Friday, 26 January 2018 05:06

Scenic Snow Cat Tours allow a unique opportunity

Written by  Demi Knight
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The scenic views had people in awe this winter during the first ever Snowcat tours at Castle Mountain. The scenic views had people in awe this winter during the first ever Snowcat tours at Castle Mountain. Contributed

In hopes to help make the cold months more enjoyable for those not involved in winter sports, Castle Mountain have introduced a new interactive way to enjoy the mountains as the snow begins to fall.


On Saturdays this winter, the organization has introduced their Scenic Snow Cat Tours, which will be offered to audiences as a new way to take in the rocky landscapes, the breathtaking views and the fresh mountain air. 
“Our goal is to get people who might not ever get the chance to be high up in the alpine, that opportunity,” says Jason Crawford, Sales and Marketing manager for Castle Mountain resort.
“We are adding more ‘non-skiing’ experiences to our programming here at Castle for the past couple years. We've been doing Guided Snow Shoe Tours, and fat biking to name a few and the Scenic Snowcat Tours was an easy extension.”
With the last few years seeing the resort add more experiences to their programming for all visitors to enjoy, the Snowcat Tours is another addition. Visitors are taken high up onto Haig Ridge Run at the end of the day to give participants the opportunity to experience the mountain in a way like never before.
“Being at the end of the day, at this time of year, guests can experience alpen glow and the sun setting over the Continental Divide,” says Crawford of the beauty that the tour has to offer.
Starting at Guest Services at 3:30 p.m., hosts will lead guests to the Huckleberry Chairlift for a scenic ride before loading onto the powder stagecoach, which slowly climbs to the top of the cat skiing terrain on Haig Mountain which offers harmonious landscapes and views everyone can appreciate. Along the way hosts take the time to explain history and landmarks within the area, before unloading at the top to enjoy some hot cocoa and take in the vistas of Castle Wildland Park and the Continental Divide.
“To end the tour, the Powder Stagecoach will make its way back to the base, where guests will be dropped off at the T-Bar Pub and Grub and they can use an included voucher for food or beverages supplied during the tour if they wish,” says Crawford.  
Castle Mountain, which has been a home for skiers since 1965 have been a staple area to Southern Alberta in the winter months and hub for skiers of all skill levels over the years. However, it wasn’t until 2006 that the area saw a winter of change and the official opening of Haig Mountain, where the tours this year are taking place.
The new mountain is home to not only new terrain, but a slew of new runs perfect for novice and intermediate skiers, as well as scenic vistas everyone can enjoy and with the new implementations of non-winter sport activities, this mountain offers the perfect environment for these new adventures to take place.
“We've done two trips so far (three if you include our test tour), and the feedback has been great. We're looking forward to adding more "non-skiing" experiences year round.”
The first rounds of the Snowcat tour took place late last year and with positive feedback from participants will be returning on Saturdays from Feb. 3-17. Although limited seating is available for these tours, guest can book ahead of time for $79 plus GST for adults ages thirteen and up and $59 plus GST for children aged twelve and under.
For more, visit their website at: http://www.skicastle.ca

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