Visitor reviews for Red Mountain Resort Ski Resort
March 14, 2019
C Jondal from 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.
Red Mountain Resort Ratings
Overall: 3.6. Based on 78 votes and 29 reviews. Vote
(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.
(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.
(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: 3.2
(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: 4.2
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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: 3.0
(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: 3.8
(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.
(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: 3.6
(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.
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.
(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.
(1) No intermediate terrain at Red Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.
(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: 3.0
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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: 2.2
(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.
(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: 3.8
(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.
February 26, 2019
Che Robinson from Canada
Red's got a lot of tree skiing with a lot of broken dangerous branches and many, many little surprises along the way. Having lived here for a while I suspect it’s left that way on purpose, Mountain bike trails are same: right at eye level you most likely find nasty spike branches and little surprises litter bike trails also. Locals don’t depend on tourism. In fact, they are, for most part, working at the lead mine which pumps some serious toxin into the local air all day everyday. Rossland and Red are two different places altogether. In the village you’ll find smiling faces and a brand new hotel and a couple of hostels even. I’d avoid nightlife in Rossland, As I said, it’s a rough lead minded attitude that hates newcomers and visitors.
November 15, 2018
Scott from Canada
Awesome on all levels. Amazing skiing, great people, great town. Tons of high quality recreation, food, beverage and good times at the resort and in Rossland.
January 10, 2018
Jame Lennon from Canada
Red is a very dangerous place to ski because of the young cowboy Yahoo!'s there. They ski super fast and out of control and the ski patrol does nothing to stop them or enforce the ski protocols and rules.
I witnessed a middle age woman get run over last week and had to be taken to hospital with serious injuries and she cannot ski the rest of the season, if ever again. The man that ran her over just skied away!
March 29, 2017
Alan James from United States
Fun place to ski. I would love it even more if the investment had been in fast detachable quads instead of condos and condo access. Imagine how much fun this place would be if instead of lodging development it had fast chairs and live music in Rafters everyday. If you catch Red after a dump you will love it.
March 08, 2016
B Donaldson from Canada
Skied here so many times its hard to remember it all. You can ski Red, Granite, Grey, Roberts and Kirkup mountains and if you are in shape, Record ridge and Plewman and Old Glory. Nowhere else can you ski all that. All serviced by chairlifts except Plewman and Old Glory, which you have to tour to. Look, don't come here if you want lineups, hard snow, wanabie groupies, endless nightlife and high cost. Come here if you want to ski till you can't take it no more. Most years it's endless snow champagne powder, Odd year less snow but always snow and endless runs with nobody on them; it's so big you hardly see others. If you want to ski come here. Otherwise, go somewhere else, they will take all your money and you will never know what skiing is really all about.
February 28, 2016
Roseanna Ayotte from Canada
2015/16 great snow. Superb accommodations. 4 mountains
to ski. Bus to & from hill 10 minutes. Available every hour.
Beautiful setting. Great food @ Flying Steamshovel, Alpine Grind,
Gabrialla's, and more. Boutique shopping.
Quaint town 5 min from hill.
March 14, 2014
Rick from United States
This year has been a lean year for snow. Terrain is awesome, snow coverage has been poor (rock city). Check the historical snow fall. This has been a rare year but many come close. Poor brushing, limited grooming (two cats for 4,000 acres) and lots of rock. You figure it out. Lots of snow this place would be top 5. Poor snow, well, pretty tough unless your idea of fun is core shots! Undecided if I'll come back! Town is quiet. I do mean quiet, If all you want to do is ski and it's snowing you're in heaven, otherwise well it's not hell but is is boring!
March 07, 2013
Born and raised @ Red Mtn from Canada
Best ski hill around for a reason. No we aren't Whistler and don't want to be. Ya, our chairs aren't the fastest, might not have the nightlife etc, but, I guarantee, strap the skis on and we will show you how it's supposed to be done and if you are still going to whine strap on a pair and go to a different mtn. Leave the freshies for the locals and the tourists who appreciate it!
January 21, 2013
Alan from Canada
I rode at Red for 6 years. Overall, great terrain and often good snow. They don't do enough to keep the runs free of brush, so on a low snow season you will be tangling with it. There are fewer runs as they claim, since some runs seem to have more than one name, depending on where you are on them. They are, however, adding more runs on a third mountain, with a new (used) lift to be installed in summer 2013. The lifts are slow, old and tend to break down a lot. The food sold at the hill is average at best. Last 3 years I've gone to Whitewater. They get a lot more snow (compare the snow stats for yourself), it's a little colder, so the snow is better, the terrain is very similar to Red's, the lifts are about the same, but they don't break down as often and the lines are smaller. The food at the cafe in the lodge is fantastic. And Nelson is an awesome ski town - Rossland is smaller, and has few things going for it other than the fact that it is only 5 minutes from the ski hill.