Friday, November 8, 2013


First chair of the season at Lake Louise today!

The Glacier Express Chair launched lucky skiers and riders for their first runs of the season at Lake Louise today. My man on the ground there, Fergus Hudson, will be reporting back to me on conditions before I can get there myself. He is also hoping to write articles for the University of Calgary campus publication, The Gauntlet, about his experiences with other ski-crazy students this season.

Cross country skiing at Lake Louise by
Paul Zizka/Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Although only three runs – Bald Eagle, Wiwaxy and Easy Street – are open so far, it is incredible just to get out there so early in the winter and absorb that beautiful scenery during the endorphin rush of skiing again.  And what a great chance to get ski legs working, rekindling muscle memory and setting up ski fitness for the long season ahead. This is also the time to think about getting instruction tips to help you scale up the ladder of bumps, glades or powder prowess.

Temple Lodge by Paul Zizka/Banff Lake Louise

I’ll be at Lake Louise the weekend of Dec 6-8 reporting for Dan Egan’s Edging the Extreme Show on the best female skiers in the world at the Winterstart WorldCup competition. Their performance there is also an important factor in the selection process for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics coming up in Feb.

LakeLouise is always the first venue on the World Cup circuit every year due to its incredible early season snow records. The men’s events are scheduled for the weekend before – Nov 30-Dec 1. 

Photography: Paul Zizka/Banff Lake Louise Tourism
Now is the time to buy your season pass or Lake Louise Plus Card which gives you cheaper skiing at Louise as well as Revelstoke, Panorama, Castle Mountain and Schweitzer Resort in Idaho. 

It’s also worth making accommodation bookings now in order to take advantage of deals such as the early season $69 ski and stay package at The Great Divide Lodge. I’ve stayed at the Great Divide several times -
The Great Divide Lodge 
a lovely retreat with gorgeous mezzanine-style rooms, cozy cast iron fires and leather sofa nooks. The food in the posh end of the dining room is fabulous, too, and great value for money. And there’s a casual après ski bar where you can mingle with the cheerful, multi-national workers. There are also convenient – and free – shuttles for the 10 minute drive to and from the ski slopes. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate are free all day long at the Divide and kids under 5 stay and ski for free (under 16s get free accommodation).

View of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise: Paul Zizka
Courtesy Banff Lake Louise Tourism
As well as downhill and backcountry skiing and riding, Lake Louise offers cross country, snowshoeing and a tube park. There is also an idyllic ice skating rink on the lake at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in full view of the Victoria Glacier. At the hill there is a first tracks program, free mountain tours, lessons and weekly programs and a sightseeing gondola for non-skiers. The lodge experience is topnotch, ranging from packed lunch areas, self-service, coffee stops, trendy bars for lunch and après, buffets for big breakfasts and leisurely lunches, indoor and outdoor music venues as well as on-mountain options near Lake Louise’s famous back bowls. 
Lake Louise's Lodge of the Ten Peaks
by Paul Zizka for Banff Lake Louise Tourism

Lake Louise Stats:
Vertical Rise:                                             991 metres (3250 feet)
Top Elevation:                                          2637 metres (8650 feet)
Skiable Area:                                            1700 hectares (4200 acres)
Longest Run:                                            8 kilometres (5 miles)
No. of Runs:                                             145 marked plus back bowls
No. of Lifts:                                              10

Photo credit: Jason MacQueen

Contact info: toll free 1-877-956-8473 or email at

Events Calendar:

November 2013

More InformationNovember 8: Opening Day!
More InformationNovember 23: TGR Lake Louise Film Premiere
More InformationNovember 30 - December 1: Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup

December 2013

More InformationDecember 6-8: Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup
More InformationDecember 7: Banff Santa Claus Parade
More InformationDecember 14: Demonstration Day 1
More InformationDecember 15: Community Day
More InformationDecember 15: Heavy Metal Rail Jam
More InformationDecember 20-21: 2013 Lake Louise Snowboard Cross World Cup
More InformationDecember 23-25: Santa Family Photo Days
More InformationDecember 25: Torchlight Dinner & Ski - The Ultimate Apres Ski Party
More InformationDecember 31: Torchlight Dinner & Ski - The Ultimate Apres Ski Party

January 2014

More InformationJanuary 11 - February 9: Banff National Park SnowDays
More InformationJanuary 17-26: Lake Louise Ice Magic Festival
More InformationJanuary 18-19: Avalanche Awareness Days
More InformationJanuary 19: FIS World Snow Day
More InformationJanuary 25: Demonstration Day 2
More InformationJanuary 26: Australia Day

February 2014

More InformationFebruary 8: Ken Jones Classic - Ski Mountaineering Competition
More InformationFebruary 8: Krowd Party
More InformationFebruary 14: Torchlight Dinner & Ski - The Ultimate Apres Ski Party
More InformationFebruary 17: Family Day
More InformationFebruary 22: Demonstration Day 3

March 2014

More InformationMarch 1: Canadian Powder 8's Championship
More InformationMarch 1: Billabong Flaunt It
More InformationMarch 2: CREAM Rail Jam
More InformationMarch 7-9: Junior Big Mountain Challenge
More InformationMarch 14-16: Big Mountain Challenge
More InformationMarch 14: Torchlight Dinner & Ski - The Ultimate Apres Ski Party
More InformationMarch 22-23: Lake Louise @ Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show
More InformationMarch 22: Krowd Party
More InformationMarch 22: Volcom Stone's Peanut Butter and Rail Jam
More InformationMarch 22: Demonstration Day 4

April 2014

More InformationApril 5-6: Mountain Takeover
More InformationApril 5-6: Doug Meyers Memorial Cup
More InformationApril 12: Ski Louise Stampede
More InformationApril 12-13: Mountain Takeover
More InformationApril 12 : Cardboard Box Downhill Derby
More InformationApril 18-20: Easter Bunny Visits
More InformationApril 19-20: Mountain Takeover
More InformationApril 26-27: Mountain Takeover

May 2014

More InformationMay 2-3: Monster Energy Ruckus in the Rockies
More InformationMay 3: Bikinis for Breast Cancer

1 comment:

  1. wow the pics are stunningly amazing i love the photos i wonder if they offer cheap ski packages and i would love to get one.