Ski Canada: Castle Mountain Resort

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Written by Cassidy Barnes posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010

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This ski resort is a jewel southwest of Pincher Creek, Alberta. Its position high in the Canadian Rockies makes it a local’s favorite, with more than 30 feet of snow and 78 trails on 3,500 acres.

Even kids love Durango at Castle Mountain! (Castle Mountain Resort)

Castle is famous for its steep continuous fall-line runs and deep, light powder snow. The Waterton, Canada resort gets an average snowfall of 358 inches (910 cm) per year.

The base of the resort is at 4,800 feet (1410 m) and the summit reaches 7,463 feet (2,273 m) in elevation. The vertical rise is 2,833 feet (863 m).

The resort is composed of two mountains and has terrain rated as 17% beginner, 35% intermediate and 48% advanced. The beautiful alpine bowls and wind-whipped above tree-line skiing are for experienced skiers only.

Rated as 15% beginner, 40% intermediate, 35% advanced and 10% expert, the terrain covers two bowls and offers some above tree line and cut timber skiing. The longest run is 3.1 miles (5 km) long.

Don’t forget to check out the Rawhide Terrain Park while you’re here, it constantly has new boxes, jumps, and other fun features.

The skiable terrain is serviced by six lifts which run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the weekends. The newest is the Tammarak double chair. The season generally runs from mid December to mid April.

On mountain dining includes the Barnaby Steak House & Fireside Lounge, T-Bar Pub and Grill and the Castle Mountain Day Lodge.

Castle Mountain also offers groomed cross country trail, equipment rental, child care, children’s programs and ski and snowboard lessons.

Cat skiing is available taking visitors up Haig Mountain to its wide bowls, fantastic runs and breathtaking scenery. Reservations required.

Castle Mountain Resort is located 5 hours from Banff, 2.5 hours from Calgary and 1.5 hours north of the Carway US border crossing.

Reservations: 403-627-5101
Snow Phone: 403-627-5101

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