Castle Mountain

Ski resorts in Canada
The Rocky Mountains along the southwestern border of Alberta have great terrain, and venues like the Castle Mountain Ski Resort help skiers and snowboarders exploit it. It is the second-largest ski resort in the Province and hosted the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Local snow hounds are shareholders as well as visitors to these slopes south of Calgary.

Alberta's Provincial Highway 1 will put drivers in Calgary. Driving south on Highway 2 or 22 will allow motorists to reach Highway 3, eventually transferring to more local roads closer to the winter venue. The Calgary International Airport is the largest facility (over 150 miles north), with several smaller airfields in southern Alberta and northern Montana operating closer.

A Local Favorite

The Castle Mountain Ski Resort attracts visitors from all over the region, but local skiers and snowboarders have a special connection with the facility. There are more than 200 shareholders (skiers and snowboarders) that share ownership in the winter resort. That translates to a non-corporate vibe on the mountain, with facility and staff focused on keeping things safe and fun. It is also partnered with local communities to provide guests the things that can not be found on-site.

The Castle Mountain Ski Resort is a daytime facility (sorry, night owls), so visitors will need to find lodging after hours. Several amenities have sprung up the mountainside and in the communities around here, including condos, homes, hostels, and hotels. The T-Bar Pub & Grub is the apres-ski for the Castle Mountain Ski Resort, with faster grab-and-go offered at Joe's Cafe or in the Lodge Cafeteria.

Retail services offer the typical items one needs to enjoy the slopes or to remember them. Its rental shop cover skiers, snowboarders, and backcountry explorers who show up light on gear. Parents needing a hand will find childcare services in the main lodge. The Snow School offers programs for children or adults, with a breakdown for daily, multi-day, or multi-week sessions.

CAT Skiing and Riding

One feature that stands out at the Castle Mountain Ski Resort is the backcountry access via snowcat. It is one of the few winter venues in North America to offer this service, and many guests find it to be the best in the Province due to the 900 acres of powder it accesses. The package includes breakfast, a lift ticket, avalanche safety gear to use, lunch, and guides.

Another guided experience at the Castle Mountain Ski Resort is the Last Tracks Snowshoe Tours. These packages are available in the afternoons and last approximately two hours. A Full Moon Snowshoe & Fine Dining experience is also available and does not require snowshoe experience since it is all downhill. Guests participating in this event will also start in the afternoon and finish at Joe's in the evening.

The Castle Mountain ski area has a base elevation of 4,630 feet and a summit topping out at 7,463 feet. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the 2,833-foot vertical that allows them to carve through the 354 inches of annual snowfall. Eight alpine bowls at Castle Mountain spread across two mountains, with over 94 trails accessed by six lifts.

Castle Mountain Snow forecast

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  • Sunday
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Facts about Castle Mountain

Number of slopes:94
Easiest Green slopes:9
Intermediate Blue slopes:24
Advanced Black slopes:21
Expert Only Double black diamond slopes:6
Longest slope:16404 ft

Lifts (Total: 6)

Vertical drop
Castle Mountain Vertical drop
Highest Point: 7457 ft
Vertical drop: 2831 ft
Base Point: 4626 ft

Childrens area:1
Country: Canada
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Reviews for Castle Mountain

What do you think about Castle Mountain?
7 reviews
jan sjögren
jan sjögren (Guest)
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Be in Kanade including Castle with friends 09 and 11 on a road trip. Super conditions both times. Sad snow and how much to go in. A little ruffy but l... Read more (69 words)
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Probably one of Canada's best-kept "secrets". A terrific quiet mountain that basically has everything. Forest skiing, open spaces and ravines are r... Read more (223 words)
Carin Hernskog
Carin Hernskog (Guest)
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Castle mountain is a paradise when it comes to losno ski slopes. I've got skiing in many places but I've never experienced a more castle like paradise... Read more (84 words)
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Are you in Fernie so do not miss a day here! Well worth trying. No congestion, large spaces, but not as steep as you wish. Have a goooood one!

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Just wanted to comment on the previous, Pincher Creek is not the closest town, it must be Banff that is not far from there at all, I would like it to ... Read more (52 words)
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Quite unknown and actually very good ski resort that overwhelmed me very much. I was here during my stay in Fernie -02. After two days of rain in Fern... Read more (168 words)
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A rather unknown ski resort in Canada. Located quite remote. Canadians hardly know the place. When we were there, sadly it was a bit bad with snow. In... Read more (97 words)

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Rider: Christer Hällare Photo: Johan Ögren

Trail map

Trail map Castle Mountain

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