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Lake Louise, The Negative temps didn't affect our Adventure!

post #1 of 13
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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. 

 

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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.

post #2 of 13

Great pics and report!

post #3 of 13

Thanks for your nice report, brings back memories of my 3/13 trip.  I think my feet still feel the effects from a cold day last year in mid-March. 

-30, I thought that had to be Celsius, NOT! I see -30F in your car.

I remember skiing a day in Vermont that started at -20F, but it was a blue sky day, sun makes all the difference on a day like that.

Big Mountain. Varied terrain, all you would ever want.  And spectacular scenery that just can't be beat.

My LL day.

http://www.epicski.com/t/119242/from-golden-bc-kicking-horse-revelstoke-lake-louse-march-9-11#post_1562922

post #4 of 13
My mom was thinking of going here next week. Only 65 inch base? Seems low. Am I crazy?
post #5 of 13

65 inch base is fairly average for Lake Louise.  I don't know how the hell you can operate a camera in temps like that without freezing up a hand and having to take a break inside to thaw it.  I had two zero or slightly below days at Fernie/Castle Feb. 28 and Mar. 1, never considered using my camera.

post #6 of 13

I just got back from Banff a few days ago, and last week at the Lake it was -40C, and with windchill when skiing down the slopes it had to have been -50C.  Needless to say, the snow was crunchy and slow, and one for the memoirs.  It was a "1-run-and-in" type of morning until it warmed up to a balmy -25C by 1pm or so.  I did operate a camera (point and shoot), not like these pro guys though.  I'm actually surprised the camera worked.

 

Better coverage at Sunshine, but LL was doing ok.  Sure enough, as soon as we leave, it started snowing, and snowing, and snowing.  Figures LOL.  At least we got fantastic bluebird days, albeit a couple REALLLLLLLLY COLD ones.

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Because Lake Louise can get really cold and because they don't get tons of snow, I think LL skis best in the spring when temps are warmer and they've had all season to build up the snow pack. They have good late season snow preservation due to their high (for Canada) base elevation, northerly location, and big vertical.

 

LL sells a spring pass good for March and April for $399Cdn, $299 for mid week. Good value imo.

post #8 of 13
Interesting. Mom is thinking of just extending trip in cottonwood heights in UT and continue to ski Alta and the bird instead. Storm is a coming here.
post #9 of 13
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Because Lake Louise can get really cold and because they don't get tons of snow, I think LL skis best in the spring when temps are warmer and they've had all season to build up the snow pack. They have good late season snow preservation due to their high (for Canada) base elevation, northerly location, and big vertical.

 

LL sells a spring pass good for March and April for $399Cdn, $299 for mid week. Good value imo.

 

I fully agree. I have so many awesome memories of skiing Lake Louise in late March and April where you might get a little late season snow or really high quality corn. Blasting endless laps on ER3/ER5/ER7 off Paradise chair all day with barely anyone around. So fun.

post #10 of 13

The cold seemed to make for great clarity in the photos.

Money scenery shot:

LL

post #11 of 13

We were there the week of February 1st thru the 8th. On that Wed morning it got down to -40c, (which also equals -40F) so we booked it from Banff up to Lake Louise and had to wait as they did not open the lifts until 11:00 am do to the cold temps. My daughter went off with ski school and i headed to the top. I took Glacier Express to TOP Of The world chair, about half way up it just stopped i thought hmmm whats up with that. Well about an hour and 171/2 minutes later they got it going again. Patrol stood under me shouting keep moving we are working on it. I shouted back keep moving, like what get up and dance around, what do you mean keep moving. After about 45min into the repairs they asked if i wanted to be rescued. No i don't want to be rescued i want to go skiing just fix the fricken lift, well were waiting on a tire. I said a tire. Well were is this tire coming from, were not sure, but its on the way. By the time i got to the top my Kryptons had frozen so hard i couldn't flex my boots let alone feel my feet, everything else was amazingly good. I made it back down with patrol following me asking me sir are you ok are you sure. I sat in front of the fire place in the lodge for three hours with some little girl from LL bringing me hot chocolate every 15minutes. Guest services then showed up with a couple of free lift tickets. I told them thanks it wasn't there fault the lift took a shit.  I guess the week after we left it started to snow and didn't stop for two weeks, just missed that one. I sure would like to go back one day when they had a little better snow and a few degrees warmer. Place looked amazing from the top of that lift.

post #12 of 13
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It's pretty easy to get good photos with incredible scenery. Oh yeah and so-so skiers to!!!! Just kidding on the skiers.  Thanks JamesJ

post #13 of 13

Awesome pictures and great recap!  I will be looking forward to my April trip there.  Hoping it WILL warm up.  I've not skied below 0F.  

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