RED Mountain Resort

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Red mountain resort
Jack Lee
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Jack Lee

Pros

  • Legendary tree skiing, some of the steepest in BC
  • Plenty of easily accessible hike-to terrain
  • No crowds
  • Fresh powder stashes across the resort
  • Authentic mining town with laid-back atmosphere

Cons

  • Lifts are slow and mostly only 2 or 3 seaters
  • Some popular runs get tracked out quickly
  • 2.5-3 hours drive from the nearest major airport (Spokane, Washington)
  • Limited options for non-skiers

Overall

4.5

Being independent isn't the only thing Red Mountain should be proud about. Known for its extreme terrain and some of the best steep tree skiing in British Columbia, Red Mountain Resort serves up plenty of crowd-free slopes across its three mountains; Red Mountain, Granite Mountain, and the recently opened Grey Mountain!  

17/18 Historical Snowfall

Best month to go

February

The snow in RED Mountain Resort is amazing during February, however, it’s also the busiest month of the season. The slopes are generally crowd-free but if you prefer peace and quiet then hold off until March where you can still find great powder up to April.
Airplane

FLY TO

Spokane International Airport

Car

DRIVE/ SHUTTLE TO

Red Mountain Resort (2.5-3 hours)

Base of Red Mountain (Walk)

  • Convenient lodging including ski-in/ski-out
  • Range of accommodation from cabins to chalets
  • Expensive to stay here

Find accommodations around here

Rossland (3-4 mi)

  • Cheaper lodging compared to Red Mountain
  • Variety of hotels and motels
  • Old mining town with laid-back atmosphere

Find accommodations around here

For beginners

Never-evers will have no problem learning the basics near the base lodge with a magic carpet serving the area. The greens and blues off the Silverlode Chair are also great for those with a bit more experience. The standout for beginners though is off the Grey Mountain lift where they can ski from the top of Grey Mountain all the way to the base following a series of green trails starting from Long May You Run!

For intermediates

Red Mountain is great for intermediates with tons of groomed blues and mellow tree-skiing on offer. Our pick for intermediates has to be the Mini Bowls in Paradise which is packed with fun tree runs! Don't forget to also stop by the stunning mid-mountain Paradise Lodge while you're there, it's one of our favorite places to grab a bite!

For experts

Red Mountain is a thrill-seekers paradise with half of the runs here rated for advanced and experts! The chutes off Buffalo Ridge and the double black Captain Jack's Trees are our favorites here but be warned, they're pretty tough! If you love cliffs (and perhaps showing off a little), Link's Line under the Motherlode Chair is always a winner!

Find freshies

Powder Fields almost always has stashes! The backside of the Motherlode Chair is also incredible but also incredibly steep (and watch out for the cliffs)! In the very unlikely chance the freshies get tracked out inbounds, hike up Mt Roberts and Mt Kirkup!

Ditch the crowds

The Silverlode Chair always bottlenecks in the morning as it's the gateway lift to that will take you to the rest if the mountain. Other than that, there are rarely any crowds at here plus the recently opened Grey Mountain offers up more terrain and isn't ridden as much!

Non skiers

Other than snowshoeing and Nordic skiing, there's very little that will keep non-skiers entertained at Red Mountain. The nearby laid-back town of Rossland doesn't have much in the way of activities either.

Families

Red Mountain is an ideal resort for families with runs to suit all abilities! The Paradise area is our pick for families with great blue groomers like Southern Comfort and Southern Belle being the standouts!

RED Mountain Resort vs
RED Mountain ResortApex Mountain Resort
beginner18 %15 %
intermediate31 %30 %
advanced23 %44 %
expert28 %11 %
total runs110 79
ski area4,200ac 450ac
summit elevation6,807ft 7,135ft
total lifts7 4
child lift ticketFree $66 CAD ($50 USD)
adult lift ticket$92 CAD ($70 USD) $80 CAD ($61 USD)
uncrowded
snow
back country
value for money
average total snowfall118″ 111″

RED Mountain Resort Reviews

Very Good

4.2 / 5

based on 10 reviews

How well the resort caters for beginner skiers / boarders

Beginners

How well the resort caters for intermediate skiers / boarders?

Intermediates

How well the resort caters for advanced skiers / boarders

Advanced

How accessible and convenient it is to get to this resort from a major destination

Accessibility

Quality of the off-piste terrain

Side/Backcountry

Overall value for money of the resort

Value for money

Quality of lifts, lift speed and lift layout in the resort

Lifts

Quantity and quality of the snow

Snow

How uncrowded is the resort

Uncrowded

Après ski and dining options

Town

Services and facilities e.g. child care, tubing, health care, equipment hire

Facilities

How family friendly is this resort?

Family Friendliness
Average!

2.6 / 5

May 08, 2018
Dave H. Dave H.
expert skier
Red Mountain is a trip back in time. The lifts are old and slow, the runs are steep and rough, but the snow is great. The small town of Rossland is very quaint and beautiful. This place is hard to get to but worth it if you are a hardcore skier or rider.... More
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Dec 05, 2017
DSDan S.
expert skier
Loved there a couple seasons. Amazing town and amazing terrain on he hill... when it gets the snow. Fortunately it stays nice and cold and the lack of crowds means the back and slack country always have fresh lines.... More
Fabulous!

4.4 / 5

Dec 02, 2017
MSMark S.
expert snowboarder
Red will blow your mind. It's huge and gets awesome powder. Local hostle was a great deal and lift passes are reasonably priced. If you have the cash definitely go cat skiing. ... More
Very Good!

3.9 / 5

Nov 26, 2017
SSandon
expert snowboarder
Grew up snowboarding here, it's an amazing resort in an amazing location! I love the awesome powder, and the huge amount of terrain. Would recommend to anyone! The paradise Lodge is the best on mountain Lodge I've ever been to. ... More
Superb!

4.9 / 5

Nov 22, 2017
JJamie
intermediate snowboarder
Haven’t been to many resorts but this one was super fun with tons of runs and great snow. I had a super fun day and looking forward to going back this year!... More
Superb!

4.6 / 5

Nov 11, 2017
ALAlex L.
advanced skier
For those looking for a hidden gem with a wide variety of challenging slopes with amazing snow both on and off piste, RED is the best I have come across having skied for 30 years on 3 continents. Friendly local hill feel plus CAT skiing for a nominal amount extra. ... More
Very Good!

4.1 / 5

Nov 09, 2017
BBrad
advanced snowboarder
Red overlooks the beautiful town of Rossland British Columbia. The resort is a family friendly hill that has a bit of everything for everyone. The Paradise lodge is a great place to grab breakfast after a few runs in the morning. It’s also a great place to warm up and dry off with convenience of a fire. The lift lines are never long, unless you go... More
Superb!

5 / 5

Oct 31, 2017
MHMorgan H.
The stuff skiers dream of, the stuff legends are born from, tree skiing at its absolute finest. The staff were second to none, the chocolate brownie in the cafe was out if this world and honestly i hurt inside from being so far away from this unbeleivable place. One day we will be reunited and what a glorious day it will be
Average!

3 / 5

Jul 27, 2010
HHannah
More for the advanced skier.
Superb!

5 / 5

Aug 11, 2005
RRyan
Sic Sic Sic, big lines, big snow - no lines and the best glades I have ever skied
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