Notice of Further Assessment

Notice of Further Assessment

Public Notice
Castle Mountain Resort Development 

Notice of Further Assessment 

Castle Mountain Resort is currently a winter ski and snowboard resort in the MD of Pincher Creek #9 on the NE 24-04-04 W5M, which is public land held under a license of occupation (DLO). Castle Mountain Resort Inc. is proposing to add summer activities, increase the winter activities and develop additional base area facilities to accommodate a larger number of visitors.

The proposed summer activities would include lift-serviced mountain biking, x-country mountain bike trails, hiking and sightseeing, via ferrata (a defined alpine climbing route equipped with fixed cables) and an aerial adventure park. Additionally, there would also be more programmed events and festivals. Increased winter activities would involve additional proposed lifts and ski runs. At buildout, the resort could have a maximum of 156,000 visits in the winter season and 31,000 visits through the summer season, for a total annual visitation of 187,000. This would be a phased development as indicated in the Master Development Plan.

This project is subject to regulation under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act and the Water Act, however it is not a mandatory activity as defined by the Environmental Assessment (Mandatory and Exempted Activities) Regulation. To determine if an environmental impact assessment report should be required for this project, the Director is seeking public input.

This public notice is an invitation to any person directly affected by the proposed project to submit a written statement of concern to the Director.

A disclosure document containing a complete project description is available at:

  • Click Here for Disclosure Document
  • Alberta Environment and Parks’ Register of Environmental Assessment, 2nd Floor, Petroleum Plaza, South Tower, 9915 – 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2G8, http://ea.alberta.ca, (choose Summary of Environmental Assessment Activity – Current Projects)

For further information on the Castle Mountain Resort development contact:
Brad Brush, Castle Mountain Resort Inc.
Brad.Brush@skicastle.ca
PO Box 610, Pincher Creek, Alberta T0K 1W0
403-627-5101 ext. 222
Fax # 403-627-3515

Individuals wishing to provide written statements of concern must submit them by November 16, 2018:
Director, Environmental Assessment, Operations Division
Alberta Environment and Parks
2nd Floor, Petroleum Plaza, South Tower, 9915 – 108 Street, Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2G8
E-mail: environmental.assessment@gov.ab.ca

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2 Comments
  1. David Loucks October 03 at 8:16AM - Reply

    The chair planned for the North Bowl will result in that area becoming a mogul field like any other resort. This is not in keeping with the current Castle ski experience. The T-bar up the old upper T-bar line is a good idea providing it can operate in high winds.

    • Jason Crawford October 03 at 8:39AM - Reply

      Hi David,
      Thank you for your feedback. Our goal is to use fixed grip lifts which run much slower than detachable lifts. Our overall goal is to maintain the Castle Powder Skiing Experience. The North Bowl lift is a long way down in the list of priorities at this point. We would like to expand onto Haig, T-Bar to North Peak and replace our existing Gravenstaffel lifts before we even begin to look at other lifts such as North Bowl. Once again, thank you for your feedback. We’ll make sure it’s taken into consideration when and if we are able to move forward with our Master Development Plan.

      Think Snow!
      Jason

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