The terrain at Lake Louise Ski Area is evolving, thanks to the efforts of Evolve Ski and Snowboard Club. The new club, which trains kids primarily for skier and boarder cross racing, was the driving force behind Lake Louise installing a permanent course.

"There are two main ideas behind it," Chris Brodeur, whose daughter competes in snowboard cross on the Evolve team, told OnTheSnow. "Snow cross courses are really expensive to build, and the fact that skiers and snowboarders need a similar course makes sense to combine."

The club designed and built the start gate for the course, which is located on Easy Street right at the bottom of the mountain. Lake Louise is contributing the grooming hours to shape the course.

The course drops about 135 vertical meters. Test runs took about one minute at full speed.

The grand opening for the course is scheduled Jan. 29. Olympic snowboard cross silver medalist Mike Robertson will be at Lake Louise for the opening.

The course was designed to accommodate skiers and snowboarders with the Evolve club having an agreement for exclusive training on it. "The course will be modified for the public and adapted for different races," said Brodeur.

Several events are scheduled this winter on the new cross course. A two-part amateur skier cross and boarder cross series will take place Jan. 29-30 and Feb. 12-13. The Canadian Ski Cross National Championships take place April 1-3.

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