075m
  • Base: 1185m
  • Drop: 890m
  • Area: 3850 acres
  • Number of runs: 110
  • Beginner: 18%
  • Intermediate: 31%
  • Advanced: 23%
  • Expert: 28%
  • Longest run: 7km
  • 7 uplifts
  • Snow making?: Yes
  • Average annual snowfall: 7.56m
RED Mountain. Credit: A Voykin
Fabulous tree skiing. Credit: Seth Holton
RED for families. Credit: R Flett

Pros of RED Mountain

  • Olde worlde charm
  • Friendly
  • Great atmosphere
  • Around half of slopes for beginners and intermediates
  • Around half of slopes for more advanced skiers
  • Fantastic views
  • In-bounds cat skiing
  • Rafters bar for après ski
  • Brilliant tree skiing
  • New day lodge
  • Ski hosts to show you around the resort.
We skied with a resort host.
The lift up from the base.

Cons of RED Mountain

  • Some slower lifts so it can be chilly
  • If you like all mod-cons this is not the place for you.
Stunning views at RED. Credit: R Flett

What we discovered about RED

  • Best après-ski we experienced in the whole trip so Rafters is a must
  • Most fresh powder of all trip
  • RED felt like a proper community resort
  • Tree skiing is fairly tight and seep but great fun
    Hard core tree chutes
  • Nelson is the nearest larger town and it’s really cool
  • We wish we had stayed for more than a day.

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