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Powder Stagecoach Cat Skiing

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF ALBERTA’S BEST CAT SKIING & RIDING

HOP ABOARD CASTLE’S POWDER STAGECOACH FOR AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME

Castle’s Powder Stagecoach is one of only a handful of resort based cat skiing operations in North America. Averaging 900 cm’s of annual snowfall across nearly 900 acres of skiable terrain, operating only 3 days / week, our operation is truly exclusive.

 

Your adventure starts bright and early, with a gourmet breakfast buffet in our day lodge before gearing up to head up the Huckleberry Chair where the Powder Stagecoach awaits. From here, our well equipped snow cat climbs Haig Ridge to access your personal powder paradise by way of wide open bowls, gladed chutes, and breathtaking scenery. Join us for one or more days of back country adventure, comfortably located adjacent to our main lift serviced ski area, where the rest of the family can play while still meeting up for apres!

What’s Included?

 

Freshly prepared, gourmet buffet breakfast upon arrival

Full complement of avalanche safety gear (pack, shovel, probe, transceiver)

To-go lunch w/ souvenir, re-usable lunch bag

Fully guided day of cat skiing / riding

Apres-ski photo presentation & celebratory beverage

Complimentary access to photos from your big day

Daily Itinerary 

 

7:45 AM – Check in at Joe’s Café (upstairs in the main day lodge) where you’ll first enjoy a gourmet full hot breakfast followed by a safety briefing and the issuing avalanche kits. Please do everything in your power to be on time.

8:45 AM – Typically we’re getting ready to head out the door, to catch first chair on Huckleberry, in order to meet our cat.

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – We’re cat skiing! Each cat skiing lap consists of a ride on the Huckleberry Chairlift, a ride on the cat, and somewhere in the vicinity of 1800 – 2200 vertical feet of powder-licious skiing / riding!

Apres-ski – Return to Joe’s Cafe to check out the photos from the day, share stories, and enjoy a beverage on us!

Rates

 

$399.95* – $499.95** / seat

 

Cat of 12 rates (semi-private) – $3999.95* to $4999.95**

Cat of 24 rates (private) from $6999.95* to $8499.95**

(*Off-peak rates in effect from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 18, 2020. / **Peak season rates in effect from Jan. 23, 2020 to Mar. 14, 2020.)

Deals & Discounts

 

10% off any single seat booking made by loyalty card / pass holders including:

 

Castle Mountain Resort season pass holder / Wonders of Winter Card holder

Lake Louise Ski Resort season pass holder / Lake Louise Plus Card holder

Powder Alliance member resort pass holder

Indy Pass holders

 

A valid 2019-2020 card / pass number is required at time of booking. Discounts do not apply to the purchase of open dated certificates.

POWDER STAGECOACH AVAILABILITY CALENDAR

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Private Bookings Only

12 or more seats available

11 seats or less remaining

No Availability / Sold Out

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FAQ

How do I make a reservation?

You can check availability on our online calendar (above) but we would like to talk to you directly when making your booking to ensure you have all the information you need and that you are prepared for your cat skiing adventure!

Give us a shout at 888-SKI-TONS or 403 627 5101. You can also shoot us an email at powderstagecoach@skicastle.ca.

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Can I buy a gift certificate?

Yes, you most definitely can! However, gift certificates carry with them some special considerations.

Two types of certificates exist; restricted and unrestricted certificates. Restricted certificates are available for use only within our off-peak season (Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 18, 2020). Unrestricted certificates are available for use on any of our 36 regularly scheduled cat ski departures, all season long.

Once you’ve purchased a gift certificate it is completely non-refundable and is valid for a cat-ski seat only in the season you’ve purchased it for. Cat Ski Certificates will not be rolled over to subsequent seasons should they go unused.

Lastly, your certificate does not guarantee you a seat on any departure you wish. As only 24 seats are available for each date and seats are based on first-come-first-serve availability, we recommend selecting your preferred date as soon as possible. Please quote your certificate bar-code number upon booking.

What is the terrain like?

Wide open bowls, trees, gullies, wind lips; we’ve got it all!  If you’ve skied or ridden Advanced or Expert terrain on the main mountains at Castle before, then you shouldn’t be worried about your skill level. Our cat skiing area is a bit mellower than areas such as Sheriff or the Chutes, in terms of pitch, but it’s often where you’ll find the best (and most) snow at the resort.

You’ll find no mandatory cliff drops or chutes within the cat-ski terrain which means that competent, advanced level skiers and above will have a great time. Experience skiing powder and variable, off-piste conditions is expected.

How many cats do you operate per day?

We operate one cat with two groups. While one group goes up the other group goes down!

What does "lift assisted" mean?

We run a combination of chairlift and snow cat for our Cat Skiing operation.  You start on the chairlift, ride the lift to the top then jump on the cat to go even farther up Haig Mountain.   This gives us the opportunity to ride 1800 – 2200 vertical feet per run!  Each run you return to the base area and ride Huckleberry lift to the top to catch the cat.

What are my options for private group rentals?

We have private terrain rentals (24 seats) and semi-private terrain rentals (12 seats) available.

  • Cat of 12 ($3999.95* – $4999.95**)
  • Cat of 24 ($6999.95* – $8499.95**)

*Off-peak rates in effect from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 18, 2020

**Peak season rates in effect from Jan. 23, 2020 to Mar. 14, 2020.

 

In order to be eligible for group rates payment is required in one lump sum, one transaction by a group coordinator.

Do you have bathrooms in the cat skiing terrain?

There are no washroom facilities outside of our base area. However, we do come into the base area after every run, so there is an opportunity for a quick break if needed. Ask your hosts where the nearest bathroom is so you don’t miss out on any runs!

Do I need to bring my own Avalanche Gear?

We supply all the avalanche gear you need and its included in the price.  An Ortovox backpack, probe, shovel & transceiver will be waiting for you at check in.   If you would like use your own equipment please bring it with you to check in with full batteries and show it to our hosts to approve use.

Should I rent fat skis?

Powder skis and boards generally make your day on the Powder Stagecoach easier and more fun. Powder skis / boards will help you “surf” through deep snow, riding on top and not sinking to the bottom.

Skis / boards can be pre-booked at the time of your booking and are provided by our onsite rental / retail shop owned and operated by Alpenland. In fact, pre-booking will save you some dough with a special rate of $40 / person plus GST (regular $45 / person).

For more information on exactly what skis / boards are available you can give CMR’s Alpenland shop a call at (403) 627-5389.

What should I bring?

Check the weather before you come to ensure you are prepared for the conditions – it never hurts to throw a variety of things in your car so you have it on hand. Remember, every run we make returns to the base area so, just because it doesn’t fit in your pack, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to access it during your day.

Good long underwear, warm gloves, goggles and a face mask are a must! We pack you a lunch but it is always good to bring a snack to keep your energy levels up!

Do you stop for lunch?

We will be chowin’ down in the cat on the way up, more time for turns!

Don’t forget, your lunch is included with your day!

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations outside 30 days prior to trip date, will be completely refunded less a $25 administration fee per day / seat.

Cancellations within 30 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.

Once your reservation has been accepted, changes to your date are not permitted.

If the Powder Stagecoach is unable to run due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances, a full refund will be provided.

How many runs should I expect? / Do you guarantee a certain number of runs?

There are a wide variety of factors that contribute to how many runs a group may get in. Factors such as the speed of fellow skiers / riders, weather conditions, and snow conditions all play a part in the day.

We guarantee a minimum of 5 runs / day but, more often than not, our groups are enjoying 6 to 8 laps of our cat-skiing terrain.

If your group falls short of 5 runs, a 20% refund will be offered for every run short of 5. For example, should your day be cut short after 3 runs, you would receive a refund in the amount of 40% of the original amount associated w/ your booking.

Should you choose to end your day early, on your own accord (illness / injury, late arrival, equipment malfunction, tiredness, etc), a refund will not be available.

What if I get tired during the day?

You are welcome to skip a run and have a break in our day lodge if it is needed.  One of the great benefits of being resort based, you can grab a coffee, warm up in the lodge or just rest your muscles and catch the group on the next lap.

Will I have cell phone reception or wifi available?

We do not have cell reception in the base area, depending on your provider you may get a signal at the top of the Cat Skiing Terrain!  Wifi is available in the base area (at check in/end of day).

Is there a minimum age for cat skiing?

There is no minimum age restriction associated with our cat skiing operation. If your little ripper can ski powder and variable conditions, on advanced terrain, they’re all good!

Please keep in mind that all children under the age of 18 must have their waiver signed, on the morning of your cat skiing adventure, by a parent or legal guardian.

Should I tip my hosts?

Gratuities are not expected or required however they are always appreciated. A gratuity is not included in the cost of cat skiing.