32 hours in Rossland

March 31, 2017 10:30 am

Driving into Rossland for Spring skiing – little did we know that winter forgot to leave and had come back with a vengeance. The mountain passes were snow filled and slow going. We pulled into Rossland later than anticipated but excited for what was coming – POWDER DAY. The Raus crew wakes up bright and early and heads into town. Stopped into Alpine Grind for a coffee and the best damn bagel/frittata we’ve ever had. The drive from Rossland to Red Mountain takes an exhausting 3 minutes, the parking lot is littered with Washington and BC license plates – but the hill seems pretty quiet for a spring break Saturday. Now the fun starts –

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We rode the morning exploring the trees and runs off Paradise chairlift. It was sick. The snow was fluffy and deep and every run had fresh lines. It was a hooting and hollering kind of day and the ride up the chair lift let you take it all in. Its hard to decide where to go next as this is our first Red Mountain experience, thankfully a little later in the day we met up with a random, internet stranger (whom my partner had reached out to through couch surfing). This local shows us all the hidden gems that Red Mountain has to offer. We ride the North side, take the longest and most calf aching traverse across Grey Mountain (it was totally worth it) and hike up Kirkup Cat track – Did you know that during the regular season Red offers $10 Cat skiing!? Who does that? Red does. This is seriously some of the best riding we’ve done all season. There are so many areas to explore at Red Mountain. Groomers, trees, slack country, and cat skiing. There’s something for everybody.
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With jello-ed legs we say goodbye to our internet friend and make our way to the main lodge that is bumping as they’ve just finished up with their annual “slush cup”. Crazy Rosslandians are dressed in fantastic costumes competing for some sweet prizes. Competitors compete by flying off a jump, doing big air tricks and finishing off with hopes of skimming across the pond and ending up dry. Most competitors looked a little drenched to us!
It’s about more than just skiing and riding at Red – the community and fun is a big part of what makes up their day to day.
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Sick photo by : Ryan Flett Media

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Once the sun went down and the snow started up again we headed into Rafters for a much deserved pitcher of Rosslands finest from Rossland Beer Company and mulled over one of the best days we’ve had this season. We’ve come to the conclusion that theres something special about this place – is it the locals that make you feel welcome? The generations of people you see out on the mountain, from tiny kids crushing it to the most kick ass skiing seniors we’ve ever seen. Is it that everybody seems to know each other but its impossible to feel left out? Its true what they say – “When people come here- they definitely never forget about it!”
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So until next time Red Mountain. We can’t wait to come back!
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The Raus Team
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