Lake Louise Resort

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.

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  1. March 22, 2015

    I strongly disagree with you on the vibe of the mountain. Maybe it is you who doesn’t fit in.

  2. March 22, 2015

    Shay, you insulted everybody who has a season pass at Lake Louise and everyone who was riding that day, by saying that they were unfriendly. Did you meet everyone? No. It is very irresponsible for you to say that all of us are unfriendly.

  3. March 22, 2015

    This is my 6th season riding Lake Louise, and I find the employees super friendly, super nice…they go out of their way to make my every day the best if not epic on the mountain. Therefore, I do not believe a word you are saying about the unfriendliness and lack of vibe. If I were as nasty as you are in this article, I would advise you to see your psychiatrist. Maybe you do suffer from depression, and our mountain appears unfriendly to you.

    • May 28, 2015

      Hey Jarka, Glad to hear that you have had different experiences at Lake Louise. I only commented on my experience that day on the mountain. The mountain was incredible, definitely hope to return someday and hopefully meet more of the employees and people you mention as being super friendly.

      That being said, attacking someone’s personal opinion for their personal experience is not the most welcoming “Come to Lake Louise” experience either.