The Olympic torch makes its way across Alberta this week, kindling fever for the upcoming Olympic Games next month in Vancouver. The torch, the symbol that traditionally launches the Games, arrives this week at Lake Louise Ski Area for a weekend-long salute to the 2010 Olympics. 

The Olympic torch for the 2010 Games, designed by Bombardier, drew its inspiration from Canada's open land and the natural lines formed by snow and ice. The torch arrives at Lake Louise Thursday, Jan. 21, carried by the resort's owner Charlie Locke. 

The relay transporting the torch acround Canada includes unique modes of transportation including dog sleds, seaplanes, canoes, and horseback. The ski area plans to put its name on the list of unique modes of transportation with the addition of a snowcat. The resort aims to create a spectacle for visitors with Locke carrying the torch as he rides on a snowcat through the resort's new terrain park while skiers and snowboarders jump over.

The resort will host a Torchlight Dinner Thursday night. Participants will ski or ride down the mountain with the torch, followed by photo opportunities with the flame and a dinner with live music and dancing. The weekend includes additional activities such as ski and snowboard demonstrations, clowns, face painting, ice sculpting, and more live music to add to the celebration.

Discounts are available Jan. 21 and 22 for visitors. Parks Canada is encouraging attendance by waiving park entry fees, and Lake Louise Ski Area will offer a 25 percent discount on lift tickets. Season passholders and Louise Card holders can buy a guest a lift ticket discounted 33 percent on those days. The Chateau Lake Louise, the Lake Louise Inn, and West Louise Lodge are joining in the festivities by offering discounted rates for the Olympic torch weekend.   

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