RED Mountain Resort opens up some RAD terrain

RED Mountain Resort, near Rossland on the Powder Highway, is readying for its most significant expansion to date, this time on Grey Mountain adjacent existing facilities on Granite and Red Mountains. The resort’s two-year plan adds almost 404 hectares (1,000 acres) and a whole new mountain to RED’s current lift-serviced 682 hectares (1,685 acres). 

The expansion is considered to be one of the most dramatic transformations of any existing major ski area and is one of the largest single expansion projects at a North American snow sport resort in decades. In short, it will open up a vast store of intermediate runs on Grey’s volcano-shaped cone that allows for a 360-degree skiing around the peak from a single lift, a topographical feature offered at few other resorts. Not only does the expansion increase RED’s skiable terrain, it also adds a bigger bounty of of groomed cruising runs, tree glades and alpine chutes.

Additionally, those willing to earn their turns will revel the seemingly endless pursuit of powder, thanks to improved hiking access to RED’s massive 1,700-hectare (4,200-acre) controlled ski area.

For 2012/13, RED will shuttle groups of skiers and riders to the top of Grey for long descents, and plenty of the white stuff, courtesy of their new snowcat (a newly purchased Poma Quad chair will be installed next summer).

At project’s end, Grey Mountain will have 22 defined runs, with plenty of trees and natural variations left for intrepid investigation.

Information provided by Tourism BC.

Looking down at the “Kootenay Sea” from the top of Red Mountain. Photo: Dave Heath