Red Mountain Details Upcoming Topping Expansion


Western Canada’s oldest ski resort will continue to expand next summer with the addition of a new triple chairlift.  Red Mountain, situated along British Columbia’s famed Powder Highway, says the long sought Topping lift and terrain will debut for the 2019/20 season and bring the resort to 3,840 acres.  “This new triple chair is exciting on its own,” said Red CEO Howard Katkov in a statement. “But what’s truly exciting is how the Topping Chair continues our dedication to improving the adventure for our guests.  This new chair streamlines skier traffic around the resort beautifully.”  Guests will now be able to access Grey Mountain (opened in 2013) from the Silverlode lift (opened 2007) without needing to ride the extremely long Motherlode chair.  The 300 acre boundary expansion will also include six new intermediate trails approaching 1,000 vertical feet apiece.

The new chairlift seen operating last winter at Big White.

The Mueller lift was purchased last year from Big White, where it operated for four decades as the Powder chair.  At Red, Topping will join an all fixed grip fleet of lifts built by Mueller, Doppelmayr, Poma, Lift Engineering and Thiokol.  With the confirmation of Red’s project, ski resorts across British Columbia have now committed to add at least four new lifts in 2019, more than any other Canadian province thus far.

7 thoughts on “Red Mountain Details Upcoming Topping Expansion

  1. gavin March 21, 2019 / 4:20 pm

    Epic! Sometimes used lifts are then best way to go.


  2. reaperskier March 21, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    I hope they don’t replace the original chairs with new leitner poma or partek chairs. Mueller triple chairs look awesome.


  3. NaturalSnow March 21, 2019 / 6:52 pm

    The trail maps going back several years have shown trails in the area where the new lift is going in, but without trail names. Did they cut trails there in anticipation of adding the lift in the future?


    • Ryan Gardner March 21, 2019 / 8:20 pm

      yes, and no. But mostly yes and Maybe.


    • Peter Landsman March 21, 2019 / 8:22 pm

      If you look at Google Earth, it appears the Topping Creek runs were cut even before Grey Mountain.


    • Colton Ellingson March 21, 2019 / 9:26 pm

      Yes, the runs have been cut there for a while now. They are all just roped off as of now.


  4. Dhowe March 24, 2019 / 10:49 am

    I went skiing at Red the other day as the last stop on a six resort tour of BC’s powder highway. Red is definitely a living museum of lift technology. It’s also delightfully quirky. At what other resort can you stop halfway down the mountain and buy street tacos?

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