The final part of the expansion, which started back in August, adds nearly 1,000 acres of in-bound terrain for the 2012-2013 season to the already existing 1,685, including a second volcanic-shaped peak (Grey Mountain) that allows for “3-D skiing,” or 360-degree skiing from a single lift. For the 2012-13 season, RED will shuttle riders to the top of Grey using an Alpina Sherpa (an oversized snowmobile-bus) with the intention of installing a quad chair next summer. RED’s new total acreage of 2,682 places it in the top three percent of all resorts in North America in terms of skiable acres (Jackson Hole in Wyoming, for example, has approximately 2,500 acres).
Fingers crossed for a solid snowfall this winter, but we think we'll wait until next year to check out Red Mountain when the new lift is up and running - the bus to the top of Grey Mountain can only shuttle nine at a time.
[Photo: Red Mountain Resorts]