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Area History

This beautiful resort got its initial start as a mining town in the late 1800’s. When gold was discovered in the region in 1890, numerous people flooded into the area with dreams of making it rich. Although many did not succeed, the natural beauty of the area kept them there and the town began to slowly get a foothold.

The gold rush brought people from every part of the globe, but it was the visitors from Norway that introduced skiing and the town quickly became a hot spot for winter sports. The Rossland Ski Club was opened and the first official ski race was held in 1896. This became incredibly popular and people traveled from all over the world to either participate or simply watch the games. The town continued its development and in the 1920’s new advances made it easier for skiers to get up the mountains. This brought more visitors in who wanted to give the sport a shot and the area went through another boom.

Although the Rossland Ski Club had been abandoned for several years, it was reorganized in 1930’s as demand kept soaring for more skiing activities in the region. The Red Mountain Ski Club opened in the 1940’s and operated with another club in the area. They installed a special gas powered rope lift that meant skiers could spend less time on their treks up the mountain, making it a lot more fun to try it out. This increased the amount of tourists, and the club and town continued their steady growth through this era. Through the ‘50’s, ‘60’s and ‘70’s, improvements to the resort continued and more facilities were opened to the public. Ski lessons were held frequently for the young and old and more visitors became interested in visiting the region. The 70’s saw new lifts and more devices to make it easier to enjoy the mountain but by the 1980’s, the club was in a state of disrepair and needed a major renovation. This cost more than $1.1 million, but was well worth the expense. New lifts were added and the resort got a facelift as well. The resort passed to new ownership in 1994 and then again in 2004.

The current owner is starting many new additions to keep the resort competitive and new improvements are being added almost constantly. Although the resort is most commonly associated with winter sports, there are also numerous activities that are held here during the summer months. In 2007, the Mountain Project was launched to improve the existing activities and start promoting the area on a more consistent basis. New condominiums have been built and the hotels in the town are expanding and opening up new rooms while renovating their existing accommodations. Overall, this is a great place to visit and with their continued efforts, it will be a town and resort that people want to keep coming back to, year after year.