In a nutshell; if they have snow-GO! If they don't.......well don't. Castle Mountain is what you probably remember as a child. A laid back ski area, with old slow lifts, not to much flare, and a good warm vibe. However, the lifts may be old-school but the skiing is definitely not. By far one of the best powder day experiences I have had, and I have skied Fernie, Sqaw, Big sky, Alta, Telluride etc. They have a very large mountain behind the area, (the name escapes me) that helps push a nice constant gail of wind that literally blows snow into all of the gullies on the mountain. The result is powder, and more powder. Throw in actual snow from the sky, 2600 vertical of steep straight runs, and you have freshies every run with an excellent pitch and fall line. Bottom line: If you are in the area or coming to or back from Fernie, stop! If they have fresh snow, you will not regret it. Cheap, steep and deep!!!!