About

NOWHERE SPECIAL: COME AS YOU ARE

Nowhere Special is the quintessential modern hostel, suitable for travelers of all ages who value community, connection, and careful curation above all. The operating mantra since the napkin-stage has been the same one that’s kept RED cool for over 100 years, i.e. “Everything you need & nothing you don’t”.

Located a mere two-minute walk from the chairlift, Nowhere Special dishes out a number of floor plans catering to different needs for privacy and price, including two wheelchair-accessible units. A typical room here at Nowhere Special sleeps four and shares an en suite bathroom for each eight.

We know there's a lot of you exploring Canada’s West on your own - or in a small group - and our goal is to provide that social mix on offer here to help create memories that last for a lifetime - on and off the mountain! The town of Rossland (just a 5-minute drive from the hostel) is incredibly friendly and this, more than anything, is what keeps people coming back. You are a stranger here but once…

Real-world needs like indoor bike and ski storage and an outdoor fire pit with two gas grills make Nowhere Special nothing like our name. A clean community kitchen with two ranges, a commercial fridge, and all the silverware and dishes you might need to build a serious après-ski spread for your “new best friends” round out the offering.

What really sets Nowhere Special apart, though, is our design. Our dedicated design team and architect have made sure that this building delivers the best in clean, modern design and usability.

THE LEGEND BEHIND THE NAME

Now, imagine a certain ski bum, learning the secret runs and lines that litter RED Mountain. Like someone trying to eat their way through In N Out’s "secret menu," this ski bum becomes a familiar first chair face. Life-long locals like Bob "Hippy Bob" Warren and Terry Miller start inviting him to tag along with a wry, “follow us—if you can!”

Now maybe one such adventure led to a certain shoulder-width gap chainsawed into the forest, looking like a sucker trap, or the entrance to tree jail. But, no: Following the tracks through that gap opened up to a steep, north-facing spine/chute/powderfield area that instantly became this ski bum's favorite technical line on the mountain. After chasing the local guides to the bottom, our breathless ski bum just had to ask what the line was called.

“Nowhere Special” the guides replied, with a smile. “Nowhere Special.”

RED MOUNTAIN and HI CANADA

RED Mountain is proud to launch the new Nowhere Special Hostel as an affiliate of Hostelling International Canada (HI Canada): a not-for-profit, member-based organization, and the world's largest hostel network made up of 3,500 hostels in 89 countries!