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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta West Castle Resort The Herald Advertising Feature West Castle-the south's winter playground i- Superb recreation at the foot of Middle Kootenay Pasi Expansion plans give lodge a great future "West Castle Resort has a great future so long as it has a favorable hearing from tho provincial government, which must allow for and encourage long range developmental plan- otag." That was Lome O'Connor, (Jpine technical advisor for the Federation of International Ski- ers, In a discussion oThis im- pressions of West Castle Resort with area manager Dan McKim. "The facilities at West Castle are very presentable, though not quite as sophisticated as those which may be found at many eastern Canadian ski re- sorts. Dan McKim is off to a very nice start with his expan- sion and development Mr. O'Connor added. During the past summer a program of development and expansion has been underway at the resort This Includes construction of new vehicle garage and gen- erator building and separate shower and laundry building. The existing garage and gen- erator building, now adjacent to the lodge, Trill be converted Into a ski shop and the gen- erator will be moved well away from the centre of the resort to reduce noise. When completed the new ehowor and laundry building will house men's and women's rest rooms, shower facilities, and a laundry room with four coln operated washers and dry- en. Clearing was also started In August for the creation of sev- eral campsites for weekend and holiday campers during the non ski season. Several of the clear- ed sites will be equipped with electrical hook-ups for camper trailers. Water and sewer fa- cilities will be added later. The electrically serviced camper sites will be available on a lease basis for skiers who may wish to park their trailers at the area for an entire sea- son. In addition, 10 fully serviced (electricity, water and sewer) will be available on a lease basis for those who want to park house trailers or construct prefabricated chalets at the re- sort. Overnight hostel-like sleeping facilities will be available this year on the ground floor of the main lodge for skiers who wish to "rough it" to save money. Accommodations will also be available this year, as in the past, at the main lodge and hi three duplex cabins located nearby. Slope grooming, begun last year, will again tie done by two grooming machines on all but tho steepest parts of the slopes. West Castle resort will also have its own ski school again this year to assist both the no- vice and expert skier in better- Ing his skiing abilities. Apres skiing will be greatly Improved at the resort facility year with newly-Issued Lodge provides real Western hospitality liquor licence. A complete range of alcoholic beverages will be available to add a gourmet touch to meals at the Sun Deck Restaurant, or provide a re- laxed glow after a hard day of skiing. The restaurant will be open to guests in the lodge and day skiers alike. In a move toward year-round recreational use of the resort facilities, Mr. McKim an- nounced the lodge and restau- rant will open before "the snow files" to serve hunters who wish to stalk the deer, elk, moose and bear which abound In Castle River drainage. Fishing is excellent in the area and plans are being de- veloped for summer hiking and horse-packing holiday packages next summer. The lodge will be open throughout the year to provide accommodations for anyone vacationing in tie area. "Every other year, as fish- ing regulations allow fishing la the Castle River, our facilities will be available to sportsmen who wish to vacation and fish in our said Mr. Mo- Kim. Future plans for expansion of tho resort to bo carried out ai soon u possible include the con- struction of another lilt, possi- bly a chair-lift to service an- other portion of the mountain, and the construction of severe] strictly Intermediate ski slopes and trails. Following expansion on ski slopes, Mr. McKim to enlarge tho accommodation facilities at West Castle, aad keep much of them open on. a year-round basis to enable those "seeking escape and relaxaSou to take advantage of our re- sort, situated In the midst at the Canadian Rocky Moun- tains." ;