2/28/2013--Rossland, British Columbia, Canada..A statue of Olaus Jeldness on Columbia Ave. in Rossland; Jeldness, often seen as the father of skiing at Red Mountain. When he arrived back in the 1890's, there was no ski hill, no chair lift and no apres ski, and Olaus was one of the people who helped make the hill and the community what it is today. Jeldness pioneered the establishment of competitive skiing in western Canada. ..Red Mountain Resort has legendary steeps and tree-skiing, ghostly empty slopes and the little village of Rossland at its foot, which Canada's Explore magazine called the nation's No. 1 outdoors town. But for Americans Rossland isn't particularly near to anywhere, a 2.5-hour's drive due north of Spokane, Wash. in a region of B.C. known as the West Kootenays. In the autumn of 2012, though, the resort's owners embarked on the biggest ski-area expansion in North America in years. The growth spurt onto adjacent Grey Mountain has added nearly 1,000 acres of skiable terrain to the ski resort, accessed by a new chairlift that opens in the winter of 2013-2014. Skiable terrain has increased from 1,685 acres to 2,682 acres which suddenly lifts Red into the pantheon of North America's largest ski areas...©2013 Stuart Isett. All rights reserved.