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Red Mountain Skiing & Snowboarding Resort Guide

Red Mountain is somewhat of a hidden gem. The mountain has it all, the nearby town of Rossland is about as good as a small ski town you can find, and the locals are friendly, too. This powder utopia has something for everyone, without the hustle and bustle of a resort like Whistler. Red Mountain has a little bit of everything, and a lot of amazing skiing and snowboarding. The terrain ranges from groomers, to gnarly technical terrain, and a lot of great tree skiing and snowboarding. Rossland and Red Mountain may be a bit out of the way, but those who make the trek are certainly rewarded.

Mountain Overview

Red Mountain is huge. There are 4,200 acres of terrain for skiers and snowboarders to explore, spread over three peaks, Red Mountain, Granite Mountain, and Grey Mountain. Each of these mountains offer fun skiing and snowboarding for riders of all abilities. 18% of the terrain at Red Mountain is rated for beginners, with these runs spread out all over the mountain. A good place to start is the Silverlode Chair, to the Motherlode Chair to the summit of Granite Mountain. From here, there is great beginner terrain on the backside of Granite Mountain off of the Paradise Chair.

Intermediate skiers and snowboarders can also explore all over the mountain. The Paradise Chair has nice groomers, and trees to play in. Grey Mountain is a nice place to explore, too, with more intermediate cruisers and trees.

There is advanced and expert terrain on every part of Red Mountain, the options are nearly limitless. Combined with the sparse crowds, this means there’s nearly always fun stashes of powder to be found. Seek hard, or ask the friendly locals, and the rewards are great. Either side of the Motherlode Chair is a good bet. The Powder Fields are aptly named, along with tons more fun terrain on the backside of Granite Mountain. Dropping skier’s left off of the Motherlode Chair, there’s great tree skiing and snowboarding, and some tight chutes. This also accesses the Grey Mountain Chair where there is some of the gnarlier technical terrain at Red Mountain. At the top of Grey Mountain is the pickup for Red Mountain’s Kirkup Cat Skiing, which offers some epic terrain with even less crowds than inside the resort. A single ride ticket on the cat will cost you less than lunch.

Mountain Stats & Red Mountain Trail Map

Red Mountain Trail Map
Red Mountain Trail Map
 Total Skiable Acres4,200 Beginner Terrain 18%
 Base Elevation3,887' Intermeidate Terrain31%
 Summit Elevation 6,807' Advanced Terrain23%
 Vertical Drop2,919'Expert Terrain28%
Total Lifts7Average Annual Snowfall300"

Travel Information & Directions

Red Mountain Resort is located just outside of the town of Rossland in southern Interior British Columbia. Red Mountain is one of the closest ski and snowboard areas to the United States and Canadian border. Driving, Red is two and a half hours from Spokane, three hours from Cranbrook, and four hours from Kelowna. Each of these cities have airports. Vancouver and Seattle are both only about a seven hour drive away, too. Red Mountain does operate a daily shuttle from Spokane.
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Getting to Red Mountain

Lodging Information

Red Mountain has a solid set of lodging options for visiting skiers and snowboarders. The resort also offers many seasonal specials and packages throughout the winter, so check in to find the best deal. Staying in Rossland is a great option. The town is fun and friendly, the locals really love their mountain. Once a booming mining town, Rossland has a ton of character and is a sweet spot. In town, Prestige Mountain Resort is a favorite, with Casa Alpina being the skibum’s budget option.
Red Mountain Lodging Overview
Prestige Mountain Resort
Casa Alpina

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Local Food Picks

A mountain and ski town like Red and Rossland would not be complete without the quintessential apres ski bar; Rafters Lounge delivers in full on this front, once rated the #1 Ski Town Bar in North America by Powder Magazine. Beer and nachos here are the perfect way to end a day skiing and snowboarding at Red Mountain. Down in Rossland, The Garage for steakhouse and pub fare and Misty Mountain Pizza for you guessed it, pizza, are solid restaurants after a big day on the slopes. The Flying Steamshovel is the local watering hole, head here for drinks after dinner.
Rafters Lounge
The Garage
Misty Mountain Pizza
The Flying Steamshovel


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Where to Find Lift Tickets to Red Mountain?

Small mountain feel, few crowds, and cheap lift tickets, Red Mountain has it all. Ski and snowboard lift tickets to Red Mountain Resort are less, on average, the the other large resorts in British Columbia. College students, youth, juniors and seniors all receive discounted Red Mountain lift tickets as well. Buying lift tickets online, in advance, is the best way to save money on lift tickets. Buying 14+ days ahead can save up to %18.
Red Mountain Lift Tickets

Red Mountain Conditions & Weather Information

Red Mountain gets a solid 300”of average annual snowfall. The resort's elevation, 6,800’ at the summit is high enough to keep the snow pretty high quality. British Columbia can receive huge snowstorms, and some years in particular are amazing for powder skiing and snowboarding at areas like Red Mountain. This makes Red an awesome place for a last minute, storm chasing trip.
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Red Mountain Ski Report
Local Avalanche Forecast
Red Mountain is an awesome laid-back ski and snowboard area with solid terrain and lots of powder. The skiing and snowboarding is top notch in this uncrowded mountain paradise. Down the hill, Rossland is full of soul and character, making a visit all the more awesome. Easily accessible from the US and Canada alike, Red is a killer BC ski and snowboard destination.

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