Powder 8 competitions are not part of the Olympics. Those who excel at making perfect powder turns will converge on Lake Louise Feb. 27 when the resort hosts the Canadian Powder 8 Championships.
The event requires competitors in teams of two to deliver a synchronized performance that leave perfect powder 8's in the snow. Teams are judged on the distance between the two team members, synchronization, and dynamic skiing. The tracks left in the powder are judged, too, for their symmetry and roundness developed along the fall line.
The competition is tentatively set for Purple Bowl, located east of the Larch area above Temple Lodge. Elimination rounds begin at 11:45 a.m. Lake Louise visitors looking to watch the competition, which requires hiking if the competition takes place in Purple Bowl, can catch the semi-final round at 12:45 p.m. and finals at 2 p.m.
First and second place prizes feature helicopter skiing with Canadian Mountain Holidays for two people. First place wins two days while second place receives one day. Third place winners receive a night for two people at Skoki Lodge, a backcountry ski lodge that requires ski in access.
Entries for the Canadian Powder 8 Championships are capped at 16 teams. Registration, which is available online, costs $60 CAD per team. Each competitor is required to carry a beacon during the competition.