Lake Louise Opens 3 Weeks Before Hosting World Cup Speed Skiing Opener
Started by J2SkiNews in Ski News 05-Nov-2022
J2SkiNews posted 05-Nov
Lake Louise Ski Resort opened on Friday with a base of 40cm (16") and 42cm (17") of fresh snow in the last seven days as part of 70cm (28") of recorded snowfall in the past fortnight.
This new snow, along with Lake Louise Ski Resort's enhanced state-of-the-art snowmaking system, has set a generous foundation for the season ahead and a desirable base for upcoming events, like the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup, happening in just three weeks. Men's and Women's World Cup Downhill and Super G races are scheduled for Nov. 25-27 and Dec. 2-4.
With the cancellation of the planned new cross-border season opening races in Zermatt-Cervinisa that had been due to be staged this weekend and last, Lake Louise is back in its old position of hosting the World Cup speed Ski season opening races.
Over the past two weeks, the Canadian Rockies was blessed with consistent, heavy snowfall. Because of these recent storms, on Opening Day, Lake Louise Ski Resort was able to open the longest run to date in the Canadian Rockies from the top of Glacier Chair. This run (which consists of three named runs) was the perfect green/blue warm-up for skiers and snowboarders to fire up their muscles and practice their first few turns of the season.
Sunshine ski area was the first in Canada to open, on Thursday, and fellow Albertan resorts Nakiska, Norquay and Marmot Basin are expected to join them within the coming week.
Known for its spectacular views of Mount Temple, the Victoria Glacier, and the famous Lake Louise, Opening Day at Lake Louise Ski Resort was no exception. Soft snow was falling through whips of cloud and colourful skiers and snowboarders looked like a scene from storybook as they dropped over the playful rollers towards the snow-covered valley below. The coverage on the runs felt exceptional and conditions were perfect for carving deep, fast turns. Plus, the first 100 riders got a limited edition "I was there Opening Day 2022" long-sleeve shirt.
As of October 1, 2022, all Canadian COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, meaning this winter it's easier than ever to book a ski trip to the Canadian Rockies. Border requirements including proof of vaccination, use of the ArriveCAN App, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements have ended for all travellers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea.