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Lake Louise Expert Terrain

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Can any Canadian Bears (or anyone else who knows) tell me if the expert terrain at Lake Louise is usually open by Christmas week? Thanks
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Originally Posted by TerpSKI View Post
Can any Canadian Bears (or anyone else who knows) tell me if the expert terrain at Lake Louise is usually open by Christmas week? Thanks
I was there a few years ago when it was, but not usually I don't think:
http://webpages.charter.net/tcrocker818/luisguid.htm
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I think it would be open

When banff has no snow in late December Louise often has plenty. It's at a higher elevation and generally gets some good dumps before the Christmas break. That said, it's early in the season so it's not a given.
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As stated above, a lot of terrain was open early a couple of years ago but we had an exceptionally good november/december. In most years there will be some steeper terrain open in late december, but areas like ER5 (the area on the map between paridise bowl and the wall) and WH2 (ultimate steeps on the map)would likely be closed. Even in good years, it is pretty rocky early on. I wouldn't go out of my way to ski Louise in the early season, but if you will be nearby it is definately worth checking out.
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I would say yes, a lot of the expert terrain should be open by the Christmas break, but I will temper that by saying there's no way of knowing whether it will be worth skiing. Some year's it has been great, and other seasons I have completely destroyed skis in the back bowls in December.

So to answer your question, "Yes... but you might not want to go there".
post #6 of 6
also if the lake has the backside open (expert terrain) then sunshine should have delerium, wild west open too. You need a beacon, partner, and probe, and well worth it as well.
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