Soft Turns Amid the Trees at Red Mountain

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Mike Ramsey turns amid the trees at Red Mountain.

The SkiZer finished off a trip to Canada with a day at Red Mountain Resort.

It was a challenging day on a challenging mountain. A new storm had dumped a few inches of snow, and fog shrouded the top of Granite Peak. Coverage was a little thin on lower slopes and shortly after arrival, the new snow turned to freezing rain.

The SkiZer made do. Red Mountain is a big place — a rough mountain built on tree-skiing. Luckily, I had snow host Mike Ramsey to show me around.

Over the next few hours, Ramsey guided me around the Red, uncovering few excellent powder stashes in the trees. Even though the freezing rain was a challenge, the snow remained soft and creamy in most places.

Facing a seven-hour drive home, the SkiZer split at 1:30 p.m. It was a short day, not nearly enough time to digest everything Red had to offer. Next time.

Day 14: Red Mountain

  • Vertical for the day: 12,000
  • Vertical for the year: 222,000
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Several rustic private cabins sit amid the trees on Red Mountain’s vast terrain.
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A snowboarder glides on fresh snow on the north side of Granite Peak.

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