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Located at the base of Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, The Josie Hotel is the newest accommodation to be found on BC’s popular Powder Highway, having officially opened on November 28, 2018. 

The result of a partnership between the William Cole Companies and Noble House Hotels and Resorts, The Josie’s luxurious environment offers a multitude of modern amenities, an unbeatable view of the mountains from every room and historical inspiration from the mining industry of the region. The hotel is named after the Josie Mine, which operated between 1890-1920 on Red Mountain.

Designed by architect Song Chia of FAB Studio, this boutique mountain hideaway features 106 rooms, one-bedroom suites and studio suites. Locally-sourced recycled wood used as paneling, an earth tone room palette, lavish bedding, soaker tubs, heated bathroom floors and floor to ceiling windows offer guests a welcome dose of modern mountain style. And yes, Fido is welcome too. 

Guests are welcomed into the hotel’s lobby with its oversized chairs and whimsical ski lift benches. Lighting inspired by tree branches and nature-inspired textures are found in the public and room spaces, as well as touches of red and blue among the neutral shades of gray and brown. 

Found in the heart of one of BC’s popular winter playgrounds (there’s 2,877 acres of powder to explore as well as an average seasonal snowfall of 300 inches), The Josie will offer a round the clock ski concierge to take care of ski/snowboard gear, offer trail maps and insider tips and create outdoor itineraries. As well, guests can access the Get Lost Adventure Center for more outdoor activities, like planning a day with one of the world’s largest ski cat operators, Rossland’s Big Red Cats. 

In warmer months, guests can explore the region while hiking, mountain biking, fishing and take advantage of the slope side outdoor pool. A fitness center is available onsite and in winter 2019, The Josie will open its own spa, offering a wide range of wellness treatments. 

Helmed by Executive Chef Marc-Andre Choquette, the hotel’s dining option is The Velvet Restaurant & Lounge, inspired by seasonal and sustainably sourced local ingredients with a touch of Quebecois flair. The restaurant (also named after a local mine) will serve breakfast, lunch, après ski and dinner, and features a mountain-inspired cocktail menu and lengthy wine list, and gives guests the ability to sip and savor in the restaurant’s lounge and the hotel’s terrace with outdoor fireplaces. 

Hotel guests can access Rossland via regional BC airports and through winter shuttles from Kelowna International Airport or from south of the border at Spokane Airport in Washington. 

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