Thanks to abundant natural snowfall during the first three weeks of November, the Lake Louise Ski Area is pleased to announce that all nine lifts at the popular Banff National Park ski resort will be operational for the upcoming November 21-22 weekend.
With 30cms of new snow during the past week and a settled upper mountain snow base of 87cms, both the Larch and Ptarmigan Chairs will be opening for the season on Friday, November 20 at 9 am.
"This is truly an exceptional start to the ski and snowboarding season," confirms Lake Louise Ski Area Marketing Director John Ross. "With all nine lifts in operation, skiers and snowboarders will be able to explore all four mountain faces and enjoy over 60 different runs at Lake Louise. The weather forecast is also calling for continued snowfall, so conditions throughout the mountain will only get better."
Although ski conditions are exceptional for mid-November, skiers and snowboarders should still exercise caution as plenty of natural hazards still exist throughout the mountain. Please be aware and ski with care!
Getting ready for the FIS World Cup Men's Ski Races
While Mother Nature has been more than generous in providing the ski area with plenty of fresh snow, the snowmaking team at Lake Louise has also being working 24/7 as they prepare the downhill course for the FIS World Cup Men's ski races scheduled for the November 28-29 weekend.
FIS delegates arrived at the Lake Louise Ski area last weekend for course inspection and quickly gave the green light for race teams to confirm their flights and hotel bookings.
Training runs are scheduled for November 25, 26 and 27, with the Downhill race set for Saturday November 28 and the Super G on Sunday November 29.
Spectators are encouraged to come out to Lake Louise to cheer on Canada's Olympic hopefuls and watch the world's best skiers compete. Admission is free.
Getting Here is Now Quicker and Safer
Driving to the Lake Louise Ski Area is now quicker and safer as construction on the Trans-Canada Highway from Calgary to Lake Louise is now finished for the winter months. Speed limits within Banff National Park are now back to 90 kph right from the Eastern Park gates through to Lake Louise.
With the recent completion of the four-lane divided highway immediately east of Lake Louise, skiers and riders can now enjoy the safety of a four-lane divided highway for 169 km of the 183 km journey (or 92%) from Calgary to Lake Louise.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009