Epic Small Town Skiing in BC!

As the winner of Powder Magazine's Ski Town Throwdown in 2013 and the runner-up in 2015 (second only to Steamboat, CO), Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC, (is the hippest place to ski in BC!!

I'm very proud to say I live in the Kootenay region of southern BC and so Rossland is just a 20-minute drive away. The Kootenay area is located near the US border, about 8 hours driving time from Vancouver, Calgary or Seattle, and only about 2.5 hours from Spokane, WA.

So why Rossland? It's a cool, laid-back town with a year-round population of about 3,500, that attracts avid outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to it's world-class mountain biking in the summer and incredible skiing in the winter! 

Rossland's Red Mountain Resort receives an average snowfall of 750 centimetres (300 inches) and spans 4,200 acres over 2 mountains (Red & Granite) while offering 110 marked runs, 7 lifts and a vertical drop of 890 metres (2,919 feet). Red offers skiing and boarding from beginner to expert and is famous for it's epic powder. And the best part? Skiing at Red provides the big hill experience while costing small town prices! A single day lift ticket for the 2016/2017 ski season is $89 CAD per adult (approx. $67 USD) and $595 ($446 USD) for 7/8 multi-day tickets.

Set about 45 minutes away on picturesque Kootenay Lake, Nelson is a trendy hippy town of about 10,000 residents. It attracts year-round visitors with it's variety of boutique shopping, locally sourced restaurants, Victorian heritage homes and abundant natural beauty. Whitewater Ski Resort has minimal lineups while offering an average snowfall of 1,200 centimetres (40 feet) plus 81 runs for skiers and boarders of all abilities; 3 lifts and a vertical drop of 623 metres (2,044 feet). Alpine lift tickets are $76 CAD (approx $57 USD).

For more information on epic skiing in BC, visit Hello BC-Red Mountain and Hello BC-Whitewater Ski Resort. And be sure to check out the popular Whitewater Cooks series of cook books below and Street Skiing in Nelson, Trail & Rossland, BC - so freaking cool!! (and by the late, amazing JP Auclair!)


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