By Jensen, Randy on November 29, 2019.
LETHBRIDGE HERALD – PINCHER CREEK
Due to more than half a metre of snow falling this week, Castle Mountain Resort will be offering a sneak-peak this weekend, with the resort opening earlier than it has in more than a decade.
The Huckleberry chairlift, Green chair and Buckaroo carpet will all be in operation Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A release from Castle Mountain notes while it’s too early to tell exactly which trails will be open, the resort has been making snow on various parts of the lower mountain and will endeavour to open as much terrain as is possible.
The uphill policy will be strictly enforced which includes uphill access in the Huckleberry terrain pod on the prescribed route with backcountry touring available within the Cat skiing terrain. Any touring on the main mountain (Gravenstafel) will be strictly prohibited as mountain safety teams conduct set-up activities and avalanche control work.
Full-day Huckleberry chairlift rates will be in effect with adult (18-64) tickets at $59.95, senior (65-74) tickets at $54.95, junior (13-17) tickets at $49.95, and child (six-12) tickets at $29.95 with Lake Louise Plus Card holders enjoying $5 off these rates. Wonders of Winter Card holders will enjoy their typical 50 per cent off full mountain rates ($47.48-$37.48) and mid-week pass holders are invited to use their pass over this special sneak-peak weekend.
Castle Mountain Resort’s lift operations will be closed midweek, next Monday to Friday, reopening for the season on Dec. 7.
Early season hazards will exist, so watch for what lies beneath and ski and ride with care.