A Final NotePosted: May 9, 2011
We are often asked if people are allowed to tour on the mountain after we’ve closed for the winter. The short answer is no, and there are a few reasons for this, most of which relate to the fact that we are the leaseholder of the area, and as such are obligated to provide a duty of care, whether we’re open or not. With runs no longer groomed, hazards no longer marked, and roads being cleared for summer use, among many others, we cannot have unrestricted access to the mountain.
There are also provisions of our summer operating license that require us to keep certain parts of the mountain closed to all traffic, including staff, at certain times of the year. Because we have such a high concentration of bears, especially grizzly, we must operate with as little impact on them as possible. For example, for the entire time we’re open for summer, we close the area between the base area and midstation. In other words, those looking to hike up (or down) the mountain can only do so above midstation, and must use the lift to get there. Even staff are restricted from using this area, and on the few occasions they do, must follow protocols with regards to traveling in areas frequented by bears.
Until most of the snow has melted, the upper mountain is subject to one big avalanche closure. So, until that happens, travel is restricted to a small area around midstation. With the amount of snow we’ve received this season, it may be a while before upper-mountain travel is permitted, for staff and guests alike.
There is signage in place all summer that states which areas are closed. If you’re coming to explore Lake Louise in the off-season, whether on ski or foot, please do not enter closed areas. Any questions can be directed to our Guest Services desk at 403-522-3555.