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|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
|Longest run||7 km (4.3 mi) - 47% Intermediate
- 37% Expert
|Lift system||6 chairs
- 2 quad
- 3 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 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 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.).
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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 drowned unable to reach the shore 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.
There are a total of 119 marked runs at Red Mountain Resort, with 8 ski lifts. Aladar's Alley, Indian Flats, Corky's Field, Corky's Road, Turkey Alley, Easy Street, Stagger By, Rino's Run, Southside Road, Topping St, Long May You Run, Boardwalk, Buckeye, Silver Sheep, Sourdough Alley, Upper Belle, Ridge Road, Ledges Traverse, Badger, Vaseline Alley Sally's Alley, Dale's Trail, Lower War Eagle, Back Trail, Face Of Red, T-Bar Slope, Panhandle, Red Eagle, Nest Egg, Blue Bird, Northern Belle, Topping Traverse, Surprise, Golden Dawn, Topping Towers, Faceplant, Madhouse, Crackerjack, Ardi's Way, Eureka!, Get Up, Stand Up, Corduroy, Juiced, Cory's Run, Gambler, Southern Belle, Shortcuts, Southern Comfort, Schulz Trees, Chipotle's, Toba Trees, Little Bones, War Eagle, Hole in the Wall, The Cliff, Red Towers, Search and Destroy, Free As A Bird, Dr. Feel Good, Unknown Legend, Taz, EZ Ryder, Captain Jack's Trees, 3ed Slide, 2nd Slide, 1st Slide, Main Run, Link's Line, Centre Star, Granite Towers, Tom's Run, Buffalo Ridge, Slides Traverse, Coolers, Doug's Run, Beer Belly, Jumbo, Han's Run, Pale Face, The Orchards, Roots, Powder Fields, Roots Meadows, Steilhang, War Eagle Trees, Poochie's Trees, Papoose Bowl, Ledges, Needles, Maggie's Farm, Ruby Tuesday, Bombshack Trees, Jumbo Traverse, Booty's Run, Cambodia, High Spirits, Sara's Chute, Oil Can, The Chute Show
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