Red Mountain Resort / Rossland Ski Vacation Guide

Rossland's Red Mountain Resort is a world favorite for its 300 inches of powder, which attracts expert skiers from countries all over the planet to the extremely challenging runs of Ruby Tuesday, Short Squaw, Gambler Towers, Beer Belly, War Eagle, Sally's Alley, Boardwalk, Southside Road, Ledges Traverse and Centre Star.

Ski Levels

Intermediates will get all the Canadian fun they can handle on Face of Red, Back Trail, Southern Belle, Southern Comfort, and Gambler. Red Mountain Resort features great runs for the beginners and the non experienced level skiers who might want to start with Meadows, Long Squaw, Mini Bowls, and Inagadadavida, then work their way up to the more challenging runs. It will take quite a bit of practice for any beginner or maybe even intermediate to be able to tackle Maggie's Farm which can only be described as totally gnarly! Red Mountain Resort has recently inaugurated their new Terrain Park which was built for all ability levels, including a fenced-off beginner section. The Red Mountain Resort ski school offers up a full slate of courses and training for all ages, right up to private lessons for the expert skier who wants to pick up some championship level tips. Check out their Super Saver Private Lesson for CDN$119, which admittedly was a better deal when the Canadian dollar was worth 65 cents just a few years ago, than now that it's almost at par with its U.S. counterpart.

The weather at Red Mountain Resort can only be described as snow heaven. The conditions are nearly perfect and the cloud cover days are relatively few and far between. There is the occasional Arctic blast, which drops wind chills down as low as -50 degrees F., but fortunately, they are short lived and soon winter time temperatures return to a level where humans can actually survive outdoors.

Après Ski

There are some spectacular restaurants in the Red Mountain Resort area and many of them are quite affordable and suitable to take the whole family to. Some of the best deals around have to be the great breakfasts at the Alpine Grind Coffee House and Clansey's. Lunchtime gives you the option of The Flying Steamshovel, Idgies Restaurant, and the Sunshine Cafe. The Rock Cut Restaurant has a really great huge deck to hang out at while enjoying amazing mountain scenery and if you want to venture back indoors, there are billiard tables and video arcade games to play on. There's a staggering dining experience waiting for you at Gypsy at Red, but note that it will come with an equally staggering bill.

You can do everything you've ever wanted in a winter funland right by the Red Mountain Resort. High Mountain Adventures for their snowmobile tours and rentals; Snowwater Heli-Skiing and Snowcat-Skiing for multiday heli- and cat-skiing packages on 80,000 acres of their own virgin wilderness; Big Red Cats for tours of 18,000 acres of backcountry; and Rossland Mountain Adventures for their exciting backcountry tours as well as their world-famous courses in orienteering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid.

Red Mountain Resort / Rossland Snowboard Vacation Guide

Riders Guide

British Columbia is a province that presents some of the most beautiful and unforgettable scenery anywhere in the world and is the home to several of the world’s top resorts. One of B.C.’s finest has to be Red Mountain Resort which has a total of 6 lifts, comprising of 3 triple, 1 double, 1 surface T-bar, and 1 surface Red Carpet that take you up to 87 trails where you can snowboard on their longest run of 23,700 feet atop 300 inches of powder. Their trails are rated 10% for Beginners, 45% for Intermediates, and 45% for Advanced.

Parks and Pipes

For Snowboarding, Red Mountain Resort has a new terrain park designed for all ability levels, including a fenced-off beginner section. You can refine your skills on lots of rails, fun boxes and tabletops. However, the big attraction for snowboarders at the Red Mountain resort is the amazing variety of natural features to be found on the slopes. Start dipping into the art of avoiding trees at Mini Bowls, Meadows, and Inagadadavida, then graduate to Southern Comfort, Southern Belle and Gambler, and when you’re ready to really rip it up, try your luck at the totally wild Maggie’s Farm.

Out of Bounds

Is there any winter sport, activity or adventure that you can’t experience in the Red Mountain Resort area? Not likely! For blasting through the powder, contact High Mountain Adventures for their snowmobile tours and rentals. If you want to experience a great backcountry tour, Rossland Mountain Adventures can show you around and they also teach courses in orienteering, avalanche awareness and wilderness first aid. Snowwater Heli-Skiing and Snowcat-Skiing will take you to their 80,000 acres of virgin wilderness with their multiday heli- and cat-skiing packages and house you in a stunningly beautiful mountain lodge. Closer to Red Mountain Resort, Big Red Cats can take you to 18,000 acres of backcountry. Needless to say, these level of adventures are not for the beginner or the faint of heart!

Hangout & Hookup

Red Mountain Resort’s apres ski action moves to the Rafter’s Lounge in the base lodge which is a perfectly restored 19th century mining building. Gypsy at Red in the Red Robs has a great choice of apres ski appetizers and specialty drinks. When night falls, the crowds move down to the town of Rossland to Buffalo Ridge Sports Bar & Lounge and The Flying Steamshovel. If you want to follow all the locals to the really wild and crazy place they like to hang out at, then the Rock Cut Pub has everything you could ever want, great rocking bands that keep the place jumping on weekends, plus billiard tables, arcade games, and non stop sports on the big TVs.