Ski Red Resort in Rossland from Bearkat Chalets


Town of Rossland
In 1890, the discovery of gold laden ore deposits on the south side of Red Mountain in Rossland, BC marked the start of one of the richest gold rushes in Canadian history and the birth of ski racing in Canada.  As adventurers and gold seekers poured in from around the world, it was the arrival of one particular Norwegian Mining engineer (Olaus Jeldness) that would place Red Mountain and Rossland on the leading edge of downhill ski racing. 

Jeldness organized the first ever downhill ski race on Red Mountain on Feb. 15, 1896, and the original   “Jeldness Trophy” is still on display in the Western Canadian Ski Hall of Fame to this very day! Red Mountain and the Red Mountain Ski Club would go on to produce world cup champions such as Nancy Green & Karin-Lee Gartner, and today Red Resort offers some of the best lift access powder and tree skiing available in Western Canada (all within a 5 minute drive from Bearkat Lodge).

Cross-country, classic and Biathlon pursuits at the Blackjack Ski Club
You can ski on groomed cross-country trails right from your doorstep at Bearkat or access the Blackjack Cross-Country Ski Club  located 5 kilometers from the lodge. Blackjack offers 30 kilometers of beginner to advanced groomed classic and skate ski trails, expert instruction for all levels of skier, and an active junior racing program. You will find an engaged group of passionate board members and volunteers that have hosted everything from Provincial to National level races, including Biathlon.

Cat  and Heli-Skiing

The West Kootenays are comprised of the Monashee, Selkirk and Purcell Mountain ranges and offer some of the softness, fluffiest powder skiing conditions in the world, receiving over 45’ of annual snowfall.  Big Red Cats out of Rossland offers over 450 runs on 8 mountains of varied intermediate to advanced terrain, with great equipment and expert guide staff; and for those of you who prefer to hover check out Snowwater Heli-Skiing and Boarding operating in the Selkirk range out of Nelson, BC.
Snowshoeing at Red resort Rossland BC

Fresh powder at Red Resort, Rossland BC

Powder skiing at sunset at red Resort, Rossland BC
Photo credit- Red Resort, Rossland, BC