Resort Sessions Teaser : Red Mountain Resort, BC

Frank Knab feeling instantly at home at RED Mountain during our Resort Sessions. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
One of Red's legendary ski patrollers, Sparky, gives us the low down on the mountain and current avalanche conditions in the backcountry. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Ten bucks gets you a cat bump to the top of Mt. Kirkup. No reservation needed. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Micorwave, just steps off the back of the Motherlode chair. Some of RED's more serious in-bounds terrain. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Marko Grilc and Frank Knab lay trenches in some early morning groomers just above RED's main day lodge. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Madison Ellsworth with a fully inverted Miller flip, moments after stepping out of the Kirkup cat. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Colin Spencer tweaks a frontside air on Kirkup. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Frank Knab ain't afraid of no snow ghost. Okay, maybe a little. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Colin Spencer sends up some cold smoke three days after the last storm at RED Mountain in February. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Our guide, Tom Rodrigue (left), points out some of RED's terrain to Marko Grilc. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Mt. Roberts, some of RED's heavier backcountry, about a 30-minute hike away. Pack your avy gear. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Backcountry sweating on the hike to Mt. Roberts. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Madison Ellsworth stakes his claim at the top of Mt. Roberts. The strip cut out of the mountainside behind him marks the US border. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Paradise. Well, Paradise Chair more specifically. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
The town of Rossland, five minutes from RED, home of some pretty decent sushi and Thai food.
You can even get barrelled at RED. Curtis Ciszek hacks while Mark Sollors ducks in. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Is it nippely out here or is it just me? Curtis Ciszek goes tit to tit. Photo: Gerhard Gross
Just one of the many reasons Frank Knab really wants to move to Canada. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Mark Sollors with a flawless method on the bottom half of Roberts. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
A full seven days after the last storm, on the last day of our trip, we were still finding turns. Party wave to the bottom of Paradise chair. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
The crew stopped for a break at the Starter Shack near the top of the Motherlode chair. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
Kootenay livin'. Photo: Chris Wellhausen
In between one of the many 50-50 to frontside airs Frank Knab landed, a ski patroller, actually riding a snowboard, stopped to look at our setup, turned to us and said, "I didn't see a thing." Then he rode off. Photo: Curtis Ciszek
Frank Knab with a mystical Miller Flip in RED's park. What a trip! We're backing this resort.

"Why haven't I heard about this place before?" It was a common question asked by the crew who made their way to our first ever Resort Sessions* trip at Red Mountain, BC, Canada, during the last week of February.

It's not like Red is off the grid. From the top of Red, Granite, or Grey Mountains, the resort's three main peaks, you can look south onto the beginnings of the United States, about nine miles away. Spokane, Washington, and the closest major airport, is around a two-and-a-half hour drive. This where Marko Grilc flew in to join us from his home in Slovenia. Straight from the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker, Frank Knab, Colin Spencer, Madison Ellsworth and his new bride, Hailey all made the trek. Toward the tail end of week, Mark Sollors hopped a flight from Vancouver to Kelowna, BC, and then drove down, while Curtis Ciszek made the solo trek from the Washington coast.

Soon after the main group arrived, however, we heard these dreaded words: "Should have been here Saturday." Saturday, of course, had been a 30-centimeter pow day (nearly 12-inches). That was two days ago and all the easy snow had been hit. But because Red is quite midweek, and is in the midst of the best season in last five years, our guide Thomas Rodrigue, brought us to stash after stash.

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For the next five days we slashed through cold smoke, dropped cliffs, burned groomers, weaved through tree lines, hung out at misty cabins sprinkled around the resort, and generally got sucked into the vortex that is Kootenay time.

It was enough to make Frank Knab claim he wanted to head back to Mammoth, grab his camper and post up in the Red parking lot for the rest of the winter. It's the kind of place you can still do that, after all.

Stay tuned for the full Red Mountain Resort Sessions print story and video coming this fall.

More about Red Mountain: redresort.com

*About TransWorld SNOWboarding Resort Sessions

An evolution of our Park Sessions series, Resort Sessions brings together a group of pros to explore all aspects of a given resort. No special park features are built and no extra access is given to terrain. The goal is simply to make the most out of the same mountain anyone can ride.

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