Lake Louise Set to Open West Bowl

Work is underway to add 480 acres of new high alpine, advanced terrain at Lake Louise for next winter. West Bowl will be accessed by a Doppelmayr fixed grip quad replacing the old Summit Platter. This expansion will feature natural, side country-style terrain with gladed trees. The only groomed portion will be a new ski-out trail to the front side of the mountain.

The new Summit quad will be Lake Louise’s first Doppelmayr chairlift. It will run in a new alignment from Top of the World to Mt. Whitehorn. That means a lap will in West Bowl will require three lift rides: Glacier Express or Grizzly Express, Top of the World and Summit. Eventually, a new Upper Juniper lift will eliminate the need for West Bowl skiers to transit the base area and ride three lifts.

Lake Louise plans to replace and make more lift additions in future years as part of its new Long Range Plan in partnership with Parks Canada.

One thought on “Lake Louise Set to Open West Bowl

  1. Douglas August 16, 2020 / 9:05 pm

    While it will be 3 lifts to get back to the top on the front, much of the best and under skied is on the back side. For that, this will make it quicker (shorter lift very near top of Paradise) and easier compared to a longer, with a very steep section, on a Poma. I suspect backside is a main reason for this as the snow is better. While this is too short for a HSQ, the biggest problem at Louise is that Paradise and Ptarmigan are both FGQ. That is plain silly.


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