Lake Louise Resort 3/19/15
19 Mar, 2015
After exploring Lake Louise and spending the evening in Banff, I opted to ride Lake Louise Resort before I started my journey back home. By the time I reached the parking lot, the snow was falling and I was stoked to get on the mountain. I had purchased the mountain collective pass at SIA so this was a great chance to ride a new mountain and use a day on my pass.
The snow conditions were hardpacked after having been through freeze thaws recently. It made for really fast conditions but icy in spots. Whenever you ride a new mountain, it’s just fun to ride different lifts and trails to see where you can go. I ended up on many groomers, a couple mogul runs (oops) and ducked into the trees when it looked good.
The best part…was the views. Even on a snowy cloudy day, the surrounding peaks were impressive. This whole journey has been just amazing in terms of scenery. The Canadian Rockies really delivered and I look forward to returning to snowboard them again.
In terms of the mountain vibe, I was kinda let down. Don’t get me wrong, the terrain was a blast but I think the people who ride a mountain and the employees who operate it, go a long way on making an impression. In this case, there was no friendliness. No smiles, no hi’s, nothing and it was really unwelcoming in that regard. Maybe everyone was in a bad mood but I smiled, said thanks and hi. Only the people who shared the gondola with me from Vancouver were friendly in return. That’s a bummer when you are riding a mountain alone and interaction goes a long way.
I’ll definitely make a return visit to experience the mountain again but I opted to leave the mountain early to start the journey home. I really wanted to enjoy the road trip through the National Parks and stop at the hot springs on the way so leaving early gave me a chance to take my time to enjoy the drive.