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Canada Road Trip: Whitewater or Castle if only one?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Doing a road trip north this year and looking to ski some of BC Interior's best resorts.

However, would people skip Whitewater to ski at Castle instead? Whitewater is looking small. But Castle would require a slight detour.

Just curious what people like better.
post #2 of 16
If your talking about castle mountain Alberta..


enough said.
post #3 of 16
I don't have anything valuable to add, but I thought you were trying to figure out whether to go whitewater rafting or go to a white castle while in Canada, and I couldn't figure out how the two were mutually exclusive. Also, I don't believe they have White Castles in Canada...
post #4 of 16
I think Whitewater is a great ski area. It may only have two lifts, but they serve a lot of terrain. The snow is usually real deep, I skied it for 5 days straight with at least 6 inches of fresh four out of the five days.
post #5 of 16
The Whitewater ski area looks small and does not have a lot of "runs," but the good skiing is from the top of the lift down to the entry road. The road is about 10 km long and you can come out almost anywhere along it and then hitch hike back to the lifts. Unlike in the US, the partol at Whitwater will tell you the best skiing is off the back side, which I believe is technically off the area. Hook up with some locals, they tend to be very friendly there, and check out the off area goods.
post #6 of 16
Castle is amazing if they have the snow, just 30 minutes west of Pincher Creek. They've been expanding terrain over the last 2 seasons, so it is getting a bit larger. It is steep and deep. Be sure to check snow report, if the snow is there you will not be disappointed.
post #7 of 16
I would go for whitewater - Just because they get so much more snow (maybe 2-3 times as much) - than castle - also then you can ski at Red and do some Cat skiing in the area
post #8 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the input.

I'm definitely stopping at Red, Fernie, Big Mt., but just did not know what else to add. Castle or Whitewater.

I was just thinking Whitewater is a ltitle like my nearby Wold Creek -- good for powder, but not much else.
post #9 of 16
I've only skiied at Castle once, but it was one of those defining moments as a skiier. The terrain there is so good, with 2800 (?) feet of nearly consistent vert and great snow. The day I was there, it wasn't even a powder day and I was very impressed.

I plan on taking another trip there soon.
post #10 of 16
When are you going? Castle conditions get iffy a little earlier than Whitewater in my experience. You probably want to make the call as close as possible to your travel dates.
post #11 of 16
Havent been to Castle, but as Mudfoot said. Whitewater is is all about the backcountry.
post #12 of 16

Head for Whitewater...on the way ski Fernie for your trip.

From Cowtown its only three hours east to Fernie...Crow's Nest pass. DO NOT miss Fernie if they are having major pukeage. 7 or 8 big bowls...really big,steep terrain. In fact - just head for Fernie. Whitewater is cool with lots of no-traverse, no-run-out, up/down on steep terrain. Good for a day and its only just up the road ( sort of ) from Red Mtn. with its 1,000 feet of glades/1000 feet of trees/1000 feet of willows...big terrain there too.
McKenzie at Revelstoke will crush everything in the interior when it gets another lift or two. I think they have a new upper-chair for this year.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by g-force View Post
McKenzie at Revelstoke will crush everything in the interior when it gets another lift or two. I think they have a new upper-chair for this year.
The gondola at Revelstoke Resort (Mount MacKenzie) is scheduled to be finished this year. The six pack and quad next year will take it up to the full 6000 ft. vertical. I talked to some of the folks who used to operate the cat skiing there on Friday. No word on what lift tickets and passes will cost yet. When it's complete, the West Kootenays will have a k-a combination of three great ski hills (Revy, Whitewater, and Red) and three great hot springs (Ainsworth, Nakusp, and Halcyon).
post #14 of 16
I would stick with Whitewater. Whitewater gets more snow, less wind, and Nelson is a much better town than Pincer Creek/BeaverMines/Crowsnest. The long fall line runs at Castle are a blast but you run the chance of finding the top of the mountain closed due to wind….and Southern Alberta Chinooks can eat away at winter snow pretty fast
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by manchester81 View Post
I would stick with Whitewater. Whitewater gets more snow, less wind, and Nelson is a much better town than Pincer Creek/BeaverMines/Crowsnest. The long fall line runs at Castle are a blast but you run the chance of finding the top of the mountain closed due to wind….and Southern Alberta Chinooks can eat away at winter snow pretty fast
Sounds like pretty good advice. Thanks.
post #16 of 16
If your in Fernie and it's raining, go to Castle. If your in Red and it's hard, go to to Whitewater.
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