RED Mountain Maintains Independence, Joins Ikon Pass Community

Fiercely independent RED Mountain has joined the Ikon Pass for winter 2020-21. RED joins 43 iconic Ikon Pass destinations, including Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snowbird, Alta, Revelstoke, and a veritable bucket list of others around the world.

The Ikon Pass partnership expands RED’s ability to stay competitive in the modern market and strengthen the value proposition it has offered to adventurous guests. The mighty mountain will maintain its independence, ownership and management, its scruffy-chic style, and its singular voice within the ski industry.

“As one of the first ski resorts in North America, RED Mountain defined independence and authenticity, anchored by an emotional connection to its history, community, guests and staff. To stay current in the ever-changing modern ski-travel market, we are proud to become a member of the Ikon Pass community and join a list of iconic ski destinations that share the same devotion to authenticity and character,” said RED Mountain CEO, Howard Katkov. “We believe this will benefit our community and those who have never had the chance to experience RED.”

Ikon Pass holders will have access to seven days at RED with no blackout dates, and Ikon Base Pass holders will have access to five days, with select blackout dates. There is no access to RED on the Ikon Session Pass 4-Day.

The Ikon Pass mix of legendary mountain destinations offers great incentive to go on more road trips, slay more lines, and meet more new best friends. Make that long dreamed-of road trip to the West’s best powder destinations and hit cult classics Crystal Mountain, Mt. Bachelor, and RED. Keep it Canadian with an Ikon Pass-fueled mission to RED, Revelstoke, and SkiBig3.

By maintaining its freestanding status and joining the mighty Ikon Pass community, RED Mountain is poised for an incredible season for 2020-21. The resort continues to invest in improving the adventure with exciting new terrain, dining, and accommodation options and has every intention of staying relevant for decades to come.


RED Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort, located in Rossland, BC. First stop on Canada’s famous Powder Highway, fiercely independent RED delivers 3,850 acres of pristine skiing, putting us in the Top 10, size-wise, in N. America. In 2019, we also added a new chairlift and 7 more runs, adding over 300 acres on Topping Creek to streamline skier flow to Grey Mountain. Add in our 300″/7.6m of annual snowfall, wide-open groomed runs, epic vertical (2,919ft/890m!), $10/run in-bounds cat-skiing, 360-degree descents, a new boutique hotel, a modern hostel, a rich tradition, the best tree runs on planet earth, and it’s no wonder The NY Times voted us their “#8 Best Place in the World to Visit.” We also nabbed “Most Underrated Resort” by Skiing. Wondering what “#1 Most Acres Per Skier” means? Fresh turns you don’t have to fight for.

ABOUT Ikon Pass

The Ikon Pass welcomes skiers and riders to a community of inspiring mountain destinations and the people who live and play among them across the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. Brought to you by Alterra Mountain Company, the Ikon Pass unlocks adventure at iconic and unique destinations including Aspen Snowmass, Steamboat, Winter Park, Copper Mountain Resort, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, and Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado; Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain and Big Bear Mountain Resort in California; Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Wyoming; Big Sky Resort in Montana; Stratton, Sugarbush Resort, and Killington in Vermont; Windham Mountain in New York; Snowshoe in West Virginia; Boyne Highlands and Boyne Mountain in Michigan; Crystal Mountain and The Summit at Snoqualmie in Washington; Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Tremblant in Quebec and Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada; SkiBig3 in Alberta, Canada; Revelstoke Mountain Resort, RED Mountain, and Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, Canada; Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine; Loon Mountain in New Hampshire; Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico; Deer Valley Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, Alta Ski Area, and Snowbird in Utah; Zermatt in Switzerland; Thredbo and Mt Buller in Australia; Coronet Peak, The Remarkables, Mt Hutt in New Zealand; Niseko United in Japan, and Valle Nevado in Chile. Special offers are available at CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, the world’s largest heli-skiing and heli-accessed hiking operation. For more information, please visit


Nope. We’re pretty sure someone will spread that rumor, but we are simply an independent partner. Alterra Mountain Company owns 15 iconic destinations and Ikon Pass is partnered with 29 global destinations. RED is the #44 resort on the Ikon Pass. We feel it’s a great fit to be alongside a mix of other legendary mountain destinations that equally hold their own independence.

Oh, hellz no. RED will continue to be like your weird uncle who simultaneously makes you proud and embarrassed every Thanksgiving. We’re keeping our culture, our swagger, our independence, our fondness for duct tape and our office in Rafters.

The Ikon Pass does NOT offer unrestricted, unlimited access to RED. The Ikon Pass offers 7 days with no blackout dates and the Ikon Base Pass offers 5 days with some holiday blackout dates. The only pass that offers unlimited days is a RED Season Pass and we all know that there are no huge cities that close to RED, right? Combine that with being Top 10 size-wise in North America and #1 for most acres per skier—plus continual expansions on-mountain and with our parking areas—we believe any bump in visitation will have little effect on the uncrowded and spread-out feeling you get here at RED.

If you’re more of a Powder Highway pilgrimage kinda person, the Ikon Pass offers amazing access to other epic areas like Revelstoke and SkiBig3 in Banff. Just remember that the Ikon Pass only allows options for either 5 or 7 days at RED. You can’t post up here all season unless you have a RED pass.

At press time, the US/Canada border closure had been extended to Sept. 21, 2020. None of us knows what will happen with the border, and how Covid 19 will play out throughout North America and the world. But we do know that between now and December a lot could change. We’re planning on riding no matter what. If the border stays closed, a person could have a great season just hitting the Canadian Ikon Pass destinations.

Seattle area skiers and snowboarders stand to benefit big time from an Ikon Pass as it allows access to RED, The Summit at Snoqualmie, Crystal Mountain, and Mt. Bachelor. We of course can’t predict when the USA/Canada border will open to international guests but it doesn’t hurt to hope for the best.

There is no correlation between our ticket prices and this new partnership. We also didn’t even raise our ticket prices and season passes for this year. “We’re all in this together—until the nachos show up!”


You can buy an Ikon Pass here.

Well, that really depends on what rings your cherries, now doesn’t it? The Ikon Pass offers 7-days with no blackout dates, the Ikon Base Pass offers 5-days with selected blackout dates at RED. The only way to ski unlimited days at RED is with a RED season pass. (There is no access to RED on the Ikon Session Pass 4-Day.)

Got your pass already? Congrats, you’re one step closer to shredding RED this winter. For this winter, Ikon Pass holders will need to go to Guest Services to claim their ticket to ride the mountain.
Each Ikon Pass holder receives 10 Friends & Family tickets and each Ikon Base Pass holder receives 8 Friends & Family tickets offering friends a 25% discount off a one day lift ticket.
If you’re a local and don’t want a full season pass, our Kootenay Locals Only Card will still be available with 5, 7 or 9 days of skiing and is the best offer available (9-day Adult Card @ $743 CAD) second to a RED Season Pass. A RED Season Pass is the only option to ski unlimited days. The Ikon Pass provides 7 days with no blackout dates for $1,499 CAD, and an Ikon Base Pass offers 5 days with selected blackout dates for $1,089 CAD. (There is no access to RED on the Ikon Session Pass 4-Day.)


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