Visitor reviews for Red Mountain Resort Ski Resort

Red Mountain Resort Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 98 votes and 38 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.8

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Red Mountain Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 4.3

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Red Mountain Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 4.5

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 4.1

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 3.3

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Red Mountain Resort.

Public Transport: 3.2

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Red Mountain Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.9

(1) No places to stay in/near Red Mountain Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 3.4

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 3.3

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Red Mountain Resort.

Ski in/Ski out: 4.1

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.8

(1) There are no child care facilities at Red Mountain Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 2.0

(1) Red Mountain Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 3.8

(1) There are no snow groomers at Red Mountain Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Red Mountain Resort are groomed daily.

Shelter: 4.0

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Red Mountain Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 3.1

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Red Mountain Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 3.7

(1) Red Mountain Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.2

(1) The staff at Red Mountain Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Red Mountain Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 4.3

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 3.7

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.2

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.3

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 3.9

(1) No intermediate terrain at Red Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 4.5

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.1

(1) Not even a kicker at Red Mountain Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 4.2

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Red Mountain Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.8

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Red Mountain Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.3

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 3.2

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.3

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 2.3

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.9

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 3.9

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 3.7

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.9

(1) Overall, Red Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 4.0

(1) Overall, Red Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

Show all 35 ratings

March 26, 2022
Brenda from Ski Canada Canada
I had to submit a review since I am not sure what the others are talking about. Red has tonnes of snow. If conditions get a little firm don't ski on south facing slopes. Or wait a day for some fresh powder. And of course go in January or February. Remember in March every resort can suffer with spring conditions. I make a trip there almost every year and have always had at least one powder day. The people are friendly and given me tours to runs I've never skied. Look forward to it every year.
October 07, 2021
Bozzy from Ski Canada Canada
Would not recommend this ski hill to friends or family. Very few amenities in town and the hill really is just not special in any way. Snow coverage can be minimal and lifts are slow. Stick to whistler or if you are coming from the east there are better options in Sunshine/Louise
February 05, 2021
Gypsyrozbud from Ski Canada Canada
I have been skiing Red for 40 years and watched the mountain grow. At first it was great as more lifts were added and more terrain opened up. However, the developers moved in too and now with COVID more and more young families are leaving the cities and buying up real estate in our “little” town. The ski hill has become very busy even in the middle of the week! It has become impossible to find affordable housing either to buy or to rent. Expect to find lift lines and line ups in the grocery store...I suppose that is called “progress”! I am now searching BC for another small ski town to move to...
March 10, 2020
David booth from Ski United States United States
I have mixed emotions when it comes to Red Mountain. On one hand they have ample terrain and not that many people there, on the other hand the majority of the terrain is low down and you can rarely ski them outside of icy conditions. While I was there I talked to a skier from a little town called Nelson, just an hour north. he encouraged me to go to his ski hill (White water) to check out the conditions there as the hill is located higher up and even though it's less terrain, it's actually all skiable. I did end up taking a day to go up there and I'm glad I did as the snow was much deeper and lift lines were also just as empty. While I was in Nelson I also decided to take a walk around the town. This town is more developed than Red with neat stores and a plethora of breweries. The food chains are also amazing and plentiful. All in all, Red Mountain is an ok hill that may be a bit too over hyped. Either that, or like Europe, maybe this ski hill is starting to see the effects of climate change on it's lower runs. Get it while it's cold. Positives for Red: -usually Low lift lines and space to ski (Whitewater has space too) -tree skiing (when conditions permit - more off than on) -steeps -Rafters is great - can sometimes be too packed and you don't find a seat. Negatives for Red: - conditions on lower runs not too great and get hit first with warm weather - slow outdated lifts that get shut down with the smallest amount of wind - Josie hotel rooms have no hot tub (WTF) - not a lot of restaurant options - nothing really to do in town. - watch out for CORE shots. I got one on my last day on my new ski's :( Final thoughts. I didn't really find the people in the Red area nicer than other areas, I just found them to be people from a small town. Some seemed friendly, some really didn't want people to be around. haha. It's good skiing, but if I had to do it again, I would go straight to Nelson. Seriously, take a day and head over there to Whitewater. You will not regret it. And go in the lodge for food at Nelson as the food is amazing and blows the doors off any restaurant near Red.
February 20, 2020
Kary from Ski Canada Canada
Wow, we love Red Mountain!! It's glade skiing is steep and deep when it dumps, your timing is everything! The people here are friendly and food is great at the Paradise lodge. Rafters is a fun apes bar, even the new Josie has a great apres vibe! A little busy first thing on the weekends but lines clear quickly and parking is the only challenge. I understand Topping chair base will be another parking and base area which will ease the parking situation. The best part is there are not many skiers or boarders so you have lots of space to ski your line! Enjoy Red! We do!
February 13, 2020
Actual skier from Ski Canada Canada
Another reviewer needs to dial back their war on Red. Conditions are not, by any reasonable standard, remotely icy. Yes, people ski quickly at this mountain, there are a disproportionately large number of expert riders at Red. That said, they don't do so dangerously. Some skiers make very poor hill use decisions (stopping under blind crests, blocking side hits, cutting the full width of narrow cat tracks and other bottlenecks). These skiers will often find themselves in conflict with fast moving experts.
February 12, 2020
KittyBelle from Ski Canada Canada
This is ridiculous. Today the snow report is encouraging fast skiing! I am appalled! Conditions are icy and dangerous! Watch your back if you are out there!
January 30, 2020
KittyBelle from Ski Canada Canada
There are a lot of very fast and uncontrolled skiers and boarders here! I don’t know about other resorts but certain runs like Rino’s, Turkey Alley, Silver Sheep, Southern Comfort (where there are mostly beginner/intermediate) there are crazy fast skiers/boarders who ride way too close. It is dangerous and yet the ski patrol do nothing about it! These guys (and yes, they are always guys!) should be reported and have their passes taken away! And be banned from the ski hill!
January 26, 2020
Mark Wiens from Ski Canada Canada
Red used to be great but, unfortunately, the snow has declined over the years and now they have almost no base and there are rocks everywhere. Really sad but it's the truth. Go to SilverStar or anywhere else you can. Don't waste your time.
March 14, 2019
C Jondal from Ski United States United States
I have to laugh at some of the reviews because Red Resort (and Rossland) is possibly the friendliest place on the planet. Yes, the skiing is rather rural; not perfectly manicured like many of our sterile factory big name resorts. But the skiing is off the hook for those keen to ski long steep fall lines. There are little to no closed signs so ski at your risk and enjoy the purity of big mountain skiing. The town and people are super fun albeit the options are somewhat limited. In fact, you may end up at a house party with new-found friends if you're not careful.