Red Resort Ski Holidays

Canada Holidays

Expert Opinion Our Expert
Rupert Hatfield

"Three words say it all: steep, deep, powder. My ski days in Red are some of my best ever – lift accessible heaven! You may never have heard of Red before but if you are looking for a challenge then go - you won’t regret it."

Resort Info

  • Resort Scorecard
  • Beginners: 5/10
  • Intermediates: 5/10
  • Advanced: 10/10
  • Families: 5/10
  • Nightlife: 5/10
  • Village Charm: 5/10
  • Affordability: 8/10
  • Non Ski Activities: 3/10
  • Sustainability: 4/10

Season: Nov - Apr

Nearest Airport: Castlegar, BC or Spokane, WA

Direct Flight: No, 1 stop only

Transfer Time: 3 hours

Transport: Transfer or Car Hire

Elevation: 6,800 ft

Vertical Drop: 2,900 ft

Ski Area: 2,877 acres

Ski Lifts: 6

Runs: 110

Grade: 51% advanced
31% intermediates
18% beginners

Why Red Resort?

Red is a ski resort like no other in Canada. The resort's two mountains, Red and Granite, provide some of the best off-piste skiing in the country and the lack of commercial development means that it attracts people who are most interested in the snow. You take a lift to the top of either mountain and just ski down - almost anywhere you like.

Red Mountain, as the ski resort used to be called, has produced more Canadian ski team members than anywhere else and remains a genuine local's ski area. Not necessarily a good choice for families but for those wanting a unique and challenging ski holiday experience, this is the place. Accommodation is either in a collection of B&Bs on the mountain or in the nearby old gold-mining town of Rossland.

Up to 2013 the skiing had been spread over the gnarly peaks of Red and Granite, both offering some truly incredible groomers and arguably the best steep tree skiing in the world. However, on 20 June 2013, Red Mountain was granted permission for one of the single largest and certainly the most exciting terrain expansions in North America. Adding a further 997 acres on Grey Mountain, this has taken the total lift serviced area to 2,787 acres. The new terrain allows skiers and snowboarders to enjoy this epic, former cat skiing terrain.

New for 2014/15

Red is expanding it's terrain with new cat skiing access on Mount Kirkup for season 14/15 by nearly 200 acres of gladed tree skiing, inclusive of three newly cut runs on the south side of Mt Kirkup. This terrain has 1,600 feet of vertical drop, previously only accessible by hiking and ski touring. The new cat skiing operation will act as a shuttle from Grey Mountain to the peak of Mount Kirkup with seats sold on a first come, first served basis for only $10 per run with the purchase of your lift ticket. Essentially, Red will be giving their guests a taste of backcountry cat skiing (typically around $500 a day) for the price of a beer at some other resorts!

Whitewater - If you are skiing at Red, you should definitely try and make it to Whitewater for a day. The resort, near the town of Nelson, offers even more awesome off-piste terrain. 

Ski Safaris Combine skiing in Red with Whitewater