Report from Thursday, January 19th, 2023
Today was a good day. In fact, today was the best day of the year so far.
RED Mountain Resort reported 4″ this morning, although it felt like much more on the mountain, boot-deep in places. The temperatures were slightly colder, meaning the snow was light and soft.
- January 16th report: RED Mountain Resort, BC, Report: Blue Skies, Sunshine, and Fresh Powder
Once the chairlifts took you through the clouds, it was a lovely bluebird day. It felt good to feel the sun on my face.
We took Silverlode, to Topping Creek, to Grey Mountain. The views at the top of Grey Mountain were stunning. The ghost-like trees frozen in time are a testament to the fact that RED hasn’t had any wind for weeks. We headed straight for Unknown Legend, a black diamond run tucked away off Get Up Stand Up. The snow was boot deep and soft, the bumps filled in, and nobody else was there. It was like we had the mountain to ourselves.
From there, we took Corduroy to Taz to Motherlode. The snow was still deep, light, and untracked at 11 am as we weaved in and out of the trees on the edges, hitting little features by the side of the run.
The groomed runs were quick, helped by the recent thaw followed by the freeze the last day or so.
We took Ridge Road to Maggie’s Farm and dipped into the trees. The pitch was just right for the deep snow. Huge areas of fresh powder lay invitingly ahead of us as we navigated the trees and boulders. So quiet, only the sound of your breath breaking the silence as you stopped to soak in the surroundings.
Up Paradise, we headed to Mini Bowls for more tree skiing and deep fresh lines. I don’t think I’ll ever get bored of making tracks through fresh virgin powder—and this seems to be the norm at RED.
A quick break for coffee at Paradise Lodge. The weather was nice enough that people were sunning themselves on the deck before heading back out for the afternoon and more of the same.
Powder Fields lived up to its name, although as the south-facing Paradise Chair caught the sun all day, the lower snow was getting heavier. We decided to move around and find a couple of runs in the shade.
We ended the day on Main Run, a long, quick, and undulating groomed run with fun patches on either side featuring fresh snow, moguls, or little jumps. A great run to finish the day with a little bit of everything.
RED was firing today. With blue skies, fresh powder, some of the best tree skiing in North America, and no crowds, this place is unparalleled. More, please; I’m getting used to the Good Life.