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Snow on the slopes of Castle Mountain ski hill

Ready, set, snow!

Conditions should be ideal for Castle Mountain Resort’s opening weekend, this Friday to Sunday, with daytime temperatures hovering near the freezing mark.

An added bonus for boarders and skiers: the resort will donate $1 from each lift ticket sold, up to $1,000, splitting the proceeds evenly between the Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass food banks.

Pincher Creek Co-op has agreed to match the donations dollar-for-dollar, doubling any contributions.


Dairy Queen menu items – chocolate-dipped cone, chicken fingers and fries, blizzard, deluxe stackburger, pink orange julius and hot fudge sundae, on an ad for Pincher Creek DQ location


Display of fall clothing at at Emerald & Ash Clothing in Crowsnest Pass.
Holiday Train passes through the rocks of Frank Slide

Holiday Train on track for Dec. 12

Just a few last-minute details to work through and then it’ll be all systems go for a morning visit from the CPKC Holiday Train on Dec. 12 at Pincher Station.

“Things are coming along very well from an organizational point of view and we’re really looking forward to the arrival of the train at 10:35,” says committee member Alice Wagenaar. 

“We have a couple of good musicians that will perform from the train, and it’s the first time in four years, so we’re excited. It’s going to be a fun event.”

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the festive locomotive’s trip across the country.

“We will have hot chocolate at the event and Santa Claus will make an appearance,” fellow committee member Rose Murfin adds. “We could still use a couple of volunteers.”

While RCMP and Pincher Creek Emergency Services will handle traffic on the roadway, the group is looking for one or two bodies, with some traffic control knowledge, to help with on-site parking.


Text over a glass of beer and bingo cards on ad for Lions TV Bingo at Oldman River Brewing in Lundbreck


If you can lend a hand, email Rose at

Speaking of parking …

“We’re asking anyone coming down to arrive between 10 and 10:20. Give yourself time to park and gather by the train,” Alice suggests. 

“And, with this event being a fundraiser for our food bank, if you’re able to make a donation of a non-perishable food item, or a cash donation, there will be someone there to collect it.”

A 30-minute show featuring former Calgarian Kiesza and Vancouverite Tyler Shaw will begin on the rail-car stage at 10:45 before it moves west to its next stop in Crowsnest Pass. 

The train is expected to arrive in Coleman at 12:40 p.m., stopping on the railway crossing south of 17th Avenue between 69th and 70th streets, for a 12:45 concert start.


Sara Hawthorn, woman with long brown hair and glasses on ad for EXP Realty in Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass


Young girl in multi-coloured jacket and bright pink helmet and ski pants, grins broadly while skating with arms outstretched.