Spring at the Castle
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By SNOWSEEKER STAFF for #BucketlistAB
Pincher Creek, AB – Spring skiing at Castle is a must. Grooming is impeccable and the legendary Tamarack “Red” Chair takes skiers to the resort's top elevation of 7,463 feet, opening up access to a number of incredible areas, including long cruisers, glades, bowls and chutes. Over on the Huckleberry Chair, the views are jaw-dropping To the right, across a deep ravine, the powder-filled South Chutes – one of the most revered advanced skiing zones in the country – plunge down the steep, pine-peppered fall lines. A stark contrast to the easy blues on the left.
There's plenty of skiing left this spring and these are only two of the six lifts that will open the keys to the Castle for you. And let's not forget the two terrain parks. If heading to the top isn't your thing, the lower parts of the resort are great learning areas or for those just looking to have an easy day, before joining in the spring apres scene.
From March 9 until closing in April, the Beats in the Base Spring Concert Series kicks off at 2:30pm every Saturday with live music at the ATCO Community Stage. The line-up features some well-known musicians to the mountain circuit, including the bluesy tunes of Eaves and Bruns and the folk rock sounds of Elk Run & Riot.
Two dates you should definitely circle on your calendar is Mar. 30 and Apr. 6. On the 30th, it’s the Tom Tataryn World’s Longest Slalom Race. And while it is a race and open to anyone, we think if you can make it from the top of Castle Mountain (2,833 vertical feet) to the bottom, you are definitely a winner. In the evening, it’s the Spring Fling Fiesta and both events are fundraisers for the Livingstone Ski Academy.
And what spring season wouldn’t be complete without a slush cup. The Castle’s takes place on April 6, along with the Cardboard Canoe Race, a team event where you only win if you can get your canoe and your crew across the same slush cup pit. Plenty of prizes and fun to be had at this one.
If you can’t get there on the weekend, not to worry, you can still get your goggle tan and some spring turns in during a mid-week visit. Evenings in the T-Bar includes Trivia Nights, live music and board game nights. For more information check out the Castle website.
When You Go
Start planning your Castle Mountain getaway and learn about all the details on the resort’s official webpage.
Did you know that Pincher Creek is used as a home base for adventures to Castle Mountain Resort? Start planning your trip with help from our sample itinerary here.
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