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Red Resort is one of Canada’s hidden gems. This is one of the biggest ski areas in British Columbia and being located in the renowned Powder Highway region the slopes here enjoy over 300 inches of light, dry powder snow every season.
This relatively undiscovered resort has a huge variety of terrain from long groomed runs, big vertical, world class tree skiing and easy to access back-country skiing. This off-the-beaten-path resort offers a big mountain ski experience and a quiet, laid back ski town full of historic charm. When you ski here you’ll feel like you’ve discovered one of Canada’s best kept secrets.
Red Resort has expanded its terrain over the last few years opening up a wide variety of runs for all abilities. The lift served terrain is spread across three mountains (Granite, Red and Grey Mountain) There’s also a fourth peak of cat-skiing terrain.
There are 119 named trails. Grey Mountain is almost exclusively intermediate terrain offering long tree lined runs. 17% of the ski area is for beginners and novices will spend most of their day on Granite Mountain.
Granite Mountain also offers advanced skiers 360 degrees of trails from the summit. Long, ski anywhere, interconnected lines from peak to base. This is some of the best fall-line tree skiing anywhere in North America. There are endless lines and long lasting powder stashes to be found here. For the best powder runs head to the Grey Basin side which has plenty of chutes and feels more like you’re in the backcountry.
Red Resort is great place to try snow-cat skiing for the first time. The resort has opened an in-bounds, patrolled area on Grey mountain. Daily shuttles run from the top of Grey to an additional 200 acres of pristine powder. Just pay CAD $10 per ride and Mt Kirkup Cat Skiing takes you to one of the best zones for advanced skiers and experts to find fresh lines and long lasting powder.
If you want to try a full day of snow-cat back-country skiing, the resort is also home to the largest snow-cat operation in Canada. Book a day with Big Red Cats. With over 19,000 acres spread over 8 mountains, you can expect to ski between 10,000 and 18,000 vertical feet of untracked glades and bowls deep in the spectacular Monashee mountains.
The ski village is compact and relatively under-developed. All the facilities that you’ll need are based in the day lodge. There is also a good choice of modern slope-side accommodation, which is ideal if you want to maximise your ski time. The Josie Hotel was recently voted Canada’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel in the 2019 World Ski Awards. The only downside to the resort is the limited number of bars and restaurants at the base. Grafters is the go to place for apres. Located on the top floor of the day lodge, it’s reputed to be the best ski bar in North America – as ranked by Powder Magazine.
There’s a wider choice of restaurants and bars, as well as the supermarket in the nearby mining-era town of Rossland.
The free resort shuttle connects the ski village to Rossland, which is 5km away from the ski village. This historic mining town has a laid back, friendly, small town atmosphere. There’s more of a nightlife here and you’ll find a good selection of restaurants, bars as well as boutique shops and Spas.
Red Resort boasts some of the best powder and tree skiing in North America. Advanced intermediates and experts will love the skiing here. If you’re looking for a quiet, unspoiled ski resort that offers all the amenities that you’d expect but with none of the crowds, glitz or lift lines then Red Resort should be on your radar.
Located on the Powder Highway the resort is also a great destination to add into your itinerary on a multi-resort snow safari. Powder hounds should also consider a day trip to nearby Whitewater, which offers a no-frills lift served back-country style ski experience. One of Canada’s best heli-ski operations is also based there in the nearby town of Nelson.