February 10, 2010 - The Lake Louise Ski Area is in excellent shape as we prepare for the upcoming Family Day holiday long weekend. All four mountain faces, 139 named runs, and 4,200 acres of terrain are wide open, with a settled snow base of over 130 cms. Overall coverage remains excellent throughout the mountain as the ski area's yearly snowfall total sits at a very respectable 300 cms, well above our 13 year average. To truly get a feel for our overall conditions, check out our latest videos and photos on our website under Conditions.
In an effort to make your visit as enjoyable as possible, we offer the following suggestions for those skiers and boarders planning to visit us over the Family Day long weekend.
If you arrive early, you get the best parking spot, can purchase lift tickets with ease, and enjoy first tracks on the mountain. Our cafeteria is open at 7:30 am, our ticket selling booths open at 8:30 am, and our lifts open at 9 am (if not slightly before).
To truly get a fabulous jump start on the day, why not enroll in our legendary ski school's "First Track's" private lesson program. For just $99 (excluding lift tickets), you and up to four friends can board the lifts at 8:30 am (a half hour early) and enjoy a one hour private lesson together. Now that the sun is rising shortly after 8 am, this is an exceptional opportunity to improve your skiing technique, beat the crowds, and watch the sunrise from the mountain top. Please call 403-522-1333 to reserve.
Lake Louise offers almost double the amount of available parking spaces than our nearest competitor. All of our four parking lots are conveniently located close to our main day lodge and base area lifts, so you'll be skiing sooner at Lake Louise. Even if other skiers are parking their cars well down the access road, there are many times when closer parking spots are still available in Parking Lot #4. We’ll have our parking lot attendants on the road providing directions to the best available parking spot and we’ll also have two full-time "people movers" available to transport skiers from the back of Parking Lot 3 and 4.
When you visit a ski area over the holidays, you want to be sure to select a ski area that has the lift capacity to handle the larger crowds. Lake Louise features nine different lifts, seven of which offer a vertical rise of at least 1,230 feet. Even on busy holidays, lift lineups are seldom a problem at Lake Louise. Getting out of the base area is easier at Lake Louise as the resort offers an 8-passenger high-speed gondola and a high speed quad chair. Enjoy our lifts and take the long run down at Lake Louise.
Automated Ticket Machines
If you have a Louise Card or simply want to purchase your lift tickets with a credit card, why not use the convenience of our eight automated ticket selling machines. They’re fast, easy to use, and will get you on the slopes sooner. Our automated ticket machines are located on the main outdoor deck of Whiskyjack Lodge, or right beside the main customer service desk on the lower interior level of Whiskyjack Lodge.
Food and Beverage Outlets
The Lodge of Ten Peaks cafeteria and Slopeside Coffee Bar will be open daily from 7:30 am to 5 pm. The Whiskyjack Lodge cafeteria will also be open with a healthy, new "stir-fry" menu. For those with a real hunger, check out the spectacular breakfast buffet ($11.95 - 8-11am) and lunch buffet (from $12.95 - 11:30-2pm) in the World Cup Alpine room.
If you need to rent ski or snowboard equipment, the Lake Louise rental shop opens daily at 8 am sharp. It is highly recommended that you arrive as early as possible to reduce wait times and to get the best selection available. Renting on the mountain is always preferable just in case you need to make any minor adjustments or changes to your equipment.
Purchase Multi-Day Tickets
If you know you're coming back to Lake Louise for a few more days, pick up a multi-day lift ticket pass, save a few bucks, and avoid the lineups on future days.
Take the Bus
Leave the hassle of driving behind and enjoy a relaxing bus service directly to the front door of the ski area. The Lake Louise Ski Area has regularly scheduled bus transportion from both Edmonton, Calgary, as well as from many Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise hotels.
If you want to enjoy a great day of skiing, but don't want to miss out on any Olympic action, Lake Louise has you covered. You won't miss a thing as Lake Louise has installed an outdoor Jumbotron television screen (17 ft x 12ft) adjacent to the BBQ deck at the Kokanee Kabin. All of our indoor television screens will also be tuned exclusively to the Olympic Games.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010