Two more Canadian ski areas—Lake Louise and Mt. Norquay—plan to crank up lifts tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. No doubt avid skiers and riders will queue up much, much earlier in anticipation of the first runs of the season—signalling the official opening of the Banff ski season.
To add to the opening frenzy, both ski areas picked up fresh snow last night. Lake Louise measured 15 centimeters of new snow this morning on the Powderkeg deck.
The opening of Lake Louise marks the first ski area in Canada to open on a daily basis. Norquay joins Nakiska, which ran its lifts last weekend, in operating for Saturdays and Sundays in November.
Lake Louise plans to run its Glacier Express Quad and the Sunny T-Bar. Four runs will be open to skiers and riders—Wiwaxy, Bald Eagle, Easy Street and Sunny Side. The park crew plans on setting up a handful of rails on Easy Street.
In the video below, courtesy of YouTube, Lake Louise groomer Brett Saunders gives a sneak peek of what you can expect at Lake Louise tomorrow as he works from his snowcat.
Lift ticket rates are reduced temporarily. Adult tickets cost $40 for a full day and $33 for a half day. Seniors and youth can get full day tickets for $30 and half-day tickets for $25. Children tickets cost $12.50 and $10.
Saturday launches daily operations for Lake Louise. The resort will continue to add more lifts and more terrain daily as snow conditions permit. The pressure is on for snowmaking to get race courses buffed out in the next three weeks for the first World Cup speed events of the year.
Buses to Lake Louise also start running on Saturday. Daily buses run from Banff and Lake Louise Hotels. Buses from Calgary and Canmore operate Saturdays and Sundays only.
Mt. Norquay plans to run the Cascade lift on weekends. Photo by Fiona Quiggen. Courtesy of Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine.
Starting tomorrow, Mt. Norquay plans to run the Cascade Quad on weekends. Cascade run will be open for loosening the legs up for the season and readying for the park with two features. Lift tickets cost $20. The rental shop and cafeteria will be open, and lessons are available with 24-hour notice.
The ski area will operate only on weekends until Dec. 2 when daily operations begin. Services such as the daycare, retail shop, Magic Carpet, Spirit Chair, Mystic Chair and buses will start up Dec. 2.
Neighboring Sunshine Village may be looking to open Nov. 10.