|First chair of the season at Lake Louise today!|
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.
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.
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 -
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).
|The Great Divide Lodge|
|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 Stats:
metres (3250 feet)
metres (8650 feet)
hectares (4200 acres)
kilometres (5 miles)
of Runs: 145
marked plus back bowls
of Lifts: 10
Contact info: toll free 1-877-956-8473 or email at email@example.com