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Thread Starter 

 

There are only a few ski resorts in the world that have left a lasting impression with me, Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies is definitly one of those resorts. Since our home mountain shut down operations last weekend our crew decided to head north into Canada and give Lake Louise a try, afterall it's April 20th and the honey do list can wait a few more weeks.

 

                        Tommy Frey "Gettin Some" on Lake Louise's ER 3

 

  It's Retro week somewhwere, had to break out a little Old School move

 

 

Lake Louise is a big mountain and with over 4200 skiable acres and 3200 feet vert this is the place you want to go to get after it. If the skiing doesn't blow you away then the scenery definitly will. We hit it just right with some fresh snow and bluebird skies and we were lucky enough to hook up with long time Lake Louise local Sandy Best, who showed us the goods.

                    Sandy Best Leading the Charge on Larch

 

            Desiree Leipham leaving a Vapor trail in the ER Chutes

 

Sandy introduced us to Lake Louise Snow Safety Technician David Petch who showed us the sweet terrain off the Paradise Triple chair on the back side. Our crew of 8 sessioned the Eagle ridge Chutes for numerous deep, untouched powder laps. Talk about perfect timing, we were there when patrol dropped the rope into the ER 5 Chutes which has only been opend a few times this season. This zone has plenty of mind blowing steeps and fun features which we worked for hours. It was hard to believe we were skiing boot top to knee deep, blower pow this late in April.  Before we knew it was 4pm and time to head down. After a lengthy, steep and deep session we had some tired legs. What better place to relax and celebrate the day than the Powderkeg at the base area for a little apres. I knew immediatly this place knows how to apres when I saw the Shotz Ski when walked in. Great reliving the day over a few ice cold Canadians and a Jager ride or two on the Shotz Ski.

            Hannah Legasa dropping in at the North Cornice Zone

 

                    Casey Krivor slaying the steeps in ER 5

 

On Day 3 we were greeted with BLUEBIRD and an invite to go ski the North Cornice off the Poma. This is as steep and technical as it gets at a ski resort.  With several choices of chutes and steep fingers our group of seasoned riders was ready to get after it. Talking about getting the heart pumping, WHEW that zone has it going on!

 

                   I told you it was STEEP                             skier:Erich Thompson

 

   Devin Dufenhorst playing on one of the many features off the Paradise Chair

      

To say Lake Louise left an impression on me is an understatment. This resort is one of the friendliest, challenging and scenic resorts I've ever experienced. You can rest assured, We"ll be back next season.

post #2 of 23
Looks like the place to be in the month of April. Very nice!
post #3 of 23

I definitely agree that LL is an excellent well run resort.  I consider myself very lucky to be able to ski there weekly.

post #4 of 23

LL is arguably the most scenic resort in North America.  Certainly the best I've been to.  Banff area is a very special place.

post #5 of 23

and don't forget to travel northwards along the ultra stunning 'icefield parkway' to the quaint town of Jasper and check out its ski resort, Marmot.

icefield parkway images: http://www.google.ca/search?q=icefield+parkway&rls=com.microsoft:en-ca:IE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7ADSA_enCA405&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=d7x5UZbSMufziQLbroHgBA&ved=0CAoQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=885

 

jasper images:  http://www.google.ca/search?rls=com.microsoft%3Aen-ca%3AIE-SearchBox&rlz=1I7ADSA_enCA405&biw=1280&bih=885&tbm=isch&sa=1&q=jasper+alberta&oq=jasper+alberta&gs_l=img.3..0l8j0i5l2.3000.5015.0.5281.10.8.1.0.0.0.234.1029.2j3j2.7.0...0.0...1c.1.11.img.nTFehtObO8g

 

I note this essential add on as this 3.5 hr stretch is well regarded in many travel manuals as one of THE most scenic mtn highways in the entire world.

...and Jasper has a real mtn town feel to it, so unbuilt up like Banff: it has so many amazing things to see and do there, too.

 

imo anyone who visits banff and lake louise without going further north on this stunning highway,

to also take in stunning jasper for a day or two is doing themselves a HUGE disservice.

 

anyone who's done both knows exactly what i mean.


Edited by canali - 4/25/13 at 4:38pm
post #6 of 23

Couldn't agree more.

 

 

 

post #7 of 23

LL is #1 on my wish list.....

post #8 of 23
Thread Starter 

The whole region is incredible. Every time I visit I am just blown away by the beauty and the wildlife. On this trip we saw over 400 deer, 150 elk, 40 Bighorn Sheep and a few Moose. Love Canadasmile.gif

post #9 of 23

Love lake louise, short hikes lead to untouched powder weeks after a storm.  Spend most of my season there.

post #10 of 23

Looks great! Hey nice pics.

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LL is arguably the most scenic resort in North America.  Certainly the best I've been to.  Banff area is a very special place.

Hermann Maier considered it the most beautiful place on the World Cup.

post #11 of 23
Quote:
wildlife

 

  

 

Wolf on Columbia Icefields Parkway, February 2007
post #12 of 23

an elk (edit: i was corrected for mistakenly saying it was a moose)

 getting pissed off at stupid tourist on icefield parkway (note the size of the gorgeous animal)

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also the famous ''animal jams'' on the icefield parkway

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when i was there returning from Jasper, there was at least 30 of these mtn goats

on the highway, stopping traffic in both directions as we all looked out to watch

...my mom was thrilled, watching the little ones prounce around.


Edited by canali - 4/26/13 at 1:38pm
post #13 of 23
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and moose getting pissed off at stupid tourist on icefield parkway (note the size of the gorgeous animal)

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^^ Isn't that an Elk??

post #14 of 23

Indeed it is.  I've had Elk meat stroganoff.....excellent.

post #15 of 23

my bad...and so it is....so much for my bullwinkle

 

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Indeed it is.  I've had Elk meat stroganoff.....excellent.

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Indeed it is.  I've had Elk meat stroganoff.....excellent.
Lol!
So next time someone posts a picture of Bambi...,
What, you had a Venison pie?
post #17 of 23

"Guess what sweetie?  Daddy ate Bambi!!"  HAHA.

 

Technically, deer and elk aren't the same species.  Though they both have antlers LOL.

 

I actually had the elk stroganoff in Banff.  Not gamey flavour at all.  In fact, it was downright delicious.  For all I know, it might have been that day's roadkill LOL.  

post #18 of 23

I've been to, and through Lake Louise quite a few times, but never skied there.  It is on my to do list.  It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

post #19 of 23

I could have made that trip. Freeride asked me to go along but work gets in the way too much. Dang it! Clearly a great weekend trip!

post #20 of 23

I just got back from a spring ski trip to LL and instead of taking the more direct Trans-Canada route home through Rogers Pass I went north on the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. I hadn't taken that drive in decades and was thankful for the high overcast sky that day. A truly impressive mountain highway with unequalled mountain views and just so many mountains to view.

 

The second leg of my trip took me past Mount Robson and from there south on the Yellowhead Highway through CMH heli skiing country at Valemount and then Mike Weigle heli country at Blue River. The mountains on the Yellowhead Highway are more rounded and skier friendly looking than those that are viewed from the Icefields Parkway. A nice contrast and a fantastic 8 hour drive.

post #21 of 23
Nice skiing and write-up!

I was last there in the late 1990's and loved the area, staying at the Chateau Lake Louise. The mountains look much different than the American Rockies, with more jagged rock and more pointed peaks (a rock hound knows why but I don't). Except for a fractured shoulder, the vacation was wonderful.
post #22 of 23

glad to hear you took that extended route to jasper...well worth it for sure.

....it's like seeing 13 postcards of switzerland going one way and then, as you later

return, seeing another version...on a sunny day it's simply jawdroppingly amazing.

(and with any animal jams only adding to the memorable experiences)

 

so for all those who hit lake louise, please do yourself the favour and also visit jasper along the icefield parkway
(most esp if you get a clear sunny patch, so you can see the mtn ranges along the way under blue skies)

....you won't regret it at all.icon14.gif

 

actually in planning for next yr  i'm sort of torn between doing a banff, lake louise and jasper trip for a 10 days 

VS a 'powder highway' trip (same duration) of red, white water and revelstoke or fernie

....decisions, decisions decisions...

 

we're so very lucky here in the west with so many wonderful canadian and usa options

 to access some of the best skiing, hiking, kayaking and mtn biking areas in the entire world

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Originally Posted by DanoT View Post

I just got back from a spring ski trip to LL and instead of taking the more direct Trans-Canada route home through Rogers Pass I went north on the Icefields Parkway to Jasper. I hadn't taken that drive in decades and was thankful for the high overcast sky that day. A truly impressive mountain highway with unequalled mountain views and just so many mountains to view.

 

The second leg of my trip took me past Mount Robson and from there south on the Yellowhead Highway through CMH heli skiing country at Valemount and then Mike Weigle heli country at Blue River. The mountains on the Yellowhead Highway are more rounded and skier friendly looking than those that are viewed from the Icefields Parkway. A nice contrast and a fantastic 8 hour drive.


Edited by canali - 4/27/13 at 10:48am
post #23 of 23

Weather permitting also highly recommend if you have the time don't just drive the highway - at least get out of the car for some short hikes  - better still  pick at least one prominent peak and get up there. Almost all are easier accessed than appears and there are no better views than from the top of one of the Canadian Rockies . 

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