Visitor reviews for Red Mountain Resort Ski Resort

Red Mountain Resort Ratings

Overall: 3.6. Based on 96 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: 4.2

(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: 2.2

(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.

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.

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December 20, 2009
Kevin Lee from Ski Canada Canada
Simply put this area is one of the hidden gems of the Canadian Rockies. Red Mountain has the steepest in bounds runs of any area. When they say black or double black, they mean it, you better like it steep or stay home. It's not uncommon to get cliffed out when skiing the trees or gladed runs, so be careful. Red has a mix of long serious leg burning cut runs and named runs that are nothing more than a general area of gladed tree skiing. They have areas designated for intermediates and beginners as well with good grooming and maintenance so there is something for everyone. For serious expert skiers, who want a challenge and are tired of ski areas that have black runs that their grandma could ski should try out Red. You'll like it, guaranteed.
September 30, 2008
Paula from Ski Canada Canada
Red has been consistently named the "Best Tree Skiing in North America" by several magazines; they probably have the best tree skiing in the world. You can ski 360 degrees down the mountains, on and off-piste. The grooming is excellent as well, but you'll rarely ever see anyone else on the groomers, as everyone disappears into the trees. Yes, the lifts are slow and it's a bit harder to get to, but not that bad - 2.5 hour drive north of Spokane airport. But the lodging options have greatly improved over the last 5 years, and the facilities are gradually improving as well. There is also a cat skiing operation that departs daily from Red Mountain (Big Red Cats), so you can combine actual day-trip cat skiing with the ski area that is closest to cat skiing as you can get, while still on the lifts (excellent terrain, and not crowded). Don't miss live jazz night at the Old Firehall, and excellent dining at Idgie's, Gypsy@Red, and Gabriella's.
November 15, 2006
Patrick Donoghue from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
My wife and I visited Red in December of 2005 and it still is the best resort we've been to. All the legends saying it has steep, deep runs that are virtually empty are true, sadly the one about the old lifts is also true, but not a problem. We saw more snow than we've ever had before, the very best Christmas gift we could want. It's well worth the trip, make the effort you will not be let down this is a must see for a true snow fan either boarder or two planker .......
January 15, 2006
James Thomass from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
I spent a season in Red a few years back and had a great time there. There is a fantastic array of steep challenging runs easily accessible from the main lifts. I honestly don't know where else you have tight trees opening out to glades with cliff bands leading into more glades actually marked as runs on the piste map. You don't go to Red for the night life or the snow park (if indeed they have one). The resort is pretty hardcore in outlook, most residents eschewing fashion for a deep passion for powder. However, the locals are immensley friendly - just don't expect much luck hitch hiking up to the hill on a powder day! I wouldn't recommend Red for a relaxing week holiday; it's a place to go with your best riding buddies to experience some of the best freeriding of your life. Maybe as part of a tour of the area as suggested by William below. Red is a bit of a secret gem in Europe, simply based on its distance from main airports and lack of the amenities that make a resort attractive for package ski holiday companies (e.g. old fashioned lift system, lack of ski to door accomodation). I only hope it remains this way under the new ownership.
November 15, 2005
Keelan from Ski Canada Canada
Red Resort is one of the best ski hills in Canada. It's one of the oldest and is home to the richest gold mine in Canadian history. With glading programs in place for over 100 years, the tree skiing is unparalleled (sp?) for the north american experience. The terrain is 90% expert/advanced; however, an amazingly progressive beginner area will have you ripping and shredding on the bigger stuff faster than you think. This mountain teaches you and keeps on giving. A must-ski for all who love the snow.
October 07, 2005
William Burford from Ski United States United States
Red is a great hill. There is much in the way of short off piste routes to take. It should be made part of a tour of BC Canada Ski trips. I was there for their big dump in Jan 2005 and I must say it was out of hand for lift serve. Currently the management is trying to build up the condo angle, but with the hill five minutes from the town of Rossland, it seems weird. Super backcountry touring is all around the resort. My recommendation is to make a resort tour and hit Whitewater, Kicking Hourse, Ferny, Big White, and Schwietzer (us) and skip the Banff resorts that have snow but no soul. The bc hills are core, and you should think hard about avoiding the super Banff resorts, especially if you been to Banff before. Also, hit 49 degrees north a few hours south for a day at the heart of skiing.
January 11, 2005
Malcolm Lockhart from Ski United Kingdom United Kingdom
Red is in the middle of nowhere, half way between Calgary and Vancouver. That explains why it's so quiet but the hill is superb. Chairlifts are on the slow side but that's only because of the vert they have to climb. The locals only tend to ski on powder days so it's quiet most of the time. We missed one of the legendary dumps... 53cm fell the day we left! Don't expect nightlife, go for the skiing and boarding.
February 21, 2004
Brad from Ski Canada Canada
There is no halfpipe at red mountain.