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Ptarmigan Quad chairThe Lake Louise Ski Area is pleased to announce that all nine of their ski lifts will be in full operation beginning Saturday, December 6, 2008.

With 22 cms of new snow earlier this week, both the Larch Express Quad Chair and the new Ptarmigan Quad chair will spring to life this weekend allowing skiers and boarders full access to all areas of the mountain.

Although it is still early December, skiers and riders will be able to enjoy over 3,000 acres of open terrain, 68 different runs, and an upper mountain snow base of 94 cm.

When skiers and riders head over to the backside for the first time this season, they will be pleasantly surprised to find a new state-of-the-art Ptarmigan Quad Chair. This new chair, built by Leitner Poma, offers a vertical rise of 1,350 ft. and will be capable of transporting 2,200 skiers/riders per hour. It will also feature a modern top-drive motor mechanism which is significantly more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly than the previous lift. “The ride to the top of the backside will be a much more comfortable experience as all the chairs come with foot rests, something the old Ptarmigan Chair did not offer, and new state-of-the- art padded seats,” said Lake Louise co-owner and managing partner Charlie Locke. “Continuing improvements like this new Ptarmigan chairlift help ensure the most convenient and enjoyable experience for our guests. It’s great that we’re able to open this lift just in time for the Women’s World Cup weekend -- this is one of the most exciting times of the year at Lake Louise – you can really feel the energy!”

Six Canadians are set to compete in the Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart Women’s Downhill that starts Friday. The Canadian women will no doubt be inspired by the stellar performance of our men’s performance at Lake Louise last weekend and by John Kucera’s silver-medal finish in Sunday’s Super G. Leading Canada’s charge to the podium will be Emily Brydon (Fernie, B.C.),=20 ritt Janyk (Whistler, B.C.), both World Cup winners last season, and Kelly VanderBeek(Kitchener, ON), who finished third in the 2006 Bombardier Lake Louise Winterstart Super G. “The World Cup has the whole hill abuzz with excitement, and more snow is in the forecast,” said Locke. “Those who come out to enjoy the action will have a great time. The competition is fierce, the back bowls are filling up with that legendary light Lake Louise powder, and all lifts are scheduled to be in operation.”

Wednesday , December 3, 2008

Published - December 3, 2008.

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