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Lake Louise

Naming Louise

Naming Louise

It’s tougher than you think filling in the blanks on a resort trail map. The single best run name anywhere, in my opinion, is at Lake Louise Ski Resort. You won’t find it on any trail map, but the Orchidometer is a towering rock with a cleft that funnels skiers toward a mandatory air. The … More »

Lake Louise Summit Platter RIP

“No beginner terrain off this lift” the redundant sign at the bottom read. It didn’t matter if it was read before a liftee offered the cold plastic circle to put between your legs—no beginner would make it to the top of the Summit Platter anyway. Rising to the peak of Lake Louise Ski Resort, the … More »

Look What’s Coming to Louise

Lake Louise gets Parks Canada deal The rugged, raw, always-intriguing and ever-satisfying challenging terrain of Lake Louise has drawn me back for hundreds of ski-days over more decades than I care to count. Thus it was of more than merely journalistic interest to hear that, set in one of the trickiest business environments imaginable—a national … More »

Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Riding the Chair with Aksel

As tens of thousands of Europeans are glued to their TVs watching the pre-race commentary of the season-opening World Cup speed events at Lake Louise, I zip undisturbed through an empty Glacier chairlift corral. Just as the chair swings around, a skier zooms in and sits beside me. I’d say “another skier” but, in fact, … More »

Join the Circus

Compared to the Alps, where numbers rival rock concerts (Austria’s legendary Streif attracts up to 100,000 spectators), Lake Louise’s Winterstart downhill and super-G World Cup races could be considered an intimate acoustic recital. But it’s also one where you can get up close and personal. So mark your calendar: November 25-26 for the men’s events, … More »

Post Hotel

In today’s world of similar-feeling condos that proliferate across North American ski country, it’s an incredibly satisfying splurge to check into an iconic inn like Lake Louise’s Post Hotel & Spa. Indeed, it’s difficult to find a more satisfying sleep, memorable meal and overall exemplary alpine stay in Canada. For nearly 40 years, brothers André … More »

A Facelift for Louise

North America’s larger ski resorts are often thought of as cash-generating mechanisms for bloodless corporate interests, but in many cases they’re operated by individuals for whom the mountain is something deeply personal. by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2016 issue Lake Louise, owned by Calgary entrepreneur and former mountain guide Charlie Locke and his family, is … More »

The Business of Skiing

What goes around, comes around in the ownership and management of ski resorts. Winter 2015 .. My mind is a lot less cluttered now that I don’t have little resorts in the East that I have to travel to,” chuckles Charlie Locke, owner of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Locke’s business career almost embodies the serpentine … More »

Lake Louise

Naming Louise

Naming Louise

It’s tougher than you think filling in the blanks on a resort trail map. The single best run name anywhere, in my opinion, is at Lake Louise Ski Resort. You won’t find it on any trail map, but the Orchidometer is a towering rock with a cleft that funnels skiers toward a mandatory air. The … More »

Lake Louise Summit Platter RIP

“No beginner terrain off this lift” the redundant sign at the bottom read. It didn’t matter if it was read before a liftee offered the cold plastic circle to put between your legs—no beginner would make it to the top of the Summit Platter anyway. Rising to the peak of Lake Louise Ski Resort, the … More »

Look What’s Coming to Louise

Lake Louise gets Parks Canada deal The rugged, raw, always-intriguing and ever-satisfying challenging terrain of Lake Louise has drawn me back for hundreds of ski-days over more decades than I care to count. Thus it was of more than merely journalistic interest to hear that, set in one of the trickiest business environments imaginable—a national … More »

Ski Big 3 – Can You Pick a Favourite?

When it comes to Banff’s Big 3, some questions are best left unanswered. by RYAN STUART photography BY REUBEN KRABBE The conversation starts gently enough. I’ve just shuffled onto my flight home after three days of skiing in Banff National Park, stepped from the aisle where I’d stowed my bag in the overhead bin and … More »

Riding the Chair with Aksel

As tens of thousands of Europeans are glued to their TVs watching the pre-race commentary of the season-opening World Cup speed events at Lake Louise, I zip undisturbed through an empty Glacier chairlift corral. Just as the chair swings around, a skier zooms in and sits beside me. I’d say “another skier” but, in fact, … More »

Join the Circus

Compared to the Alps, where numbers rival rock concerts (Austria’s legendary Streif attracts up to 100,000 spectators), Lake Louise’s Winterstart downhill and super-G World Cup races could be considered an intimate acoustic recital. But it’s also one where you can get up close and personal. So mark your calendar: November 25-26 for the men’s events, … More »

Post Hotel

In today’s world of similar-feeling condos that proliferate across North American ski country, it’s an incredibly satisfying splurge to check into an iconic inn like Lake Louise’s Post Hotel & Spa. Indeed, it’s difficult to find a more satisfying sleep, memorable meal and overall exemplary alpine stay in Canada. For nearly 40 years, brothers André … More »

A Facelift for Louise

North America’s larger ski resorts are often thought of as cash-generating mechanisms for bloodless corporate interests, but in many cases they’re operated by individuals for whom the mountain is something deeply personal. by GEORGE KOCH in Winter 2016 issue Lake Louise, owned by Calgary entrepreneur and former mountain guide Charlie Locke and his family, is … More »

The Business of Skiing

What goes around, comes around in the ownership and management of ski resorts. Winter 2015 .. My mind is a lot less cluttered now that I don’t have little resorts in the East that I have to travel to,” chuckles Charlie Locke, owner of Lake Louise Ski Resort. Locke’s business career almost embodies the serpentine … More »

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