Lake Louise was one of the first places in Western Canada to open this year. Today, they are continuing to open more terrain as La Nina shows her glorious face around a vast area of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Before we give you the full details of what is going on in the area, check out this video straight from the team at Lake Louise.
So along with the expanding terrain accessible at Lake Louise, many other resorts in the area are kicking things off this weekend as well.
What a list! These are without doubt four of our favorite resorts in the world. More to the point, Revelstoke is kicking things off with a 140cm snow base. For many resorts, they would do anything to have this kind of base during the peak season. Not for the interior of British Columbia though as Kicking Horse also boasts a base well over a meter having already amassed 300cm of snowfall this season!
Big White also kicked things off with a more modest 76cm base and 3 lifts, though this still represents a slightly early start to the season and expectations are high that this will be another bumper season. Big White is known as one of the best family friendly resorts you can find, though at the moment, they also have something for the big kids. Head to the Happy Valley area at the base and check out full blown rally cars ripping up the snow in what is sure to be quite the site.
Can you imagine some of the powder stashes as Fernie, Kicking Horse and Revelstoke start spinning lifts though? Opening at these resorts will more likely resemble a cat or heli ski trip as small crowds and deep untouched powder comes begging.
Many resorts of the interior have also reported a few cm of snow over the last 24 hours, though the smiles remain from the string of storms that pounded the area over the past few weeks.
The forecast is suggesting most areas will experience light winds and plenty of sunshine in the coming days after a few flurries clear over the weekend. Temperatures should also remain below zero and a little cold in the mornings and evenings with the clear skies. This weather should keep the current snow on the ground in excellent condition in all areas.
By the way… if you have some time to kill… check out some of the finalists in the Ultimate Ski Bum contest for the Powder Highway. In years gone by, some of the entries have been average at best, though now, finally, it appears as though some of the more polished and entertaining personalities have discovered that they can live the dream without spending a cent.
We’d love to hear your stories if you are out there in Alberta or British Columbia as Western Canada really does open in fine style to skiers and snowboarders from around the world.