Monday, March 09, 2020

5 Reasons to Ski Castle Mountain Resort this Spring (including Free Skiing!)

We visited Castle Mountain Resort last winter for the first time as a family and we spent the entire drive home to Calgary talking about how we should move so that we could be closer to the resort. Well, we haven't moved yet, but we did put Castle on our "annual priority list" and we're extremely excited about our upcoming trip this month.

You'll never visit Castle Mountain Resort just once

Castle Mountain Resort is located in Southwestern Alberta, approximately an hour SW of the Town of Pincher Creek. Families living in the south part of Calgary can reach the resort in 2.5 hours, making the trip very doable for a 2-day weekend.

We have a longer drive from the north of Calgary but we can easily reach Castle Friday night after work. Last year we spent most of Sunday at the hill as well and just stopped for dinner on the drive home that evening.

5 Reasons to Ski Castle Mountain Resort this Spring

1. Buy your 2020-2021 Season Pass and Receive FREE Skiing all Spring 

Castle Mountain Resort is offering FREE spring skiing / riding from March 9th to closing day on April 12th with the purchase of a 2020-2021 season pass.

"You can enjoy up to 35 days of complimentary skiing + riding this spring, on top of 125 + days next year! WOW!"

Follow this link for complete information on the Castle season pass, along with details on the cost for each member of your  family, pass holder benefits, and conditions.

One visit to Castle and my 10-year old was skiing the double black chutes!

2. Affordable On-hill Accommodations

We've been spoiled by a few too many ski in-ski out trips and now it's a huge priority when we plan family ski weekends. I want to be able to have a leisurely morning without a long drive to the ski hill, and my son likes to be first in line for the lifts opening. This means that staying very close to the hill is almost imperative for us. 

At Castle Mountain Resort there is an affordable hostel and ski lodge located across the parking lot from the ski hill. It's not quite "ski out your door" lodging but I'm ok with having to carry my skis across a parking lot. It's also very handy on Sunday when you can pack up your car and go skiing without having to move the vehicle to a separate day-use parking lot. 

The ski lodge offers traditional dorm-style hostel rooms (with beds arranged in rooms of 6 or 8) or you can upgrade to a private hotel-style room with either 2 queen sized beds or a queen bed and a double / single bunk.

There is also a full kitchen facility and common room that all guests of the ski lodge can use.

Simple but functional rooms at the Castle Mountain Ski Lodge 

3. Castle is one of South Calgary's Closest Ski Resorts

We often get our minds set on "heading to the mountains" to go skiing from Calgary but the reality is that for families living in South Calgary, Castle Mountain Resort is only 20 minutes further than Lake Louise. Skiing at Castle is quite a bit cheaper and as already mentioned, there's affordable accommodations right at the hill.

Castle Mountain Resort is way less busy than the ski hills in Banff, sees less tourists, and has a lovely "locals vibe" that the larger resorts have lost over the years.

I will always love the big mountain resorts in Banff, but Castle has a charm that you really have to experience - and there's no better time than the present to plan your trip south. 

Read more about our epic ski weekend at Castle Mountain last winter here:

"Go local" on your next ski vacation and head to Southern Alberta where the scenery is absolutely stunning!

4. Beats in the Base Weekend Parties at Castle Mountain this Spring 

Castle’s spring concert series is back with live performances every Saturday and Sunday afternoon all spring! 

"Enjoy a burger from the BBQ and a cold beer from our outdoor bar as we transform the area outside of the T-Bar Pub into one giant, snowy beach!"

Music on Saturday occurs from 2 to 5 pm and music on Sunday occurs from 1-4 pm. 

And on a personal note, I can't tell you how excited I am for this! I've never been to a ski resort for a true spring skiing "outdoor party experience" before. We won't even have to drive home afterwards since we'll be staying at the ski lodge on the other side of the parking lot! 

Spring fun at Castle Mountain (Photo credit: Nick Thornton)

5. Fun Events every Weekend throughout Spring 

There are several fun events planned at the resort through the months of March and April. Below are a few notable events.

king of the Castle on March 21st - The annual event that crowns the King & Queen of Castle Mountain.

"Come try your luck & put your skills to the test in a dual slalom race down Whiskey Jack. If you have the need…the need for speed, then who knows, maybe you have what it takes to don the Castle crowns! Racers will participate in two side-by-side, dual slalom races"

Community Potluck Dinner on March 21st - Join the Castle Mountain Community Association for a potluck dinner within the main day lodge.

"The fun starts at 6 PM with dinner to be dished out at 6:30 PM. The day lodge bar will also be open for beverages starting at 6:00 PM so come by early and have a gab with your neighbors and friends!"

Borderline Jib in the Park on March 21st - From Noon to 4 PM there will be an all-ages open jam session event taking place in the new terrain park on Tumbleweed, within the Huckleberry Zone. 

"There will be music, a high ollie contest, lowest carve contest, and prizes just for coming out as well!"

Slush Cup on April 5th - Go full send and try to waterski / ride across our huge man-made pond! 

"Not up for participating? Don’t worry, this is one of the best spectating events of the season!"

Slush Cup at Castle Mountain Resort (Photo credit: Nick Thornton)

Happy spring skiing everybody and we'll see you at Castle!

Disclaimer: This story was written in partnership with Castle Mountain Resort where we will be hosted for an upcoming stay. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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