The acreage at Red Mountain Resort is so plentiful that less than half of the resort's terrain is developed, with chairlifts and runs on only two of its five peaks. Red Mountain offers a new option in its backcountry this winter.

About 2,500 acres of gate-accessible backcountry terrain with three additional peaks surrounds the developed, inbounds portion of the resort. Red Mountain has plans to install lifts in the terrain in the future to make it inbounds, but for now, it remains the coveted out-of-bounds stash for those willing to hike for their turns.

The resort is installing a new yurt on the northwest ridge of Kirkup, one of the resort's three backcountry peaks. The yurt, called Alpine Glory Hut, will be available only for guided overnight trips for $399-699 per person. Skiers need only take daypacks as bedding and meals are provided. Yurt trips can be booked through Red Mountain Resort Snowsports School at The Mountain Project.

The other two peaks are quicker to reach. "Grey takes about 20-30 minutes to skin up," spokesperson Mika Hakkola told us. "It's easy to lap. You can ski tour back up or navigate the woods to access the resort."

Mt. Roberts, the third out-of-bounds peak, may be the most well known for its 50-degree summit pitch and challenging runs that serve as the course for the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships, held this year Jan. 12-22. "It's a pretty casual up with a ski back to a chair," explained Hakkola. "It's a slackcountry fave."

The resort does not do avalanche control on its three backcountry peaks. Those who enter the backcountry through resort gates need to take beacons, shovels, probes, and a buddy. "They also need to have a thorough understanding of avalanche conditions and assessing snowpack," added Hakkola.

Guides are also available for full day trips, too. Safety instruction begins the backcountry tour, which costs $119-319 per person. Guided backcountry tours can be booked through the Red Mountain Snowsports School. Avalanche equipment rentals--transceiver, probe, shovel, and backpack--are available for those on guided trips for $20 per day.

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