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“Apres Place to be”
Review of Rafters Lounge

Rafters Lounge
Ranked #8 of 24 Restaurants in Rossland
Price range: US$4 - US$19
Cuisines: American
Description: Located on the top floor of the Day Lodge. Rafters is open from 11am, dinner available Wed to Sat till 9pm. Children welcome. Seldom has a gathering place gone through so many changes as RED's fabled base lodge and now world famous Rafters bar has. Once a compressor building for the Black Bear Mine in the late 1800's, the structure was moved to the base of Red Mountain in 1948 to become the lodge for the newly opened ski hill. Red Mountain was the third hill to open in all of North America.The lodge became a dormitory for visiting skiers, a locker area for club memebers and then manager's quarters for the ski hill staff. The well-worn and warm wooden floors and picnic tables add to the understated clubhouse feel, much like RED Mountain itself. This makes the experience so unique and special, similar to going to a vintage neighborhood bar. Locals and tourists alike appreciate this special bar in an era when classic watering holes get converted daily into yet another, chain-restaurant lounge.
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Description: Located on the top floor of the Day Lodge. Rafters is open from 11am, dinner available Wed to Sat till 9pm. Children welcome. Seldom has a gathering place gone through so many changes as RED's fabled base lodge and now world famous Rafters bar has. Once a compressor building for the Black Bear Mine in the late 1800's, the structure was moved to the base of Red Mountain in 1948 to become the lodge for the newly opened ski hill. Red Mountain was the third hill to open in all of North America.The lodge became a dormitory for visiting skiers, a locker area for club memebers and then manager's quarters for the ski hill staff. The well-worn and warm wooden floors and picnic tables add to the understated clubhouse feel, much like RED Mountain itself. This makes the experience so unique and special, similar to going to a vintage neighborhood bar. Locals and tourists alike appreciate this special bar in an era when classic watering holes get converted daily into yet another, chain-restaurant lounge.
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Not only for Apres Ski but we managed to get here for lunch one day.

Now I know skiing is a family sport, but prefer places without them to relax. This is it. Barnish a bit inside, but warm enough to kick back and talk about the day on the slopes. lots of varied seating from bar stools with back on them to comfy sofas around a huge coffee table.

There is a great ever changing local beer supply and served by great service staff. WE talked to a number and they are knowledgeable on not only the food and drink but local haunts as well.

A bit of a view of the lower hill and surrounds. This place also has an outside access door so you don't need to traipse your way through the base lodge each time.

you may think as you walk in this is a young peoples place, but you soon find people of all stripes here. We even ran intoa few people who just came out from town to go there. Seems there is live music there at times as well.

This place rounds out the Red Experience nicely.

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Thank Mark H
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Stopped here for a quick snack before heading to Spokane after my last day of skiing. It's an old school ski lodge bar, and that is a good thing. In the era of the corporate ski area (rhymes with snail), the low key, high awesomeness ski bar is an endangered species. Bands will play here, people will party here. There is an area specifically for those with kiddos during the day (I believe adults only later on). Good service and chill vibe. Grab a beer and some poutine (or any other pub grub) for lunch or apres. You will almost certainly enjoy yourself.

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Thank Unpossible
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

Went for late lunch after skiing and tried the Stacked to the Rafters Burger @ $ 17. Wow it was stacked with almost everything including the kitchen sink. But is was GREAT flavour and juicy. Service was fast and staff very friendly. Great place to have an Après after a day on the slopes.

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Thank rhondaw859
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

we went here for new years of 2017. it was full but still able to breathe. the people are friendly and they enjoy themselves. we did try ski shooter. the shooter is placed on the old ski that has been punched with holes fir for the shooter. there are five shooter sin each ski. it was fun there. the local band plays jazzy blues musics.

Thank tristilde
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Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Loved the lunch at rafters during our time skiing at Red. Great table service, great food and a wide selection of drinks on the menu including rotating beers.

Thank Jennifer G
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