Red Mountain Poised for Remake

Unaffected and enchanting, British Columbia’s fabled Red Mountain invariably amazes skiers, even those accustomed to heading off the beaten track. And with all the development projects planned for the ski resort, “Red” will no doubt continue to surprise and delight skiers for years to come

More than 100 years ago, Rossland, B.C. lured thousands of people dreaming of finding gold, glory and riches. Today this little mountain town lures thousands of people in search of the precious white gold that falls from the sky and promises richly glorious skiing and snowboarding at Red Mountain, the local ski resort.

Located in the heart of the Monashee Mountains just 10 minutes from the U.S. border, Red Mountain boasts 83-plus runs that get buried in more than 750 centimetres of snow every winter. Virtually every day, fresh new powder falls onto the soft, thick layer of white that carpets the 634 skiable hectares at Red Mountain. There’s no fuss or muss here, and there is most definitely no artificial village. With 880 vertical metres, the resort doesn’t even have detachable chairlifts. There are just three triple chairlifts, a Tlift and an ancient double chairlift to take skiers to the top of the runs, imparting the impression that time stopped here in the early 1950s. Such relics are what make Red Mountain a classic among western Canada’s ski resorts.

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Claudine Hébert