Lake Louise to open Friday

4th November 2010, by Chris Gill

Shot of the day from L Louise

Shot of the day from L Louise

Canada’s Lake Louise ski area will open this Friday 5 November, the first in the country to officially start the new season.

Thanks to their intensive snowmaking recently, the resort will be able to offer skiing and boarding on the Wiwaxy green run – for a vertical of 1450ft, and served by the Glacier Express chair. They are advising visitors to be cautious with speed, though, as all levels will be using the piste until more terrain is available.

The resort’s marketing director said, ‘Nighttime temperatures in the mountain parks have been sufficiently cold enough to allow us to stockpile snow in the shady areas of the mountain and we look forward to pushing this snow down to the base area in the next few days. This marks the 13th straight year that we’ve been able to open up for the season on, or before, Remembrance Day.’

Lake Louise is traditionally the first Canadian resort to open for the winter, although Mt Norquay put in a brief Halloween special and Sun Peaks has sneaked in a few turns before the official opening date of 20 November (see pic).

But at Lake Louise all eyes are on preparations for the Mens’ World Cup races, due to be held on 26-28 November. The resort will continue with the snowmaking and hope that natural snowfall. The weather is still fine and mild at present, but expected to cool off during the weekend.

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