All skiers must follow the Alpine Responsibility Code on the mountain. Ski Patrol will stop skiers and let them know when they are not following the Code.
Failure to follow the Alpine Responsibility Code could result in consequences ranging from a one-on-one Safety Awareness Seminar to a lifetime suspension from Castle. Take it easy out there. We all want to stay safe so we’re ready to cut fresh tracks tomorrow!
Did You Know? Now you can check your avalanche beacon skills at our new beacon basin sponsored by Castle Mountain Resort Pro-Patrol, Canadian Ski Patrol and Castle Mountain Resort.
BOUNDARIES AND SKI TOURING
Castle Mountain Resort (CMR) acknowledges the growing popularity of ski touring in North America. Mainstream ski media has pushed “Big Line” and backcountry skiing, gear manufacturers have increased the quality and affordability of lightweight touring gear, and new lifts are reaching higher and farther into resort terrain. This has led to an ever increasing push to open more aggressive resort terrain and allow more “side-country” access. Ski hills and ski patrols all over North America have needed to find new management strategies to meet these growing demands.
AVALANCHE SAFETY TRAINING
Be Smart. Get some Training.
If you crave the back country, be smart about it. Get some training. If you have had some training, it never hurts to go for a refresher. It’s your life – and the life of your back country buddies – at stake.
Avalanche Skills Training (AST)
$200 +GST Avalanche Safety Training (AST 1)
$100 +GST Companion Rescue Skills (CRS)
$100 + GST Managing Avalanche Terrain (MAT)
$15 AST lift ticket if applicable
$35 Transciever, probe, shovel and pack rental from Castle Mountain Pro-Shop (please reserve in advance 403 627 5389
AVALANCHE RESCUE DOG PROGRAM
We operate under the strict safety regulations of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA). Everything we do is 100% dedicated to saving the lives of avalanche victims.
Our handler and program director – Darrel Lewko – doesn’t work alone. He is one element of a 4-part team:
- the handler
- the dog(s)
- the vet
- the RCMP
Together, they form an invaluable and effective force in the organized rescue toolbox. With the considerable training of our certified program leader, highly qualified dogs, the support of our team’s veterinarian and the resources and cooperation of the RCMP, they have the best chance of recovering an avalanche victim alive