Red Mountain Resort
Red Mountain Resort is a ski resort in western Canada, located on Granite, Grey, and Red Mountains 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|
|Location||British Columbia, Canada|
|Nearest city||Rossland - 5 min.|
Spokane, WA - 2.5 hrs
Kelowna - 3.5 hrs
|Vertical||887 m (2,910 ft) |
|Top elevation||2,072 m (6,798 ft)|
|Base elevation||1,185 m (3,888 ft)|
2,682 acres (10.9 km2)
4,200 acres (17.0 km2)
- 16% Beginner
- 47% Intermediate
- 37% Expert
|Longest run||7 km (4.3 mi)|
|Lift system||5 chairs|
- 2 quad
- 2 triples
- 1 double
2 surface lifts
- 1 T-bar
- 1 magic carpet
|Lift capacity||7,500 /hr|
|Snowfall||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 the newly added Grey Mountain are serviced by five chairlifts, a T-bar, and a magic carpet to access 2,682 acres (10.9 km2) of skiable terrain on 110 named 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. At the time, Red Mountain had just one chairlift, the Red Chair, western Canada's first in 1947. 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).
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.
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. A new, fixed-grip, Poma quad-chair is intended to be in service for the 2013/14 winter season.
- Red Mountain Resort. "Trail maps". Archived from the original on 2012-09-08. Retrieved 2008-04-16.
- "Red Mountain (recreational facility)". BC Geographical Names.
- Williams, Dick (November 20, 1958). "New slalom practice slope improves Rossland ski area". Spokesman-Review. p. 19.
- redresort.com - history - accessed 2012-03-07
- DePalma, Anthony (16 November 1998). "Pierre Trudeau's Youngest Son Believed Killed in Avalanche". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 December 2016.