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It’s 9:30 in the morning and against the Rocky Mountain white background and blissful blue sky, the bright yellow jackets are everywhere to be seen. They are called Ski Friends and each year, the 107 volunteers, are the friendly face that greets thousands of skiers and show them around the mountain. Continue reading ‘Lake Louise: Ski Friends are never far away’Print This Post
The Tri-Area ski pass or ‘SkiBig3’ ticket (www.skibig3.com) has extended access beyond the slopes of the ski areas of Mount Norquay, Lake Louise Ski Area and Sunshine Village to include additional options of snowshoeing, tubing or a sightseeing tour at no extra cost. Continue reading ‘Banff tri-area ski pass is extended to include tubing, snowshoeing and sightseeing’Print This Post
If the predictions are accurate, then another La Nina season is headed to Lake Louise Ski Area and Mt. Norquay in Banff Lake Louise, as they opened up for the ski season today. Continue reading ‘Four North American resorts kick off season’Print This Post
The new Hollywood movie Inception was shot at the old Canadian ski resort of Fortress Mountain last fall, raising hopes among locals that the popular ski centre might be able to reopen for snowsports on the back of a presumed cash injection from the film company. Continue reading ‘Fortress Mountain was the backdrop of the summer Hollywood blockbuster Inception’Print This Post
Lake Louise Ski Resort
Lake Louise is a stunningly beautiful place to visit summer or winter, but especially vibrant during the ski season. Located in the vast wilderness expanse of Banff National Park in the heart of the romantic Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise offers world-class ski terrain. With 4200 skiable acres, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America. The layout accommodates every ability, with novice, intermediate and expert runs from every chairlift.
For scenic grandeur, imaginative terrain design, and sheer size, the Lake Louise Ski Area ranks with the finest ski resorts in the world. Encompassing eleven square miles, spread over four separate mountain faces interconnected by a lift and trail system that is comparable to the European ski circuit concept, this is the largest ski area in Canada. Visitors from Europe, who may have been somewhat disappointed by the rather gentle rolling hills on which some of North America‘s most famous ski resorts are located, will be mesmerized by the spectacular beauty of the place. In addition to over 100 named runs, some more than five miles in length, Lake Louise offers thousands of acres of open powder bowls, glades and chutes. When it comes to reliable snow, ‘The Lake’, is again hard to beat. With copious amounts of natural snow augmented by Canada‘s largest snow making system, Lake Louise’s season runs from early November to mid-May. Thirty years’ average temperatures see a drop to -5 degrees Celcius in December and -7 in January. With dozens of long, protected tree-lined runs, and 65% of the terrain below treeline, you can comfortably ski Louise even when it’s snowing hard up top. Skiers and ‘boarders skiing Louise usually stay either in Banff, a 45-minute drive away, or in Lake Louise village located five minutes from the lifts and linked by a free bus shuttle service. Within the village you’ll find more than 1,000 lodging units, along with twenty restaurants and bars. These thousand units include the palatial bedrooms (suites?) of the world famous Chateau Lake Louise, one of the world’s greatest hotels, built in 1890 when the railway arrived in one of the most beautiful locations on Earth for any hotel – on the shores of the lake with the Rockies rising majestically behind. The hotel was extensively refurbished for its centenary. Lake Louise itself has offered cross-country skiing since the 1890s and downhill for 80 years. The first downhillers were a group of youngsters from Banff who, having learned to ski downhill on Mt Norquay and slept the night in the Lake Louise train station, headed out onto the slopes. A decade later the same youngsters who had skied Louise in 1920 teamed up with some of the original Swiss guides who had led cross-country tours in the area for 40 years and built the Canadian Rockies’ first chalet, Skoki, in the summer of 1930. More huts followed and the first lift, a poma, was installed in 1954. A few years later, when the Trans-Canada Highway passed through the area, the gondola tramway was installed in 1958. The rest, as they say, is history. Grand plans for a big 6500-bed resort in the 1960s were blocked as ‘too big’ in 1972, largely due to the area’s location in the precious National Park. However, slow and controlled growth has continued with new lifts gradually bringing the resort to a level where it attracts skiers from all over the world. The growth restriction is considered by many to be a major asset and helps Lake Louise to remain so special to its many fans.
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The record breaking snow conditions in the Canadian Rockies are not letting up as Lake Louise holds World Cup races and Whistler gears up for the winter games.
Whistler’s November snowfall total passed 5.5m (nearly 18 feet) by the morning of November 29th, with a 1.92m (6.5 feet) base, by far the biggest ever for this early in the season.
The good snow news isn’t just restricted to the 2010 Winter Olympic host. Most of Western Canada’s resorts have great snow cover, and several more resorts either opened early last weekend. Others announced they’d be opening earlier than planned in coming weeks, including Fernie and Kicking Horse.Print This Post