Just two days before our Lake Louise trip the text messages starting dropping, "do we really want to do this", after all temps were going to be down in the -20's to -40. We scheduled this trip back in mid December and there really was no other options but to go on this date. What the hell, we loaded up the rigs on Tuesday morning and made the trip north into Alberta. As we started getting closer the outside temp gauge in my truck was rapidly dropping into the negatives, i'm talking the NEGATIVES!!! Hows -30 below?
Our first day we got to the lodge at 9am and the lifts hadn't been cleared yet due to the extreme temps. After a little breakfast we thought we'd burn an hour an let things "Warm" up a bit so we headed over to the Iconic Chateau Lake Louise which is just a few minutes down the road. Talk about beauty, this has to be one of the most photographed lakes/mountains anywhere. We were able to see some amazing ice sculptures at the edge of the lake.
It's now 11am and we felt we could procrastinate any longer so we head back to the lodge and get booted up. It's now only -19 below! Thank goodness for the gondola which made the ride to the top of the mountain quite comfortable and to top it off there was an inversion at the top of the mountain where the temps were down in the low negatives. With Bluebird skies and the sun blasting us, this was getting more tolerable. Actually it was pretty nice.
The only times you'd really feel the arctic blast was on the longer non stop runs. Since we were shooting video we took our time getting to the bottom which took about an hour. We ventured into for a quick coffee and to adhere a few toe warmers to our socks. What a difference that made. Hey this wasn't so bad. We ventured around both the front and back side of the mountain looking for good shooting light and terrain. With Blue skies this was turning out to be a very productive afternoon.
Day 2 we were ready early. Sun was shining once again, -35 and we were eager to go. First on our list was a short hike on a north-east exposure slope for a little pow. WOW, this got the blood flowing and set the tone for the rest of the day.
This was going to be an awesome day. The sun makes all the difference in the world as far as staying warm. We ventured over to Larch and rode the groomers and then bounced over to the Paradise Chair and got into the ER Chutes.
The mid mountain lodge called the Whithorn Lodge has been totally remodeled serving up some impressive cuisine. We had their game plate which was loaded with cured Bison, Duck, Elk sausage and a few cheeses this was incredible and it was only outdone by the Fondue. Pretty good fixens for being high up in the Canadians Rockies.
After Lunch we stayed more on the front side working the sun.and even though the Lake hadn't received snow in a week, conditions were great, nice chalky, carve able snow. We made a full day out of it!
Day 3, temps were even colder -38 and with a some grey skies blocking the sun…..it sure felt like it was in the negatives! After a long breakfast in the lodge and an enough procreating we heading out. Almost like some hit a switch as soon as we loaded the chair, BOOM the sun popped out. Amazing the difference that made. We spent a few hours shooting some of the local terrain park kids in the sun. Pretty impressive T-Park at the Lake. I was definitely wishing I was a few years younger so I could do a little boosting off the jumps!
What a way to wrap up a great stay.
I'm sure glad we followed through with it! I can't wait for the next visit.