Insiders Guide 2017-10-11T23:31:38+00:00

ROSSLAND AND RED

Know it like a local before you even get here.

This region is a recreational paradise because it’s beautiful, straight-forward and fuss-free. It won’t take you the first half of your ski holiday to figure the place out. Rossland’s main drag, historic Columbia Ave., has everything you need including cozy cafes and a gourmet grocery store. Get Lost Adventure Centre at the base of RED Mountain can get you out into the wild safely and at a great price. From first tracks in the morning to après at Rafters to a night out on the town, you’ll have this place on lock in no time flat. (Just don’t go claiming “local” quite yet…)

Red Mountain

Recreating is serious business around here

RED Mountain is the last great, unspoiled resort. As the first stop on B.C.’s famous Powder Highway, RED delivers 2,877 lift-serviced acres (4,200 total!) of pristine skiing unfettered by overdevelopment. With epic vertical (2,919 ft/890m!), in-bounds cat-skiing, wide-open groomers, 360-degree descents, a rich tradition, and—phew! —the BEST gladed tree runs in North America, it’s no wonder The New York Times voted us their #8 “Best Place in the World to Visit in 2013.”

Other accolades include #1 in Powder Magazine’s “Ski Town Throwdown,” and “Most Improved North American Resort” by The World Snow Awards. [Buffs fingernails on shirt.]

The only thing piling up faster than our international accolades is our famous powder: 300 inches (7.6m) of the stuff per season. We pride
ourselves on fresh turns that you don’t have to fight for. And, for a
measly $10 per run, you can even make your own tracks via our famous
in-bounds cat-skiing, now located on rugged Mt. Kirkup, an expansion
that adds an additional 195 acres to the 1,000 acres we added for 2014
on Grey Mountain.

RED provides an authentic Canadian mountain experience that will create
memories guaranteed to last a lot longer than your last Facebook post.
It’s the full vacation package: Everything you need. Nothing you don’t.

Rossland

Gold got ‘em here. And the Kootenays kept ‘em here…

When gold-crazy miners struck pay dirt here in the late 1800s, they couldn’t have possibly known what would be “left in the pan” by today. But their grit, courage, and resourcefulness set the tone for the town to come. And, thanks to them, Rossland remains real in an era of artifice.

It might not be as rowdy as the Rossland of 1896 with its 42 saloons and 21 brothels, but this place has a pulse. You can feel it on the street, in the shops, or in the grocery store. It hits you as soon as you step out of your car. The hard-as-hobnails miners with pick axes over their shoulders have simply been replaced by hardcore fun-seekers with fat skis or mountain bikes over their shoulders. It’s true many of them still have massive beards but, rest assured, the vibe is more “bro” than “brothel” heading into the winter.

Modern-day Rossland is that rare beast: A place of small town charm and big, big ideas. A real municipality at the base of a world-class ski resort. A four season paradise where there are more recreational opportunities than there are hours in the day. An historic downtown core with all mod cons, from gourmet espresso to book stores. And all of it is held together by the famously friendly locals and their commitment to making sure that Canadian Hospitality still means something, whether you’re traveling as a family or on

Apres

Pre-après & post-après are NOT the same as “dinner”

Whether you were baptized with a burger in-hand or lean more toward grilled baby leeks glazed with white truffle oil, Rossland’s restaurants are sure to satisfy. Gourmet pizza at Misty Mountain? Check . Sit-down Italian at Gabriella’s? Sì!Life changing nachos for après at Rafters? Burp.Endless Sashimi and Tempura at Aka Dake Sushi? Hai!Exotic ingredients and decadent desserts at Idgies? Hey, that’s mine!Food, fun and cold ones at The Flying Steamshovel, one of BC’s oldest pubs (dating back to the Gold Rush)? Hells yes!  Cook your own back at the condo with ingredients from Ferraro Foods, our gourmet grocery? Paper or plastic, miss?  Scratch craft beers at Rossland Brewing Company? Cheers — and please put your toque back on!

Rossland’s amazing four-season lifestyle offerings have all but guaranteed that entrepreneurial gourmets, chefs, brewers and coffee heads move here and set up shop. And, well, let’s just say that it was all part of our master plan…

#mischievouslaughter #rosslandrules
#hashtagsareannoyingarentthey #whatsahashtag

Shopping

Fill your boots or just get them fitted.

For some folks (who shall go nameless), a ski holiday is simply a great excuse to go shopping. At least now we understand why so many large pockets on that giant ski bag were left strategically empty…

Rossland’s independent spirit is perfectly reflected in the shop windows lining our historic streets: No Big Box stores here. Nor will you find obnoxious luxury boutiques selling those weird jewel-encrusted eggs or any other jet-set nonsense. You’ll score items that you’ve never seen before, from infant onesies to top-of-the-line Gore-Tex onesies for grownups.

Shop for shoes at The Red Pair, handcrafted apparel at The Cellar, any and all things cooking at Bear Country Kitchen, and clothing and accessories at Curiosity Clothing and Gifts. Or, have a bed ‘n’ bath bonanza at Feather Your Nest and then get your second wind at one of Rossland’s awesome coffee shops like Grind Coffee. (We’ve done studies and a large latte will enable you to shop for exactly 2.5 more hours.)

Your dad’s 30 year-old gloves with duct tape not doing the trick your first day on the mountain? Go buck wild with the best pick of endless soft goods at the Piste Off Supply Co. conveniently located at the base of RED. And if it’s your sports gear that needs upgrading or tweaking, know that Rossland’s wizards, such as Powderhound, Revolution, and RossVegas Boardshop, can sort you out in ways you never thought possible. They live, eat and breathe mountain sports so they know what works best, regardless of budget. Get your boots fitted or yourself kitted right out, from goggles to gewgaws.

GET LOST Adventure Centre

Find yourself in any season 

The West Kootenay region of B.C. is incredibly rich with diverse activities, enjoyable by all walks of life – and this is true whether you visit in July, January, or October. Until now, guests in the region would have to rely on conventional sources to seek out and find these treasures. Queue The GET LOST Adventure Centre , Rossland’s Gateway to Adventure. GET LOST will make getting out there easy, whether you are looking to snowshoe in the winter, fly fish in the spring, alpine hike in the summer, or kayak in the fall.

We might be famous for our epic vertical, powder days, powder weeks, world class ski racing, and glorious glades but, the second that beautiful snow melts, the diversity of diversions around here actually increases. (Trust us—we live here 24/7/365.) Open year-round, the GET LOST Adventure Centre will become the region’s first central booking agent for all outdoor and indoor activities alike, consolidating of all of the region’s wonderful recreation opportunities supported by world-class guides, instructors, or simple guidance.

With all available activities and vetted guides grouped into one, easy-touse central booking engine, you can book your fat bike session from the airport in Seattle or your nordic lesson from your kid’s soccer practice in San Francisco, and rest assured that you have one less thing to think about while enjoying your time here. We’ll help visitors from around the world safely tap into the wild beauty of British Columbia while providing endless challenges for thrill seekers.

Looking for the gateway to adventure? It’s right here.

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