Powder Perspective

The Motherlode might be one of the coldest rides in this guide due to its north-facing position. But the skiing from the top is pure heat. A slew of untouched stashes—inbounds, sidecountry, and backcountry—await, with 6,807-foot Granite Mountain acting as the launchpad. You don’t need to go far to ski the archetypal funky lines of Red, as Link’s Line directly beneath Motherlode will keep your legs, lungs, and curiosity occupied. As will the north-facing trees of Powder Fields and Pales, fluty lines of 1st through 3rd Slides, and Captain Jack’s Trees. Of course, the ultimate backcountry gem remains the adjacent Mount Roberts, an easy 30-minute skin. Once there, technical lines waterfall from the top with cliffs, stumps and spines intersecting deep pow. More sidecountry options abound with Record Ridge and Kirkup. Undoubtedly, the Motherlode provides, as does Rafters, the iconic interior B.C. bar at the base, where quality conversation, hoola-hoopers and cold jugs of Kootenay thrive. —JOHN STIFTER

Resort Overview

RED is a vast, uncrowded and unspoiled mountain playground waiting to be discovered by experienced skiers and riders seeking a thrilling big mountain experience. We are like catskiing but with the freedom of a lift serviced resort. RED has mindblowing consistent fall lines, abundant BC Kootenay powder and is found in the friendly historic ski town, Rossland.

We are the ski area answer to the sanitized mega resort formula. You’ll find we are uncrowded, even on our busiest days.

Terrain Breakdown

RED’s Controlled Recreational Area is 4,200 acres; 1,685 acres of it is lift serviced. With 5 peaks serving up both inbounds and side country skiing, there is a ton of terrain that doles out good times. Lift serviced terrain is 15% beginner, 40% intermediate and 45% advanced/expert terrain.

Season Highlights

  • 1/11-15/12: North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships-Jr.
  • 1/20-22/12: North Face Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships-Sr.
  • 1/27/12-1/29/12: Rossland Winter Carnival
  • 2/25/12: Cliff Dive
  • 3/7/12-3/10/12: RED’s Ski Cross and NorAm
  • 3/10/12-3/19/12: Kokanee Spring Fest
  • 3/23-24/12: The Gathering presented by Salomon
  • 3/31/12: Kokanee Slush Cup
  • 4/9/12: Final day of operations and Deck Party

Resort Specs

Annual Snowfall: 300 inches
Vertical Drop: 2,919 feet
Skiable Acres: 1,685
Number of Lifts: 6
Number of Trails: 88
Number of Parks/Pipes: 1 Park
Backcountry Access: Open
Ticket Prices: $66
Nearest Airport: Spokane, WA; Castlegar, BC (Canada)
Local Bars: Rafters Bar (top floor of day lodge)
Local Restaurants: Drift Izakaya, Gypsy at RED, Gabriellas, Steam Shovel, Rock Cut, Clancey’s, Alpine Grind, Sunshine Café.
Hotels / Lodging: RED Mountain Resort Lodging, Prestige Hotel, Casa Alpina