Skier in West Bowl at Lake Louise Ski Resort, Photo by Matt McDonald

INSIDER’S GUIDE TO WEST BOWL: EXPLORING LAKE LOUISE SKI RESORT’S NEWEST TERRAIN

This winter, Lake Louise Ski Resort is serving up brand new in-bounds terrain for the first time in 25 years! Previous sidecountry and backcountry slopes found just beyond the former ski resort limits will now be accessible to resort guests. And it’s all thanks to adjusted boundary lines and a brand-new quad chairlift. Here’s everything you need to know about how to explore West Bowl this winter!

Getting There

The Summit Platter previously accessing Whitehorn’s peak is now a nostalgic mental souvenir. It’s “replaced” with the brand-new Summit Chair fresh for the 2020-21 season! Access this chair from the top station of Top of the World chairlift, which then drops skiers and snowboarders off at the same summit location as the old platter. A four-minute ride up the ridge of Whitehorn Mountain brings both new and old terrain right to your ski tips. This includes runs previously accessed by the Summit Platter, the back bowls, and now West Bowl.

Mountain Stats

Terrain

The business in the front, party in the back layout of Lake Louise Ski Resort is no more! But the new, front side West Bowl stays true to back bowl style. Wilderness skiing is emulated with nature-enhanced snow conditions, an all-natural landscape selectively maintained with areas of tree glading, and no machine grooming. West Bowl terrain carries intermediate, advanced, and expert ratings, and is divided into zones rather than cut runs. This gives skiers and riders endless possibilities of natural routes and fall lines through steeps, powder bowls and gladed tree areas. After taking your pick, all terrain naturally funnels into a newly built egress. This two-kilometre path channels back to the junction of Men’s Downhill and Juniper Jungle on the front side. From here, it’s just a short ski down to the base. As with the expert terrain accessed from Top of the World, Paradise, and Summit chairs, West Bowl terrain will open throughout the season as snowfall builds and conditions allow.

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