"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.
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.
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.