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Conditions at Lake Louise?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi All,

Heading to Banff from Oz for the first time and was wondering what conditions are like there at the moment? I don't trust mountain reports!

Thanks
MickM
post #2 of 17
really good in spots,, needs more snow in others ie.frontside,, depends what you like. There is lots and lots of great black/double black stuff open now and its skiing nice,, i was there yesterday and we had a real fun day..
when are you gonna be here??

Matt
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks Matt,

Is there dirt/rocks showing through on the frontside?

I mainly ski blue/black runs in oz. I enjoy the challenge of bumps. Never skiied real steeps eg double blacks. The only real double blacks at my home mountain (Buller) are out of bounds and prone to dangerous icy conditions. I am quite used to skiing icy conditions, and sometimes prefer it to the wet cement we are prone to.

Me and my mate arrive in Banff on 25 Feb and are there for 2 weeks (we have a tri area ski pass for 9 days)
post #4 of 17
The lower section of Federation in really icy conditions would equate to a double-black kylain. There are some in Hotham if you ever ski there.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
OK, I get the picture now. Skiied fedders once when it was sheet ice and bumpy. That weekend all runs on the southside were closed until tha afternoon because of ice.
post #6 of 17
Like JZ says, the backside is skiing awesome right now. (We do like our wind here and where it dumps the snow). No rocks or dirt on any main runs thanks to the miracle of snow making but I skied off Olympic top today and was surprised how thin it was given the wind load and recent snow.

Lots of good black terrain and some blue that given the conditions should be way easier and more fun to ski than what you're describing.
post #7 of 17

Lake Louise Conditions

I understand that both Lake Loiuse and Kicking Horse received 10 cc (4") of snow yesterday
.
Most runs are open at LL

How is the Skiing at Sunshine and Nakiska?

Has anyone been to Panorama within the last two weeks?

We head west in 10 days
post #8 of 17
SSV is same shape as LL but with more snow and less visibility usually

Nakiska: good grooming

Pana: wsa fresh, then warm, good coverage, and now good grooming, of train is sun effected

KH might be now skiable to the bottom?
post #9 of 17

Powder Alert from Sunshine

This was sent out by Sunshine mid-afternoon today. I'll be there tomorrow!

Snow Report
Monday, January 30, 2006

Conditions:
POWDER UPDATE!!! 17cms of new snow in the past 12 hours thanks to heavy snowfall this morning! With 26cms in the past 24hours conditions are amazing on all three mountains. All lifts are running and there are over 100 runs to ski and ride on. See you out here!

Snowfall:
Past 12 hours: 17cms
Past 24 hours: 26cms
Past 2 days: 33cms
Base: 173cms

Today's Forecast:
Snowy!
High -6°C
Low -10°C

Tomorrow’s forecast:
Cloudy with snow
High -5°C
Low -9°C

Mountain Status:
12 of 12 lifts open
105 of 107 trails open
post #10 of 17
Ice, nothing that about 2 or 3 feet of snow wouldn't fix.

Sunshine is a little better. You may want to try Fergie
post #11 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by mntlion
SSV is same shape as LL but with more snow and less visibility usually

Nakiska: good grooming

Pana: wsa fresh, then warm, good coverage, and now good grooming, of train is sun effected

KH might be now skiable to the bottom?
i was at KH last week and it was skiable to the bottom but lots of bushes and a few rocks poking through. if they got 10 cm since then it should be pretty well covered. the top half was incredible though, almost everything off the top chair was really great.
post #12 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzn44
Ice, nothing that about 2 or 3 feet of snow wouldn't fix.

Sunshine is a little better. You may want to try Fergie
Let me guess, you never left front side.
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzn44
Ice, Sunshine is a little better.
I was at the lake on sunday, snow was great, ill be there again tomorrow, maybe saturday and sunday too.. ,, anyone wanna come ski with me ?? ill show u where all the "Icy" spots are :......

Matt
post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by JeffW
Let me guess, you never left front side.
Wrong, the backside was better. But that is the only part of the mountain that was any good. Very disappointing for late January.
post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by mizzn44
Wrong, the backside was better.
As in Larch and Ptarmigan?

When the skiing is like it is now there are only really 2 lifts that matter, summit and paradise. The skiing there is spectacular and Thurs saw another 10-15 fresh to ski either fallen or blown in, (I don't generally care how it got there).
post #16 of 17

Lake Louise/kicking Horse/panorama

ANY FEEDBACK FROM WEEKEND SKIING AT THESE RESORTS ?

ANY ICY SPOTS ?

We headed out to KH on Thursday night
post #17 of 17
Quote:
Wrong, the backside was better.
Apart from late spring when things warm up, the backside is always better and the frontside groomers are always icy. That's Lake Louise, doesn't mean the skiing isn't great apart from a couple of runs on the front.

This weekend was good, blown in knee deep all over the backside. I did find some icy spots on the way out at end of the day Sunday, on the steeper pitches of the Mens Downhill: .

My take; if you want great steep skiing, windbuffed powder and scenery head to Banff - if you want perfect corduroy, go to Deer Valley.
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