Lake Louise Ski Resort Opening Day: Resort opens with substantial snow base

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Lake Louise Ski Resort Opening Day: Resort opens with substantial snow base

Lake Louise Ski Resort opened today with a base of 40cm (16”) and 42cm (17”) of fresh snow in the last seven days. This new snow, along with Lake Louise Ski Resort’s enhanced state-of-the-art snowmaking system, has set a generous foundation for the season ahead and a desirable base for upcoming events, like the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup, happening in just three weeks.  

Opening Day success after two weeks of snowfall

Over the past two weeks, the Canadian Rockies was blessed with consistent, heavy snowfall. Because of these recent storms, on Opening Day, Lake Louise Ski Resort was able to open the longest run to date in the Canadian Rockies from the top of Glacier Chair. This run (which consists of three named runs) was the perfect green/blue warm-up for skiers and snowboarders to fire up their muscles and practice their first few turns of the season.  

There was a substanial snow base at Lake Louise Ski Resort on Opening Day. Perfect for practicing the fist powder turns of the season. | Photo by Jillian Tester

Resort will host first stop of the World Cup downhill season

With more than 70cm (28”) of recorded snowfall and the added efficiency of improved snowmaking infrastructure, new equipment introduced this season, Lake Louise Ski Resort is well on its way to hosting the Men’s and Women’s World Cup races (Nov. 25-27 & Dec. 2-4). The ski resort will kick off the World Cup downhill season, becoming the first stop on the worldwide circuit, after the cancellation of European races in Zermatt-Cervinia (originally scheduled for this weekend). Lake Lousie Ski Resort is one of the only North American stops on the World Cup racing circuit and the only stop this year that will host men’s and women’s racing events back-to-back.  

Opening Day on the mountain

Known for its spectacular views of Mount Temple, the Victoria Glacier, and the famous Lake Louise, Opening Day at Lake Louise Ski Resort was no exception. Soft snow was falling through whips of cloud and colourful skiers and snowboarders looked like a scene from storybook as they dropped over the playful rollers towards the snow-covered valley below. The coverage on the runs felt exceptional and conditions were perfect for carving deep, fast turns. Plus, the first 100 riders got a limited edition “I was there Opening Day 2022” long-sleeve shirt. 

Hearty laughs and the chatter of old friends reconnecting could be heard through the Lodge of Ten Peaks where The Powder Keg, Lodge of Ten Peaks Café, and Slopeside Coffee were all open to serve guests a tasty warm-up or satisfying pint.  

More dining, lifts, and terrain are expected to open in the coming weeks. Follow SkiBig3’s social channels (@skibig3) for the latest news on terrain openings and resort developments.  

The first 100 riders at got a limited edition “I was there Opening Day 2022” long sleeve! | Photo at Lake Louise Ski Resort by Jillian Tester
The scenery was spectacular, as always, at Lake Louise Ski Resort on Opening Day. | Photo by Jillian Tester

SkiBig3 resorts all open by next week

Currently, two of three SkiBig3 resorts, Banff Sunshine and Lake Louise Ski Resort, are now open with SkiBig3’s third resort, Mt. Norquay, expected to open on Thursday, November 10 (weather permitting). As of next week, SkiBig3 resorts will be among the top four ski resorts open in Canada, all of which are in Alberta.  

All Canadian travel restrictions lifted

As of October 1, 2022, all Canadian COVID-19 restrictions have lifted, meaning this winter it’s easier than ever to book a ski trip to the Canadian Rockies. Border requirements including proof of vaccination, use of the ArriveCAN App, and any testing and quarantine/isolation requirements have ended for all travellers entering Canada whether by land, air or sea. 

Book early, save up to 30%

Who doesn’t love flexibility? SkiBig3 offers a No Questions Asked Cancellation Policy, allowing for free itinerary changes and full cancellation refund on ski & stay packages up to 14 days from travel. Book now until November 28 and save up to 30% on SkiBig3 Ski & Stay packages.