Lake Louise Opening Day

Gareth November 6th, 2009

Lake Louise officially opened today thanks to Mother nature and one of the most sophisticated snow making systems in the world.

As the first skiers take to the slopes of Lake Louise today we thought we’d pass on a few local secrets to help you make the most of your visit this season.

Where to head for fresh tracks…

Take the Summit Platter and head down the ridge to the left. Brown Shirt, a great black run, usually collects plenty of powder. Even a few days after a storm, you’ll often find great stashes there.

Looking for that cruiser that will take your breath away…

The Men’s Downhill is a black run on the front side where the Men’s and Women’s World Cup Downhill races begin each year. From the top there are stunning views across the valley to Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier and you can pretend you’re a World Cup athlete!

Need an energy boost…

If you’re a coffe fiend, head to the Starbucks in The Lodge of Ten Peaks. They also sell snack bars to keep you going until lunch.

The ultimate lunch stop…

The Sawyers Nook restaurant at Temple Lodge is one of the local’s favourite places to stop for lunch at Lake Louise. Because it’s on the back side, it’s usually the quietest restaurant at the resort and it’s very rustic and cute.

Best place for a Kodak moment…

The top of the Glacier Express Quad. It’s only halfway up the front side, but there’s a beautiful lookout point over the lake, glaciers, forests and valley. It also makes for a good picnic area for all abilities as there’s a green run down from here too.

Best place for beer ‘o’ clock…

Make your way to the Kokanee Cabin in the base area. In the spring there are BBQs, music and a great atmosphere.

Unique après ski activity….

Downhill at Dusk. This year’s Downhill at Dusk events will be held every Friday from December 18, 2009 through April 2, 2010. Once the ski area is closed, you can get first tracks down a freshly groomed run. This event is kicked off with music and aperitifs halfway up the mountain, and finished off with dinner, more music and dancing in true Canadian style. This is tons of fun and makes you feel like a real VIP.

Final Words of Advice…

With three resorts to choose from on one lift ticket (Lake Louise, Sunshine Village & Mt Norqauy), check the morning weather report in your hotel to decide where you’ll play for the day.

Take advantage of the resort guides. They’re a free service at all three resorts, showing you around the terrain. They can’t offer instruction – for that you’ll need a lesson, but they’re a great ‘bonus’.

Don’t miss out on the early booking offers available at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise if you book by 15 Nov – Special Offers

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    2 Responses to “Lake Louise Opening Day”

    1. snowboard uk says:

      a few mates of mine are into this stuff so i will send ’em this way 🙂

    2. The Team says:

      There’s amazing snow out in Canada at the moment – well worth checking it out!

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