Over the past few winters, March has blustered in with some of the best snow of the season at Castle Mountain in southwest Alberta. Storms blow over the Continental Divide, depositing snow on the eastern slopes of the Rockies, where it drops on Castle Mountain.
If you’ve never skied Castle, it’s one place to try for something different. The pace is laid back. Castle’s lifts — none of them high-speed — saunter up the slope at a speed that allows for conversation and plenty of time to look around at what to ski next.
Castle also gets more terrain out of its two main lifts than most resorts. Together, the Sundance and Tamarack chairs, known to locals at the Blue and Red chairs, ascend to the Skyline Traverse to drop into acres and acres of broad open bowls, glades with widely-spaced trees, ridges, chutes, and steeps.
Glades with widely-spaced trees collect powder at Castle Mountain. Photo by Becky Lomax.
The Powder Stagecoach cat skiing at Castle adds another 800 acres to explore. Cat ski trips go out every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. March 23 is slated as the annual ladies’ day on the cat. Cat trips are offered through April 7.
In addition to the potential for spring powder, Castle is also a place where it's okay to be goofy. The final four Saturdays of the season bring out the crazy costumes. March 17 is scheduled for wearing the green for St. Patrick’s Day. March 24 is a throwback to high school with mathletes and athletes. Look for superheroes — Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman — on March 31, or join in the fun donning your own superhero outfit. April 7 is for hula skirts, Hawaiian shirts, leis, and bikinis.
The Red or Tamarack Chair accesses the upper mountain, where the Skyline Traverse gives unlimited choices of runs. Photo by Becky Lomax.
You can relax at Castle Mountain this spring with a March lodging special through Castle Rental Properties. The midweek deal for lodging properties at the resort offers a two-night stay with the third night free for Sunday through Thursday bookings.
Reservations can be made by calling 403-627-5121. Look online here for lodging options.
Castle Mountain closes for the season on April 9, 2012.