Chariots of powder, a machine of fun, a reprieve for sore legs. Yes, chairlifts are amazing…but yet they do not get all the recognition they deserve. The focus usually goes to the mountain, the snow, the features. Chairlifts are expected at ski hills. If they break down, or even slow down, a huge populous is quite upset that you are taking their powder away from them. But really, they have given more fresh turns than anything else in history. And the Motherlode Chair has given many in its time.
The Motherlode Chair has been transporting skiers and boarders to RED’s heights since 1995, but this wasn’t the beginning of skiing on Granite Mountain. That time began in 1965 when the Granite Mountain chairlift was installed and carried people to the top for the first time, opening up some of the best lift-accessed skiing in the Kootenays. Today, Granite Mountain still stands as the centrepiece of RED and has been challenging skiers to push their limits for over 50 years.
The main action on a powder day at RED Mountain Resort is Granite Mountain and the Motherlode Chair. For first tracks, you will see young shredders sending drops and pillow directly below the chair on Links Line. For those not wanting the glare of onlookers, send the speedy track out on Buffalo Ridge to Slides and try to ski the most open fall line on the mountain. Or, power your way over to Powder Fields to test your legs against a 500m onslaught of rolling pillow glades.
Now, I have probably already said too much on the opinion of any local. Beyond this, there are no more secrets I can give up. You will have to come and seek for yourself or win over a local with a pint at Rafters. Either way, lines around here are not given up easily. It is like the slow pace of the Motherlode Chair…it will take time but it will be worth it