WORDS: Sarah Ward
Red Mountain in Rossland, B.C., broke ground for a new fixed-grip quad chairlift, which will start spinning next winter and will access 997 more acres of terrain--about the size of Mount Baker--making the resort one of the largest in North America.
The lift will top out at the summit of Grey Mountain. Backcountry skiers have accessed the area since the 1920s. Now anyone with a Red Mountain lift ticket will be able to ski off the peak, having the ability to ski all 360 degrees of (inbounds, avalanche controlled) terrain Grey has to offer.
Red Mountain CEO Howard Katkov says with the additional acreage there will be "no crowds and lots of fresh powder, a lot more."
After three years in the making, construction on the new lift began Thursday. But the expansion won't stop there. Katkov suggested they'll expand an additional 1,400 acres to Mount Kirkup. For now, with the new lift going in next season, that area will be that much closer for those skiers who still want to hike to their turns.