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Red Mountain

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Skier Level

Family Friendly


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Ease of Access

Red Mountain celebrates the claim to be Western Canada’s original ski resort! Scandinavian miners in search of gold brought skiing to the Rossland area, forming a ski club and hosting a race down Red Mountain in 1896. By the late 1930’s there was a rope tow and 1947 saw the first chair lift.

Since then the resort has expanded and enhanced its facilities and isn’t standing still either. The 1,000 acre expansion of new terrain on Grey Mountain accessed by the fixed-grip Poma quad chair in 2014, making the total skiable acres 2,832.

The resort has an array of slopes but is probably best suited to experienced skiers and riders, who will enjoy its steeps and its powder-filled glades. Advanced skiers who are looking to improve away from the crowds will find Red is ideal - the ski school offers an introduction to ski touring and there is cat skiing on site. Red also has 1,000 acres of side-country on Mt. Roberts, accessed by hiking. Cat skiing was also intrroduced on Mount Kirkup since the 2014/15 season.

Families will be pleased to know that there is also day-care and a magic carpet for beginners. The resort’s T-bar services offer both some novice slopes and the terrain park too.

There are two restaurants at the base, but nightlife is in Rossland, where there are 20 or so pubs and cafes – a 3km shuttle from the slopes.

Like many of the good things in life, it is a little hard to get to, but well worth the effort.  Access is by air to Trail or Castlegar or by rental car.


Snow-shoeing is on offer at the resort, and further activities can be found in Rossland.

We can arrange your lift passes, rental equipment and ski school at Red Mountain ski resort before you go which will save you approximately 5% from the in resort prices.

Red Mountain Ski Resort Ski Facts

Base elevation (feet)

Terrain Park
Red Terrain Park

Top elevation (feet)

Avg annual snowfall
305 inches

Vertical drop (feet)

Lift capacity (pax/hour)

Number of runs

Ski season
Dec 11 to Apr 3

Number of lifts

Skiable terrain 
1,686 acres - 45% advanced, 45% intermediate & 10% beginners

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For a memorable ski safari or twin centre trip, combine Red with Whitewater, Big White or Apex or for even more challenges Fernie.


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