With another great season under our belt, we wrapped up the season like we always do – with a bang! Our infamous retro deck party was a blast and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. From beautiful blue skies to killer DJs all night at Rafters bar, the final day was RED in full style!
Check out some of the photos of our fun in the sun last day of the season!
November 22, 2013 – Rossland BC–The World Snow Awards have awarded RED Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC, two World Snow Awards: as both the Most Improved North American Resort Award as well as the global Best Upcoming Resort Award.
"The World Snow Awards recognize outstanding service to ski and snowboard consumers across categories covering resorts, travel, retail, equipment and technology." said Henry Druce. Editor of Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Magazine, and Chair of the judging committee.
RED Mountain Resort took home the Most Improved North American Resort award “ based on the significant increases in accessible terrain, and ultimately on the experience for the consumer “ commented Tim Holmes, spokesman for of the World Snow Awards.
These two new international awards come on the heels of recent accolades from two of North America’s largest media outlets. This past summer, USA Today described the resort’s expansion as “staggering” in it’s scale and The New York Times chose RED Mountain as # 8 in it’s “The 46 places to see in 2013” global vacation travel feature.
RED Mountain’s massive new expansion of more than 997 acres on Grey Mountain is set to open this winter and has helped elevate the status and visibility of this un-crowded, world-class resort.
In winning the Most Improved North American Resort, RED beat out a top notch short list of more established resorts, including Vail, Colorado, Jackson Hole, WY and Squaw Valley, CA. “This marks a first, as our awards, accolades and recognition are now becoming more global in scale” said Howard Katkov, CEO of RED Mountain Resort.
Similarly, in winning the Best Upcoming Resort, RED Mountain Resort prevailed against the short list of exceptional global resorts including, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in BC and Ski Juwel Alpbachtal, Wildschönau, Austria. RED’s active involvement with the world’s best skiers and snowboarders over the last few years has resulted in considerable coverage in recent ski films including TGR’s Way of Life and Snowboard Films from Think Thank and Standard Films.
The 2013 World Snow Awards were presented on November 1, 2013 in London, England and were produced by VOS Media, a Telegraph Media Group company. VOS Media operates the London and Manchester Ski and Snowboard Shows and Telegraph Ski and Snowboard, the UK’s best selling ski and snowboard title.
About RED Resort:
About RED Mountain Resort: RED has been delivering incredible skiing longer than any other resort in Western Canada, with the first recorded powder turns in 1896. Offering incredible terrain with a 2,919 foot vertical drop (884 meters) that annually features over 300 inches (750cm) of snowfall, the resort boasts a terrain park, easy-to-access backcountry, snowshoeing, friendly locals, fine dining and affordable luxury slope-side lodging.
All this is seasoned with authentic winter enthusiasm and turn-of-the-century charm of Rossland, minutes away.
RED is a 2.5 hour drive north of Spokane International Airport; 3.5 hours from the Kelowna, BC Airport, 30 minutes from Castlegar and 20 minutes from Trail regional airports. In 2012, 70,000 Powder Ski Magazine readers selected RED and Rossland and Nelson BC as the ultimate ski town in the 2013 Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwdown.
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ROSSLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: RED Mountain Resort is beyond proud to announce that its recent expansion to contiguous Grey Mountain now comes with a chair lift. The fixed-grip Poma quad chair is set for installation starting with a ground breaking ceremony today, Thursday, June 20th at 5:00 PM. The new lift is on schedule to be completed for this coming ski season.
In addition to the ski area’s Red and Granite peaks, skiers can now access one more stellar peak, Grey Mountain by chair lift — with 360-degree skiing off the top! This development of Grey Mountain marks one of the single largest expansions of an existing resort in North America in four decades. It places RED Mountain Resort firmly in the scale of resorts such as Breckenridge, Colorado or Jackson Hole, Wyoming in terms of skiable acreage. Grey Mountain adds 997 acres to RED bringing the total skiable acres to 2,787. This puts the "local legend" hill in the Top 20 of all North American resorts in terms of terrain scale.
Funding for the new chairlift came in-part from a loan from the Southern Interior Development Initiatives Trust (SIDIT). SIDIT’s funding programs are specifically targeted toward investments in self-sustaining projects that support the ten mandated themes as defined in legislation. Performance measures include job creation, retention and enhancement, increased revenues, sustainability, leverage and economic diversification to the Southern Interior area of British Columbia.
“Having the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust involved in the RED Mountain Resort Development is not only good for Rossland, it also benefits the entire Boundary Region as a whole”, says Grace McGregor, SIDIT Chairperson. “Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust supports investment in sustainable economic development initiatives throughout the Southern Interior and is very pleased to support the Grey Mountain expansion at RED Mountain Resort”
"History shows that resort terrain expansions entice new, passionate visitors," says Fran Richards, Vice President of Marketing. "We expect a significant increase in lift ticket sales as a direct result of this new, lift-accessed terrain — and that obviously spells good news for the local and regional economy. RED is already here and already a huge draw for the region. We want to grow, but only in a sustainable, organic way that respects the experience — a ski experience that we all love and that is harder to find these days."
"Destination skiers have unique needs," explains CEO Howard Katkov. "They come for the powder and fall-line vertical, absolutely, but they also need coffee in the morning, groceries to fill up that condo fridge, rental cars, gas, beds to sleep in and a few beers après-ski! They need entertainment, fine sushi and maybe a nice bottle of wine to take back to their room. This ultimately means more jobs in the Rossland area, a more robust and diverse local economy, and more of the word-of-mouth that put RED on the map in the first place."
"This expansion into Grey will keep the pace and passion of the RED Mountain Resort experience intact while offering expanded intermediate terrain selections for families and mixed-skill groups," Katkov continues. "This new Grey terrain alone is about the same size as Mount Baker. It has to be skied to be believed. There’s the same fall-line runs that RED is famous for, some new tree runs that already seem like favorites, and plenty of mellow glades on the southern slopes."
Hardcore snow sliders will love the challenging new chutes and steeps off the north and eastern slopes of Grey. "We feel the new lift will enhance the experience for all our customers," says Katkov. "Lift-lines have never been a deterrent around here…and the new lift on Grey will spread guests out even more. Local powder fiends have nothing to worry about and new visitors have a lot to look forward to."
The Grey Mountain expansion makes RED the 8th largest ski area in Canada and, for comparison, the 18th largest in the USA out of approximately 500 resorts. Located just 5mi/8km north of the USA/CAN border, RED has long been a key component of both B.C. and Washington skiers’ diets, not to mention a hot spot among the world’s "powder vanguard."
With 2,919ft/884m of vertical on offer from the top of Granite and 2831ft/863m of vert off the new peak on Grey, it’s no wonder The New York Times voted Rossland/RED Mountain their "Number 8 Place to Visit in 2013," citing the expansion as a true game changer: "Suddenly RED’s trail map will stretch as wide as Jackson Hole’s inbounds terrain. With a new lodge and the first on-hill accommodations added in the last few years, this local legend is ready to step out into the spotlight," writes the New York Times’ Christopher Solomon.
Yep, RED Mountain Resort is ready for its close-up.
About RED Mountain Resort: RED has been delivering incredible skiing longer than any other resort in Western Canada, with the first recorded powder turns in 1896. Offering incredible terrain with a 2,919 foot vertical drop (884 meters) that annually features over 300 inches (750cm) of snowfall, the resort boasts a terrain park, easy-to-access backcountry, snowshoeing, friendly locals, fine dining and affordable luxury slope-side lodging. All this is seasoned with authentic winter enthusiasm and turn-of-the-century charm of Rossland, minutes away. RED is a 2.5 hour drive north of Spokane International Airport; 3.5 hours from the Kelowna, BC Airport, 30 minutes from Castlegar and 20 minutes from Trail regional airports. Last year 70,000 Powder Ski magazine readers selected RED and Rossland and Nelson BC as the ultimate ski town in the 2012 Powder Magazine Ski Town Throwdown.
Red Mountain Resort Marketing Department
If two isn’t enough, try managing three courses to play in the West Kootenays!
Don’t wait any longer to get to that bucket list!
We’ve put together for you some great highlights of the last week/weekend of RED Mountain’s epic 2012/13 season. From the success (and occasional hilarity) of the 5th Annual Gathering Festival and the 80′s rocker party, to the Slush Cup, bikini clad skiers, and The Aggrolites we hope you had as much fun as we did on those last few beautiful and sunny days at the mountain. Can’t wait to see you again next season.
We’re celebrating our recent New York Times accolade by inviting North Americans to ski for free when they visit RED Mountain. Book 3 nights of accommodation at RED Mountain Resort by Feb. 8, 2013 and receive 2 free adult lift tickets for free! Enjoy the mountain that is known for having incredible conditions, amazing powder, and the shortest lift lines in the Kootenays.