Red Mountain

Ski Resort in Canada

Introduction

Red Mountain Resort is a ski resort in western Canada, located on Granite, Grey, and Red Mountains in Rossland, a former gold mining town in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. Red Mountain enjoys a legendary status among North America's hard-core skiers and snowboarders. Opened in 1947, Red is one of Canada's oldest resorts and has a reputation as a powder heaven with some of Canada's most challenging terrain.

Red Mountain Resort is known for having a variety of challenging expert terrain and for being geared towards intermediate and expert level skiers and riders.

The ski area's base elevation is 1,185 m (3,888 ft) above sea level and has 887 m (2,910 ft) of vertical. Its three main summits, Red Mountain, Granite Mountain, and the newly added Grey Mountain are serviced by five chairlifts, a T-bar, and a magic carpet to access 2,682 acres (10.9 km2) of skiable terrain on 110 named runs.

Red Mountain is set in the majestic landscape of British Columbia, where skiers and snowboarders can take advantage of 4,200 acres of pristine natural terrain. It is set in a totally unspoilt landscape and boasts a glamorous and artistic atmosphere that has made it increasingly popular for visitors.

The Rossland area is where skiers can properly relax after spending time on the slopes, across the resort, you can expect amazing hospitality and plenty of places to relax in the wondrous winter climate.

Red Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort.

Red Mountain info card

LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest cityRossland - 5 min.
Spokane, WA - 2.5 hrs
Kelowna - 3.5 hrs
Vertical887 m (2,910 ft)
Top elevation2,072 m (6,798 ft)
Base elevation1,185 m (3,888 ft)
Skiable areaLift-served
2,682 acres (10.9 km2)
Total
4,200 acres (17.0 km2)
Runs110 named
16% Beginner
47% Intermediate
37% Expert
Longest run7 km (4.3 mi)
Lift system5 chairs
- 2 quad
- 2 triples
- 1 double
2 surface lifts
- 1 T-bar
- 1 magic carpet
Lift capacity7,500 /hr
Terrain parks1
Snowfall750 cm (300 in)
SnowmakingYes
Night skiingYes
Websiteredresort.com


Skiing in Red Mountain

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate or expert, there is plenty to enjoy here. Grey Mountain is perfect for intermediates, where almost 1,000 acres of intermediate terrain awaits. On the other hand, some of the best tree runs in British Columbia await elsewhere in the resort, along with an 890m vertical drop for those looking for an especially big challenge.

The magic carpet slope is probably the best place for newcomers to start, where they can take advantage of high-quality powder and slowly develop their skills, while Grey Mountain is ideal for advanced skiers.


Red Resort Snow 

Red Mountain doesn’t receive the same bountiful snow that Whitewater receives, only an hour away, and the elevation is relatively low at 2,075 metres at the summit and 1,185 metres at the base. Red still receives a respectable average of 7.5 metres (300 inches) of snow annually, but there are large standard deviations in this statistic. Some years they receive huge amounts of snow, and other seasons it’s a shocker. It comes down to a case of powder hound luck.

Red Resort has a large range of aspects, so as to be expected the snow quality around the ski area varies significantly. The smaller Red Mountain tends to have good snow, and ditto for the expert zones off Granite Mountain, whilst the beginners and intermediates get to enjoy relatively sunny slopes.


Red Ski Resort Facilities

The resort and town find the right balance between having adequate infrastructure and facilities, without being overdeveloped or “resortified”. The population of Rossland is less than 4,000 people, there is one traffic light, there are definitely no Prada shops, and the town has a beautifully relaxed culture. Red Mountain and Rossland do rustic with a capital “R”.

Red Mountain Ski Resort facilities include child care, ski school, ski and snowboard rentals, a retail shop, a cafeteria, pub, and other dining options.


Apres ski, restaurants and other activities in Red Mountain

The best ski resorts provide excellent entertainment and dining options away from the slopes and Red Mountain is no different, with plenty of amazing activities and restaurants for visitors to look forward to.

The Rossland town area is full of excellent attractions, including amazing bars, shops, casual and fine dining and a fitness centre. One of the best places to relax is Rafters Lodge, where draft beer, wine and hot drinks are served along with a full liquor bar. If a sit-down meal is what you’re looking for, Gabriella’s should be your number one option, where you can enjoy delicious Italian food and great hospitality from 4pm every day.


Rossland Accommodation

It’s a tricky choice regarding whether to choose on-mountain accommodation at Red Resort, or lodging down in the old gold-mining town of Rossland. Both have their advantages. On-mountain condo options are conveniently located very close to the lifts, some of which are ski-in. The pretty town of Rossland has a wider range of accommodations to suit various budgets, and has more shops, restaurants and bars than on-mountain.

Transportation - Get In

Since RED is located very close to the US border (just under 9 miles north), there are several options available for air access through Canada and the USA.


Fly within the United States and cross the border

Most Americans and International travelers find the quickest and most cost-efficient method of travel is to fly into the Spokane, WA international airportrent a car or book our daily shuttle and drive north to RED Mountain Resort, Rossland, BC.

Approximately a 2.5 hour drive from the Spokane Airport, the drive is scenic, straight-forward and hassle-free.  No traffic, no mountain passes to cross on a very well maintained route with a 24-hour border crossing at Port of Entry Frontier in Oroville WA / Paterson, BC accessed via HWY 25 north of Northport, WA. Spokane International Airport is serviced by Alaska AirlinesAllegiant AirDelta AirlinesFrontierSouthwest AirlinesUnited/United Express, and US Airways.


Fly Within or To Canada

Canadians are now allowed to flying into Spokane, WA, rent a car and drive back into Canada, thanks to the recent change in our federal laws.   As a result, we highly recommend that Canadians from all areas except Vancouver, fly to Spokane International Airport, then rent a car or book our daily shuttle and drive north to RED Mountain Resort, Rossland, BC. It’s the most reliable and most cost-efficient option for long-haul air travel.

Approximately a 2.5 hour drive from the Spokane Airport, the drive is scenic, straight-forward and hassle-free.  No traffic, no mountain passes to cross on a very well maintained route with a 24-hour border crossing at Port of Entry Frontier in Oroville WA / Paterson, BC accessed via HWY 25 north of Northport, WA. Spokane International Airport is serviced by Alaska AirlinesAllegiant AirDelta AirlinesFrontierSouthwest Airlines, United/United Express, and US Airways.

Other Airport Options

Please check BC road conditions here: http://www.drivebc.ca/


For further details on specific airports, visit:


Airport Shuttle Service

Each airport offers shuttle services with rates based on the number of guests in your group.   Please visit the website of the airport destination you choose for shuttle contact info.

Spokane WA International Airport to Rossland shuttle bookings can be made here.

Airport shuttle service bookings for Trail, Castlegar, Kelowna, and Cranbook Airports can be made here.

Ski Area

The Red Mountain Resort terrain is spread across three mountains (plus another peak for cat skiing). The smaller hill is Red Mountain which can be skied about 270 degrees around the peak, and has a few blue runs and black to double black diamond slopes. The larger mountain is Granite which is skiable around the full 360 degrees, and can be loosely divided into three faces. The front face that rises up from the base has terrain for all ability levels, whilst the Paradise side has lots of green runs, blue cruisers and some black tree runs. The north side is predominantly expert territory except for the beginner trail that winds around the base of the resort boundary. Grey Mountain is the new addition to Red Mountain Resort which has added various intermediate runs as well as more challenging terrain.

To aid in orientation to the terrain, it may be helpful to partake in a complimentary tour. The mountain hosts can orient you to the lifts, point out the challenging nasty runs, and tell you about the interesting history of the mountain.

Red Mountain Resort provides a good spread of terrain for all ability levels, however the highlight is the amazing fall line tree skiing that is powder hound bliss on a powder day. It’s easy to see why Red is an award-winner when it comes to the tree skiing. The terrain features an infinite number of lines through trees that are ideal for advanced and expert skiers. Over the 100 plus years that Red Mountain has been a ski resort, they have achieved the perfect degree of glading.

The other stand-out feature of Red Resort is the lack of crowds. There is no traffic on a non-powder day, also known as a “pedestrian day”, and fresh roys can still be found at lunch time. And after a dump of snow, fresh powder lines can still be found after a couple of days.


Beginner Skiing Red Resort

Even though only 18% of the terrain is rated as green, beginners can explore much of Granite Mountain and parts of Grey Mountain.

The magic carpet terrain near the base could be the first step. To further work on the basics, Corky’s off the Silverlode chair would be the next step. Skiers shouldn’t take the Motherlode chair to get to the Paradise area until Stem-Christies are mastered. The trails back to the base are very long, and it would be absolutely exhausting for anyone to hold a snow-plow for that distance!


Red Resort Skiing & Snowboarding - Intermediates

Red Mountain Resort has a stack of terrain for intermediates. The best playground is the area serviced by the Paradise chair where there are wide cruisers, and riders can practise their off-piste skills amongst some of the well spaced trees. A great racing run is the groomed run off the top of the Motherlode chair down Buffalo Ridge into the “dark blue” Main Run. Just don’t speed down too fast, otherwise the slow ride up on the antiquated lift will feel all the more protracted.

Grey Mountain is also great for intermediates, with a good variety of tree lined trails.


Terrain Park

The terrain park is located near the base area and includes various rails, boxes and tabletop jumps for riders of various ability levels. There is also a huge wall ride. In addition to the park, the natural terrain provides plenty of park type features, and there are lots of boulders on Granite Mountain off which to huck.


Advanced Ski and Snowboard Terrain

On Red Mountain, the popular Red Towers run under the chairlift is great for confident mogul riders who are happy to perform to an audience. Similarly the black runs under the Motherlode chair also form bumps very quickly, and are not for the shy skier or snowboarder. For a bit more privacy, the Paradise area in amongst the trees is a fantastic place to play. The tightness of the trees varies between runs, so pick a line that takes your fancy. For more great tree skiing, the War Eagle trees on Red Mountain are rated as double black but are very manageable. There is an abundance of potential lines, many of which follow the fall line, and you can drop down anywhere into Sally’s Alley or Dale’s Trail.


Expert Skiing and Snowboarding

Red Mountain Resort has lots of fantastic expert ski and snowboard terrain. Either side of the Motherlode Chairlift are popular spots. On the skiers’ right are a series of runs such as Pale Face, with steep pitch, tight trees and lots of drop-offs. On the other side of the lift are various lines through the trees, as well as the 1st, 2nd and 3rd slide runs which are more open considering they are avalanche paths.

There is some expert terrain on the actual Red Mountain, but the main treasure is to be found on the north side of Granite (Grey Basin) on runs such as Coolers. Most of this area is bliss for experts with steeps, chutes and tight trees. It has a backcountry feel to it and the terrain is gnarly, so take a buddy.


Red Mountain Snowcat Skiing

Red Resort offers about half a dozen snowcat shuttles per day from the top of Grey Mountain, to access 200 acres of terrain in the Mt Kirkup area. The terrain is a mix of off-piste open slopes and wide trees that are suitable for advanced skiers and snowboarders. The area is patrolled and avalanche managed, and offers a good chance of riding fresh lines. The snowcat shuttles attract a fee per run.

Ski lifts & pass


Ski Lifts

As a result of the limited lift infrastructure, Red Mountain Resort is not a place where you can clock up maximum vertical quickly. The thighs will get plenty of rest on the painfully slow chairlifts. Even the new quad chair on Grey Mountain is a fixed grip chair. Surprisingly the locals don’t seem to care about the lifts as they just fit in with the general laid back culture of Rossland – why rush? The slow lifts are one of the possible reasons that the crowds stay away, but this is of huge benefit to powder hounds who aren’t in a hurry.

The other downside to the lifts is the associated ugly powerlines that scar the otherwise beautiful landscape.


Ski pass

2017/2018 Single Day Lift Ticket Rates:

 
FULL DAYHALF DAY
11:45am – 3pm
SILVERLODE / T-BAR
ADULT (19-64)$92$69$46
COLLEGE**$78$59$39
YOUTH (13-18)$74$56$37
JUNIOR (7-12)$46$35$23
SENIOR (65-74)$64$48$32
MASTER (75 & OVER)FREE
CHILD (6 & UNDER)FREE


2017/2018 Multi-Day Day Lift Ticket Rates:

 
2-DAY3-DAY4 OF 55 OF 66 OF 77 OF 8
ADULT (19-64)$184$270$356$440$528$616
COLLEGE**$156$228$300$370$444$518
YOUTH (13-18)$148$216$284$350$420$490
JUNIOR (7-12)$92$132$172$210$252$294
SENIOR (65-74)$128$186$244$300$360$420
MASTER (75 & OVER)FREE
CHILD (6 & UNDER)FREE

Activities & Things to do ( WINTER )


SKIING & SNOWBOARDING

Skiing on RED Mountain often marks a visitor's first experience with the Rossland area. And nothing could be a better representation of what the Kootenays are really about:

With 300"/7.6m of annual snowfall, wide-open groomers, epic vertical (2,919ft/890m!), in-bounds cat-skiing ($10/run!), 360-degree descents, a rich tradition, and – phew! — the BEST tree runs in BC, it's no wonder The New York Times voted RED and Rossland "#8 Best Place in the World to Visit in 2013." Other accolades include #1 in Powder Magazine's "Ski Town Throwdown," and "Most Underrated Resort" by Skiing.

Brand-new terrain on Grey Mountain ringing in at nearly 1,000 acres. 22 new runs. A new lift installed. A new restaurant where you can, like, install a new ketchup stain on your $500 jacket… The expansion to Grey means more of everything you love, plus a massive increase in Intermediate terrain for families and mixed-skill groups. This recent expansion bumps the "local legend" into the Top 20 of all North American resorts in terms of terrain scale—while maintaining its position as #1 in pow aficionados' hearts.


CAT SKIING

The world’s largest cat skiing operation, running 4 cats a day with separate ability levels, and over 3000 skier days per season. Come and explore fresh tracks and deep powder with our qualified guides, just 2.5 hours north of Spokane, WA at Rossland BC!

As the only snowcat skiing operation in British Columbia to offer separate trips for Expert, Advanced, and Intermediate skiers and riders, (and even “Uber Expert” by request), you can enjoy exploring the backcountry with others of a similar ability.

Ski 8 Peaks!  With 19,300 acres of some of the best tree skiing and glades in the world, so you can explore our area with day-trips, or week-long packages based at neighbouring Red Mountain Ski Resort.  From moderate to luxury accommodation, we can tailor your trip to suit your group – you can incorporate resort skiing into the trip, or come out for fresh tracks every time.


CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Black Jack Cross Country Ski Club boasts 40 kms of professionally-groomed trails for classic and skate skiing, a Biathlon range, a 2 km doggy loop, 3 cozy cabins, and 2.5 kms of lit trails. It's a blue chip experience on a white chip budget, all only 4 minutes north of town. Come and find out what the world's best Nordic athletes already know: Black Jack is one of Canada’s premier facilities with programs for all ages and abilities. There's a reason 1 in 6 Rosslanders is a member...


BACK COUNTRY SKIING

For shredders who like to earn their turns and ditch other people faster than unsolicited phone calls, RED Mountain is uniquely blessed as a jumping-off point. With five stellar peaks within walking distance and enough terrain variety and challenge for even the crustiest split-boarders and free-heelers, this region is truly blessed. Just remember: There's no such thing as "sidecountry"...

Area also offers unique topography for "car drop" ski touring (aka "powder commuting") where you can ski down to the highway and shuttle back up without even breaking a sweat. See, around here you can be a mountain woman and still meet your husband for a hot lunch and a cold beer.


SNOWSHOEING

If you ask us, snowshoeing is one of the most underrated sports of all time. And, if you want to snowshoe up a mellow side-slope or on a more challenging trail, rentals are readily available. It's very easy to learn with the new style snowshoes but you can still wear that dope faux-fur hat. In fact you should.

The 16 cabins scattered around Strawberry Pass are quintessential Kootenays. These stylish, funky cabins with custom artwork on the stove doors were built by locals on Crown Land and are only for day use. Ever-popular with outdoorsy local families, you'll often see three generations of snow-sliders eating a bag lunch or firing up the wood stove in these special shelters. Don't forget to leave your name in the scrapbooks and don't forget to pack out what you packed in.


ROSSLAND CURLING CLUB

Curling Club Bookings

  • 4 per team
  • 32 people max uses all sheets
  • 16 people minimum @ $20/person  =  $320.
  • Approximately 2-3 hrs including instruction and games
  • Bar service available

The Rossland Curling Club opened in 1957 as an addition to the Rossland Arena and features 4 sheets of ice in a unique heritage atmosphere. Covering the East wall is unique heritage artwork created for Rossland’s centennial in 1987 featuring 14 foot tall images of Rossland’s mainstreet circa early 1900’s. Located two blocks from Rossland’s historic downtown core of hotels and reataurants the venue is very pedestrian friendly and exudes the alpine city’s naturally warm charm.

Veteran curling champion Randy Furbey during a visit to Rossland described the curling club as “Really quite a nice facility. It’s very bright, you’ve got a great lounge and I really quite like your rink.” Managed and run by dedicated volunteers, 3 generations of the Albo family dating back to the old outdoor curling sheets have been creating excellent curling ice since the 1930’s.

The outstanding and spacious fully licensed lounge looking out on the ice sheets can accommodate 100 people, complete with full kitchen and dance floor. The Club is home to the Rossland Cup, the oldest continually and actively played for curling trophy in the world, competed for annually since 1899.

 

Activities & Things to do ( SUMMER )


MOUNTAIN BIKING

With a deep history of biking on old railway beds, miners' trails and whisky running routes, Rossland is one of the founding bike destinations in BC and is also known as the Mountain Biking Capital of Canada. Rossland has full-time, paid trails crew that maintain and label our huge myriad of trails, over 200 kms of them in fact.


HIKING & TRAIL RUNNING

They come in chunky lug-soled hiking boots with bright red laces. They come in state-of-the-art trail runners and in those funny "foot gloves" that make their lower appendages like monkey feet. Some brave souls do it barefoot. But ninja-minimalist or maxi-clunk old-school, hikers and trail runners are in for a treat when they get a load of our world-class trails. There's gold in them thar hills.

Families with young children can pick from a number of leisurely trails with no big climbs and lots of places to stop, every hundred feet or so, for a snack or to dump out an entire day pack's contents for no apparent reason. And then maybe cry for a bit… More adventurous groups can tackle a hike like Red Top before lunch or spend all day gaining altitude on Old Glory. Nothing brings a family closer than leaving the rest of the world way down there.

Rossland's hardcore trail runners live here because they are like ascetic mountain bikers using their feet for tires and their knees as suspension. Pounding the pavement is great and all but nothing beats scrambling over knotty 500 year-old tree roots through a switchback forest that opens up on a vista that is as wild now as it was when that tree was still a pine cone. Knock out a quick 5km loop before breakfast or fill that CamelBak right to the top and tackle the legendary Seven Summits trail, home of the Broken Goat 50km Ultra Race.

And, if it turns out that those city slicker shoes are no match for our mountains, get a new pair at a great price—with insider advice—at one of our knowledgeable retailers. (PS: Your shoe size in Canadian is the same as in American. Contrary to popular belief there's no "exchange rate" on shoe sizes—and no exchanges on stinky, well-worn shoes.)


ROAD BIKING

Escape the traffic of the big city and find out what those big gears are really for. Whether you prefer our quad-burning, lung-busting climbs or passing sports-cars on technical, switchback-laden downhills, Kootenay climbs always come with a payoff. Our stomping ground is like a more user-friendly Tour de France: Satisfying climbs on winding roads. Tight corners that open up to storybook views. No altitude issues. (No attitude issues, either.) Pure, delicious tap water. And the real "yellow jersey": A steady supply of organic bananas courtesy of the gourmet grocery store in town.

So blow that city soot out of your pipes and turn down the traffic. And, if you need tubes, tools, leg razors, or some better shorts to do away with those saddle-sores, Rossland area bike shops are a roadie gold mine—with the right gear at the right price and insider tips on area rides.


GOLFING

Canada's alpine golf courses are some of the most gorgeous places to play in the world, with challenging holes and views that can rival even California's "calendar holes." Follow your drive ball's flight and you might catch a view of a kestrel or red-tailed hawk getting out of the way. Fore!

Rossland boasts a Les Furber Signature course right in town and a keen golfer could play a different course for a week straight with minimal driving (off-course, that is). From family-friendly niners to club-busting championship courses, the Kootenays are golf's best-kept secret and our courses are a leisurely way to soak in all of our excess natural beauty. (We won't tell if you don't…)

By basing yourself in Rossland for a golf holiday, duffer or deluxe, you get all this and can enjoy pleasant alpine temperatures in summer that are warm but not hot. (We never want to see you jumping into a water hazard again.)


FISHING

Go fishing by yourself - or hire a guide from St Mary Angler. They have great packages which include Guide, lunch and transportion on the Upper Columbia River. Visit stmaryangler.com or call 1-800-667-2311. There are many great spots for fishing around Rossland.

Beatrice Lake

Beatrice Lake is accessed via a 12 km (7.5 mi) trail up Beatrice Creek from Slocan in the Valhalla Provincial Park. Beatrice Lake is noted for its good fly fishing for rainbow trout.

Cameron Lake

Cameron Lake is located west of Arrow Lake via the 40 km (25 mi) Arrow Park Creek road north from Arrow Park. A medium-size treed camping area with limited facilities and a cartop boat launch are available.

Catherine Lake

Catherine Lake is located west of Arrow Lake via the 40 km (25 mi) Arrow Park Creek road north from Arrow Park. A short road from here branches east to the lake.Catherine Lake is reported as having rainbow trout of about 4.4 lbs.

Champion Lakes

These three lakes are located in Champion Lakes Park. The turnoff is found approximatley 6 km (3.7 mi) northeast of Fruitvale. Follow the access road 10 km (6 mi) to the park. Rainbow trout are stocked in all three lakes and reach sizes of 2 kg (4.5 lb).

Christina Lake

This lake is located just off of Highway 3 22 km (13.6 mi) east of Grand Forks. A campground with all facilities and boat launch are provided.

Columbia River

The Columbia River is the largest river in the Pacific Northwest region of North America. The river rises in the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada, flows northwest and then south into the U.S. state of Washington. The lower Columbia River stretches from Castlegar to the border. It is easily accessible from Castlegar and Trail, BC and offers exceptional Walleye, Kokanee, Bull Trout and Rainbow Trout fishing for spin casters, trollers, and fly fisherman. We've had success with jigs, spinners, and flies on numerous sections of this river.

Cottonwood Lake

This lake is located 10 minutes outside of Nelson, BC toward Ymir. Access is marked 1km before Whitewater Road. The lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout and they reach sizes of up to 2lbs. Electric motors only. There are a few good fishing opportunities from shore for both spin casting and fly fishing.

Duck Lake

When it comes to numbers and size, Duck Lake located near Creston BC is a strong contender for the title of best bass lake in British Columbia. Duck Lake is also part of the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, considered a critical international wetland and migration route. There are NO POWER BOATS allowed on the lake, including electric motors. This protects the shoreline areas where the waterfowl breed and nest. Please fish with caution and consideration. Always check the regulations for openings, closings, limits and special restrictions. Duck Lake is an excellent spot for ice fishing in the winter. Read an article about bass fishing in Duck Lake.


KOKANEE MOUNTAIN ZIPLINING

Kokanee Mountain Ziplining provides fully guided 2 – 2.5 hour ziplining tours for all ages! Set in Kokanee Creek Canyon with 6 ziplines, guests can reach speeds up to 100Km/hr on lines 300+ feet high and up to 2400 feet long. Come check out the amazing views of the surrounding mountain range and Kootenay Lake.


DISC GOLF

Traditional golf often looks down its collective nose at disc golf—but is whacking a ball with a stick truly more noble than chucking a frisbee into a basket made of chains? No, we think not.

See, disc golf might be considered "fringe" in some spots but, 'round here, it's as regular as, like, curling or ringette. With the best 18 hole disc golf course in the Kootenays (all baskets!) and FREE playing and parking, all you need to pack is your trail runners, your discs, and some oblique subcultural slang. Fun is all but guaranteed in this safe, easy-going sport that's fun for the "hole" family. Doink!

Facilities & Services

Most of the Red Mountain ski resort facilities and services can be found at the base of the resort in the large day lodge. One commonality of the amenities is that everything is rather affordable.


Red Mountain Ski Rentals, Snowboard Rental

Red Resort has an equipment rental shop in the day lodge which offers a good range of rental gear including alpine skis, powder skis, snowboards, cross country skis and snowshoes. They stock standard gear as well as performance equipment. The Red Mountain ski rental outlet also has skis mounted with AT bindings, avalanche beacons, probes and shovels. The prices are very reasonable.


Facilities for Children

Child minding is provided by Red Resort. Red Daycare is located in the day lodge, offering child care for ages 18 months to 5 years, for the full day, a half day or by the hour. The Red Mountain child care is rather inexpensive, especially if you purchase multi-day packages.

For children aged 3-5 years, it’s possible to combine the child minding with a short ski lesson.

There are also Rossland babysitters available.


Red Mountain Ski School

The Snowsports School offers a decent range of programs including group and private lessons for adults and children. Beginner packages that include a lift ticket and equipment rentals are particularly inexpensive.

Kinderski is for ages 3-5 whereby first timers receive a 1 hour private lesson, and others a 1.5 hour group lesson. Standard group kids’ lessons start at age 6 and consist of a 2 hour lesson or a full day including lunch.

For adults, other than beginner and adaptive lessons, there are no standard group lessons. Instead there are a whole raft of clinics on specific dates that may or may not suit you. These include gender specific programs, avalanche skills training, and avalanche awareness.


Eating On Mountain

Paradise Lodge is tucked away on the Silver Sheep trail on Granite Mountain. This rustic lodge has plenty of character. It’s the sort of comfortable place where you could settle in for a long afternoon in front of the wood heater. They serve hearty lunches including soups, sandwiches, and burgers from the outdoor grill. They also serve alcohol and the biggest cookies known to man or woman, and there is a microwave for BYO lunches. On sunny days the deck is a great place to perch.

Sourdough Alley is a cafeteria in the base day lodge, serving up pretty standard cafeteria fare for a ski resort.

Or Keen Coffee and Wine offers hot beverages, alcoholic beverages, wraps, sandwiches and other goodies.

Upstairs in the day lodge is Rafter’s, a really cool bar that’s open for lunch.

At the base of the Grey chairlift is a grill where you can munch on a gourmet sausage.

Restaurants & Nightlife

The range of restaurants and bars at Red Mountain and Rossland is not substantial, but is pretty good for a small town. Rossland has more cafes, restaurants and bars than Red Mountain. There are also options in Trail, but why would anyone want to leave the beautiful Rossland?


Red Mountain Restaurants 

In addition to Sour Dough Alley and Paradise Lodge for day-time fare, Rafter’s Lounge in the day lodge has a casual dining menu for après ski appetizers or evening (Wednesday to Saturday only), and they also have a children’s menu.

Gabriella’s has an extensive menu of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine such as pasta, paella, bruschetta, seafood and steak. This restaurant affords great value for money. The yummy desserts are also incredibly well priced so try and save room. If you’ve really worked up an appetite on the slopes, then try the famous “Trips for 2 around Italy”, a six-course meal that covers six different regions of Italy. Mama Mia! Gabriella’s is open from 4pm for après too.


Rossland Restaurants

Rossland has lots of day time cafes. Rush Coffee Lounge at the Prestige Hotel is good to grab a quick coffee and baked goods. The gem of Rossland is Clansey’s Café in the main street. It is fantastic for breakfast or lunch, has a huge menu, and is really, really cheap. They have complimentary wireless internet which just adds to the bargain.

For evening dining, the gold treasure of Rossland is Idgie’s (1999 2nd Avenue). Many people had recommended this restaurant to us, but in deciphering the Canadian accent we couldn’t quite figure out whether they were describing it as a “garlic” or “gaelic” restaurant. One quick scan of the menu and it was easy to realise that garlic is a common ingredient on the fabulously fine menu that makes you salivate. Examples on the menu include halibut with pecan maple sauce; and chicken with goats cheese, strawberries and spinach draped in roasted garlic white wine sauce. Considering that nearly everything has garlic in it, you know that it’s great for the immune system, and it’s the perfect place for a boys’ night out. The desserts are awesome and thankfully they don’t have garlic in them.

Behind Idgie’s is Misty Mountain Pizza where they use the leftover garlic. They sell quality take-away pizzas and also deliver.

At the Prestige Hotel is another Gabriella’s restaurant. The setting is intimate and cosy with very chic décor, and the menu incorporates the fabulous Italian fare that Gabriella’s is famous for.

Another good restaurant in Rossland is the Drift Izakaya (Japanese).

For something a bit different, Le Petite Fromage is an evening dining experience where a group cross-country skis for about half an hour to a remote cabin. The rustic cabin has a woodstove and candlelit tables, where a 3 course cheese and chocolate fondue dinner is served. Like everything in Rossland, this experience costs about a third of the price it would in Whistler. Make the most of it!


Bars & Nightlife Red Mountain

Rafter’s Lounge in the base lodge is a great place for après. The rustic and jovial atmosphere is rather enticing, and it’s tempting to order jug after jug of beer and settle in for the evening. If you get hungry in between drinks, they have appetizers and casual meals (Wednesday to Saturday).

The Rock Cut Pub and Restaurant is open for lunch, après, and dinner. It has a pool table, an outdoor fire, and has live music and acts during winter. It is located on the opposite side of the highway from the Red Resort, so it’s walking distance from the village accommodation, but not really stumbling distance so don’t drink too much!


Rossland Bars & Nightlife

The Flying Steamshovel has a long history and essentially is “the pub” in town. It’s a great place for après, dinner or evening drinking festivities.

A smaller cosier bar is the Uptown Lodge at the Prestige Hotel. This is far from your average hotel bar, as various locals frequent the bar which adds to the character somewhat.

Shopping

Red Mountain Resort and Rossland are not really a shopper-holic’s paradise, but there are enough shops to cover the basics as well as a few interesting speciality shops. Red Mountain only has one small shop. The main bulk of shops are in the town of Rossland. Here there are ski and snowboard shops, a couple of boutiques, gift shops, a pharmacy and a supermarket.


Rossland Ski Shops, Snowboard Stores

Piste Off Supply Company is located at Red Mountain Ski Resort, just outside the day lodge. It’s not a large shop, and sells only a limited range of ski and snowboard equipment and apparel. They don’t sell any outerwear and most of the apparel is Red Resort logo wear including shell jackets, polar fleeces, vests, ski tops, thermals, hoodies, and caps. Goggles and other ski and snowboard accessories are also sold here.

In Rossland, the RossVegas Boardshop (2105 Columbia Ave) is absolutely jam packed with a large range of boards, boots and bindings, and really colourful snow and fashion apparel.

Across the road is Powderhounds Clothing & Souvenirs (2040 Columbia Avenue). This is an old drab looking shop, but it covers a large range of outdoor activities with a small range of gear and accessories for each discipline. They sell some clothing, albeit unfashionable, and some Red Mountain souvenirs.

The pick of the Rossland ski shops is the Butch Boutry Ski Shop (2080 Washington Street) that is also jam packed with gear. They very proudly have a huge range of skis (11 different brands!), boots, helmets and other accessories. Outerwear brands such as Descente and Orage are sold, but these tend to be the lower end gear for these brands.


Souvenir Shopping

There is no shortage of Red Mountain branded merchandise. The ski resort shop on-mountain has the biggest range, and Powderhounds and Butch Boutry also have some logo clothing such as polar fleece vests and hoodies.


General Shopping

Out of the Cellar is a really interesting shop, but possibly only for the female shopper. They sell general gifts, jewellery, boutique-type clothing, shoes, handbags, and home-wares. They have pretty much put an assortment of things that chicks might dig into one shop.

The nearby Legacy Gift Room is also very girly, selling lots of candles, jewellery and general gifts.

A delight for children is the Jelly Bean toy store, also in Columbia Avenue.


Rossland Grocery Shopping

Ferraro Foods in the main street (Columbia Avenue) is a large supermarket that sells lots of fresh produce. There is also a liquor store in the main street.

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