Lindsey Vonn carves another hat trick at Lake Louise
Screaming “I love this place” after winning her third race, American alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn completed another dominant weekend at Lake Louise. Not only did Vonn win all three races, she routed the field by margins of 1.5 seconds in Sunday’s Super-G and 1.0 and .5 seconds on the Friday and Saturday downhill races, respectively. Typically, these races are won by the margins of tenths and hundredths, but not full seconds. Vonn, who upped her total World Cup wins to 70, has now won 18 times at Lake Louise. A sweep is rare, though Vonn had perfect weekends back in 2011 and 2012. Expect to see this 31-year-old superstar to return for many years to come.
Events continue at Lake Louise. On Sunday, December 13, head up to compete or watch a Heavy Metal Rail Jam presented by SPY. For $30 you’ll have 30 minutes on the rails to show off your best tricks. Cash and fresh swag will be given to winners.
Snow conditions improving at resorts but danger lurks in the backcountry
Snow conditions continue to improve at all resorts. No major dumps, but there is daily snowfall of two to four centimetres. Be aware when out skiing as natural hazards may occur.
This is particularly important if you are planning to hit the backcountry. The current avalanche risk in the mountains is extremely high. A number of areas are reporting thick slabs forming over weaker layers. Many resorts are keeping their upper avalanche areas closed for an hour or two in the morning, so that the danger zones can be cleared.
If you’re at Sunshine Village on Saturday, December 12, experience the official ribbon cutting for the resort’s brand-new heated chair lift. Food, drinks and prizes will be available for those taking part in the festivities.
Marmot Basin is expecting three days of snowfall this weekend. I hope the weatherman comes through and the hill stays cool enough so that there is no rain at the higher elevations. Keep an eye on the forecast and if you can skip work for a day or two, you won’t be disappointed. There’s nothing better than mid-week skiing and boarding at Marmot. V