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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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.
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.
January 10, 2018
Jame Lennon from Ski Canada 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! Terrible place.
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!
March 09, 2012
steven from Ski Australia Australia
Bad snow if it snows, too many trees, nothing to do in town and it's very clicky. Would not recommend if you're young and single. Get your ice on.
March 13, 2012
alan from Ski Canada Canada
Red is for people who like steep trees, good snow, and lots of touring. Don't come here expecting a huge bar scene, come to ski. [note from the editor: text reduced for the sake of absolute relevance]
March 11, 2012
Steve from Ski Australia Australia
Bad hill, no snow, too many trees, bad night life, small park just a bad hill never going to come back. All up prob the worst hill I've ever been on.
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.
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.
March 14, 2012
Corey from Ski Canada Canada
Yea, Red sucks. No lift lines, unlimited tress, cliffs and easy access slack country. And that 30cm dump yesterday really sucked.