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The Castle Mountain – Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Castle Mountain Resort and Pass PowderKeg are the only two ski hills in Alberta’s southwest. Both can easily be skied on a weekend trip from Calgary and in theory they could be skied in a day, at least if you like night skiing.

Castle Mountain has a reputation for being a little quirky – but at the same time extremely friendly. As they say in their manifesto, if you’re looking for a ski hill where you’ll find high speed quads and big, comfy lodges while sipping complicated lattes, then this place is not for you. But if you want a laid back ski hill that caters to both experts and beginners – at an affordable price – in a beautiful area then you should check it out. It’s only a 2.5 hour drive from south Calgary.

Pass PowderKeg reminds me of skiing when I was a kid. On a cold Friday night every kid and high school student in the Crowsnest Pass area seems to be here. Parents can drop their kids off knowing they won’t get lost and they’re with their buddies. Kids get a taste of freedom early at a small resort like this.  One of the big draws is the ski jump – the only one for miles around. You might want to ask these kids for their autographs now – as a lot of them seem to have the skill and passion of budding Olympians.

For an in-depth look at why you should make a weekend trip to southwest Alberta check out my SnowSeekers blog here – and have a look at what’s in store for you when you visit.

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powder Keg Skiing Experience in 15 Photos

Your Castle Mountain experience starts with a singing, dancing, smiling parking attendant

The Castle Mountain - Pass PowderKeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Beautiful valley views from the runs off the Huckleberry Chair

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Mountain reflections

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Ski past slopeside cabins near the Huckleberry

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Snowboarding to the pass of the mountain via the Round-up Traverse

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

The Sundance Triple Chair gives you access to all levels of ski runs

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

It can be windy on top of the red chair – but not for very long

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Fun and beautiful skiing along the Continental Divide; BC is on the other side of the rocks

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

There are runs for all abilities at Castle Mountain

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Another great run and feeling good

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Castle is one of the friendliest resorts you’ll ever visit

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

To commit or not…

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Hire a friendly ski instructor to up your game on the mountain

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

You don’t have to lock up your skis at Castle Mountain

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere – lots of personality in the T-bar Pub and Grub

The beautiful scenery you'll see on the drive between Castle and Pass PowderKeg in southwest Alberta

The beautiful scenery you’ll see on the drive between Castle and Pass PowderKeg

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

Pass Powderkeg is an amazing hill for night skiing – and super family friendly

Pass PowderKeg is serviced by high speed T-bars

Pass PowderKeg is serviced by high speed T-bars

The Castle Mountain - Pass Powderkeg Skiing Experience in 19 Photos

You can do laps on the mountain when it’s empty

When was the last time you went night skiing? Would you do it again?

Thanks to SnowSeekers for making this post possible and for the friendly folks at Castle Mountain Resort and Pass PowderKeg for showing me around.

Leigh McAdam

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
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