RED mountain expands terrain

19th June 2019, by Abi Butcher

RED Mountain with 3,850 acres is one of the top ten largest in North America

RED Mountain with 3,850 acres is one of the top ten largest in North America

The cult resort of RED Mountain in Canada is to expand its terrain even further this winter, making it one of the top ten largest ski resorts in North America.

Six years ago, RED added nearby Grey Mountain – mainly intermediate terrain that required a hike to access it. It has added lifts since and this winter a three-man lift called “Topping Chair” will be opened, which adds 300 more acres to the total skiable terrain — now 3,850 acres — along with six new intermediate runs.

“The triple chair is exciting on its own,” says RED CEO Howard Katov. “But what’s truly exciting is how the Topping Chair continues our dedication to ‘improving the adventure’ for our guests. With everything we do around here, we always try to keep that in mind…and this new chair streamlines skier traffic around the resort beautifully.”

In a world where ski resorts are amalgamating faster than our skis can keep up, RED Mountain remains one of the last independent resorts in North America, so it doesn’t fall under either the Epic Pass or Ikon Pass nor Mountain Collective. And it is a rightly proud to retain its cult status. As well as the topping chair there is also the option for skiers to take a fairly extraordinarily priced Mountain Kirkup Cat Skiing (which was opened in 2014) offering runs for just US$10 — probably one of, if not the cheapest cat skiing in the world.

In 2018, a boutique hotel called The Josie was opened, swiftly followed by a state-of-the-art ski-in/ski-out hostel called Nowhere Special.

The new lift accessed terrain is south-east facing, and offers 1,000 vertical feet of what can sometimes be the best snow on the resort. RED Mountain receives an annual snowfall of 7.6m and has a reputation as having some of the best tree skiing on earth.

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