- Syncline Cross-Country Ski Area has over 20 kilometres of packed and tracked ski trails between the South Castle and West Castle rivers.
- The scenic beauty of these trails extends through rolling landscapes of montane forests and meadows.
- Syncline parking areas have recently been upgraded, and will be maintained and plowed for the winter season.
- You can view current trail reports here.
- Snowshoeing is permitted anywhere in the Castle Parks unless otherwise posted.
- Snowshoeing is permitted on the Syncline Cross-Country Trail system, please keep to the side of the groomed ski tracks.
Fatbiking is permitted on the multi-use trail system at Syncline, and on all designated snowmobile trails within Castle Provincial Park and Castle Wildland Provincial Park. Stick to marked fatbike trails and routes as much as possible.
Guided fatbike tours for small groups are available for booking. For more information, contact 403-627-1152 or email Swparks@gov.ab.ca.
Please review the following guidelines before your ride:
- Stay on designated trails unless otherwise posted.
- Wear a helmet. Snow is soft but trees are still hard!
- Fat bikers must yield to skiers and snowshoers.
- Ride on the firmest part of the track.
- Only ride when temperatures are below zero, otherwise trail damage could occur.
- Only “fat bikes” (with tires measuring 3.7 inches wide or wider) are permitted. Bikes with regular mountain bike tires are not permitted as narrow tires are more likely to leave deep ruts in groomed trails.
- Keep tire pressure low, ideally below 10 psi.
- Ride single file and be courteous of other users.
- Ride prepared. Bring extra layers, and pack food and water.
- Be an ambassador for the sport: stay polite, educate other riders, discourage bad behavior and follow the rules.
- See best practices for fat biking on snowmobile and groomed Nordic trails here.
Winter Recreation Adaptive Equipment
- Alberta Parks is working to provide adaptive equipment to create accessibility to trails in all seasons for people of all abilities. For more information call 403 627-1152.
- Random Ride Areas for snowmobiles (as shown on the map) are permitted as in previous years. Use at your own risk.
- Castle River Bridge Campground is open for winter camping, subject to snow conditions. Bring your own firewood!
Recreation and Education Programs
- Guided Snowshoe Tours
- Starting in January join one of our Winter Guided Programs - Learn to Ice Fish, Learn to Ski, and Winter Survival.
- You can book a Park Guide for a custom winter program starting in January at 403-627-1152 or email Swparks@gov.ab.ca.