Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the mountain operation's snowmaking team, skiers and boarders will be able to score their first turns of the season beginning at 9 am Friday morning.
Lake Louise' neighbour Mt Norquay had hoped to open on October 30th but warmer than expected weather prevented that and it has so far not set an opening date. Nakiska had also hoped to open this weekend but it has currently postponed opening to November 12th for the same reason.
The Glacier Express Quad Chair will be in operation and the Wiwaxy run will provide 1,450 feet of vertical terrain. The Lodge of Ten Peaks, along with the ski school, rental, repair, and retail shop will all be open, as will the Season Pass and Louise Plus Card processing centres.
"This marks the 13th straight year that we've been able to open up for the season on, or before, Remembrance Day," beams marketing director John Ross. "We have one of the best snowmaking systems in the world and that is why we will be the first ski area in Canada to open this winter.
Nighttime temperatures in the mountain parks have been sufficiently cold enough to allow us to stockpile snow in the shady areas of the mountain and we look forward to pushing this snow down to the base area in the next few days."
"Due to the warmer day-time temperatures, we didn't want to spread this snow out too early, but you will certainly see huge changes in our base area snow coverage in the next day or two."
With just one long run open for skiing and riding, the management of the Lake Louise Ski Area would like to remind our first customers of the season to "slow it down" and use common courtesy while skiing and riding.
"This is not the time or place to see who can ski the fastest", said Ross. "There will be lots of ability levels on this run, and we will not tolerate reckless and dangerous speeds. Please, slow it down, ski under control, and let everyone enjoy their experience."
Reduced lift ticket rates will be in effect with a $38 lift ticket for adults, $26.95 for youths and seniors and just $12.50 for children. Louise Plus Card holders do not have to use their first day free and can ski for just $30 - (youths and seniors for $20). Louise Plus Card holders just need to show their card to receive their reduced rate.
Snowmaking efforts at the Lake Louise Ski Area will continue non-stop as the popular Banff National Park ski resort prepares for the Bombardier World Cup Women's Men's downhill races November 26-28.