Let’s call a spade a spade, early bird rates on season passes generally don’t work for students. Most resorts, ourselves very much included in that group, have early bird rates / offers which expire in May or June; well before many students have finalized their decision to head to school.Enter the 2017-2018 season. The brainiac Sales & Marketing team at Castle decided that they were not only going to dump student pass rates to $299, during our early bird campaign (they were $499 in the 2016-2017 season), but also that we’d extend the deal to students returning to school in the fall. Well it’s fall, and we’ve kept our word; $299 student passes are available as we speak, through to and including October 15.
Castle? Never heard of it.
Prepare to be enlightened in a way your first year biz courses just can’t touch. Castle is located in southwestern Alberta (nope, not in Banff) between the communities of Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass. Never heard of those places? We know you’ve spent too much time and money going to Fernie; you should have turned off about 75 minutes before you got there and headed in our direction. Long story short, we’re between 2 1/4 and 2 1/2 hours southwest of Calgary and 90 minutes straight west of Lethbridge. Click here for exact directions.
What’s so special about it?
How much time do you have? There are lots of reasons Castle is seen as a borderline sacred place by locals and weekenders alike. For starters, there’s nothing fake about the place. Castle exudes authenticity at every corner. Andrew Penner, Calgary Hearld author and SnowSeekers.ca contributor perhaps puts it best: Let’s just come right out and say it: Castle Mountain is not Banff. There are no posh hotels. You will not find dozens of overpriced restaurants. You will not find glitz. And Castle Mountain certainly doesn’t do glamour. But what you will find at Castle Mountain – in spades – is authenticity. And skiing. Very, very good skiing. (Keepin’ it real at Castle – SnowSeekers.ca) From encountering dancing parking lot attendants, hugs in chairlift lines from our ticket scanners, to a staff who genuinely care more about your day than what you wear or what you ski on, Castle remains grounded in a time of posh resorts and big mergers. Sure, we’ve got plans to grow but we remain steadfastly independent. When you’re Alberta’s snowiest resort, you don’t want to ruin a great thing.
Can I stay in the area without breaking the bank?
Damn right you can. One of our strong suits is that we’ve got affordable on-mountain lodging by way of the Castle Mountain Ski Lodge and Hostel. $30 slope-side nights anyone? Stumbling distance from Castle’s renowned T-Bar Pub & Grub to boot. We thought you’d like that.That’s not the only option at your disposal. A plethora of affordable B&B and cabin options exist on and off the resort. Curious? Click on the Lodging portion of our site for more great places to crash.
What’s the catch?
Well there really isn’t a catch per say but there are a few guidelines surrounding this great rate. $299 season passes are available to students up to and including 29 years of age. At the time of pass pick-up, CMR requires valid student ID along with a copy of a current course calendar, or letter from the Registrar’s office, indicating the student is enrolled in a minimum of 3 classes per semester. Co-op students remain eligible with a letter from an accredited College or University. This offer does not apply to students enrolled in on-line courses or apprenticeship programs.There are no blackout dates associated with the pass. From opening day to closing, unlimited access.
Ok I’m in. What’s next?
That’s the spirit! Buy your pass now and don’t forget your ID / proof of enrollment for when you pick up your pass at the resort. Tentative opening day is December 15, precisely when you should be finishing up winter term exams. You’re welcome!