Trip Report--Lake Louise & Sunshine 3/29, 3/30
Amazing that the snow can be so different at hills 20 miles apart. Louise was OK, but the snow was beginning to take on a definite spring quality. As my daughter said: "Lots of ice and lots of slush." We didn't do an extended tour of the mountain, but concentrated on the greens and blues on the Frontside and Larch. Those of you who've skied the high black runs on the backside can comment on the conditions there, hopefully still winter quality in the snow.
Sunshine was hit by periodic snow (at times heavy) during the time we spent there today. Conditions on the runs were very good (aside from the odd spot where the snowboarders had scraped it down to the hardpack). There were still some powder stashes available on the hill, particularly on the lee side runs. For those of you coming in April, Sunshine should still be in great shape.
I enjoyed it so much I'm going to stop on my way up to Marmot tomorrow to catch a few more hours and try a few new runs.
We would have skied more at Louise, but the 25 minutes in line to buy lift tickets, the 20 minutes in line to buy a grab & go breakfast sandwich, and the 20 minutes in line to ride the gondola up to the backside took their toll. Just to compare, Sunshine: 5 minutes for tickets, 1 minute for breakfast, 5 minutes in gondola line. And I won't mention the RCR washrooms...