A HIGH COUNTRY EXPERIENCE YOU WON’T SOON FORGET
GUIDED HORSEBACK RIDING WILL RETURN AGAIN IN 2021.
The West Castle Ski Resort (now known as Castle Mountain Resort) was founded by Paul Klaas, a Swiss immigrant with an infectious passion for skiing. Long before paved roads, Klaas discovered Castle by horseback. After many years of winter discovery, through the assistance of an outfitter in Beaver Mines and local investors, Klaas realized his dream of a ski area in the West Castle Valley in 1966.
Our Haig Lake High Country Experience, a collaboration with local guides from Centre Peak High Country Adventures, allows you to retrace the footsteps of our founder during this unique, high country horseback riding experience. You’ll not only be regaled with stories from the past, but also stunning, high country scenery seldom found on a half day horseback ride.
What to Expect
Our experience first begins in the main Castle Mountain Resort parking lot, in the vicinity of the Alpenland retail / rental shop (it’s unlikely you’ll see anyone else with a horse trailer in the parking lot!). Here we’ll go through a few points of safety, have you sign waiver forms, and ultimately saddle up to start our ride.
We’ll ride to Haig Lake via the “Haig Lake South” trail. After a short period of time meandering through the ski runs of the Huckleberry zone, we’ll gain the Haig Basin and wide double track trails will gradually narrow to single track trail as Mount Haig looms in the distance. At the lake, we’ll pause for trail side snacks before returning along the “Haig Lake North” trail, taking in stunning views of Barnaby Ridge as we do.
Please check-in, at minimum, 15 minutes prior to your tour time. Ride times to Haig Lake vary, but generally will be in the vicinity of 75 – 90 minutes. We’ll enjoy a 15 – 30 minute break for snacks and photos at the Lake before returning back to the base area (taking an additional 60 – 75 minutes).
Each experience offers only 4 available spots.
Bookings for this experience are handled through Centre Peak High Country Adventures by email or phone (403-564-4206).
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I participate if I've never ridden a horse before?
Absolutely! Previous experience horseback riding is not required. Your guide(s) will only pair you with their most seasoned, experienced horses who are accustomed to having guests on their back. Before you hop in the saddle, we’ll go over the basics of travelling by horseback.
You’ll be a regular cowboy / cowgirl before you know it. YEE HAW!
How many spots in the tour are available?
Only 4 spots / ride are available. Don’t delay and book now!
Can I ride my own horse?
First of all, that’s a very Albertan question!
Unfortunately insurance restrictions and trail permitting conditions, imposed upon Centre Peak High Country Adventures, prohibit you from joining the tour with your own horse.
Is there a weight limit?
We do have a weight limit of 245 lbs / 110 kg. This weight limit works on a sliding scale and is based upon a weight to height ratio.
What's your cancellation policy?
We require 24 hour notice to cancel a reservation and a fee of $20.00 is charged for administration purposes.
NOTE: Any parties that do not show up for their scheduled ride and have not cancelled their booking will have the full amount deducted from their credit card.
What should I bring & wear?
You will be outdoors for a period of 2.5 – 3 hours total so it’s best to dress for the weather. Mountain weather can change quickly which is why it’s a good idea to bring a few layers. Each horse will have a small saddle bag on it but, if you’re looking to pack a few additional items of your own (a camera as an example), then you may wish to bring along a small backpack.
Specific items you may wish to bring are:
- Waterproof shell (outer-layer)
- Layering pieces such as an insulating mid-layer
- Helmet (not required but please bring your own as one will not be provided to you)
Is this experience suitable for children?
Yes! Children as young as 9 years of age can enjoy the tour!