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.