December 2, 2010 - The Lake Louise Ski Area will have five lifts in operation for the upcoming weekend as the Ptarmigan Quad Chair will begin operation for the 2010-11 season on Saturday, December 4th.
The five lifts in operation for this weekend include the Glacier Express Quad Chair, Grizzly Express Gondola, Sunny-T-bar, Magic Carpet, and Ptarmigan Quad chair.
Skiers and boarders should note that only the Pika beginner run will be open on the backside. Temple Lodge will also be open, operating with a limited menu of sandwiches and beverages.
“As the snowpack has been steadily increasing, all we need is one more snowfall and we’ll be able to open up the rest of the mountain in fairly quick order,” confirms Lake Louise Marketing Director John Ross. “The Lake Louise mountain operation’s team is literally doing everything they can to open up more terrain as quickly as possible, but the reality is, we need another good dump of snow to provide sufficient coverage to ensure both a safe and pleasant experience for our customers.
“Once more snow arrives, skiers and riders can expect to see the Top of the World chair, Summit Platter and Paradise Chair to open in short order”.
For those looking for a “long run” down this weekend, the 6-passenger Grizzly Gondola does offer over 2,400 feet of vertical and several different runs are now open on the front side. Deer Run and Eagle Flight provide options on the upper front side, while Cameron’s Way and Wiwaxy are open on the lower face.
A Terrain Park, with four boxes and three rails, is also in operation on lower Wiwaxy. Additional features are on their way.
As an added bonus this weekend, the world’s top female skiers will be competing in the Bombardier World Cup at Lake Louise. The ladies will compete in Downhill races on Friday and Saturday, with the Super G race slated for Sunday. Come on out and cheer on Canada’s team on their home turf!
Lift tickets rates for this weekend will be reduced to $53 for adults, $36.95 for youths (13-17) and seniors (65+), and $17.50 for children (6-12).
Louise Plus Card holders can ski for just $45 (adult) and $30 (youths and seniors).