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RED MOUNTAIN

Ski & Snowboard Resort Review

Recently named one of North America’s top ten resorts by Forbes Magazine Red Mountain Resort, CANADA, is one of the country’s oldest and most famous resort destinations.

Red Mountain Skiing and Snowboarding Terrain

Red Mountain consists of two mountains; Red Mountain and Granite Mountain.

Red Mountain, the smaller of the two has steep double black diamond treed terrain, a few intermediate cruising trails, gentle beginner slopes and the Red Park terrain park.

Granite Mountain has heavily treed extreme terrain, fast bumps and tight chutes. The majority of the intermediate and beginner trails are on the backside of the mountain.

red Mountain snowboard picture

Photo Greg Roebuck / Red Mountain

Advanced Skiing and Snowboarding at Red Mountain

On Red Mountain the double black diamond trails War Eagle and The Cliff are sheer and mogul covered as in the long and narrow Towers of Red directly underneath the chairlift - be prepared to be judged on your performance! Disappear into the Poochie’s Trees terrain for tight powder turns.

On Granite Mountain the main attraction is the heavily treed terrain on either side of the Motherlode Chairlift. The terrain is steep littered with cliff drops and natural gullies with tree skiing and snowboarding second to none. The 1st 2nd and 3rd Slide runs are just a maze of perfectly placed trees surrounded by deep powder.
For open powder terrain head to the Jumbo Gully and Alder Gully in Paradise Basin on the backside.

Intermediate Skiing and Snowboarding at Red Mountain

For fast groomed trails on Red Mountain turn right at the top of the Red Chairlift and head down the Under Back Trail before cutting across to either the Face of Red or Lower War Eagle.

On Granite Mountain the majority of intermediate terrain is located in the Paradise Basin area. The challenging trails leading down to the Paradise Chairlift are cut through the trees. Don’t be afraid to try a little tree skiing or snowboarding; the trees are generally well spaced and have some great powder amongst them.

Red Mountain ski picture

Photo Lise Townsend / Red Mountain

Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding at Red Mountain

First time skiers and snowboarders learn on the flat gentle terrain at the base of Red Mountain serviced by the Magic Carpet. On Red Mountain the T-Bar slope is also a good place to practice gentle beginner turns.

On Granite Mountain confident beginners catch the Motherlode Chairlift then take the left hand Ridge Road to the Paradise Basin area to continue down the gentle Southside Road all the way back down to the Motherlode Chairlift base.

Turn right at the top of the Motherlode Chairlift to access the mountain’s longest green trail Rino’s Run; it is 4.5 miles long and winds down to the base area.

The new Silverlode Chairlift installed for the 2007 winter season at the base of Granite Mountain gives access to over 100 acres of new beginner and intermediate terrain on the lower Granite Mountain Grey Basin area. The new chairlift helps ease congestion in busy peak periods.

The Red Snowsports School has group and private lessons for all ages and ability levels in not just skiing and snowboarding but telemark, terrain park, cat skiing and disabled skiing.

Red Mountain Terrain Park

The six acre Red Park terrain park on Red Mountain serviced by the T-Bar has new jumps, jibs, rails, boxes and table tops suitable for freeriders of all abilities.

The park had a total overhaul for the 2007/08 winter season with new jumps created, a permanent boarder-cross course cut and a new booming sound system installed.

Guided Tours of Red Mountain

Free and informative guided tours of Red Mountain depart at 9am and 12pm from the Welcome Centre at the base of Red Mountain every day.

Red Mountain Cat Skiing and Snowboarding

Big Red Cats offer cat skiing and snowboarding tours for intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders over 18,500 acres of powder filled terrain. Big Red Cats have two location points just 12 and 22 minutes from the base of Red Mountain.

Valhalla Powdercats are 45 minutes out of Red Mountain. They offer single day, standby rates and multi day powder cat and helicopter skiing and snowboarding guided tours through open powder filled back country bowls and forests. They cater for advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders.

Other Activities at Red Mountain

Other activities at Red Mountain include ice skating, snowmobiling tours, back country touring, cross country skiing and swimming.

Red Mountain Resort Village and Rossland

Visitors to Red Mountain Resort can either stay on mountain in the ski in ski out Red Mountain Resort Village or in the quaint town of Rossland just 3 kilometres down the road from Red Mountain. Rossland has more shops, restaurants and accommodation than the Red Mountain Resort Village. Shuttle buses operate between the mountain and Rossland regularly throughout the day.

Shopping at Red Mountain

Red Mountain has limited shopping with the main bulk of shops located in Rossland.

Rossland has skiing and snowboarding equipment and clothing stores, souvenir and gift shops, antique shops, children’s toy shops, speciality food produce stores and liquor and grocery markets.

Restaurants at Red Mountain

Paradise Lodge on the Silver Sheep trail on Granite Mountain serves hearty hot meals and has barbeques on the sundeck on warm days.

Rafter’s Lounge in the Base Lodge is the place to go after a long day on the slopes for a plate of nachos and a cold beer.

For dinner don’t go past the Gypsy at Red serving creative infused gourmet meals made from the freshest local ingredients. It has an extensive international wine list also.

Rossland has more cafes, restaurants and bars than Red Mountain; the Chianti Bistro has delicious home made pastas and Italian specialities while the Old Fire Hall has an excellent tapas menu.

Red Mountain Nightlife

Rafter’s Lounge is always packed for après ski drinks staying packed until late. The Rock Cut Pub has live bands and comedy acts throughout the winter season with 11 beers on tap and an outdoor fire pit on the deck.

In Rossland the Flying Steamshovel is one of the oldest bars in town its atmosphere is laid back and friendly.

The Old Fire Hall Wine Bar has wine and cheese tasting nights and live jazz bands throughout the season.

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Sammy B, Vancouver Canada , What a mountain Red is. From the huge moguls on Center Star and Towers of Red to the carving fresh powder runs of Powder Fields. Visitors take note: The crowds stay away mid week so you will have the mountain to yourself and plenty of fresh powder.

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Statistics

Elevation
 
ft
m
summit
6,800
2,072
Base
3,888
1,185
Average Snowfall
300 inches
Lifts
6
Trails - view map
87
1,685 acres
Terrain %
advanced
45
intermediate
45
beginner
10
Halfpipe
no
Terrain Park
1
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