If you’ve decided to test out Canada’s Powder Highway, this is your chance to get really close to it. Red Mountain Resort has 1,500 hectares of pristine skiing, with 119 gloriously uncrowded marked trails and plenty of backcountry if you’re looking for some extreme action. There’s even cat skiing – where you get a lift up Mt Kirkup on a snowcat to test new trails not accessible by chairlift – for those who want to try something different.
There’s a range of accommodation on offer, including hostels, apartments, lodges and boutique hotel The Josie, but new for the 2020/2021 season is Constella, a collection of six cabins in Paradise Basin. Book one for the night and you can wake at dawn and get straight on the slopes before the crowds arrive.
Each of the cosy cabins sleeps five and is serviced by the central Clubhouse, where you can have a meal, hang out in the bar by the fire and make plans with whoever else is there. You might also want to spend some time staring at the stars, which are so clear in the Kootenay sky.
The next morning, a light breakfast is served before you step straight out onto the snow and jump on the chairlift.
Bookings for Constella open November 2020.