- Overall Rating 3
- Family Friendly 2
- All-Mtn. Terrain 5
- Terrain Park 0
- Nightlife 3
Date Visited: Feb 6, 2007
You win some, you lose some...in our case, we hit Red a few weeks after any significant snowfall. The mountain was pretty skiied out and in some steeper areas, a bit scary with plenty of rock and roots. Red is an awesome mountain for experts, OK for intermediates and beginners. The smaller peak, Red, is pretty steep with fat cruisers and steep bumps. Unfortunately, it sat in a murky cold cloud layer for most of the weekend.
Granite, the 2nd larger mountain, is mainly steep gladed runs. The groomed cruisers are around the back on the Paradise Chair. There are some great runs back here - Southern Comfort, Ruby Tuesday - offering fast cruising, but you go to Red for POWDER and steep tree skiing. With few actual cut runs, most of Granite is comprised of areas of steeps, trees and glades. We did a few runs in the Powder Fields area, but with such variable snow it was tough skiing. One of the interesting things about Red is it can be hard to find a line or run again. With skiing virtually 360 degrees off the summit, we found some OK stashes of softer snow in shadier areas, but then couldn't find our way back (signage on the mountain is pretty bad).
Next year there are plans for a new lift out of the base, replacing the Silverlode chair, that will run slightly higher and access new green and blue runs on the lower mountain. These runs are already cut and offer fun meandering cruising, but unfortunately this was all in the lower valley fog so we skiied up high in the sun on Paradise.
We found was some OK snow on the steep & treed north-facing slopes of Mt Roberts, one of many easily-accessed touring areas just outside the resort boundary.
Summary: great steeps, lots of terrain, easy and excellent backcountry touring, great apres-ski bar. Most of the money seems to be going into the real estate. Base lodge and lifts are prettty tired. The backside Paradise lodge isn't too bad. And i guess in most years Red is known for epic powder. Unfortunately we didn't get any.