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Rossland – a valley among mountains


Topped with snow, everything seems picturesque in Rossland, British Columbia.  The area is simply enveloping – any time of year.  Mainly surrounded by mountains, the region has lakes, marshes, rivers and streams. Rossland is down in a valley, a small town with over 3,000 occupants.  A great place for outdoor activities.  Mountain biking is the most popular activity here.  

Once a mining town, bikers can ride old wagon roads, rail grades and pack trails. The Seven Summits is an enormous trail.  The Seven Summits’ 30 kilometer ride provides a continuous single track, sharp ascents, and crazy descents along the alpine ridges of the Rossland Range mountains.  You can bike between Nancy Greene Summit and Cascade Summit.  The small town, with wide streets but not a traffic light hanging, lodges some small salons.  

If you’re looking for a place to dine, Idgie’s Fine Foods offers Italian food.  A quaint setting where you can select Idgie’s House Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach.  There’s also Old Fire Hall, where you can pick from more than 40 wines. 

The town of Rossland was discovered in 1898. RED Mountain Resort, a ski area, was the place where deposits of gold-copper ore were found in 1890. The Rossland Ski Club was found, soon after, in 1896. They had the first recorded ski competitions in Canada.  There are 110 trails on RED Mountain and 2,682 acres of skiing. It’s known for its powdery trails.  The resort has the world’s largest cat skiing.  It facilitates four cats a day with different ability levels.  The mountain has the best tree skiing and glades in the area and guides are CSGA and ACMG qualified.   

The Rossland Winter Carnival is held at the bottom of the mountain on the last weekend in January, every year.  Olaus Jeldness was the Norwegian miner who, in 1897, began the Winter Carnival.  He asked his friends to the top of RED Mountain for a “Tea Party.”  During the carnival, there are Big Air fireworks.   There is a parade with opportunities to win a seasons ski pass and a variety show.  There are, also, bobsled races and ice sculptures.  There is plenty to be seen in this small visitor’s locale. 

Passerby’s come from many places to the westernmost of Canada’s 10 provinces.  It runs along the Pacific Ocean, not too far from the seashore but far North so winters are cold.  Still, the town is closed in by mountains – mountains that bring all kinds of interesting things to the area.

Accomplished writer - has written for a trade magazine. Amy enjoys writing general interest stories with an emphasis on the traveler.

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