Pincher Creek, Alberta brags about being the wind capital of Canada. It's no joke. The wind farms surrounding town attest to the strong breezes that blow. But the wind capital offers lodging in well-known motel franchises that make an easy hop to Castle Mountain Resort.

The town, which is located about 38 kilometers (23 miles) east of Castle Mountain, is home to a Heritage Inn, Super 8, and Ramada Inn and several independent motels. Plenty of restaurants offer a variety of dining options to grab breakfast before driving to Castle Mountain or dinner after skiing.

Fans of Ramadas will find the Ramada Pincher Creek to work well for kids. The non-smoking hotel includes an indoor pool with a waterslide to entertain the kids, and two fast food restaurants sit next door for inexpensive dining. Some rooms have small kitchenettes that help with dining on take out. Kids also can stay free.

Hotel rooms come with free high-speed wireless Internet, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini-refrigerators. Continental breakfasts are included with stays. A hot tub and fitness room are also available in the hotel.

Ramada Pincher Creek provides special pricing for Castle Mountain lift tickets for those who stay a minimum of two nights. A two-night double occupancy lodging package with two days of lift tickets starts at $526 CAN. Three days of lift tickets for two people with three nights of lodging double occupancy starts at $756 CAN. Four- and five-day packages are available, too.

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