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, by 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. Opened in the 2019/20 season was the Topping triple chair; the Topping Chair construction covers a total of 300 additional acres – bringing the total skiable acreage to 3,850 acres – and boasts six new intermediate runs. From the top of the new Topping lift, there is 1,000 vertical feet of what can sometimes be some of the best snow on the resort, due to its southeast facing aspect.
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 has also been available 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.
Being away from the crowds, we recommend renting a car to get to Red Mountain Resort – which also makes it easy to combine your ski holiday to Red with other resorts on the Powder Highway.
Off the slopes
Off the slopes
There are a number of condo-style hotels around the base of the mountain, as well as the recent addition of the boutique ski-in/ski-out hotel, the Josie. There are also a few places to eat at the base, with Rafters – one of the best Ski Area Bars in the world – a highlight at the Day Lodge. More nightlife is to be found in the scenic town of Rossland, just under 2 miles from the slopes by shuttle, where there are 20 or so pubs and cafes to choose from, as well as a small number of shops to browse.
The Get Lost Adventure Centre at the base of the mountain offers a range of activities from snowshoeing to cat-skiing as well as tandem paragliding and fat-biking and you can also enjoy a starlight ski and fondue on-mountain, with further activities to be found in Rossland.
Rockstar Energy Terrain Park
|Avg annual snowfall
|Lift capacity (pax/hour)
|Number of runs
Dec 9 to Apr 2
|Number of lifts
8, including 2 Quads and 3 Triples (from the 2019/20 season)
3,850 acres – 28% expert, 23% advanced, 31% intermediate & 18% beginner
Frontier’s Personal Experience
“Red Mountain – known by many as the original Western Canada ski resort – is such a great mountain for the advanced skier and you must try cat skiing from Mount Kirkup; just hand over $10 and away you go! Make sure you visit the nearby town of Rossland which has a real Canadian feel to it, with some nice bars and cafes.”Julie Thompson,