Originally Posted by MustangSVT
. Also it's hard for me to justify going to Castle when Lake Louise is only 2 hours away and has consistently had more snow.
EDIT: Actually looking at the snow report at castle's site, they've had nearly 50cm in 48 hours. I'm thinking on Thursday, I might just go to Castle then if the conditions are good. Wake up early in the morning and leave at 5:30am, that'll be fun heh.
Haha. It hasn't been the best season at castle, but it has picked up in the last couple of weeks. It usually will have more snow than Lake Louise, except in the very early parts of the season. The snow stays good for a long time on the backside of Louise, but they don't get a lot of dumps.
As of today, the season totals at mid mountain are castle: 515 cm, louise: 273cm. Tough to compete with Louise's terrain though.
It takes about 2 hours to get to castle once you are south of the city. Getting out of town is the hard part, especially if you are coming from the NW.
Thursday should be a great time. Like I said, I had a blast on Monday and it is still snowing.
After hyping castle, I'll give you some things to consider. If you check the trail map, everything south of drifter is closed...... I am hoping that the chutes will open sometime before close date, but we are running out of time! Drifter itself if a great run though, as is everything on the far north. Check the temps. Castle is lower in elevation than the Banff areas and warm weather comes earlier.
The biggest issue with Castle is the wind. Tracks are often covered over night by drifing snow, but if the wind is too high during the day, the top chair will close and you are left with a small hill.
That said, i still think it's worth checking out. They have the longest fall line runs in the region and it can compete with any hill on the right day. If you have a pass or discount card to other hills , bring them with you. I think they offer half day rates for pass/card holders to certain resorts.