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After months of intensive control work, the Lake Louise Ski Area avalanche control team has recently opened a couple of marquee pieces of extreme terrain located on the backside.

First to have its gate cracked was Fallen Angel (Eagle Ridge 6), off of the top of Paradise chair. A good part of the run was skiable long before it opened, but the narrow chokes through rocks near the top weren’t holding enough snow to allow the run to open. Recent snowfall changed all that, and the gate was recently peeled back for the first time this season.

Next on the list is a much more visible piece of double black-diamond real estate - Upper Eagle Ridge 5, the area to the right of Paradise Chair as you ride the chair. This area needs a lot of things to go right before it can be considered for opening, and like ER 6, the stars finally aligned and Upper ER 5 opened last Sunday.

“The mountain operations team has done a tremendous job in getting these new runs open just in time for the Easter holidays,” confirms Lake Louise Ski Area marketing director John Ross. “It’s been an excellent spring season thus far as we’ve received some fairly consistent snowfalls over the past few weeks, the temperatures have remained cool, and our mid-mountain base is a very healthy 184 cms with 129 runs open for skiing and riding.”

Lake Louise is wide open for skiing and riding until May 3.

If you plan on taking advantage of these great spring conditions, a Lake Louise Spring Season pass is a very affordable option. A Family Spring Pass can be purchased for just $599, adult $249 and midweek, student, youth and senior passes are just $199. Call 1-877-956-8473 for details.

Thursday April 2, 2009

Published - April 2, 2009.

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