Originally Posted by Steini30
It´s probably great to have the whole cat for your group, in that way you and your friends dictate the pace. By the way, how does Fernie resort compare Lake Louise when combining with a catskiing trip? Better snow, less crowded?
The best terrain at Lake Louise is the backside served by the Paradise Chair and Summit Platter. The snow here is almost always "good". The bottom of these lifts are quite a bit higher than the top of Fernie and the terrain stays shaded. Lake Louise doesn't get much snow though, so it will likely be a bit rocky, and your chance of a powder day is really low.
Coverage will be better at Fernie and there is a decent chance of powder. There is also a chance of rain and/or ice, and you shouldn't get that at Lake Louise.
Fernie is next to a couple of world class Cat skiing operations, and skiing the resort should help you prepare for the type of terrain encountered at Island Lake Lodge or Powder Cowboy. The nearest cat skiing (Chatter Creek?) to Lake Louise is a bit of a drive.
Both are great resorts, but I would consider skiing Kicking Horse or Revy over LL if I was doing my Cat Trip in the Golden/Revy area.