This hotel is truly groundbreaking news in both senses of the word. The Josie will be one of the first architecturally unique hotels to be built at a major ski resort in over a decade: a modern, 106-room boutique hotel at the base of RED Mountain. Josie will encompass a restaurant, bar, conference and meeting rooms, a large function deck and a spa including an outdoor slope-side pool—just for style points. Now, if you’re imagining some cookie-cutter MegaResort hotel dropped out of the sky, stop right there. The hotel design, while contemporary in nature, has pulled together subtle elements and motifs from Rossland’s heritage of mining and commerce. The result is a cohesive development, which is fully integrated into the landscape, that emphasizes the pedestrian experience, and takes full advantage of views and light. Whether you choose to stay at Josie or not, it will be a welcome addition to the overall vibe. (We drew that line in the snow on day one!)
More importantly, The Josie Hotel will be one of the most significant economic drivers of the resort and Rossland in several decades. The Josie will increase tourism visitation, boost commerce for the businesses of our community and create additional four-season employment that is important for sustainable growth. There will be approximately 45 full-time employees and an additional 20 part-time employees to build and operate the Josie. We know it will become a favourite new gathering place for visitors and locals alike.
Additionally, this hotel, along with the efforts of RED Mountain and our new four season Get Lost Adventure Centre, will push to attract more business in the slower seasons of Spring, Summer and Fall. Rossland and RED will pivot to a true four season resort, which is crucial to the success of The Josie and the long-term economy of the region.
On behalf of Don Thompson, myself, and all of us at RED Mountain, we are incredibly grateful that Spencer Clements and David Segers, the principles of The William Cole Company, have honored their commitments to RED Mountain and Rossland to push forward with this project that dates back to 2007, when they purchased the land from RED.