Many people dream of going cat skiing. For some, it’s cost prohibitive and for others they just might not have the skills yet required to ski deep pow, on advanced terrain. But many skiers and snowboarders have always longed to travel the mountains by snow cat; there’s a certain romance about it, if you will.
At Castle Mountain Resort you’ll now have the chance to climb aboard our Powder Stagecoach for our all new scenic snow cat tour. Whisking you high onto Haig Ridge, you’ll enjoy hot chocolate and snacks at the top of the world, witnessing stunning alpine vistas while you do. This is a non-skiing activity and all that’s required is warm clothing for the chairlift ride up to meet the cat, in addition to coming in handy for when you stop ridge top, for your photo op. Here’s what your tour will look like:
- Check in at CMR Guest Services no later than 3:45 PM
- Upload Huckleberry Chair by 4 PM (accompanied by guide)
- Board the Powder Stagecoach snow cat near 4:15 PM (yes, the cat cabin is heated)
- Arrive ridge top near 4:45 PM (near sunset) where you’ll stop for photos and enjoy hot chocolate & a snack
- The cat will descend from the alpine, around our cat-ski terrain, with a return to the base at or near 6 PM
- As an added bonus, a $10 T-Bar Pub voucher is included for each guest
The cost of this tour is $79 + GST for adults (Ages 13 +) and $59 + GST for children (Ages 12 & under). Make your booking now through Castle Mountain Resort Guest Services by calling 1-888-SKI-TONS or 403-627-5101. Hurry, only 12 seats are available per departure!
Regularly Scheduled Scenic Snowcat Tours depart every Saturday Afternoon. We must have a minimum of 6 guests to operate. Are you looking for a private Scenic Cat Tour Experience? We can operate any evening, ask us how! <<Add a custom booking form>>??
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations outside 7 days prior to trip date, will be completely refunded.
Cancellations within 7 days are non-refundable. In the event that you are unable to attend, your option would be to transfer your seat to another person. Written notice (email) is required of any changes along with complete contact information for the new guest.
If the Powder Stagecoach is unable to run due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund will be provided.
Once your reservation has been accepted, changes to your date are not permitted.
Is the snow cat heated?
The Powder Stagecoach cabin is heated. While the cabin will be significantly warmer than the outside temperature it can still be chilly in comparison to the day lodge, as an example.
Do I have to get out of the snow cat at anytime?
Each tour features two stops. Our first stop will be at our ridge top viewpoint, high atop Haig Ridge, for approximately 15 minutes before coming back down the cat road. Once we return to the Huckleberry zone, we’ll make a turn out towards the Haig Valley stopping at our valley floor viewpoint near Haig Lake.
At either time, we highly encourage you to hop out, stretch your legs, and take some photos of the beautiful landscape before you. Getting out of the snow cat is encouraged but not mandatory. Don’t forget your camera!!
What should I wear?
We encourage all of our guests to dress in layers. Since you’ll be taking a 10 – 15 minute chairlift ride, prior to getting into the snow cat, the same attire you would wear skiing or snowboarding should been seen as appropriate. If you layer appropriately, you’ll be able to remove a layer or two while you’re in the snow cat to avoid overheating. You’ll also be able to put those same layers back on for when you step out of the cat at the viewpoint, high up on Haig Ridge.
Can I bring my skis / snowboard?
Unfortunately not, as this is strictly a sightseeing tour. Our cat hosts will not load any guests who bring ski or snowboard equipment with them. Should you be interested in trying your hand at cat skiing / snowboarding, click on the cat skiing portion of our website for more info.
Is there a washroom on the cat?
Unfortunately there is not a washroom on the snowcat nor are there washroom facilities available during the tour. We encourage you to use the washroom prior to meeting your tour guide at the beginning of the tour. We will be gone approximately 2 1/4 – 2 1/2 hours so plan your bathroom breaks accordingly!