Seven and a half hours east of Vancouver and a snowball’s throw from the Canada-U.S. border rests one of the most fabled ski towns in the Great White North: Rossland, BC. The town, which originated as a hustling and bustling mining utopia during the gold rush, boasts about as much character as you could ask for in a mountain setting, with an eclectic mix of friendly locals, historic 1800’s-style buildings, and gingerbread ski chalets resting comfortably on steep slopes. Now that the gold is gone from them hills though, the crown jewel of the area is nearby Red Mountain Resort, which overlooks Rossland like a pillar of the past, although its future is extremely bright.
There’s a lot of talk about Red in the ski world these days, and for good reason. With roughly 3,000 acres of diverse skiable terrain (complemented by a 360 degree fall line) thanks to their gargantuan expansion to include Grey Mountain a few years prior (the biggest ski area expansion in 30 years), affordable lodging and lift tickets, and the absence of the glitz, glam and noses in the air, Red and nearby Rossland offer a refreshing small-town ski experience, and it’s more than worth the jaunt to get there.–Jeff Schmuck