Seeing Red: A Delightfully Old-School Mountain

If you believe that ski areas should be about the terrain and not the Prada shop in the village, then you will love Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia.

The resort is 2,877 acres of old-school, from top to bottom. One of Canada’s oldest resorts has no high-speed lifts, a historic day lodge and oodles of tree skiing stretching over four mountains. Tickets remain affordable in an era when skiers are getting priced out around the world.

In order to keep Red Mountain this way, the resort has embarked on a novel campaign. Red is raising money through a crowd-funding campaign “to keep it sustainable,” says Howard Katkov, chief executive officer of Red Mountain Ventures.

It’s called “Fight the man, own the mountain,” a campaign squarely aimed at battling the increasingly exclusive resorts like Whistler Blackcomb, which was purchased by Vail in 2016.

SkiZer supports the fight. No lift lines, lots of vertical, and no Prada shops. What’s not to like?

Days 14 and 15: Red Mountain

  • Vertical: 40,000 feet
  • Vertical for the season: 222,000 feet
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One of many old cabins within the ski area boundary. Some, like this one, are available for public use.
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Sun-softened snow on Granite Mountain.
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A skier takes in the view from the Grey Mountain Chairlift.
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A skier heads toward the Motherlode Chair, with Red Mountain in the background.
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Some runs have old signs dating back decades. Other runs have no signs at all.
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A skier turns in soft snow on Victoria’s Secret, a run on Grey Mountain.

 

 

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