Red Mountain, British Columbia
Steep Terrain and Fantastic Views
Red Mountain is one of the oldest ski resorts in Canada. Nestled in the Monashee Mountains in southern British Columbia, the town of Rossland began its life as a gold-mining town. Now, the slopes surrounding the town draw avid skiers and snowboarders to its steep terrain and especially to its backcountry areas. The resort offers a “ski anywhere” terrain policy opening up some of the best off-trail tree skiing in North America.
The resort includes two mountains, Granite and Red Mountains, covering 1,200 acres of skiable terrain. This place is heaven for experts. One-third of its 83 trails are marked for “extreme caution,” offering thrills for the more adventurous. The resort offers a vertical drop of 880 meters (2,900 feet). Only 10% of the runs are good for beginners and are mostly located in the Paradise area. However, some of these are at high altitudes and provide great views. Forty-five percent of the resort’s trails are marked for intermediates, most of which are in the Paradise area, as well.
In addition to downhill skiing and snowboarding, winter visitors enjoy snowmobiling, backcountry touring, and cross-country skiing (25 kilometers/16 miles of trails).
The town of Rossland itself is small and quiet. It doesn’t have a resort feel to it, but rather boasts the authenticity of a real town with long-time residents. The resort’s crowd-free runs and some of the most extreme terrain in the world invites anyone with a taste for adventure to grab their skis and snowboards and head for Red Mountain.