Castle Mountain added a new catski program this winter. But the program, the only one in Alberta, is different than most catski operations. This one is unguided. You're on your own.

The cat called the Powder Stagecoach runs skiers up Mt. Haig. The new terrain features 600 acres of advanced and expert terrain that used to be considered backcountry, but now sits within the resort boundaries.

Accessing the new terrain requires a combination of cat riding and chairlift. Skiers ride the Huckleberry Chair and then the Powder Stagecoach to get up Mt. Haig. Skiers are on their own to pick their routes down at their own pace. The cat hauls skiers back up the mountain when it is full.

The Powder Stagecoach operates Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. The cat fits 12, but can accommodate up to 24 people staggered in hauls back up the slope. The cat is open to skiers and snowboarders; however, snowboarders need to be prepared to contend with traversing, flats, and climbing out of holes.

All participants are required to have avalanche beacons, probes, and shovels. Castle rents the gear in their pro shop for $35 CAN. 

Pre-booking is required. Catskiing costs $215 CAN, which includes a lift ticket for Huckleberry Chair. Castle season passholders can get a day for$ $155 CAN.

More information. Or call 403-627-5101 ext. 0