Lake Louise Ski Tour 2014
by Janet Stoby
On a frosty -24C February 9, forty intrepid skiers (including six new members) left early – 9:17 AM to be precise – for Lake Louise. Our bus driver introduced himself as “Mike, from Canmore” and so we set out. Of note were spectacular sun dogs with double rings around the sun, seen between Red Deer and Calgary. We took our one hour lunch break at Crowfoot Crossing, Calgary.
After checking in at Lake Louise Inn, everyone attended a noisy and entertaining pre-party party hosted by Tony Holtner and Danyele Bloom-Holtner. Here we picked up our lift tickets which had been collected for us. Onward to the actual Welcoming Party – an excellent roast beef buffet in the Legends Restaurant which effectively became our private party room.
The temperature on Monday morning was recorded at -21C in the village. The snow on the hill was not quite as icy as the temperature, but many areas definitely qualified as hard packed. Many skiers found reasons to stop for hot chocolate. However, it started to snow Monday afternoon and continued intermittently for the rest of our stay. Tuesday dawned somewhat warmer with 5+ cm of fresh powder. There were smiles all around. Although the more dedicated powder-hounds barely stopped for lunch, some skiers visited the newly re-opened Whitehorn Lodge which now features fine dining.
Wednesday saw another 10 to 12 cm of fresh powder with the temperature rising to minus single digits by the afternoon. Wednesday evening, gathering again at Legends Restaurant, we had a very tasty pasta buffet for the Club Dinner. Knowing we had to get packed up tonight for the 8AM bus kept the festivities from getting too rowdy.
Our last day, starting early to get the luggage on the bus, featured mild temperatures and a bit more new snow. Once again, Coral and Periwinkle (a.k.a. Ursula Maydell and Shirley Powell) and many others were raring to go. After all it is not often when you get fresh powder. A photo record was kept of the “first ones” on the early bus. Others felt their ski legs were just about powdered out. The bus left the hill promptly at 3PM with “Mike, from Canmore” once again at the helm. We dropped our Australian friend, David Burrows, off in Banff then proceeded to Cross Iron Mills, Calgary for our dinner break.
Another smooth bus trip had us arriving back in Edmonton at 9:30PM after a convivial, successful ski trip.
The tour hosts would like to thank everyone who helped in any way with this trip.