Snow at the Lake!

Put those golf clubs and bicycles away – winter hasn’t given up yet! The dreams of countless skiers and riders in the Bow Valley have finally been answered, as heavy clouds blocked the sun and opened up to provide 15-20cm of light fluffy snow at Lake Louise in the last twenty-four hours. Around 6cm had fallen by the end of the ski day yesterday, with another 13cm or so falling overnight. With the clouds parting this morning, the sky is getting blue and promising a fantastic day with fresh snow and great visibility.

Even though little wind accompanied this new snow, avalanche control teams will still have their hands full as there are still areas on the mountain with surface hoar. This new snow has produced the load we’ve been waiting for, and combined with the hard bed surface in well-skied areas, we don’t expect it to take much encouragement to get the new snow to avalanche.

It’s 7:30 am, and I’m off to do some avalanche control. I’ll add some photos and describe what we saw on our control routes shortly…

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