Snow Zone

Fall Lines: Dec 25 – Jan 7

Pond hockey with a view? Yes please! // Glynnis Golbeck
Pond hockey with a view? Yes please! // Glynnis Golbeck

Lake Louise delivers the goods

I spent some time ripping up the slopes at Lake Louise last weekend. Although warm temperatures had softened up the lower terrain, the upper slopes were in great shape, especially the soft powder coming off of the summit platter. After a few good rips down Larch, we headed to the platter where the runs between the snow fences where absolutely amazing. Soft moguls are great to ski, but my thighs were burning after three runs, and I was done for the day by 3 pm. We headed back to the cozy confines of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise where Christmas celebrations were in full swing. Some of our media group with a little left-over energy even headed to the lake for pond hockey. The view and ambience was simply breathtaking. Staff walked around handing out hot chocolate to anyone needing a little extra warmth.

If you’re planning a trip to Lake Louise this holiday season, I suggest you take in one of the Torchlight Dinner and Ski events. There are only three scheduled this winter, including two on December 25 and 31. Skiing at night by torchlight après drinks, appetizers and live music followed by a buffet dinner at the base is something to experience. Full package rates range from $49 – $74 while kids under five are free. Check out the Lake Louise website for full details at skilouise.com

Marmot Basin is in the snowzone

Steady snowfalls continue to hit Marmot Basin. Another 30-cm dump last week kept mountain operations staff going non-stop. This year, the Farmers’ Almanac did not predict Marmot Basin’s fortunes, but I don’t think anyone truly minds. A 90-cm base heading into the holiday ski season is the best present Marmot could have ever expected.

I know this is a bit far in advance, but there’s an exciting event coming up at Marmot in February. Highly decorated Alpine Skier and Ski Television host Edith Rozsa is coming to Marmot’s slopes to host two one-day clinics. Sorry, guys, but these clinics are for women only. Rozsa is a passionate skier who will be spreading her infectiously positive attitude and ski ability upon you. If you possess high to intermediate or advanced ski abilities, set aside $149 from your Christmas loot and register yourself. It sounds like you’ll be spending some time on black runs and bumps.

Castle Mountain is open for biz

Castle Mountain Resort, near Pincher Creek, turned on its lifts for the season last weekend.

Conditions are still early-season, but  while every year is slow to start, Mother Nature delivers snow big-time and often. This season’s opening was accompanied by the Judd Brothers delivering another ski film première titled Finding Balance. These homegrown skiers have turned a passion for filming themselves into their own little movie business. V

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