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Ski Area Update - October 22, 2010


Lake Louise is still gunning for a November 5 opening!

Snowmaking at Lake LouiseDust off your equipment and get ready to hit the slopes. 

Lake Louise has fired up their snow making guns and is still aiming for a Friday, November 5th opening (colder temperatures permitting!)

Once winter does arrive, it looks like we could be in for an outstanding season of “POW” as the sporadic weather phenomena known as “LA NINA” is currently establishing itself over the Pacific Ocean. La Nina years usually bring somewhat colder temperatures and much higher than average precipitation levels to Western Canada and Alberta. The Farmer’s Almanac, Environment Canada and the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) are all currently predicting a typical “La Nina” winter. 

Travelling to Lake Louise for opening day will also be much safer and faster than ever before, as the twinning of the Trans Canada Highway between Castle Mountain and Lake Louise is almost complete. The construction crew is currently ahead of schedule, under budget, and remains confident that all four lanes of traffic will be ready to go before opening day on November 5.

More information on winter preparations can be found at:



Louise Plus Card

Better than ever with Kicking Horse and Castle Mountain!

Louise Plus Card posterThe new Louise Plus Card is still only $99, but comes with even greater value this season. This year’s Louise Plus Card allows you to ski or ride your first two free days at either Lake Louise or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.  Loyalty card owners will then be able to enjoy subsequent lift ticket rates of just $50 for the entire season at Lake Louise, Kicking Horse or Castle Mountain.  There are no blackouts and no restrictions.

Louise Plus Card holders also receive awesome discounts on mountain accommodations, food and beverage, and retail shopping.

Skip the lineups with a free direct-to-lift upgrade available at The Lake Louise Ski Area Guest Services. All you need to do is provide your credit card and you will be skiing faster!

You can purchase this year’s Louise Plus Card on-line at skilouise.com or at Alberta Sobeys, Sportchek, Sportmart, AMA, and selected ski shops.

For more information:



Warren Miller comes to Calgary on October 22

Warren Miller Wintervention 2010Nothing says that “ski season is just around the corner”, than the arrival of the legendary Warren Miller ski movie. This year’s feature is titled “Wintervention” and is scheduled for the Jack Singer Hall on Friday, October 22. There will be two shows – at 6:30 and 9:30 pm. Everyone attending the show will receive a “Buy One, Get One free ticket to ski at Lake Louise - restrictions apply – offer only valid from opening to December 18, 2010 and from Jan. 3, 2011 to Jan. 22, 2011.


World Cup

World Cup posterWinterStart World Cup Downhill

Men - November 27-28

Women - December 3-5

Lake Louisewelcomes the world’s top alpine skiers for the inaugural event of speed season.  The WinterStart World Cup is the first, and only, Canadian stop on the World Cup circuit so don’t miss your chance to witness the world’s fastest take on the steeps of Lake Louise.

The entertainment doesn’t stop with the races! The festival area, located at the base of the mountain, will be packed with activities for the whole family.  Inside the festival area there will be tons of giveaways, free hot chocolate, ice sculptures, and contests. You will also be able to view the finish area and cheer on the World Cup athletes as they cross the finish line!

Location: Men’s Downhill Course & Festival Area

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: The event is free to watch from the Festival Area.

For information on Banff National Park’s WinterStart Festival click here http://www.banfflakelouise.com/events-and-festivals/festivals/lake-louise-winterstart-world-cup

Published - October 22, 2010.

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