Skiing at Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain, BC. Photo credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig

If you like your skiing old school then Red Mountain Resort is for you. This still hidden gem has old school charm with heart and the soulful small town of Rossland. It’s tucked away in the West Kootenays not far from Nelson and nearby Whitewater Resort.

Red is known for steep and deep with some of the best tree skiing in British Columbia. Friendly locals, no lift lines, 3850 acres  (1558 ha) of skiable terrain (including a cat serviced off piste bowl) and a ton of fun with 110 marked ski runs over three mountains with 360 degree descents.

Add quirky mountain huts deep in the woods off the ski runs and the cool The Josie Hotel to ski into for cocktails and appies.

WHY red Resort?

Because in a world of mega resorts, Red still holds its charm close to the heart.

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About red resort


skiers at Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain resort. Photo credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig

Red boasts 25 feet (7.6 m) of snowfall on the famed Powder Highway of British Columbia. When it snows here, it snows a lot.


If you want first powder tracks every time then Red Mountain is also the home base for Big Red Cats, an Aussie operated cat skiing business accessing 19,300 acres (7810 ha) of skiable terrain over 8 mountains with expert, advanced and intermediate dedicated ski and snowboard days.

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Town of Rossland
Town of Rossland. Photo credit: Destination BC/Steve Ogle

Red’s on mountain village is very basic with a couple of restaurants and a ski shop, however the historical town of Rossland is five minutes down the road with all the shopping, dining, bars and art galleries you could need from a chocolatier to local coffee roasters at Seven Summits and even a pet boutique.


If you want to go further afield a day trip to the lakeside town of Nelson will fuel your shopping soul, and spend a day skiing at Whitewater — another small ski hill favourite of ours.


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Rossland town, Red Mountain
Rossland town, Red Mountain, BC. Photo credit: Destination BC

Stay on mountain at Red for ski-in ski-out convenience so you get first tracks every time. The Josie Hotel is a recent addition. The slope side Josie is a boutique chic style hotel worthy of the hippest urbanites with lush furnishings, a cool lobby and a hipster restaurant and bar.


There is a new hostel called Nowhere Special which is for the stylish on a budget. . If you are looking for apartments and condos with all the bells and whistles, we recommend Slalom Creek. Also right at the base of the chairlifts, ski-in, ski-out, you are right where you want to be.


Downtown Rossland, just 2.75 miles (4.5 km) from Red Resort, has a quirky selection of hotels, motels, bed and breakfast lodgings to suit all budgets.


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Red Mountain Resort ski trail and people
Red Mountain, BC. Photo credit: Destination BC/Ryan Flett

#1. Three mountain peaks — Granite, Red and Grey mountains provide terrain for everyone.


#2. $10 cat skiing on Mt Kirkup – take a ride out to ski untracked trees, bowls and advanced powder skiing for ten bucks a ride.


#3. The town of Rossland — the coolest mountain town around with one Main Street, a coffee roasters, brewery, chocolatier and friendly locals.


#4. TACO ROJO – ski in taco truck at the base of Grey Chairlift for some street style fare.


#5. Free Mountain tours – local Snow Hosts will show you the mountain they love  with free tours twice a day

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Red Mountain cable cars
Red Mountain. Photo credit: Tourism Rossland/Ryan Flett

RED is more than a ski resort. It’s a culture focused on adventure. It’s friendly locals getting the most out of every day. And most importantly, it delivers soul exhilaration at levels you’ve been looking for. Just look at the stats.

Beginner Intermediate Advanced Expert
18% 31% 25% 28%


Red Ski Resort 300in 760cm
Average Winter Temp 25º F / -4º C


Red Ski Resort 4,200 ac 1670 ha


2984 ft / 88s m Longest Run: 4.3 miles  / 7 km


Base Elevation 3,887 ft / 1,185 m
Village Centre 4116 ft / 1255 m
Vertical Drop 2,919 ft / 890 m


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  • 2,877 lift-serviced acres / 1164 ha
  • 10 marked runs


Get on the program. One in six residents of Rossland nordic skis. That says it all. Experience some of Canada’s finest cross-country skiing at the Black Jack Ski Club, located just 2 minutes up the highway from Red Mountain. Take to set tracks — 25 miles (40 km) of professionally groomed trails for both classic skiing and skate skiing. Good news is there are trails for beginners to the real experts. Enjoy the glide, the superb views, perhaps a warm fire at one of the three cabins, and a fantastic work out.  If you want to ski in the day, and then hit the tracks in the evening, there is 1.5 miles (2.5 km) of lit night skiing trails and a 2 km Doggy Loop. Something for our four-legged friends too.



Red Resort offers night skiing each and every Thursday night during the season.



9.00 am – 3.30 pm Note: These times are provided by the ski resort and can vary based on external conditions, day of the week, school, and public holidays.

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Skier at Red Mountain
Red Mountain. Photo credit: Rossland Tourism/Ryan Flett


Fly with Air Canada Express to Castlegar’s West Kootenay Regional Airport connecting via Vancouver, BC or Calgary, AB. There are several flights daily. Castlegar is a 35 minute drive to RED  with car rentals and airport shuttle available. PLEASE NOTE that this airport often experiences unfavourable conditions (i.e. poor visibility) for safe landings and Air Canada often delays or cancels flights.



From Vancouver’s YVR South Terminal only, fly to Trail Regional Airport with Pacific Coastal Airlines , a very reliable airline with several flights daily.  This requires a separate ticket.



Fly to Kelowna, BC International Airport with Air Canada, WestJet, United or Alaska. Kelowna is approximately a 4 hour drive to RED.



Fly to Calgary or Vancouver and drive 7 to 7.5 hours to RED enjoying some of the best scenery on the planet! This option also allows you to visit many sights along the way.



Fly to Cranbrook, BC   Canadian Rockies International Airport with Air Canada via Calgary, AB and Vancouver, BC.  Cranbrook is a 3.5 hour drive to RED crossing the highest mountain pass in Canada, the Salmo-Creston Kootenay Pass.


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Red Resort Rockstar Terrain Park

RED’s Rockstar Energy Terrain Park gears up each season, ready to delight shredders, riders and skiers looking for that adrenalin rush. You’ll be yee haa’ing and cheering with jumps and jibs, and rockin’ along to the park-wide sound system.  RED Resort Parks has a variety of 15 rail and box features ranging from S to XL across its small and large parks.


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Red Mountain ski trail
Red Mountain. Photo credit: Tourism Rossland

You’ll be in good hands with Red’s team of ski and snowboard instructors. The snow school has all the usual group and private lessons for kids, teens and adults with a max ratio of 6 kids to one instructor for kids groups.


The cutest Kinderski one hour one on one lessons to introduce your skiing three to five year old to the sport and even a Ditch the Parents all day all mountain ski and ride day. Choose a two day intro to park skiing and shredding for six year olds and over or an all mountain riders camp for 12 to 18 year olds.


Adults can choose from tree skiing camps, womens only adventures, free riding and free skiing workshops.


COVID-19 Policy: The resorts’ products, programs and prices may change or vary for the upcoming 2020/21 season as they continue to act in accordance with the instructions of the BC Ministry of Health and other Government officials.


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Travel light! Leave your equipment at home, and save the hassle. RED Rentals has all the latest gear. Whether you want to rip the groomers, shred the steep and deep, or do it all, the team at RED Rentals will get you kitted up in a flash — skis, boards and snowshoes.  Change to a different model and big-name brands whenever you like! Perfect if you are contemplating a day cat skiing.


Rossland shopping area
Rossland shopping. Photo credit: Tourism Rossland/Ryan Flett

Take a half day off the slopes and head to Rossland for some mountain town charm.


Start at Seven Summits for coffee roasted on site and served up by qualified baristas. Don’t miss the Mountain Nugget Chocolate Company for hot chocolates the size of your head.


Wander the quirky store fronts and side streets to discover local fashion and streetwear labels, art galleries including glass artist Christine Holden at Alley Cat Glassworks.


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Fat biking at Red Mountain Resort
Fat biking. Photo credit: Tourism Rossland/Ryan Flett

You’re in a winter adventure land, the perfect place to explore – spend a day cat skiing with Big Red Cats, you won’t regret it, hit up the cross country trails, head backcountry with professional guides, go fat biking, join a curling team for a night, go ice skating at the Rossland Arena or watch a hockey match.


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People hanging out in Red Mountain après
Red Mountain après. Photo credit: Red Mountain

When the chairlifts close head to Rafters for happy hour on the top floor of the day lodge and prepare to get rowdy with live music and giant nachos.


The more demure ski in to The Josie Hotel Velvet Lounge for speakeasy style cocktails and gourmet apps.


Then hot tail it into Rossland for local brew at Rossland Beer Company and pub grub at The Flying Steamshovel.


Hungry? Head to Clanseys for forest and farm to table.


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