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Castle Mountain offering special lift ticket discount


By Greg Bobinec on February 2, 2021.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDgbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

Castle Mountain Resort is offering a new program for the 2021 ski season, by offering first responders a special discount on lift tickets as a gesture of appreciation for the important work done by frontline workers, particularly through the pandemic.
Eligible first responders including Canadian-based police, fire, EMS, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and military can enjoy a 25 per cent discount on midweek tickets at Castle.
The offer is valid Monday through Friday, excluding Feb. 12-21, and applies to regularly priced full day/full mountain tickets.
“We wanted to offer a first-responder discount for some time now and we thought there was no better time to do so then this season, especially with our first-responders putting in lots of work in terms of dealing with COVID-19,” says Cole Fawcette, Marketing Manager at Castle Mountain. “We decided to move forward with a 25 per cent discount off for police, fire, EMS, nurse, and military personal on mid-week and non-holiday basis.”
Castle Mountain started off the ski season at its earliest date in over a decade, and has been working with all of the health guidelines and restrictions.
Although indoor gathering areas for warmth, food and washrooms have limitations, Castle Mountain provides a safe place to congregate outdoors and distance safely while enjoying the slopes.
“There are restrictions, we are no different to any other business in Alberta, there are limitations to the inside of our business with our food and beverage being takeout only, 15 per cent capacity in our indoor spaces for warming up and access to washrooms,” says Fawcette. “We are enforcing a face-covering not only inside, but also in our high traffic areas outside where physical distancing isn’t always possible such as chairlift line-ups. The thing we are most thankful for now, is that the restrictions we have been rolling with since prior to the holiday season, are still in place and that has really given some predictability in both operations from a business and guest standpoint, and that is very helpful.”
The winter season started out on a strong note, but the new year hasn’t provided much powder, leaving Castle Mountain with a decent amount of coverage but not too much fresh powder. Fawcette says they hope to see a good snowfall soon.
“Snow coverage is good and adequate at the moment, but we would gladly take some more, it has been dry now for about two weeks, our last really sizable system that came through was in the middle of the month, so it has been dry,” says Fawcette. “We are on average the snowiest ski resort in the province, but we are going through a bit of a dry spell at the moment, there still is good coverage, but we hope there is some snow coming soon.”
People interested in heading to Castle Mountain for some skiing are welcome to purchase their tickets in person, but are encouraged to purchase online a few days before to ensure your spot on the slope, as they are limiting the amount of people in each day.
“Buying online is very helpful, it can give people their discount, and when they see off periods such as mid-week, that is when you are going to enjoy the best experience with less crowded slopes, short or no lineups,” says Fawcette. “Family week is quite busy on the slopes, with most people in Lethbridge and area, they are off the entire week, so we expect that to be a busy period. You don’t have to purchase weeks in advance, but we recommend three to seven days in advance to ensure you will be able to visit on the day you want to because we are limiting the amount of visitors on a daily basis.”
First responders looking to redeem their 25 per cent off discount through Castle Mountain Resort can do so in person, or through skicastle.ca/tickets.

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