Rossland’s Red Mountain has submitted a master plan for development that could expand the ski area from its current 2,000 acres to 8,000 acres. The plan, which is before various government agencies, would substantially increase the amount of novice and intermediate terrain, making the resort more appealing to families and a wider range of ski vacationers. In addition to the proposed terrain expansion, a base village has been planned by Whistler’s Brent Harley and Associates and construction of the first hotel, the Rossland Springs Hotel and Spa at Red Mountain, is scheduled to start this year. The 102-room condo-hotel will be part of the Ramada chain and will be managed by R.T.M. Hospitality, a firm which manages five other Ramada properties in Western Canada. The hotel is being developed by Premier Mountain Land Corp. and will feature Victorian-style architecture. Sales of the condo-hotel units are scheduled to go on the market March 10, with prices expected to start around $99,000 Cdn. Skier visits to Red Mountain have increased from approximately 95,000 in the 1997/1998 ski season to close to 140,000 in1998/1999 and are projected to rise further as more terrain comes available. This is expected to put increased demands on lodging occupancy levels with prime properties located right at the mountain being the first choice.