The Story Behind the Name
Here’s the deal: In all of our expansions and improvements at RED, we’ve always kept an arm around our rugged past that is central to our DNA as an independent ski resort in a corporate landscape. Naming the new warming spot Flyin’ Phil’s epitomizes this philosophy of ours.
Phil Johnson is as Rossland as it gets. Turning 80 last July, Phil was born and raised in Rossland and has been working for and helping the resort since 1959 (not to mention was also the man who helped make the Topping Creek Portal a reality!). Wow! In naming the new Topping station after him, we honour his frontier spirit, generosity, and epic joie de vivre. Phil has always been close to the beating heart of Rossland and RED Mountain. Whether taking his arc welder to a neighbour’s frozen pipes or clearing a road for the resort, you can always count on Phil being there with a helping hand. We are ALL better off having Phil as our friend and neighbour.
Phil’s nickname is a natural outgrowth of his past penchant for flying his ancient Mueller hang-glider from the top of RED over the torchlight parade—at night! Although his work and his athletic achievements have not been without mishaps, we’re happy (and, TBH, amazed) that he’s still with us to cut the ribbon on his wonderful new namesake: Flyin’ Phil’s Hangout at Topping Creek!
We hope you’ll join us in raising a nice, cold beer or cup of “Phil’s Tea” to say, “Thanks, Phil. We love you, man!” And now: We dance.
A huge shoutout to Kari Kuznecov! Earlier this fall we launched a naming contest for our new Topping Station, and Kari’s submission was the chosen winner! Congrats, Kari!