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Red Mountain Ski Holidays

Three mountains, over a hundred runs and an absolute shedload of snow each year. One seriously cool, outdoorsy town. Together, Red Resort and downtown Rossland are the last stop of the tour de powder on the Powder Highway - they make for a magnificent week in the Rockies.





At a glance: • Mountain town & ski-out resort • Powder Highway stop off • Amazing gladed runs

Great for: • Activities • Cross Country • In-bound cat skiing

Three mountains, over a hundred runs and an absolute shedload of snow each year. One seriously cool, outdoorsy town. Together, Red Resort and downtown Rossland are the last stop of the tour de powder on the Powder Highway - they make for a magnificent week in the Rockies.

Red Mountain Resort

Surrounded by the Monashee Mountains in the British Columbian city of Rossland, Red Resort is 8km from the Canada/USA border and the first/last stop on the iconic Powder Highway (AKA Route 95A). Its former life was as a mining territory after gold-copper ore was discovered in the area. The Scandi miners who came to work here brought their love of skiing with them, setting up a ski club and hosting the first downhill competition in 1896. Snow spots have played a huge role in local life ever since.

Accommodation is split between the resort itself and Rossland town - depending on whether you’d rather wake up on the mountainside or stay near the restaurants, bars and activities in central Rossland. A free shuttle goes between the two and both have their merits, but if you’re hedging towards staying in the town it might be worth hiring a car to make access to the slopes even easier.

The nearest international airports are Spokane, WA (2.5 hours’ drive) and Kelowna, BC (3.5 hours’ drive). The Castlegar and Trail Airports are even closer (within 30 minutes) and have daily connections to and from Vancouver and Calgary.

Stats & FAQ

Location: BC, Canada


Open: December – April

Downhill: 110 runs

View our detailed Red Mountain snow forecast or snow report and see all live webcams, piste maps, road and travel maps and lift pass prices. For a picture of historic snow conditions see the snow depths month by month with our Red Mountain snow history.

Nearest Airport & Transfer Time:
Spokane130 miles, 2.5 hours
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • 18%

  • 31%

  • 23% Expert 28%

Top Altitude:2075m
Bottom Altitude:1185m
Resort Altitude:1185m
Longest run:7km
Slope Orientation:
Vertical Drop:
Skiable Vertical:890m
Night Skiing:No

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Downhill Runs:110 runs
Beginner slopes:18%
Advanced slopes:23% Expert 28%
Lift Pass Price: $510 (adult 6 day)
Nearby resorts: Whitewater

Skiing/BoardingSkiing in Red Mountain

It might be famed as somewhere to stop on the tour of the Powder Highway, but there’s more than enough here to make it worth sticking around for a while. Seven lifts serve the ski area, which covers over 2877 skiable acres with 110 runs in total. Beginners can get to grips with the basics on the magic carpet slope and the gentle runs from the Silverlode chair - progressing to a top to bottom descent from the Grey Mountain summit via Long May You Run, Rino’s Run and Easy Street. For intermediates, blues like Cory’s Run stream down Grey Mountain and the Paradise Basin. Experts will find tests in the form of the steep chutes on The Chute Show (we like Helter Smelter) and the black double diamonds on Granite Mountain. A brilliant way to get to know the area is through the complimentary Snowhost tours which usually set off twice a day from the base area.

The scope for backcountry touring is massive, with Mount Roberts and White Wolf Ridge being favourite destinations.

This is one of the best places to have a go at cat skiing – Pisten Bully’s take you up Mt Kirkup where incredible in-bound open runs and some 200 acres of glades and 1600ft of vertical await. The Cat usually runs between 10:30am and 2:30pm (of course, weather depending), taking you to a mix of open runs, tree-lined slopes and steep terrain.

When it comes to freestyling, the Rockstar Park has dozens of features for different levels (find it in the base area basin).

For some after-hours action, night skiing usually takes place on Thursdays from January to March.

If you prefer cross country skiing, head a couple of minutes up the highway to the Black Jack Ski Club, where 40km of classic and skate skiing trails loop around the landscape.

Red Mountain Apres Ski

For the classic après ski experience, Rafters bar is a brilliant spot to put your feet up with a beer at the end of the day. The Flying Steamshovel and Rock Cut Pub both stay open till late for drinks and games. Rossland’s Old Fire Hall holds regular live music and jazz nights which are well worth looking out for.

Food-wise, feast on traditional Italian at Gabriella’s or tapas at the Uptown Lounge, located in the Prestige Mountain Resort. Sourdough Alley and Paradise Lodge are good stops for breakfast and lunches and we love the Wiener Takes All stand by the Grey Chair base for sausage centred snacks. Pick up some local produce at the Apres Winter Farmer’s Market in downtown Rossland’s Miner’s Hall - the market takes place on select Saturdays throughout the winter and brings a cracking atmosphere to the town.

If you fancy doing something other than skiing or snowboarding, there’s the Rossland ice skating arena or the Train Aquatic centre with its waterslide, Tarzan rope and spa facilities.

Something not to miss is the GET LOST Adventure Centre (find their cabin by the magic carpet in the base area). Open all year, the centre aims to provide adventures you'll remember for a lifetime, whether it's cross country skiing or fly fishing - always in the company of an expert mountain guide who 'knows these mountains upside-down and backwards-so they know how to keep you right-side up and forwards'.

One of the best times to visit is the Rossland Winter Carnival, which takes place on the last weekend of January and has been running since 1898. The Winter Carnival Variety Show is a super family event, and other events include a parade and a freestyle competition.

Best time to go

Best time to ski Red Mountain

Best time to visit & ski Red Mountain

7.6m of annual snowfall puts the area in good stead for excellent snow conditions throughout the season. The average winter temperature is -4°C.

Peak Dates

Look out for Santa on the slopes if you’re spending Christmas in Red Mountain Resort – he usually skis down the mountain giving out gifts!

New Year in Red Mountain Resort is a family affair, with past years featuring kids crafts, night skiing, bonfires and of course fireworks.

Night ski sessions on Thursday and family discounts usually crop up over Half Term in Red Mountain Resort.

For something different but brilliant, spend Easter in Red Mountain Resort and have a go at the awesome in-bound cat skiing on offer here.

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Families in Red Mountain

From the brilliant kids and teens classes at RED Snowsports School to the fun-filled childcare at Red Daycare – not forgetting the unending list of activities to enjoy here – there’s plenty for families in Red Mountain Resort.

GroupsGroup Holidays Red Mountain

Whether you’re all here to have a go at cat skiing or everyone’s a mix of different levels, there’s oodles of opportunity for group holidays in Red Mountain.

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