Red Mountain Resort

Coordinates: 49°06′10″N 117°49′13″W / 49.10278°N 117.82028°W / 49.10278; -117.82028
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Red Mountain Resort
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Red Mountain Resort is located in British Columbia
Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain Resort
Location within British Columbia
Red Mountain Resort is located in Canada
Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain Resort (Canada)
LocationBritish Columbia, Canada
Nearest major cityRossland, British Columbia
Vertical887 m (2,910 ft) [1]
Top elevation2,072 m (6,798 ft)
Base elevation1,185 m (3,888 ft)
Skiable areaLift-served
2,682 acres (10.9 km2)
4,200 acres (17.0 km2)
Runs110 named
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg - 16% Beginner
Longest run7 km (4.3 mi)Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg - 47% Intermediate
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg - 37% Expert
Lift system6 chairs
- 2 quad
- 3 triples
- 1 double
2 surface lifts
- 1 T-bar
- 1 magic carpet
Lift capacity7,500 /hr
Terrain parks1
Snowfall750 cm (300 in)
Night skiingYes

RED Mountain Resort is a ski resort in western Canada, located on Granite, Grey, Kirkup, and Red Mountains[2] in Rossland, a former gold mining town in the West Kootenay region of southeastern British Columbia. RED Mountain is one of the oldest ski hills in North America, with a history dating back to the creation of the Red Mountain Ski Club (RMSC) in the first decade of the 1900s. RED Mountain is located in the Monashee Mountains just north of the U.S. border. Like other ski hills in the British Columbia Interior, it has a reputation for light, dry powder, with yearly snowfall of 750 cm (300 in).

RED Mountain Resort is known for having a variety of challenging expert terrain and for being geared towards intermediate and expert level skiers and riders.

The ski area's base elevation is 1,185 m (3,888 ft) above sea level and has 887 m (2,910 ft) of vertical. Its three main summits, Red Mountain, Granite Mountain, and Grey Mountain are serviced by six chairlifts, a T-bar, and a magic carpet and its fourth summit, Mt Kirkup, is in-bounds cat ski accessible (for just $10/run), all adding up to access 3,850 acres (15.6 km2) of skiable terrain on 119 marked runs.


RED Mountain is served by resort-owned shuttles from small airports in Trail and Castlegar. Shuttles also operate to the nearest international airports in Spokane, WA (2.5 hrs.) and Kelowna (3.5 hrs.).


In the summer of 1958, a new slalom slope was cleared by the RMSC for racing practice. Work was delayed until the fall due to threats of forest fires.[3] At the time, Red Mountain had just one chairlift, the Red Chair, western Canada's first in 1947.[4] During the 1958-59 season, daily lift tickets were $3.50 for the general public and $2.25 for RMSC members (or 40 cents for a single ride).[3]

In 1968 the Red Mountain Ski Club hosted the first-ever FIS Alpine World Cup in Canada including both a Men's and Women's Giant Slalom and Slalom.[5]

Michel Trudeau, third son of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and Margaret Trudeau-Kemper and younger brother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had been working for about a year at Red Mountain Resort and living in Rossland when on November 13, 1998, during a backcountry skiing trip with some friends in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, he was swept into Kokanee Lake by an avalanche and unable to reach the shore and drowned at age 23.[6]

In the summer of 2013, a third peak was added, Grey Mountain, adding 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) of terrain and 22 named runs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Red Mountain Resort. "Trail maps". Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved April 16, 2008.
  2. ^ "Red Mountain (recreational facility)". BC Geographical Names.
  3. ^ a b Williams, Dick (November 20, 1958). "New slalom practice slope improves Rossland ski area". Spokesman-Review. p. 19.
  4. ^ - history - accessed March 7, 2012
  5. ^ "History".
  6. ^ DePalma, Anthony (November 16, 1998). "Pierre Trudeau's Youngest Son Believed Killed in Avalanche". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2016.

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