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Old 09-28-2012, 09:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I live in Cranston (south calgary) and castle is a few km closer to my house than LL so im sure its pretty close to you.

I really like ssv but they need to move the park to a run surrounded by trees on goats eye. SSV has better snow and a longer season with cell reception on the whole hill. LL has a way better park but i don't think that matters to you.

The only down side to ssv for you is that so much is above the tree line so if the light sucks you are stuck in a few areas, where LL has much more terrain bellow treeline.
Hey how do you find castle? I really want to get a season pass there, but i never actually rode there. Im looking for a laid back resort with less traffic and more snow, but they seem to open so late... I'm probably just get it for SSV, or should i? I need to know before tomorrow. Is there anything bad about Castle? slow chairs and late season but how is the snow pack and does it get dumped?
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Castle Mountain is 2.5 hours south of McKenzie town where I live if the roads are in good shape. The season starts late and ends early. If you had lots of Fridays and Mondays off, I think it would be a fantastic place to get a season pass - but they certainly are not cheap. The powder is epic. It does not get any better. Trust me. The lifts are old lifts from Sunshine Village and they can be slow. So weekends are jammed. No real amenities down there. Middle of nowhere. So unless you got bucks, you wont' be staying overnight. You could get a dive for 80 a night in Pincher Creek which is about 30 minutes away. If you were a regular at Castle, everybody would know your name. Its a small resort and only packed on weekends from Lethbridge villagers. What else do you want to know?
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Castle Mountain has waist deep powder at least once or twice per month. You will need a snorkel. All other times it is similar to Lake Louise with fairly long groomers. From what I understand, one of the runs in the South Chutes has the longest vertical in North America. It simply kicks ass.
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On most days, as long as there is not a severe winter storm in the Okotoks/Nanton/Claresholm region you will make it to Castle in about 2 hours 15 minutes.
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On most days, as long as there is not a severe winter storm in the Okotoks/Nanton/Claresholm region you will make it to Castle in about 2 hours 15 minutes.
About the same as ssv. Hmmm, why do they not open earlier? December 14 is 4 weeks after ssv. I think im going to get a pass for it. seems like it could be better then sunshine.
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They are pretty expensive given the short season. They open late due to a different climatic environment similar to that of Fernie, B.C. This wet environment gives way to huge POW days but only when its real cold.....mid December, January, February, March. Sunshine is same price and you get 7 months. Get a Sunshine pass. When it dumps I will pm you and you can come with me and my bud TangledLines to Castle Mountain.
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Castle Mountain is 2.5 hours south of McKenzie town where I live if the roads are in good shape. The season starts late and ends early. If you had lots of Fridays and Mondays off, I think it would be a fantastic place to get a season pass - but they certainly are not cheap. The powder is epic. It does not get any better. Trust me. The lifts are old lifts from Sunshine Village and they can be slow. So weekends are jammed. No real amenities down there. Middle of nowhere. So unless you got bucks, you wont' be staying overnight. You could get a dive for 80 a night in Pincher Creek which is about 30 minutes away. If you were a regular at Castle, everybody would know your name. Its a small resort and only packed on weekends from Lethbridge villagers. What else do you want to know?
Well i am from okotoks. I get Mondays off, and i can possibly skip school once or twice a month is the pow is arriving. what am concerned about is the stuff they have when its not snowing there? what am i going to be riding on a shitty day? sunshine is nice on non pow days and i don't care about parks. if i go on a random non pow monday, will it still be fun or what?
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If your the kind of fella that would trade 1 waist to chest high powder day for every 5 normal days on Sunshine, you will want to get the Castle pass. Its like something out of a movie. I actually have been a little scared riding the south chutes given the unbelievable volume of fresh powder. I wonder how it can be classified as in bounds. Castle is wild, rugged and when your sitting on your ass in nipple deep snow its kind of freaky. Your always thinking...what if? There is that much snow. I have never had any days like that at Sunshine or Louise EVER.
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On normal days it is groomed and nice to ride. Just like Lake Louise with an awesome natural environment. Some real sick glade runs. But in December and last week of March onwards it can become more slushy at the bottom. Higher up remains decent.
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If your the kind of fella that would trade 1 waist to chest high powder day for every 5 normal days on Sunshine, you will want to get the Castle pass. Its like something out of a movie. I actually have been a little scared riding the south chutes given the unbelievable volume of fresh powder. I wonder how it can be classified as in bounds. Castle is wild, rugged and when your sitting on your ass in nipple deep snow its kind of freaky. Your always thinking...what if? There is that much snow. I have never had any days like that at Sunshine or Louise EVER.
Oh, any day. i would trade my season pass for a day of sick pow. but since i WILL be making it on pow days even if my cat dies but i also want to make use of it so ill be there on shitty days as-well. and what do i do till December 14? that's such a long ass time from now.
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