By Staff Writer Richard Irwin
Red offers 110 marked runs. These break down as 16 percent for beginners, 47 percent for intermediate and 37 percent for advanced skiers.
There are only seven lifts, but Granite permits 360 degrees of skiing around the peak from a single lift. The same is true for Grey, the new mountain that like Granite, is volcano-shaped.
Beginning skiers or snowboarders can learn on the magic carpet slope, then hone their skills on the new beginner terrain off the Silverlode chair.
Beginners who want to ride to the top of Granite Mountain can take the Motherlode chair, then follow Rino’s Run or the Southside Road. It’s a very beautiful run.
Intermediate riders and skiers will love Paradise Basin. It has mostly intermediate runs, but skiers can still get to Paradise Lodge with green runs by taking the Silver Sheep trail.
Advanced riders will soon find out why Red was ranked as one of North America’s top 10 resorts for experts by “Forbes Traveler.” Fall lines off Granite Summit will excite or terrify experts. Ledges, Jumbo or Powder Fields have great views, few trees and deep powder. There are also many challenging runs at the end of Buffalo Ridge in the Slides, Cambodia, Roots or Needles.
More double diamonds and a single black can be found off Ridge Road, including Coolers, Doug’s Run, Oil Can and Beer Belly. And you’re going to need a beer afterward, because these runs are extremely advanced. Don’t even try them without a buddy to back you up.
Red’s terrain park offers jumps, jibs and park-wide sound system. A variety of rail features include kinks, a rainbow, flat downs, boxes and street rails.