Avalanche Report (and other news…)Posted: December 20, 2011
There’s lots happening at the Lake Louise Ski Area these days as months of hard work come to a head with the arrival of the Christmas holidays. Once summer ended, everyone’s sights were set on opening day. SInce then, the target has been the next few weeks and setting the stage for the first big influx of destination visitors.
With Lake Louise not hosting the NORAM races this year, we were able to get a week head start making snow on runs that were used by or closed for the race course. Among other things, this means that the Showtime terrain park will debut tomorrow (Wednesday) in its permanent winter home on Juniper Jungle, with a mixture of rails, boxes, hips, and jumps to make a total of fifteen features. Features will be added to the park each week as more snow is made and the footprint of the park grows.
Returning this year is the SBX (skier- boarder-cross) course, which will also be in the same area as last year, though with minor modifications to the line, locations of turns, etc. Once set-up of the course is complete, it will be open to the public as another part of the terrain park, except when closed for races or team training.
Fans of big air will be happy to learn that after a brief absence, big jumps are making their return and will be the centrepieces of the XL line that will run along the skier’s right side of Easy Street. We’ve had big jumps here before, and with an enthusiastic audience riding overhead on Glacier Express, there’s always a good show.
In other news, on Sunday there was a human-triggered avalanche in Lipalian 2 that initiated a search involving ski patrol, Parks Canada Public Safety Specialists, Parks Canada and Sunshine Village. Like the in-bounds avalanche from Nov. 24, this one had a happy ending, as all involved parties escape unharmed. Like that first avalanche, this one also has lots of pieces to put together, and I hope to have a report posted in the next day or two. Stay tuned…