Travel: Red Mountain Gold

Eureka! Red Mountain’s Josie Strikes Gold

Every once in a while a miner strikes it rich while panning for ski gold. Amid the rocks and ready roughness of Canada’s Kootenay Rockies, a nugget has emerged at Rossland’s Red Mountain Resort: The Josie Hotel, recently awarded Canada’s Best Boutique Ski Hotel in the 2019 World Ski Awards.

As Red’s first slopeside luxury lodging, it’s been a long time coming. Once home to four banks, seven newspapers, 42 saloons, an opera house, and a stock exchange, Rossland — six miles north of the Canada/US border —  was a boom town during the Gold Rush but its luster waned in the 20thCentury.

The Josie’s emergence brings shiny n’ new: Contemporary suites in soft golds and sumptuous reds; cocktails and local brews for après in the “living room”; craft cooking in The Velvet kitchen; spiked cocoas and cayenne truffles served by the firepit under silver moonlight.

By day, step off The Josie’s stoop onto Red’s terrain: 2,877 acres of unfettered slope blanketed by up to 25 feet of billowy powder. Better yet: Big Red Cats is but a hop, skip, and a ski-jump down the road, with nearly 20,000 acres of untracked skiing over eight Monashee peaks.

As a gold miner would say: “Eureka!”

Photos courtesy of The Josie.

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