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Skiing through fresh powder

(Red Mountain Resort photo)

Red Mountain Resort

Geography

Red Mountain overlooks the town of Rossland, which sits high in the Monashee range of the Selkirk mountains.

At an elevation of 1,023m/3,410ft, Rossland is geographically higher than most Canadian towns. The rolling topography of the townsite is the product of ancient volcanic activity that created a caldera at the foot of Red Mountain.

The Summits

Access to the base of the Red Mountain Resort is via a narrow opening in the ridge on the northern edge of Rossland. North of the cut, with the summits of Red Mountain and Granite Mountain to the west, the highway traverses the valley of Topping Creek. The entrance to Red Mountain Resort is on the left, with the Black Jack cross-country ski trails leading off to the east on the right-hand side of the highway.

The resort has retained substantial treed areas that reach all the way to the summits of its two lift-serviced peaks. From the summits, the views of Rossland, Trail, and the Columbia Valley are key features of the Red Mountain experience.

To the west, Rossland's epic Seven Summits mountain bike trail follows Record Ridge, skirting the back side of Granite Mountain and then Grey Mountain as it crosses the Red Mountain Resort property. Predictably, mountain biking is the summer activity of choice in these parts, earning Rossland a global reputation in the sport.

Climate and Weather

In a season, Red Mountain Resort receives an average of 750cm/300in of snow, compared with a still respectable 421cm/166in in nearby Rossland. Winter temperatures at the resort average -4°C/25°C, but the resort does occasionally receive rain at the base level.