More Snow at the Lake!

Things keep getting better at Lake Louise, and with more the than 15cm of new snow we received last night (as of 11:00am), the trend continues. It’s still snowing this morning, and forecasts are calling for a few more cm’s through today.

Those who were out skiing on Tuesday were treated to a fantastic day of new snow, sunny skies, and great skiing conditions. It was a treat to be able to see in the good light, and powder turns were available throughout the day. Good light also allows avalanche control teams to move more quickly through tricky terrain, and great progress is being made on further expanding our alpine terrain.

Next on the list of openings is the ER 7 area. Control teams have done a great job working the area, and we’ve managed to avoid the widespread avalanching that we’ve seen in places such as Whitehorn I & II, Brownshirt, and ER5. Control work has produces avalanches in Big 7 (far skier’s right of ER7), but the snow has stayed in Vertical Cornice and the ER 7 Gullies, and with fence work nearing completion, we’re just waiting for colder temperatures before it all gets opened to the public.

It has been quite warm the last few days, and the rise is the mercury causes the snowpack to become less stable in the short term. A return to colder temps will change that for the better, and once the avalanche forecaster is happy with the conditions the gates will open.

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On the World Cup front, we received the go ahead last week  from the race organizers to proceed with the Men’s Downhill this weekend, based on their inspection of the course work to date. With that approval comes a marked increase in activity surrounding the race. All of a sudden there are hundreds of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and media milling about, and almost hourly trucks arrive with everything from the huge Jumbotron to the grandstand seating for the finish area.

The start of the men’s race will be near the top of the Wave on Summit. This is higher than the start of the last few years, and racers will launch into Sunset Gully with even more speed. The race can only be run if there has been at least one successful training run, and with that occurring yesterday, the only thing that could stand in the way of race weekend is the weather.

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The photos below are from Tuesday, November 24 2009:

World Cup crews attach padding to obstacles just outside the race netting.

Start for the Men's Downhill.

Steep & Flats, near Top of the World chair.

The hike to Upper Boomerang.

Sue enjoys the goods in Boomerang.

Whitehorn III, with I Gully just left of centre.

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