Ski Canada: Red Mountain Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

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Red Mountain, ten minutes north of the Canada/US border, has been named as one of North America’s top ten resorts by Forbes Magazine and regularly wins awards from Ski Canada.

The rosy alpenglow view of Red Mountain from the town of Rossland. (Allen LePage/Red Mountain Resort)

Its location in the Canadian Rockies of southern British Columbia allows it 295 inches (750 cm) of snow per year.

The ski resort is growing in popularity every year for its 88 trails on 4,200 acres. Six lifts serve 1,685 of the acres.

The base elevation of Red Mountain is 3,887 feet (1,185 m) above sea level. The highest point at the resort is at 6,715 feet (2,047 m). The total vertical terrain at Red Mountain is 2,919 feet (880 m).

The resort actually occupied two mountains, Red and Granite, which offer terrain that is made for grooming in some parts and powder stash-filled glades in others. Tip: if you’re looking for wide-open spaces to tune your turns, head to the Silverlode and Paradise areas.

Red Mountain is a perfectly shaped pointy mountain that is very steep. There are some places, like on the Back Trail, that is okay for intermediate skiers and riders, but the rest is black or double black diamond country.

Granite Mountain is the home to Paradise Basin. It is full of beginner trails, groomed terrain, bumps, and glades. Outside of the sunny-side basin, you’ll find a combination of trees and big powder stashes on Granite.

The longest run at the resort is 4.34 miles (7 km) long. Overall, the terrain is reported as 15% beginner, 40% intermediate and 45% advanced.

Cross-country skiers will enjoy the 31 miles (50 km) of trails at Red Mountain Resort, which are fit for both traditional and skate skiers. And of course, there’s plenty of backcountry in the area to explore…

A snowboarder flies to the clouds during the Big Air Competition at Red. (Red Mountain Resort.

Red Mountain Resort is accessible by several major airports in both the US and Canada. It’s less than a half-hour drive from Trail and Castlegar regional airports. It will take you about 2.5 hours from Spokane International Airport (Washington state) and 3.5 hours from Kelowna International Airport.

Rossland is the closest town at just 3 km from Red Mountain. It’s a great place to stay, whether you’re looking for a big full-service hotel or a quiet bed and breakfast.

The plentiful snow, friendly staff and locals, and the short lift lines all make a pretty strong argument for why your next winter vacation should be at Red. What are you waiting for?

Other nearby resorts include Revelstoke, Summit Lake, Whitewater and Salmo

Resort Information: 1-800-663-0105 or (250) 362-7384
Central Reservations: 1-877-969-7669 or (250) 362-7013
Mountain Conditions: 1-800-663-0105 or (250) 362-5500

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